USAID Project Jobs – District Advocacy Officer at Reproductive Health

Organisation: Reproductive Health Uganda (RHU)
Project Name: USAID “Advocacy for Better Health” Project
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: M & E Specialist
About RHU:
Health Uganda (RHU) is an accredited member of the International Planned
Parenthood Federation (IPPF), and its core mandate is promoting high quality,
high-impact and gender sensitive Sexual & Reproductive Health and Rights
(SRHR) information and services through capacity building, specialized service
delivery, issue specific advocacy and strategic partnerships.
About USAID Project:
RHU is to
begin implementing a four year (2015- 2018) USAID funded project
entitled-‘Advocacy for Better Health” at the National level, as well as in
Kabale and Kisoro districts. The overall project goal is to improve the
quality, accessibility, and availability of health services in the target
districts. The Project is expected to create an enabling environment and
opportunities for citizens and community groups to raise their demands and hold
duty bearers accountable for improved health and social services. Communities will
also be empowered to participate in the planning, budgeting, and programming
processes at village, parish, sub county and district level, in order to
influence policy implementation.
Job Summary: The District Advocacy Officer
will be responsible for the day to day implementation and monitoring of the
“Advocacy for Better Health” project activities at local and district level
with support from the Project Coordinator. S/he will engage in advocacy
activities with district allies in health and social services.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Community Mobilization:
  • Establishes groups of community advocates for health
    and social services
  • Actively facilitates communities to analyse and
    generate consensus on issues that require action.
  • Works with community advocates to schedule and engage
    them in district advocacy activities
  • Engages with local leaders for the support of the
    community advocates
  • Actively facilitates social mobilization activities
    for advocating for health and social services in district communities
    including supporting and facilitating the smooth running of community
Coalition building at district level:
  • Establishes alliances, networks and movements with
    individuals and organizations influencing health and social services provision
    in the district
  • Uses project data and community voices to advocate
    for vulnerable target groups with poor information and services for health
    in the project districts.
  • Establishes good rapport with duty bearers at
    district level through regular communication.
Capacity Building:
  • Selects, trains and coaches community advocates
    (volunteers) for health and social services Develops the capacity of
    project actors at community and district levels to obtain, analyze and use
    information, and advocate for health and social services
  • Technically supports target groups to mobilize other
    community members to increase their demand for health and social services
  • Provides technical guidance to district stakeholders
    in the area of health and social services where necessary
Monitoring & Evaluation and Reporting:
  • Works in liaison with the Project Coordinator to
    establish appropriate systems to manage program and financial records.
  • Provides necessary data to the coalition partners
    under the agreement of the Project Coordinator.
  • Identify and document case studies, success stories,
    and lessons learnt in a systematic manner
  • Ensure timely, quality and comprehensive reporting
    adhering to organizational and donor requirements
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The ideal candidate should hold a University degree
    in fields related to population, public health or behavioural sciences
  • A minimum of  three
    years’ experience implementing projects related to research, advocacy and
    community empowerment (required).
  • Strong knowledge and skills in dealing with local authorities and
    communities, ethical rules of confidentialities, wide knowledge and
    practical skill in communicating Health issues is a must.
  • Demonstrable advocacy and mobilisation skills and ability to write
    clear and concise reports.
How to Apply: 
candidates should send their applications via post or hand-deliver an
application letter and attach certified copies of academic transcripts, a
detailed Curriculum Vitae and other relevant certificates plus contact
addresses (e-mail) of three referees including day time telephone numbers to: The
Executive Director, Reproductive Health Uganda, P.O. Box 10746 Kampala Or
hand-deliver at: RHU Head Office, Plot 2, Katego Road, Kamwokya (Opposite
Uganda Museum)
Deadline: 6th February 2015.
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