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Program Officer - Nutrition USAID RHITES-EC Careers - University Research Co., LLC (URC)

Job Title:         Program Officer - Nutrition
Organisation: University Research Co., LLC (URC)
Project Name: USAID Regional Health Integration to Enhance Health Services in East Central Uganda Project (USAID/Uganda RHITES-EC) Project
Duty Station: Jinja, Uganda

About US:
University Research Co., LLC (URC) is a global company dedicated to improving the quality of health care, social services, and health education worldwide. With a non-profit affiliate, the Center for Human Services (CHS), URC manages projects in over 45 countries, including the United States.

About USAID RHITES-EC Project:
University Research Co., LLC (URC) is implementing the USAID Regional Health Integration to Enhance Health Services in East Central Uganda Project (USAID/Uganda RHITES-EC) whose aim is to support the implementation of a comprehensive integrated investment in regional  health, nutritional assistance and HIV/AIDS programs. The five-year project targets 11 districts in East Central Uganda with an estimated total population of 4.1 million through a district-based integrated package of quality health, nutrition, HIV / AIDS and childe development services.

Job Summary: The Nutrition Program Officer will mainly be responsible for the integration of nutritional assessment, counseling, and support (NACS) into HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment services. The officer will work closely with the Care/Treatment and PMTCT Advisors to plan for and implement improvement interventions aimed at bettering nutritional outcomes among people living with HIV and AIDS as well as promoting optimal infant and young child feeding practices, as per the national guidelines.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • Tasked with the integration of Nutrition into on-going project activities including Capacity building, Clinical care, PMTCT, Community linkages, Quality Improvement, psychosocial care/counseling and pharmaceutical logistics, M&E
  • Support health facilities supported by RHITES-EC to integrate and implement effective and sustainable NACS (Nutrition Assessment, Counseling and Support) services
  • Explore opportunities for partnership with other stakeholders in the area of HIV nutrition integration
  • Oversee and support the integration process of NACS into HIV/AIDS programs in all RHITES-EC sites
  • Support the sites towards attainment of a Baby Friendly Status in collaboration with the PMTCT/Paed Technical Advisor, MoH and partners
  • Work in liaison with health facility teams to apply quality improvement methods including learning sessions for improved nutrition outcomes
  • Work closely with health facility teams to develop and submit QI indicators inclusion into and use in the QI trainings/learning sessions and site coaching
  • Plan and conduct quarterly site mentorship/supervision towards improved nutrition integration and reporting
  • Actively participate in development and writing of program work plans and reports
  • Represent RHITES-EC in meetings/seminars/conferences when called upon
  • Collaborate with other IPs in adapting/adopting materials, equipment and supplies including RUTF, and referral and enrollment of clients into available sustainable/livelihood programs
  • Participate in documentation and dissemination/sharing of the RHITES-EC project results
  • Coordinate service provider skills strengthening support in the areas of nutritional assessment, counseling support as well as infant and young child feeding
  • Take up any other duties as may be assigned

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The applicants for the USAID RHITES-EC Program Officer - Nutrition job opportunity must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Nutrition, Food Science and technology or related field
  • At least five years’ experience in Community Nutrition and/or HIV nutrition programming
  • Previous exposure and experience with USAID and/or other donor projects is an added advantage
  • Excellent writing, organizational, coordination and communication skills desired
  • Proven ability to set priorities, multi-task, and work collaboratively as well as independently preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal skills desired

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates who wish to join the USAID RHITES EC Project should send their cover letters, curriculum vitae, copies of academic credentials and contact information for 3 professional references addressed to:

Human Resource Coordinator,
University Research Co., LLC – Centre for Human Services,
Plot10 Kiira Lane, Mpumudde Division, UGANDA

E-mail to: HR-RHITES-EC@urc-chs.com

Deadline: 26th May 2017 by 12:00pm

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