USAID Project Jobs – Technical Advisor Sub grantee coordination – Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP)

Job Title:         Technical Advisor Sub grantee coordination

Organisation: Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP)

Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

Reports to: Deputy Chief of Party, SBC Activity

About US:

Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) is a leader in strategic communication and research that facilitates access to information and exchange of knowledge to improve health.  CCP has more than 60 projects that employ staff in more than 40 countries around the world.  CCP has unparalleled experience as a global center for Social and Behavioral Change excellence.  Through its projects, CCP harnesses the power of social and behavior change communication to encourage the adoption of healthy behaviors in the projects implemented worldwide.

Project Background: 

The Social and Behavioral Change Activity (SBCA) is a five-year program implemented through a cooperative agreement between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID/Uganda) and Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP). The vision of USAID’s Social and Behavioral Change Activity is a Uganda where individuals and communities are not just healthy, but resilient, supported by strong adaptable systems and institutions to lead productive lives. The SBC Activity supports the Government of Uganda (GoU) and US government (USG) implementing partners to design and implement Social and behavioral Change (SBC) communication initiatives that   contribute towards reduction in Maternal and Child mortality, Malaria prevalence, Total Fertility rate, new HIV infections, TB prevalence and improved Nutrition out comes, resilience and improved SBC systems and expertise. 

Job Summary:   The Technical Advisor Sub grantee coordinator will support the Deputy Chief of Party to Implement the agenda for USAID’s Journey to Self-reliance.  The Journey to Self-reliance initiative is aimed at strengthening local capacities to achieve greater development outcomes.  Under this initiative SBCA will identify local organizations whose capacity in SBC and other organizational and managerial skill sets will be strengthened in order for them to effectively implement programs.  Principal duties for the Technical Advisor sub grantee coordination include conceptualization of the sub grantee mechanism, capacity needs assessment, development and implementation of capacity strengthening plans and day to day administration of the mechanism.

The position is based in Kampala but with frequent travel to the field.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  The Technical Advisor Sub Grantee coordination will support the Deputy Chief of Party to perform the following tasks;

·        Work with the program team, the Director Finance and Administration and Senior Grants and Procurement Officer to lead the process of conceptualizing and developing a plan for the sub grantee mechanism. As part of the plan develop relevant standards of operating procedures, tools and processes that will guide the implementation of the mechanism.

·        Lead the process of conducting an open, fair and competitive solicitation process to identify CSOs for the SBCA sub grantee mechanism. The process must comply with USAID and CCP policies that guide solicitation.

·        Lead the SBCA in conducting an organizational capacity assessment (OCA) for identified CSOs (NGOs, FBOs, CBOs, and any other registered organizations), to establish their ability to deliver on the project objectives and results.

·        Work with the Technical Advisor SBC, Technical Advisor Capacity Building and the MEL team to support the identified CSOs to develop work plans, budgets and work schedules. As part of this process lead the CSOs in developing capacity building plans that address the gaps identified in the OCA.

·        Develop a support supervision and coordination plan for monitoring and supporting the CSOs as they implement their work plans. As part of this continuously work with Technical Advisors for Capacity building, National Level coordination, SBC and the Regional SBC Technical Assistance Specialists and Senior Grants and Procurement Officer to support CSOs to identify and address emerging capacity building gaps and needs as they implement their work plans.

·        Work with MEL to conduct periodic reviews and data quality assessments on the activities and deliverables of the CSOs. Based on the results from this process work with Technical Advisors for Capacity building, National Level coordination, SBC, and Regional SBC Technical Assistance Specialists to address emerging gaps through quality improvement approaches including mentorship.

·        Work with the CLA team to support the CSOs to document lessons, innovation and success stories and support them to share and publish them widely.  Ensure that lessons and innovations are used to inform programming and scaled up.

·        Work with the Technical Advisor SBC, Technical Assistants for different regions to support sub grantees to develop and nurture healthy working relationships with different USG Implementing partners and government agencies.

·        Liaise with the Director Finance and Administration and the Senior Grans and Procurement officer to ensure financial settlements are aligned to technical deliverables.

·        Establish an effective records management system for sub grantee records.  Conduct periodic audits to ensure all required documentation is available.

·        Work with the Capacity Building Specialist, Technical Advisor Coordination, Technical Advisor SBC, and Regional SBC Technical Assistance Specialists to identify other CSOs that work with USG IPs and build their capacity to implement SBC programs. As part of this process engage the identified IPs and CSOs to scale-up SBC approaches developed by MoH and SBCA.

·        Working with Technical Teams, Lead tracking of sub grantee implementation progress and periodic performance reviews.

·        Ensure timely submission of sub grantee periodic reports and deliverables.

·        Perform any other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Qualifications and Experience:

·        A master’s degree in either Business Administration, Public Health, Project Planning and Management, Communication, Social Work and Administration or Social Sciences

·        First degree in Public Health, Education, Social Sciences, Social Works and Administration and or Communication.

·        Over 7 years’ experience coordinating sub grantees preferably for a USAID funded project focused on Health Communication/ SBCC/ SBC.

·        Knowledge of USAID rules and regulations applicable to sponsored projects.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

·        Understanding of contracting concepts and principles from the solicitation phase to post-award administration.

·        Self-directed with ability to clearly, concisely and professionally communicate to different partners.

·        Organized, detail-oriented and accurate with the ability to exercise sound business.

·        Strong interpersonal skills required with the ability to interact with internal and external clients in a mature and collaborative manner.

·        A high level of integrity and dependability with a strong sense of urgency and results.

·        Ability to effectively communicate complex issues verbally and in writing.

·        Strong negotiation and analytical skills.

·        Strong organizational, leadership and project management skills.

·        Ability to manage a variety of activities and pay close attention to detail.

·        Proficiency in word processing and spreadsheets.

How to Apply:

All candidates are encouraged to submit e-mail applications to with copies of current CV, cover letter and three professional referees. Please indicate which position you are applying for in the subject line of the email i.e. Technical Advisor Sub grantee coordination.

Deadline: 18th June 2020

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