USAID Jhpiego Project Careers – Director of Health Systems Strengthening

Organisation: Jhpiego
Duty Station: Mbarara,
About Jhpiego:
Jhpiego is an international,
non-profit health organization affiliated with The Johns Hopkins University.
For 40 years in East and Southern Africa, Jhpiego has empowered front-line
health workers by designing and implementing effective, low-cost, hands-on
solutions that strengthen the delivery of health care services, following the
household-to-hospital continuum of care. Jhpiego partners with organizations
to build sustainable, local capacity through advocacy, policy development,
human resources for health and quality and performance improvement approaches.
Job Summary: The
Director of Health Systems Strengthening will provide technical and
programmatic oversight and direction in the areas of health systems
strengthening, human resources for health, quality improvement and local
capacity development for USAID regional integrated health programs (HIV/AIDS,
TB, malaria, nutrition, family planning, and maternal, neonatal and child
health care) in Uganda .  This program
aims to increase utilization of health services by strengthening systems and
improve quality of integrated health services. The project will operate over a
5 year period. Responsibilities include providing leadership and technical and
programmatic guidance in the development and implementation of program
activities under the leadership of the Chief of Party and in collaboration with
the rest of the senior management team. This position will also ensure the
technical and methodological soundness of program activities.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Offer
    technical and programmatic management, strategic direction and ensure
    appropriate support for the implementation of program activities in the
    areas of health systems strengthening and quality improvement
  • Provide
    leadership in development of HSS &QI framework for partner districts
    and at facility levels
  • Coordinate
    assessments, site strengthening, follow-up and supervision, including
    developing supportive supervision guidelines
  • Identify
    clinical training needs and assist in the design and implementation of
    measures to address those needs
  • Manage
    the development of training curricula and quality improvement systems
  • Provide
    “train the trainer” sessions, site strengthening, in-service and/or
    pre-service education, follow-up and supportive supervision to
    project-supported health facilities
  • Engage
    regional and district stakeholders to define desired health outcomes  and confirm clinical performance
    standards in alignment with national health service delivery standards and
    QI processes in different health facilities (hospital, HCIII, etc) and
    settings (static clinics, referrals, outreach), assess existing gaps in
    meeting standards, and develop a plan of action to achieve the desired health
  • Develop
    and test approaches for quality and performance improvement according to
    the local context as needed
  • Steer
    the establishment/maintenance  of
    quality laboratory practice and quality standards for all biomedical
  • Apply
    quality standards to ensure that health services meet national
    requirements, as well as meet client expectations
  • Advocate
    with national, district and community-level health institutions to raise
    awareness about their role in improving health outcomes
  • Contributes
    to strengthening the referral system at all levels of health system
  • Work
    in liaison with program staff and the M&E Specialist, ensure that
    necessary quality improvement planning, budgeting and management
    activities occur to facilitate smooth and efficient program functioning
  • Monitor
    and track improvements and progress toward quality goals
  • Reinforce
    the peer review process, including sharing lessons learned and best
    practices adopted, to continually bridge performance gaps
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    applicant should preferably hold a Master’s degree in Public Health or a
    related field
  • A
    minimum of eight years’ experience with progressively increasing
    responsibility in designing, managing and implementing complex, large
    scale public health programs and experience designing and/or leading a
    highly successful HSS program in Uganda or in a similar setting
  • Skills
    in strengthening service delivery programs, training, performance and
    quality improvement and monitoring and evaluation
  • Possess
    the ability to liaise with senior MOH officials and dignitaries,
    executives of NGOs, FBOs, CBOs, the for-profit business community, and
    senior members of the donor community;
  • Demonstrated
    in-depth understanding of Ugandan healthcare system, particularly the
    public health system, experience living and working in Uganda preferred
  • Strong
    oral and written communication and presentations skills in English;
  • Familiarity
    with USAID or other USG administrative, management and reporting
    procedures and systems;
  • Excellent
    track record managing a project team composed of several technical experts
    and fostering team work
  • Ability
    to coach, mentor and develop technical capacity in national programs and
    technical staff in QI
  • Ability
    to travel up to 50% time
How to Apply:   
All candidates should Apply
Online by visiting the web link below.
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