USAID SPRING Project Jobs – Program Officer 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).
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Serve
    as the primary coordinator of follow-up interviews and appointments with
    all six groups of stakeholders (government, donor agencies, civil society
    organizations, business/ private sector, United Nation groups, and
    academic/research institutions):
    • Maintain regular communication and relationships with key
      informants (KIs),
    • Update and maintain Key Informants list as needed
    • Keep track of changes to budget calendar and Uganda Nutrition
      Action Plan (UNAP) meeting schedules
    • Schedule interviews
    • Organize and manage hiring of notetakers and/or assistants as
      necessary for data collection
    • Draft questions with research leads, conduct interviews, and
      complete notes
    • Log transcripts and notes into group data management system
    • Attend key UNAP and Budget meetings, taking notes for inclusion in
      data file
    • Actively participate in weekly research meetings to update team on
      follow-up activities
    • Conduct data validation meetings as needed for budget analysis and
      at key points for qualitative data validation (brief clarification
  • Collect
    documents related to the implementation of UNAP and budgeting from the
    various stakeholders and share with the research team in a timely fashion
  • Represent
    SPRING at local UNAP meetings and potentially regional meetings, as
  • Technically
    support the team with field visits in Uganda
  • Stay
    informed of SPRING communications with the Office of the Prime Minister
    (OPM), and join the Program Officer- SBCC SPRING OPM Liaison for regular
    update meetings with OPM to present PBN findings
  • Support
    communication and coordination with PBN staff who are conducting the
    district level follow up work, specifically:
    • DSW, the consultant for District level budget work
    • Tufts Nutrition Innovation Lab (NIL) intern and SPRING/Uganda
      Program Officer- Fortification and Micronutrients for District level
      follow on qualitative work
  • Perform
    other related duties as assigned
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    applicant should also possess two to three years of work experience
  • The
    ideal candidate should hold a Master’s degree in public health, nutrition
    or related field preferred, bachelor’s degree required
  • Excellent
    interpersonal communication skills and comfortable communicating with
    multiple stakeholders and of all levels
  • Good
    knowledge and understanding of nutrition issues in country at the national
    and district level, and knowledge of nutrition movements at the global and
    national level
  • Understanding
    of government protocols and able to effectively manage cross ministerial
    and department communications
  • Significant
    experience with UNAP strongly preferred
  • The
    applicants should be highly disciplined, responsible and passionate about
    work tasks.
  • Successful
    applicants will be self-starters with a track record of success.
  • Past
    experience in and as part of a research team is recommended.
  • Highly
    proficient in written and spoken English; knowledge of other local
    languages strongly preferred
  • Preference
    for experience in ethnographic research (key informant interviews,
    participant observations, note taking)
  • Preference
    for experience working with budgets, ideally government budgeting
  • Possess
    excellent communication skills and able to respond to emails and requests
    in a timely fashion.
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:  Thursday, 18th
December 2014 by 2.00PM

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