USAID Grant Jobs – Research Manager at Uganda Health Marketing Group Ltd. (UHMG)

Job Title:      Research Manager
Organization: Uganda Health
Marketing Group Ltd. (UHMG)
Project Name: USAID/Uganda
Social Marketing Activity
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Senior Advisor
– Monitoring and Evaluation
About US:
Uganda Health
Marketing Group Ltd. (UHMG) is a Company Limited by Guarantee, whose Vision is
“A good life for all Ugandans.” We envision a Ugandan society with good life,
when products and services in Reproductive Health, HIV, Malaria and Child
Health are accessible, affordable and effectively utilized by all those in
need.  Our Mission is “To improve the
quality of life of Ugandans, through the provision of superior and affordable
health care solutions.”  Our Core Values
are; Integrity, Transparency, Accountability, Teamwork, Excellence,
Flexibility, and Equity.
About USAID Project:
UHMG was
awarded the USAID/Uganda Social Marketing Activity, a four-year cooperative
agreement for a health sector-wide program. The program’s goal is to contribute
to a reduction in new HIV infections, total fertility, maternal and child
mortality, malnutrition and malaria, and to improve access to family planning.
This four-year activity aims to improve utilization of and increase the uptake
of health-related social marketing products and services among under-served
Ugandan consumers and communities in rural and urban areas.
Job Summary: The Research
Manager will be responsible for providing a coordination mechanism to guide the
USAID project specifically, and UHMG in general, in the design and
implementation of evidence-based interventions, monitor activities progress,
and evaluate them for their cost effectiveness and impact. In addition, the
incumbent will also provide a mechanism of documenting best practices, identify
replicable models for scale up and timely dissemination of UHMG achievements
and key learnings to stakeholders, and contribute to research journals and
publications. S/he will work very closely with all project’s sector managers to
identify key priority researches for incorporation in the overall annual work
plans. Prioritized research activities will be analysed for their relevancy,
credibility, feasibility, cost effectiveness and added value to the overall
organisations mandate. In addition, s/he will work specifically with M&E
team to ensure that the project’s and organisation’s PMP are well aligned to
effectively monitor progress of the organisational Annual Work Plan. The job
holder will play a leading role in regularly carrying out informative
operational research, and in the development and updates of the organisations
M&E framework, and hence this will require a self-driven, seasoned, and
experienced person with skills to manage and oversee these technical areas.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
The incumbent will also develop a strategy of
measuring the project’s specifically and UHMG programs’ impact in general, in terms
of effectiveness of supported interventions, coverage of targeted populations,
and identify efficient models for replication nationally and in other regions
experiencing similar national health and social economic profile.
Work closely with the HIV/AIDS team to develop
research objectives for HIV/AIDS prevention and care programs to increase
prospects for their increased effectiveness and impact, through identification
of barriers to services scale up and sustained utilisation, pilot testing of
new innovations and scale up plans for feasible options.
The incumbent will also support the Maternal and
Child Health (MCH) sector to prioritize programs activities in line with evidence
from researches carried out internally and reviews of other established
authorities. Design and implement operational researches to identify barriers
to sustainable MCH services utilisation, design pilots on new innovative
strategies to overcome identified barriers and develop a scale up plan for the delivery
of these services.
Work in liaison with the Reproductive Health team,
identify research themes to analyse current issues that limit full utilisation
of Family Planning services to address the unmet need for family planning and other
service delivery gaps in the reproductive health services, and develop a plan
to scale up identified best practices, after promising/successful pilot tests.
The incumbent will also support the Malaria Program
team to identify key research themes for scale up of malaria prevention services
and case management services uptake. Key areas include the extent of use of
preventive measures; LLITN and IRS, as well as adherence to malaria case
management guidelines; lab testing for suspected malaria fever and adherence to
prescription guidelines by both providers and clients.
Work closely with the Communications team to guide
the design and implementation of evidence-based interventions, and incorporate
activities on monitoring and evaluation frameworks with key benchmarks to
evaluate program outputs and impact.
Work with the Marketing teams to monitor and
evaluate the impact of brands promotion activities based on key monitoring
indicators to monitor specific brands uptakes, customer preferences and
satisfaction with their use.
Work in liaison with the Product Facility team to
monitor market penetration of UHMG socially marketed products, market share,
and determine strategies to capture and maintain specific products market share.
Also work with this team to analyse the cost-benefit of the third party logistics
services, product sales and distribution.
Oversee publication of UHMG results and best
practices across all service sectors, and particularly ensure that UHMG
subscribes and contributes to key journals and publications.
Perform any other duties as assigned by the Senior
Advisor – Monitoring and Evaluation.
Qualifications, Skills and
The applicant for the USAID Project Research Manager
should hold a Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Social Sciences, Public Health,
Statistics or other related degree. Post
Graduate training in health communication is an
Possession of a Master’s Degree in epidemiology,
research methodologies and project management and evaluation or other related
degree is a must.
A minimum of five years of related experience
working in research management in a donor environment, and in monitoring public
health communication-related projects of similar scope in a social marketing
Significant experience in the use of data analysis
software (SPSS, STATA, Excel, etc.) is mandatory.
Key competencies in the ability to design and
implement operational researches using different research methodologies (qualitative
and quantitative methods) to provide information for programs planning, monitoring
and evaluation of supported interventions.
The ideal candidate should have the capacity to work
under minimum supervision with resilience, and maintain a clean and transparent
research management and monitoring system as per set procedures.
Demonstrable results in previous work environment
should reinforce claims to this experience.
Demonstrated ability to design and implement
operational researches using different research methodologies (qualitative and
quantitative methods) to provide information for programs planning, monitoring
and evaluation of supported interventions.
Previous experience working with USAID programs will
be an added advantage.
Computer literacy i.e. Proficiency in relevant
computer applications and databases, with practical skills and experience
Highly self-motivated, focused, disciplined
professional, with the drive and dynamism to work under pressure with competing
deadlines, and possess the ability to make an immediate impact.
Excellent communication, interpersonal, analytical
and result-oriented skills
Prior experience in managing objectives with the
customer in mind.
Good judgment, initiative, high sense of
responsibility, tactful, ability to plan, organize and measure outcomes of
This position requires a person who has strong
skills in research, monitoring and evaluation (RME) development, leadership,
communication, and documentation, to effectively and proactively reinforce the
organization’s commitment to strong RME system. She must focus on quality,
improvement effectiveness and efficiency, and model independence, objectivity,
ethics, integrity, professionalism, and avoidance of bias and conflict of
Exemplary and honest, with a high level of energy
and integrity, and able to work under minimum supervision.
High degree of flexibility, innovativeness
Good record keeping skills
Excellent communication and presentation skills
Good report writing, and interpersonal skills.
Team player with the ability to make positive
S/he should be detail- and results-oriented, have
strong conceptual, analytical, and reporting skills, with expertise in
information gathering, analysis and timely reporting, be proactive in
instituting innovative, sustainable, and 
cost-effective interventions, and work dedicatedly to fulfill the
organization’s goals, while upholding the Core Values of UHMG.
How to Apply: 
If you believe
you match the requirements listed above, please deliver your resume (CV),
copies of certificates, references, and cover letter clearly indicating
position applied for on the “top left-hand side of the envelope”
Send to:
The Human
Resource Manager,
Uganda Health
Marketing Group Ltd. (UHMG),
Plot 20-21,
27-28, Martyrs Crescent, Ntinda.  Kampala.
Or Deliver the application
documents to the UHMG Office Reception.
Monday, 30th November 2015 by 16:00 hours (East African time)
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