USAID Project Jobs – Community Linkages Coordinator 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
USAID ASSIST Project Community Linkages Coordinator will work with health
facilities and communities to effectively establish linkages between the two.
He/ she will work closely with CSO’s in Northern Uganda to coordinate
activities which will increase the demand for health services provided at health
facility level such as SMC, HIV care and treatment, PMTCT, Family Planning,
MNCH, Nutrition and TB.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
 
  • Works
    in liaison with CSOs that are supporting health services in the northern
    Uganda region to create demand for health services in the community.
  • Actively
    coordinate activities between the CSO’s and health facilities to ensure
    that services provided are adequate and can meet the demand created.
  • Strengthen
    linkages between the community health departments and the HIV/ART/PMTCT/MCH/TB
    clinics
  • Work
    closely with community health department to establish community based
    structures that will create demand for HIV/AIDS care, treatment, Nutrition,
    SMC, MNCH, malaria and PMTCT and TB/HIV services. They will participate in
    identification, training and support supervision of the Village Health
    Teams (VHTs)
  • Responsible
    for community mobilization for HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment,
    PMTCT and TB/HIV services
  • Coordinate
    and support linkage facilitators and mother support groups to efficiently
    and effectively execute their roles and responsibilities in the community
  • Develop
    and timely submit work plans and budgets for all assigned PMTCT activities
    at least quarterly.
  • Ensure
    the timely writing and submission of quality and accurate PMTCT reports
    quarterly, bi-weekly, and at all other requested times.
  • Ensure
    the spread and integration of lessons learnt about how to engage communities
    to health facilities to improve the quality of services, retention in care
    and adherence to treatment.
  • Ensure
    that cross-cutting themes like gender and health work force development
    are well integrated into the implementation plans.
  • Works
    closely with other KM 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
    indicators.
  • Perform
    any other duties assigned by the supervisor/chief of party.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience:  
  • The
    ideal candidate should preferably hold a Bachelor’s degree in Social
    Sciences or Community Development or Community Health. Possession of a post
    graduate in Public Health, Sociology, Community Health would be an added
    advantage
  • At
    least three years’ work in community work with experience gained through
    serving within a government institution or NGO with proven ability to
    coordinate activities of different stakeholders at district and or sub
    national level.
  • Past
    experience in using any of the various aspects of the behavior change and
    communication (BCC) model would be desirable
  • 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 in
    northern Uganda
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.
E-mail:
assistugandarecruitment@urc-chs.com 
NB: Please clearly indicate the position in the
subject if you are sending electronically. Only short listed candidates will be
contacted.
Deadline: 3rd April,
2015 by 5:00PM
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