03 May 2017

Community Linkage Officer Non-profit Jobs - Makerere University Joint AIDS Program (MJAP)

Job Title:      Community Linkage Officer
Organization: Makerere University Joint AIDS Program (MJAP)
Duty Station: Masaka, Uganda
Reports to: Care and treatment Advisor

About US:
Makerere University Joint AIDS Program (MJAP) is a private-not-for profit Company under Makerere University. MJAP works to build partnerships and strengthen health systems to optimally respond to HIV/AIDS, TB and other diseases of public health importance in Africa.

About Project:
MJAP will work in close collaboration with the Rakai Health Sciences Program (RHSP) to implement a program on Accelerating HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control in Masaka region (Gomba, Butambala, Sembabule and Mpigi districts). In addition, MJAP is anticipating a sub-award grant for accelerating HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control in Kampala region; under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

Job Summary: The Community Linkage Officer will support the district to strengthen and coordinate a clinic-community based referral linkages system for integrated delivery of quality and comprehensive HIV/AIDS services.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • Support the districts to roll-out the facility -community framework for HIV integrated service delivery.
  • Render support to the district health and community development officers to oversee the planning, coordination, monitoring, supervision and implementation of integrated HIV service delivery into all community based services.
  • Support districts to develop/review strategic plans, work plans and budgets and integrate the facility-community mobilization and linkages component into the plans.
  • Support the dissemination and utilization of the required community data collection and reporting tools on HIV service delivery into the communities, such as community registers.
  • Offer technical assistance (mentorships and coaching) to ensure the District, facilities and the CBOs collaborate to offer community based services.
  • Provide technical support during the joint DACs/DOVCCs and SACs/SOVCCs meetings to strengthen coordination of community activities.
  • Support the collaboration between the Government communities structures such as village health teams (VHTs) and the CBOs.
  • Provide support for the quarterly stake holders’ (CSO and HF in-charge) meetings to strengthen linkages (case conferencing and coordination)

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the Makerere University Joint AIDS Program (MJAP) Prevention Advisor should preferably hold a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, Community Development, Community Health or Nursing.
  • Possession of a post graduate qualification in Public Health, Sociology or Community Health would be an added advantage
  • A minimum of three years’ experience of community work particularly, working with local governments; and ability to engage DHTs and lower level community structures.
  • Previous experience in building capacity at individual and organizational levels; with practical training of health workers and/ or community based workers.
  • Good knowledge of the decentralized health system and the corresponding community structures.
  • Ability to coordinate activities of various stakeholders at district and or sub national level.
  • Ability to develop training materials and conduct training programs.
  • Excellent written, verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability and willingness to travel widely and frequently within the supported districts
  • Ability to establish and sustain interpersonal and professional relationships with MoH, District Teams, CSOs, other key actors.
  • Good networking skills

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should email their applications, detailed curriculum vitae and copies of relevant academic documents addressed to: The Human Resource Manager, Makerere University Joint AIDS Program (MJAP) via Email to: hr@mjap.or.ug

NB: Please indicate the position and region you’re applying for in the subject. Your attachments should not exceed 5MB.

Deadline: 17th May 2017 by 5:00pm

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