03 October 2016

Several District Technical Support Officer Non-profit Jobs - Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI)

Organisation: Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI)
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Project Manager

About Us:
The Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) is an international non-profit organization which is a partnership of infectious diseases and public health specialists. The overall objective of the IDI is to strengthen health systems with strong emphasis on Infectious Diseases, through Research and Capacity Development. IDI has five operational areas through which it works to achieve its mission: Prevention, Care and Treatment; Training, Research and Laboratory services (provided through a partnership with the Makerere University - John Hopkins University Core Lab) and Outreach.

About CDC / PEPFAR Project:
With funding from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/PEPFAR, IDI is implementing comprehensive HIV/AIDS services in 7 districts of mid-western Uganda Districts and 8 West Nile districts under the project: “Accelerating Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Service Delivery through Health System Capacity Building and Technical Assistance of District Health Teams and Health Facilities in Western and West Nile Regions in the Republic of Uganda under PEPFAR.”

Job Summary: The District Technical Support Officer will  provide technical support to the district health team (DHT) and will support district-led programming for a decentralized HIV/AIDS response. He/she will initiate, plan, coordinate and evaluate project activities designed to enhance capabilities, governance and functionality of DHTs. The job holder will work very closely with the DHOs Office, health facilities and other stakeholders. He/she will lead capacity-building efforts to reinforce competencies of DHTs and HCWs and will be the key liaison between IDI and the district. The holder will be based in the office of the DHO.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Serve as a principal liaison between the DHT and the Project Management.
  • Offer support in monitoring the district-led programming and sub-granting to districts.
  • Prepare regular briefings in relation to performance of district-led programming.
  • Coordinate and adapt lessons learned from HSS activities to further strengthen and expand interventions to achieve the Project goals.
  • Identify barriers to implementation of district-led programming and propose corrective action
  • Assess compliance of the partner districts to the terms and conditions of the partnerships.
  • Conduct capacity building and technical assistance to the DHT and HFs.
  • Offer technical assistance to DHTs regarding managing of sub-grants and financial agreements.
  • Represent the Project on all important district level fora e.g. DACs meetings, District Technical Planning Committee (DTPC) etc.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The applicant should hold a Bachelor’s degree in medical related field.  Possession of a Masters’ Degree in Public Health, Master of Science (MSc), or related field will be an added advantage.
  • Specialized training in HIV/AIDS.
  • A minimum of three years’ experience of working with the district health system or an HIV/ AIDS health systems strengthening project.
  • Previous experience in strategic planning, health systems strengthening (HSS) and participatory approaches.   
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of the functioning of the decentralized Local Government System of Uganda.    
  • Knowledge of PEPFAR/US Government programming policies and regulations, procedures and practices, which bear on project management in support of cooperative agreements.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to work effectively with the DHTs and HFs.
  • In-depth knowledge and experience in HIV/AIDS.
  • Previous experience with Monitoring and Evaluation of programs.
  • Good project planning skills and a good understanding of sub granting systems to local governments.

How to Apply:
All interested and suitably qualified candidates should send their application cover letter, CVs (with 2 professional referees) and copies of their academic credentials to: 

The Human Resources Manager,
Infectious Diseases Institute,
College of Health Sciences, Makerere University,
P.O. Box 22418, Kampala, Uganda

Deadline:  Friday, 7th October 2016 by 5:00 PM

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