USAID SHOPS Project Careers – Technical Specialist at Abt Associates

Job Title:       Technical Specialist (30765)
Organization: Abt Associates
Project Name: USAID Strengthening
Health Outcomes through the Private Sector (SHOPS) project
Reports to: Senior
Associate, U.S
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
About US:
Abt Associates
is an international development organization composed of dedicated
professionals who provide technical assistance, research, analysis, and
practical training services in more than 128 countries.
About USAID SHOPS Project:
The
Strengthening Health Outcomes through the Private Sector (SHOPS) project is
USAID’s flagship initiative in private sector health. SHOPS focuses on
increasing availability, improving quality, and expanding coverage of essential
health products and services in family planning and reproductive health,
maternal and child health, HIV and AIDS, and other health areas through the
private sector. In Uganda, the healthy mother voucher program has two
objectives: to provide access to maternal child health care services from
accredited private facilities and to build the capacity of a local organization
to manage the voucher program.
Job Summary: The Chief of
Party / Technical Specialist provides overall leadership and strategic
direction for a maternal and neonatal health voucher program, including
developing yearly work plans, managing subcontracts with implementers, and
tracking financial and program data and making corrections as necessary. The
incumbent will also take overall accountability to USAID/Uganda to ensure that
the Abt team provides high-quality results and uses resources efficiently. S/he
reports to a Senior Associate based in the U.S.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1.
Managerial and Technical:
·        
The incumbent will manage the development of a large
maternal and neonatal health voucher program.
·        
Manage project staff, ensuring that SHOPS’s business
runs smoothly and is fiscally correct.
·        
Manage implementing subcontractors, including a
voucher management agency, an accreditation organization, and others.
·        
Act as the primary liaison with USAID/Uganda,
Ministry of Health, and other donors and stakeholders.
·        
Lead technical communication and discussion with
USAID/Uganda regarding work plan, activity updates, reporting, budget, and
deliverables. Meet with the USAID AOR on a regular basis to keep him/her
updated about the project.
·        
Keenly track progress of project results and ensure
proper documentation of workplan status to home office and USAID/Uganda.
·        
Manage all technical assistance.
·        
Ensure the timely preparation and submission of
semi-annual report, annual report, and other deliverables specified in the
agreement.
2.
Financial:
·        
Provide management and budgetary oversight on SHOPS
project implementation to ensure all activities are completed within the agreed
to timeframe and budget.
·        
Oversee and ensure proper documentation of all
project expenditures, financial reports and back-up documentation to be
submitted to the home office for audit and reimbursement.
·        
Ensure all processes and procedures for project
implementation are compliant with USAID’s and Abt’s policies.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
·        
The applicant should hold a Master’s Degree
(minimum) in Public Health, Business Administration, Social Marketing, Finance,
or other related fields.
·        
At least ten years of relevant professional
experience designing, implementing and managing private sector health projects
in developing countries.
·        
Significant experience in maternal child health and
voucher programs required.
·        
Excellent organizational and planning skills, with
demonstrated attention to details.
·        
Demonstrated leadership skills and experience in
managing private sector interventions.
·        
Experience interacting with host county governments
and counterparts and international donor agencies at high levels.
·        
Proven experience in capacity building in Uganda or
similar countries.
·        
Fluency in written and spoken English is required.
How to Apply: 
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates who wish to join Abt Associates’ USAID
Project should Apply Online by visiting their e-recruitment portal below.

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