Government Relations Manager Job Opportunity – Living Goods (LG)

Job Title:          Government Relations Manager
Organisation: Living Goods
(LG)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to: Director,
Government Relations
About US:
Living Goods supports networks of ‘Avon-like’ micro-entrepreneurs who
go door-to-door teaching families how to improve their health and wealth while
selling affordable, high-impact products like basic medicines, fortified foods,
water filters, clean cook stoves, and solar lights. Living Goods seeks nothing
less than a disruptive reinvention of distribution in emerging markets, through
networks of franchised micro-entrepreneurs who leverage Living Goods’ brand,
buying power and mobile marketing tools to deliver vital products at accessible
prices to the people who need them most. By combining the best practices from
the worlds of micro-enterprise, franchising and public health, Living Goods is
creating a fully sustainable system to improve the health, and wealth, of
underserved communities.
Job Summary: The Government
Relations Manager will develop initial relationships with District Government,
set-up District entry meetings, follow-up to answer questions and establish
appropriate expectations. Ensure MOU is signed with DHO, DHE, MCH Focal person
and CAO. 
The ideal candidate should have worked at senior levels of District
Government but also designed and developed MOUs. He or she should be knowledgeable about
healthcare, and passionate about driving innovation in government; understands
the government budgeting processes and how to influence and advocate across a
breadth of stakeholders.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities:  
For new Districts:
  • Establish initial relationships with
    District Governments, set up District entry meetings, follow up to answer
    questions and establish appropriate expectations.
  • Ensure MOU is signed with DHO, DHE, MCH
    Focal person and CAO.
For all Districts of operation:
  • Manage ongoing the communication with
    Districts, including meetings and performance updates. 
  • Actively engage in health planning
    meetings at the District level and positively position Living Goods in
    their plans.
  • Provide communication tracking for all
    Districts to ensure that we are attentive to and engaged with all relationships.
  • Represent Living Goods at local government
    – District and Municipality – meetings, and maintain engaged
    relationships.
  • Manage the preparation of reports to the
    Districts and Health facilities. 
    Ensure that quarterly District and health facility reports are
    submitted in a timely manner.
  • Ensure effective communication of plans,
    meetings and issues that surface at District are effectively communicated
    at LG offices.
  • Work closely with Branch staff to help
    support District relations, including setting up protocols and
    communication mechanisms, so they can both help with, and report back on
    relationships.
  • Support the branch teams to establish
    relationships with health centers, set up protocols and processes to
    support and monitor health center relationships.
  • Map-out implementing partners at the
    District level to strengthen collaboration
  • Work closely with partners and Districts,
    coordinate and ensure proper documentation of project interventions
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the Living Goods
    Government Relations Manager job opportunity should hold a University
    degree in Clinical or Public Health, Social Sciences, Business
    Administration, Management or related subjects. Post-graduate training in
    management a plus.  Project
    Management certification desirable.
  • At least five to eight years of work
    experience with and/or involving close association with elected officials,
    staff and/or government agencies.
  • Significant project Management experience–
    ability to see the big picture, attention to detail and excellent
    organization skills.  
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of the
    functioning of Uganda’s Health System.
  • Excellent written (report writing), oral,
    interpersonal, communication, and facilitation skills and a keen sense of
    understanding for advocacy to get government support for the project and
    its sustainability in the future
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills.
  • Expertise in engaging stakeholders
    spanning local/community, district and national.
  • Strong skills in knowledge management and
    translation (implementation to policy).
  • Demonstrated flexibility and openness in
    responding to changing work priorities and environment.
  • Self-driven; able to prioritize work
    according to importance/deadlines while meeting conflicting work demands.
  • Computer literacy i.e. proficiency in
    Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Willingness to travel across Uganda
    approximately 30% of the time and periodically stay up-country.
Compensation:  A
competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience including
health insurance and bonus opportunity
How to Apply:
All candidates are strongly encouraged to Apply Online at the web link
below.
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