7 U.S. CDC District Technical Support Officer Job Positions – Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI)

Organisation: Infectious
Diseases Institute (IDI)
Funding Source: U.S. Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
Reports to:  Project Manager
About US:
The Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) is an International NGO which
seeks to “Strengthen Health Systems in Africa with strong emphasis on
Infectious Diseases through Research and Capacity Development.” IDI has five
operational areas through which it works to achieve its mission: Prevention,
Care and Treatment, Training, Research, and Outreach programmes. With funding
from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/PEPFAR, IDI has been
implementing comprehensive HIV/AIDS services in the mid-western Uganda
Districts of Kiboga, Kibaale, Kyankwanzi, Hoima, Masindi, Buliisa and
Kiryandongo since 2009. IDI has recendy won a five year follow on project with
the title “Accelerating Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Service Delivery through Health
System Capacity Building and Technical Assistance of District Health Teams and
Health Facilities in Western and West Nile Regions in the Republic of Uganda
under PEPFAR.”
Job Summary: The District
Technical Support Officers will be the technical advisors to the district
health team (DHT) and will support district-led programming for a decentralized
HIV/AIDS response. The incumbent will initiate, plan, coordinate and evaluate
project activities designed to enhance capabilities, governance and
functionality of DHTs. The job holder will work very closely with the DHOs
Office, health facilities and other stakeholders in responding to the HIV/AIDS
epidemic. He/she will lead capacity-building efforts to reinforce competencies
of DHTs and HCWs and will be the key liaison between IDI and the district.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities:  
  • Serve as a principal liaison between the
    DHT and the Project Management.
  • In charge of identifying synergies with
    other projects to avoid duplication of services.
  • Support in monitoring the district-led
    programming and sub-granting to districts.
  • Prepare regular briefings in relation to
    performance of district-led programming.
  • Actively coordinate and adapt lessons
    learned from HSS activities to further strengthen and expand interventions
    to achieve the Project goals.
  • Identify barriers to implementation of
    district-led programming and propose corrective action.
  • Assess compliance of the partner districts
    to the terms and conditions of the partnerships.
  • Conduct capacity building and technical
    assistance to the DHT and HFs.
  • Provide technical assistance to DHTs
    regarding managing of sub-grants and financial agreements.
  • Conducting regular site visits to review
    project performance, ensuring that districts are in compliance with the
    finance agreements, and with the performance expectations as outlined in
    their work plans.
  • Prepare regular and ad-hoc progress
    reports on district-led programming.
  • Represent the Project on all important
    district level fora e.g. DACs meetings, District Technical Planning
    Committee (DTPC) etc.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
  • The ideal candidates should preferably
    hold a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery or a related health field. A Masters’ Degree in Public Health, Master of Science (MSc) or related
    field
  • A minimum of three or more years’ public
    health experience
  • Specialized training in HIV/AIDS will be
    an advantage.
  • Past experience in strategic planning,
    health systems strengthening (HSS) and participatory approaches.
  • Familiarity with the functioning of the
    decentralized Local Government System of Uganda.
  • Working knowledge of PEPFAR/US Government
    programming policies and regulations, procedures and practices, which bear
    on project management in support of cooperative agreements.
  • Excellent oral and written communication
    skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including
    the ability to work effectively with the DHTs and HFs.
  • In-depth knowledge and experience in
    HIV/AIDS.
  • Past experience with Monitoring and
    Evaluation of programs.
  • Project planning skills and a good
    understanding of sub granting systems to local governments.
  • Fluency of the local languages within the
    supported districts is desirable.
How to Apply: 
All interested candidates should submit their applications, cover
letters, updated CVs (with 2 professional referees) and copies of their
academic credentials to:
The Human Resources Manager,
Infectious Diseases Institute,
College of Health Sciences, Makerere University,
P.O. Box 22418, Kampala, Uganda
Deadline: Monday 18th May 2015
by 5:00PM

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