USAID ASSIST Non-profit Careers – Technical Officer –Nutrition at University Research Co., LLC (URC)

Organisation: University Research Co., LLC (URC)
Project Name: USAID Applying science to strengthen and
Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project
Duty Station: Gulu, Uganda
Reports to: Technical Advisor
About URC ASSIST Project:
University Research Co., LLC
(URC), a US-based public health organization working in Uganda since 2005, is
implementing the USAID Applying science to strengthen and Improve Systems
(ASSIST) Project which is a five-year cooperative agreement dedicated to
improving health, population and nutrition services through technical support
to service delivery institutions, country Ministries of Health, USAID country
missions, and cooperating agencies.
Job Summary: The Technical Officer – Nutrition will be
responsible for the planning and implementation of activities to improve the
quality of Nutrition Assessment, Counselling and Support (NACS) services in
USAID ASSIST Uganda. He/she will be directly responsible for ensuring the
integration of these NACS services into other services including, but not
limited to, HIV care, TB, PMTCT and OPD.
Key Duties and
  • Build
    technical competencies of facility health care providers in nutrition care
    and support services through trainings, onsite mentorships and peer to
    peer learning meetings.
  • Develop
    and timely submit work plans and budgets for all assigned NACS activities
    at least quarterly.
  • Improve
    technical strategies employed in NACS to ensure the USAID ASSIST project
    work plan is adhered to and implemented with measurable success.
  • The
    job holder will make sure that there is timely writing and submission of
    quality and accurate nutrition care and treatment reports quarterly,
    bi-weekly, and at all other requested times.
  • Develop
    and sustain a pool of regional and district coaches with required QI
  • Ensure
    the spread and integration of lessons learnt to health facilities to
    improve the comprehensive care and treatment of PLHIV.
  • Responsible
    for ensuring that the cross-cutting themes like gender and health work
    force development are well integrated into the nutrition implementation
  • Work
    in consultation with the Knowledge Management staff to document best
    practices in form of case studies, success stories, abstracts, video clips
    in addition to the routine biweekly updates, quarterly and annual reports.
  • In
    collaboration with the Monitoring and Evaluation team ensure that data
    collected is accurate and valid and captures process and outcome
  • Perform
    any other duties assigned by the supervisor/chief of party.
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The
    ideal candidate for the USAID ASSIST Project should hold a Bachelor’s
    Degree in Human nutrition and or dietetics, a Master’s Degree in a health
    related field with a wide experience in NACS and knowledge of public
    health will be an added advantage.
  • Good
    knowledge and understanding of the NACS framework and national nutrition
    guidelines will be an added advantage
  • Three
    or more years’ work in NACS experience gained through serving within a
    government institution or NGO with proven ability to work with
    multi-sectoral teams and achieve results
  • Past
    experience in implementing and applying Quality improvement approaches and
    providing clinical training to service providers and stake holders.
  • Excellent
    written and verbal communication or interpersonal skills is a must.
  • Excellent
    analytical skills and ability to support a cross section of frontline
    health workers
  • Possess
    the ability and willingness to travel within the supported districts
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified and
interested candidates who wish to join University Research Council’s USAID
Project should send an application Letter, updated CV, and relevant academic
documents as well as names and contact information for three professional
references and day-time contact numbers to: The Human Resource Officer- USAID
ASSIST Project, University Research Co., LLC, Plot 40, Ntinda II Road, Naguru,
P.O. Box 28745, Kampala, Uganda.
NB: Please clearly indicate the position in the
subject if you are sending electronically. Only short listed candidates will be
Deadline: 3rd April,
2015 by 5:00PM
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