USAID SPRING Project Jobs – Program Officer for Micronutrient Powders at JSI

Organisation: JSI
Research & Training Institute, Inc
Project Name: USAID
Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition (SPRING)
Duty Station:
Kampala, Uganda
Reports to:
SPRING/Uganda Program Manager
About JSI:
JSI Research & Training
Institute, Inc is a leading public health research and consulting organization,
seeks a creative, highly motivated, and detail oriented person to deliver
measurable intervention results as Program Officer for Micronutrient Powders
(MNPs). This person must work well in a fast-paced and results- driven
environment with passionate and motivated coworkers.
About USAID SPRING Project:
Strengthening Partnerships,
Results, and Innovations in Nutrition (SPRING) is a five-year cooperative agreement
funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to
provide state-of-the-art technical support and facilitate country- led,
regional, and global programs to improve the nutritional status of women and
children. The SPRING implementation team consists of JSI Research &
Training Institute, Inc., Helen Keller International (HKI), The International
Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Save the Children (SC), and The Manoff
Group (TMG).
Job Summary: The Program
Officer for MNPs will be part of the SPRING/Uganda program team, providing
support to the roll-out of the MNP pilot in Namutumba district. This position
will support the Program Manager in the design, implementation, monitoring and
evaluation of the MNP pilot in Namutumba.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Offer
    technical and logistical support in the development of a training package
    for trainers of trainers and community health workers including relevant
    influence materials.
  • Assist
    the Program Manager in maintaining a strong working relationship with
    Ministry of Health and other members of the Uganda MNP Technical Working
    Group (TWG) participating in this pilot.
  • Oversee
    all field operations, ensuring the teams in all locations work together
  • Maintain
    the integrity of the MNP intervention, ensuring close adherence to the
    implementation protocol, including all plans for distribution and
    monitoring of the MNP.
  • The
    Program Officer will visit implementation sites regularly during
    distribution of MNPs to document and monitor the MNP dissemination in
    Namutumba, provide support to local SPRING/Uganda and District staff as
    needed, and verify proper documentation and record-keeping.
  • Supervise
    the logistics of MNP transport to distribution sites to ensure adequate
    supply of MNPs to all sites throughout the implementation.
  • Support
    SPRING/Uganda staff and TWG members in development of a survey tool for
    use in Namutumba midline and end line data collection activities.
  • Oversee
    all the collection of survey data at two time periods during the study,
    including finalizing the survey tool (in collaboration with SPRING staff
    and TWG members), hiring and training data collectors, organizing data
    collection and entry, and managing data analysis.
  • Manage
    rigorous qualitative documentation of experiences related to the MNP pilot
    in Namutumba district. Data will be collected regularly in the field by
    SPRING/Uganda interns, but the Program Officer for MNPs is responsible for
    developing and maintaining the data collection process, as well as
    supervising the process and ensuring overall data quality.
  • Circulate
    key project information and/or materials to the rest of the SPRING team on
    a routine basis, including general project updates on a monthly basis.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    candidates for the USAID SPRING project job should hold a Master’s degree
    in nutrition, public health, statistics, marketing, economics or a related
    field (preferred).
  • Excellent
    written and oral communications and negotiating skills.
  • Strong
    initiative and self-motivation required, with a commitment to teamwork and
    effectiveness within a nonhierarchical, participatory management
  • Computer
    literacy and familiarity with basic word processing and spreadsheet
  • Good
    knowledge and understanding of the monitoring and evaluation systems,
    operations and/ or formative research design, and in the design,
    implementation, and analysis of quantitative and qualitative research
    studies (preferred).
  • Proven
    ability to train staff in data reporting procedures (preferred).
  • Past
    exposure and experience working in the areas of nutrition and maternal
    & child health (preferred).
  • Significant
    experience in social or commercial marketing (preferred).
  • Computer
    literacy i.e. Demonstrated use of statistical analysis software (Stata,
    SPSS, SAS) (preferred).
  • Demonstrated
    use of qualitative data management software (Nvivo) (preferred).
  • The
    applicants should be highly disciplined, responsible and passionate about
    work tasks. Successful applicants will be self-starters with a proven
    track record of success.
  • Previous
    experience in and as part of an operational research team is recommended.
  • Highly
    tactful and effective communication skills are essential for job success,
    as this person will serve as a liaison between the Kampala and
    Namutumba-based program teams as well as our field partners.
How to Apply: 
All candidates are strongly
encouraged to send their applications via e-mail or hand deliver to these
addresses below;
The Country Manager          
Block 01 Plot 295, Kacence,
Mbarara – Uganda Tel+256
OR Plot 36/37A, Martyrs Way,
Ministers’ Village, Ntinda, Kampala Tel: 256750001253 – Kampala – Uganda
Or via E-mail to:
Deadline:  Friday, 5th
December 2014 by 1.00PM

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