Save the Children Jobs – Director of Health Systems Strengthening

Organisation: Save the
Duty Station: Uganda
About US:
Save the Children is the
world’s leading independent organization for children and has program presence
in over 120 countries in the world. Save the Children envisions a Uganda in
which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and
participation. Our mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world
treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. We
strive to create impact for children by delivering our Programmes through
partnerships, by being innovative, by acting as the voice for and of children,
and by achieving results at scale.  In
Uganda, we implement programmes in six thematic programme areas of Child
Protection, Child Rights Governance, Education, Livelihoods & Food
Security, Health, Nutrition and HIV/AIDS in development and emergency contexts.
Save the Children delivers programs in over 36 districts in the North,
Rwenzori, North-Eastern and Central regions of Uganda, Currently, Save the
Children has a staff complement of over 200 persons. We save children’s lives.
We fight for their rights. We help them fulfil their potential. In 2013, we
reached over 143 million children through our work around 52m directly and 91
million indirectly around the world.
Job Summary: The Director, Health Systems Strengthening  will work with Save the Children’s existing
country office in Uganda, and will work closely with the senior leadership to
support the management of the USAID Cooperative Agreement for the anticipated
five-year $20M Health and HIV/AIDS Integrated Program. S/he will provide
tactical direction and implementation in order to achieve the three key
objectives:  a) supporting health systems
critical for service delivery, b) increasing availability and access to quality
HIV and key health services; and c) improving health seeking behaviors and
demand for quality services among the people living in the Karamoja
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The ideal Save the Children job holder
    should hold a Masters’ degree or higher in public health, or related
    field. A professional engineer’s license through a professional society or
    government agency is required for design certification.
  • At least eight years’ experience with
    progressively increasing responsibility managing designing and
    implementing large and complex public health programs, ideally in
    Sub-Saharan Africa. 
  • Past exposure and experience leading a
    highly successful health systems strengthening program in Uganda or in a
    similar setting.
  • Demonstrated understanding and knowledge
    of decentralized health and HIV/AIDS service delivery programs within
    Africa, as well as high impact HIV/AIDS and health services in the Uganda
    context or similar setting.
  • At least five years’ experience
    demonstrating technical expertise in health systems strengthening
    activities, as well as integration with several areas including:
    nutrition; WASH; community malaria/family planning/maternal and child
    health programs; testing and counseling for HIV; quality
    improvement/quality assurance; gender; and the use of health-related data
    in program design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
  • At least three years’ experience managing
    and supervising a team
  • Proven experience building capacity of
    programs with local NGOs and government bodies in-country and working
    collaboratively with partners and/or key stakeholders.
  • Past
    experience of working with local partners and District Local Government in
    Child Rights Governance, Health, Nutrition, Education, HIV/AIDS or Child
    Protection is an added advantage.
  • Excellent
    analytical skills and strategic planning abilities.
  • Possess
    the ability to establish and maintain conducive collegial relations and
    perform effectively as a member of a team.
  • Willingness
    to travel and work in hard-to-reach areas, occasionally under strenuous
  • Highly
    computer literate and possess excellent documentation skills.
  • Availability
    and willingness to work extra hours during times of humanitarian
  • Highly
    developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international
    environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • Ability
    to intervene with crisis management or troubleshooting as necessary.
  • Excellent
    interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation
    and coaching
  • Excellent
    time management and planning capacity.
  • Availability
    and willingness to work extra hours during times of humanitarian
  • Willingness
    to extensively travel to the field.
How to Apply:
All interested candidates
should submit their applications with cover letters and a detailed CVs
indicating three professional referees, two of whom should have been direct
supervisors should be submitted to: The Director of Human Resources &
Administration, Save the Children, Plot 68/70, Kiira Road, P.O Box 12018,
Kampala, Uganda Or via email:
Save the Children is an equal
opportunity employer, persons with disabilities and female candidates are
encouraged to apply.
NB: Testimonials/certificates should not be attached to applications that
are submitted online. Candidates are therefore encouraged to apply at the
earliest opportunity.
Deadline: Friday, 12th December 2014

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