Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) Manager Job at Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation is a global leader in the fight against pediatric HIV and AIDS, working in 17 countries and at 4,700 sites around the world to prevent the transmission of HIV to children, and to help those already infected. Today, because of the highly successful work of the Foundation and its partners, pediatric AIDS has been virtually eliminated in the United States. With a growing global staff of nearly 1,300—nine of 10 who work in the field—the Foundation’s global mission is to implement prevention, care, and treatment; further advance innovative research; and to execute strategic and targeted global advocacy activities to bring dramatic change to the lives of millions of women, children, and families worldwide.
The Foundation received funding from USAID/ Uganda for a five-year cooperative agreement in 13 districts in the south-western region of Uganda with the goal of increasing access to, coverage of and utilization of quality comprehensive tuberculosis (TB) and HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment services.
We are therefore seeking most suitable candidates to fill the following position.
Department: Program Location: Mbarara
Reporting Relations: The Health Systems Strengthening Manager reports to the Technical Director
Job Summary: The Health Systems Strengthening Manager will be responsible for providing strategic/technical expertise and guidance on supporting health systems strengthening activities for the STAR SW project. He/she will work with the country team and will travel extensively to provide direct technical support and guidance to implementing partners at the regional, district, sub-district and community levels in accordance with national and international HIV/AIDS policies and standards.
Duties and Responsibilities
·         Ensures the technical soundness of EGPAF’s HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment strategies by updating STAR SW project staff and implementing partners on technical advances and lessons learned around the world.
·         Ensures that STAR SW/ EGPAF’s implementation strategies and performance goals are in accordance with national and international standards for PMTCT.
·         Development of overall Health Systems.
·         Strengthening strategy to/support the National Strategy to provide national extension of HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment and associated TBM/HIV services in Uganda.
·         Provides technical leadership and guidance during the development of STAR SW/ EGPAF’s annual work plan and participates in the planning and budgeting activities, especially in regard to Health Systems strengthening.
·         Manages a team of specialists in Capacity Building, Logistics and Laboratories
·         Coordinates with other directorate heads to ensure sound program management
·         Provide technical guidance to the Ministry of Health AIDS Control and TB Control Programs.
·         Provide technical guidance and assistance to all implementing partners including CSOs, NGOs, District Health Offices, District HIV/ AIDS Committees (DHACs). This will include technical review of grant proposals and work “plans submitted to EGPAF and oversight of the implementation plan for each implementing partner/sub grantee.
·         Coordinates the provision of technical support in the 6 tenets of HSS i.e. 1.Service Delivery, 2. Medicines and Technologies, 3. Finance/Budgeting 4. Strategic Information, 5.Leadership and Governance, and 6. Human Resource to the STAR SW supported districts and provides technical guidance to the district teams for work plan development to ensure that project activities are successfully implemented in a sustainable way.
·         Provides mentorship and builds capacity of technical staff in the 6 building blocks for HSS and track progress at individual districts through technical assistance site visits and district reports, in collaboration with M.O.H and the EGPAF program team.
·         Provides leadership for technical reporting according to defined reporting schedule- and writes regular monitoring and technical reports as required and contribute to EGPAF and donor reports.
·         Coordinates technical partner relationships as may be assigned by the technical director and country director.
·         Assists in identifying, documenting, disseminating and scaling up best practices in PMTCT and C&T.
·         Represent EGPAF and STAR SW project in the supported districts, national and international level.
·         Provides the Country Director with technical guidance on issues related to HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment.
Qualifications, Skills & Experience:
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
·         A Medical degree and/or a master’s degree in Public Health or other clinical discipline.
·         At least 5 years of professional experience working in a management position in HIV/AIDS prevention, care & treatment programs.
·         Hands-on knowledge and skills in designing, planning, implementing and monitoring PMTCT, ART including Pediatric care, and TB/ HIV programs.
·         Practical experience in working with health systems at the national and district level, including supply chain and logistics, capacity building, budgeting, strategic information etc.
·         Sound understanding of current issues and developments in the field of HIV/AIDS and especially PMTCT, ART and HCT.
·         Trainer Skills
·         Strong skills in leadership, teamwork and networking. Good verbal communication and writing skills.
·         Willingness to work and travel in rural settings in Uganda.
·         Good working knowledge of Microsoft office programs including MS Excel, MS Word and MS PowerPoint.
How to apply: 
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. AN qualified individuals are welcome to apply. Please send cover letter and CV to: The Country Director/COP Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) Plot 18A Kyadondo Road, Nakasero P.O. Box 21127, Kampala, Uganda E-mail: UgandaRecruitment@pedaids.org EGPAF will only contact short-listed applicants. Deadline for submission is Friday, 13th July 2012www.pedaids.org Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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