USAID GHG Program Careers – Health Facility Support Officer at Mercy Corps

Organisation: Mercy
Project Name: Growth,
Health and Governance (GHG) Program
Funding Source: USAID
Duty Station: Uganda
About US:
Mercy Corps is an international
non-profit organization which implements high-quality, analytical development
work in very difficult places. We have been operating in Uganda since 2006 and
currently implement development programs in the Acholi and Karamoja sub-regions
of Uganda with funding from USAID, EC, SDC, and USDA. We were recently awarded
a market-development focused 5-year USAID/Food for Peace-funded program working
in the northern half of Karamoja.
About USAID GHG Program:
The project, called the
Northern Karamoja Growth, Health and Governance (GHG) program, aims to support
the immediate needs of program beneficiaries while promoting long-term
development by spurring systemic improvements in key economic sectors of
northern Karamoja.
Job Summary: The Health
Facility Support Officer will participate in strategy development and lead the
daily implementation of program interventions focused at improving the
efficiency and effectiveness of Health Centre III and Health Centre II-level
facilities in the target area. The primary focus of the Health Facility Support
Officer (HFSO) will be to implement and support a program that improves the
organizational performance of HCIII and HC II-level facilities in line with
government standards and priorities. Support will be strongly focused on the
management of facilities, with less support on the technical skills of facility
staff. It will also include supporting a pre-internship and COBERS program
designed to encourage Ugandan medical students to work in Karamoja and other
various activities.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Mentorship and Supervision
of Health Facility:
  • Work
    closely with the Health Facility Support Team leader in assessment of the
    organizational and management strengths and weaknesses of health
    facilities management systems. Continuous support and supervision to
    district, sub-county and facility level officers to improve performance of
    the public health system.
2. Health Facility governance
(health unit management committees):
  • Technically
    support the functionality of HUMCs through mentorship and on-the job
  • Periodically
    carry out assessment on HUMC’s functionality.
  • Advocate
    for oversight at district and sub-county level through continuous
3. Collaboration/Networking:
  • Establish
    and maintain productive working relationships with sub-county and district
    leaders and health departments, representing Mercy Corps in coordination
    meetings and soliciting their participation in all activities where
  • Work
    in synergy with World Vision’s GHG maternal child health/nutrition officers
    in achieving GHG’s program objective 2.
  • Ensure
    close coordination and sharing of information with other stakeholders such
    as district health offices, NGO’s and local authorities, as appropriate
    and advised by the line manager.
  • Ensure
    an integrated approach to program implementation in order to maximize
    resource utilization and synergy between the staff and different MC
4. Monitoring and Evaluation:
  • Take
    primary responsibility for district data gathering and documentation of
    program activities
  • Ensure
    compliance with M&E procedures and policies to ensure program impacts
    and desired results
  • Analyze
    project implementation strategies to identify constraints to program
    success and provide timely recommendations;
  • Prepare
    and send timely weekly, monthly, and quarterly reports that will be
    indicative of program progress during implementation.
  • Work
    in collaboration/consultation with the World Vision MCHN staff
    periodically supervise various activities implemented on the ground by the
  • Where
    needed support external evaluations by research partner Feinstein
    International Center and other organizations;
5. Other job deliverables:
  • Work
    closely with the pre-intern and COBERS Ugandan medical students placed in
    Karamoja health facilities
  • Recommend
    program priorities and explore, evaluate and present new opportunities
    that leverage impact and/or complement core program activities;
  • Provide
    onsite technical support supervision to health facilities; with focus on
    strengthening the functionality of HUMC’s and HMIS in health facilities.
  • Work
    with the gender advisor to ensure that the needs and priorities of women,
    men, boys and girls are effectively addressed in the program cycle. This
    includes but is not limited to, the collection of sex-disaggregated and gender
    responsive data, developing and implementing gender responsive strategies
    and plans that reiterates Mercy Corps Uganda’s commitment to the promotion
    of gender equality in its organizational culture and programming.
  • Where
    needed support ongoing GHG assessments in economic development, Gender,
    conflict and governance & facilitate the integration of health related
    economic opportunities in all GHG program objectives
  • Conduct
    oneself professionally and with sensitivity, awareness and respect when
    working with diverse groups of people, including Mercy Corps staffs,
    beneficiaries and partner agencies.
  • Adhere
    to Mercy Corps policies and procedures
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate should possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health, Nursing
    or a related field.
  • A
    minimum of three or more years of professional experience working with the
    government health system is desirable.
  • Significant
    experience in delivering capacity building programs especially on
    organizational capacity of health facilities and establishing support
  • Demonstrate
    knowledge and experience in strengthening HMIS data collection, analysis
    & reporting
  • Demonstrable
    quantitative skills, including familiarity with financial accounting
  • Proven
    skills in networking, collaboration, community consultations and
    organizational development
  • Fluency
    in Ngakarimojong and Lebthur is an added advantage
  • Possess
    the ability to ride a motorcycle and he/she should be in possession of a
    valid driving/riding permit
  • Proven
    knowledge and capacity in using computer basic applications Ms word, Excel
    and internet
  • Intimate
    knowledge of Uganda’s public health environment and strong familiarity
    with the publicly funded Health Centre system, particularly in the context
    of Karamoja.
How to Apply: 
All qualified and interested
candidates who desire to join Mercy Corps should send their application
including a cover letter clearly stating your salary requirements, CV (with 3
referees), and copies of academic qualifications/certificates to the HR/Admin
Manager, Kampala Head Office 4th Floor, Embassy Plaza Plot 1188,1189&1190
Ggaba Road, Kampala or via E-mail to:
Female Candidates are encouraged to apply.
Deadline: 4th February, 2015

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