District Advocacy Officer USAID Project Careers - PATH

Project Name: USAID Advocacy for Better Health Project
Organisation: PATH
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

About US:
PATH is an international organization that drives transformative innovation to save lives and improve health, especially among women and children. We accelerate innovation across five platforms—vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, devices, and system and service innovations—that harness our entrepreneurial insight, scientific and public health expertise, and passion for health equity. By mobilizing partners around the world, we take innovation to scale, working alongside countries primarily in Africa and Asia to tackle their greatest health needs. Together, we deliver measurable results that disrupt the cycle of poor health.

About USAID Advocacy for Better Health project:
The USAID funded Advocacy for Better Health project, now in its third year, is implemented by PATH in collaboration with Initiatives Inc. with the goal to improve the quality, accessibility, and availability of health services in Uganda by fostering citizen demand and enhancing the capacity of CSOs to advocate for improved responsiveness and accountability by decision-makers and service providers.

Job Summary: The District Advocacy Officer will coordinate the activities of Advocacy for Better Health in the District working with community groups, Health facilities sub counties and district leaders, Mobilize community groups and build their capacity to empower citizens on their health rights and social services, facilitate social mobilization activities for advocating for improved quality of health and social services in district including supporting and facilitating the smooth running of community groups. The incumbent will be responsible for the day to day implementation and monitoring of the Advocacy for Better Health project activities at the community, sub county and district level.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • In charge of the day to day implementation and monitoring of the Advocacy for Better Health project activities at the community, sub county and district level.
  • Mobilize community groups and build their capacity to empower citizens on their health rights and social services.
  • Facilitates communities to analyze and generate consensus on issues that require action.
  • Maintains close contact with community groups to provide technical assistance to the groups to identify issues affecting health services delivery at the facility and community level and to develop implementable community Advocacy action plans to address identified gaps.
  • Engages in advocacy activities with district allies in health and social services.
  • Works closely with community advocates to schedule and hold sub county/ facility level as well as District advocacy activities.
  • Document and follow up commitments from duty bearers during advocacy forums within the district and provide feedback to the citizens on the implementation of commitments.
  • Facilitates social mobilization activities for advocating for improved quality of health and social services in district including supporting and facilitating the smooth running of community groups.
  • Establishes alliances, networks and movements with individuals and organizations influencing health and social services provision in the district.
  • Collect, package and disseminate evidence including community voices to advocate for vulnerable target groups with poor information and services for health in the project districts.
  • Establishes good rapport with duty bearers at district level through regular communication and attend district and sub county level meetings for advocacy.
  • Develops the capacity of project actors at community and district levels to obtain, analyze and use information, and advocate for health and social services.
  • Supports target groups to mobilize other community members to increase their demand for health and social services.
  • Monitoring & Evaluation of project activities including: document case studies, success stories, and lessons learnt in a systematic manner and submit timely and quality quarter and annual report.
  • Submit monthly updates to the Regional Coordinator concerning project progress in the district.
  • Performs any other duties assigned by the supervisor.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant for the USAID Project District Advocacy Officer career placement should a University degree in Communication, Journalism, International Relations, Public Administration or related field.
  • A minimum of three years’ experience in public information, public relations, journalism, international relations, public administration or related area, especially within humanitarian organizations and context.
  • Good analytical skills and global vision.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a multisite/multicultural organization and as part of a team.
  • The applicant must currently have legal authorization to work in Uganda.
  • Fluency in English required.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to apply online at the link below.


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