District Improvement Advisor USAID ASSIST Careers – 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: Chief of Party         
About URC:
Research Co., LLC (URC) is a global company dedicated to improving the quality
of health care, social services, and health education worldwide. With a
non-profit affiliate, the Center for Human Services (CHS), URC manages projects
in over 45 countries, including the United States.
About USAID ASSIST Project:
USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project is
QPI’s leading project that is 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.
The project carries on the work of the USAID Health Care Improvement Project and
is focused on building the capacity of host country providers and managers to
apply modern quality improvement methods, make essential services accessible to
all who need them, and ensure that care is delivered in compliance with
standards and client needs, for every client, every time. An important global
objective of the ASSIST Project is knowledge management: to facilitate
documentation and sharing of evidence for improvement of specific care
processes, based on the work of individual QI teams, large-scale improvement
efforts, and/or research, and to make this information readily available
through Web technology. The USAID ASSIST project in Uganda is a nationwide
project supporting quality improvement activities. In the 15 districts in
Northern Uganda, the USAID ASSIST project also supports capacity building
Job Summary: The District Improvement Advisor will be responsible
for providing technical and operational support to improve the quality of
health systems, HIV prevention, Adult and Pediatric care and family health
services in USAID ASSIST supported facilities within the district.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Technical::
  • Build the technical competencies of facility
    health care providers in HIV prevention, treatment and care and family
    health through coaching, trainings, onsite mentorships and peer to peer
    learning meetings.
  • The incumbent will be tasked with improving  HIV prevention services within the
    district by integrating and scaling up HTC at high yield points and
    support the expansion of HIV testing efforts to highest risk groups.
  • Integrate TB diagnostic and treatment
    services into Antenatal, delivery, care and postnatal service provision
  • Build the capacity of health workers to
    improve the quality of care provided and work with district leadership to
    ensure facilities are equipped to provide quality emergency obstetric and
    newborn care.
  • Work tirelessly to improve the quality, care
    and safety of SMC and roll out of tetanus treatment.in the SMC program in
    northern Uganda
  • Support the delivery of care and treatment
    services with the ultimate goal of attaining viral load suppression for
    children and adults living with HIV
  • Work with the respective districts to support
    the assessment, accreditation and build the capacity of health facilities
    to provide Option B plus and EID services.
  • Develop and timely submit work plans and
    budgets for all assigned district based activities in relation to ASSIST
    work plan.
  • Support timely reporting by the health
    facilities and districts as well as promote use of data for decision
  • Support health facilities to rightly quantify
    and submit timely orders for supplies through NMS or JMS
  • The incumbent will work jointly with partners
    participate in health unit and DHT meetings to strengthen management
    structures at the health units and districts.
  • Provide onsite support through the district
    medicine management supervisors to accurately quantify and make timely
    orders for family planning commodities, HIV care and treatment supplies
    e.g. test kits, ARVs , Laboratory reagents etc.
  • Work closely with the Knowledge management staff,
    lead the process of documenting best practices in form of case studies,
    success stories, abstracts, video clips in addition to the routine
    biweekly updates, quarterly and annual reports.
  • Work in liaison with the monitoring and
    evaluation team to ensure that data collected is accurate and valid and
    captures process and outcome indicators and support the distribution and
    on job training on the use of data tools.
  • Implement a spread plan to ensure learning
    from demonstration collaborative, become the standard of care at all USAID
    ASSIST supported sites.
  • Prepare and submit monthly , quarterly,
    annual adhoc reports
  • Maintain a functional district database
  • Ensure that district mentor ship teams are
    formed at the districts.
  • Ensure that the district Health Teams are
    functional and providing report about their activities
  • Work closely with MOH for updated guidelines
    and policy documents.
  • Ensure that cross-cutting themes like gender
    and health work force development are well integrated into the HIV care
    and treatment plans.
2. Supervisory roles:
  • Manage the financial and administrative
    activities by MNCH facility/community technical officer supporting the
    ASSIST project work including conducting staff appraisals, reviewing and
    approving financial and administrative requests and accountabilities
  • Carry out regular activities to assess and
    build necessary competencies of the MNCH facility/community technical
    officers supporting ASSIST project work in the selected districts/ health
  • Perform any other duties assigned by the
    supervisor/Chief of Party.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the USAID ASSIST
    Project District Improvement Advisor career placement should hold a Bachelor’s
    Degree in medicine, a Master’s Degree in public health will be an added
  • A minimum of three years’ work 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.
  • Possession of a valid registration
    certificate from the Uganda Medical & Dental practitioners Council.
  • Excellent communication or interpersonal
    skills is a must.
  • Previous experience in handling Quality
    improvement approaches and providing clinical training to service providers
    and stake holders will be an added advantage.
  • Proven ability and willingness to travel
    within the supported districts.
How to Apply: 
suitably qualified and interested candidates should send application letters, updated
CVs, and relevant academic documents as well as names and contact information
for three professional references and day time contact numbers to:
Human Resource Officer- USAID ASSIST Project,
Research Co., LLC, Plot 40, Ntinda II Road, Naguru,
Box 28745, Kampala, Uganda.
Deadline: 19th February 2016
NB: Please indicate the position in the subject if
you are sending electronically. Applications will be shortlisted as they come
in and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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