Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Project Jobs – National Technical Director at JSI

Organization: John Snow, Inc (JSI)
Funding Source: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Chief of Party MCSP & SS4RI Uganda (COP)
About JSI:
John
Snow, Inc. (JSI) is a leader in improving the health of individuals and
communities by providing high-quality technical and managerial assistance to
public health programs worldwide. JSI has implemented projects in 100
countries, and currently operates from eight U.S. and 81 international offices
for the past 30 years. The JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. ID a
leading public health research and consulting organization.
About SS4RI Project:
JSI
received funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to support an
immunization project in Uganda called Stronger Systems for Routine Immunization
(SS4RI). The project works in partnership with the Ugandan government to
increase the capabilities of the health system, particularly at district level,
to provide timely, high-quality immunization services to protect eligible
children and women from vaccine-preventable diseases. SS4RI will operate from
2014 to 2019 in ten districts as well as support the national level of the
Ministry of Health Uganda National Expanded Programme on Immunization
(MOH/UNEPI).
Job Summary: The National Technical Director (NTD) will oversee
the project’s activities at the national level and SS4RI supported districts,
with UNEPI (and as possible to sit at their Kampala office two days per week)
and other immunization and health partners. The incumbent will fill the role of
the (COP) in his/her absence and assist in communication with the foundation
and the Government of Uganda.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Program Planning:
  • Render support in the strategic planning with
    SS4RI team, UNEPI, and district health management teams
  • Work closely with SS4RI staff on the
    development of detailed annual work plans and budgets
  • In charge of the recruitment, team building
    and supervision of project staff
  • Manage the recruitment of staff, when
    appropriate
  • Supervise and provide technical support to
    SS4RI’s technical staff
  • Technical leadership (capacity
    building/community partnership/active monitoring)
  • Ensure high level, quality technical work is
    performed by the SS4RI team and district staff as they carry out
    logistics/cold chain assessments and related interventions, systematically
    collect and use immunization data to inform decision-making and implement
    REC-QI
  • Lead and supervise the implementation of a
    sustainable capacity building strategy for health workers and mid-level
    managers at district level—building on lessons from MCHIP Develop the
    terms of reference for technical consultants and supervise their work
  • Document, disseminate and integrate best
    practices in scaling up REC-QI
  • Carry out Annual performance reviews for
    staff directly under him/her
  • Policy formulation in collaboration with
    UNEPI and other partners
  • Support UNEPI and partners to develop/refine
    national immunization plans and policies
  • Actively participate in all EPI-related
    regular meetings at national level (e.g. EPI Technical Group)
2. Project monitoring and
Evaluation:
  • Support the design of the project’s
    performance monitoring tools and procedures
  • Review monthly and quarterly performance data
    and participate in project problem-solving
  • Plan and manage annual project review
    meetings with UNEPI and partners, including USAID
  • Communications with and reporting to the
    foundation, immunization partners and headquarters
  • Coordinate and plan meetings with UNEPI, the
    foundation, and other partners at national level
  • Disseminate proven tools and approaches among
    the project’s focus districts, advocating with other partners for their
    inclusion of EPI into annual work plans
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned
    from, time to time by the supervisor(s)
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant should preferably hold an MBchB,
    plus advanced public health training (such as MPH), or equivalent
    experience
  • A minimum of seven years’ experience working
    on immunization programs (EPI)
  • Broad working knowledge of the technical
    aspects of immunization programs with emphasis on using data for
    managerial purposes
  • Familiarity with quality improvement methods
    and tools
  • Previous experience with effective methods
    for capacity building of health personnel (e.g., training, supportive
    supervision, job aid development, developing training aids and techniques)
  • Prior exposure and experience developing
    low-cost and innovative community approaches to increase improve
    immunization performance and/or other primary health care services
  • Previous experience working with the
    Government of Uganda’s PHC and MOH structures and with health workers at
    district, sub district and health facility levels
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of Uganda’s
    local government and districts traditional structures
  • Prior donor-funded project experience
    desirable
  • Excellent oral communication, writing and
    documentation skills;
  • English fluency in reading, writing, speaking
How to Apply:
All
suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send an
application letter, CV, copies of their testimonials and at least two referees,
addressed to The Chief of Party, JSI/SS4RI Project, P.O. Box 4978, Kampala, or
hand delivery to Maternal and Child Survival Project, Plot 95-97 Martyrs Way,
Ntinda, Kampala. Uganda.
E-mail
your Applications to: ss4rirecruitment@jsi.com
Deadline: 26th February, 2016
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