4 District Technical Support Officer Non-profit Job Opportunities – Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI)

Organisation: Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI)
Funding Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Project Manager
About US:
Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) is an international non-profit organization
which is a partnership of infectious diseases and public health specialists.
The overall objective of the IDI is to strengthen health systems 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 Laboratory services
(provided through a partnership with the Makerere University – John Hopkins
University Core Lab) and Outreach.
About CDC Project:
Diseases Institute (IDI) received funding from Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC)/PEPFAR to implement a comprehensive HIV/AIDS services in the
mid-western Uganda Districts of Kiboga, Kibaale, Kyankwanzi, Hoima, Masindi,
Buliisa and Kiryandongo. The project is called “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 Officer will offer technical support 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 jobholder will also work very closely with the DHOs
Office, health facilities and other stakeholders. 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. The holder will be based in
the office of the DHO.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Act as the principal liaison between the DHT
    and the Project Management.
  • Support in monitoring the district-led
    programming and sub-granting to districts.
  • Prepare regular briefings in relation to
    performance of district-led programming.
  • The incumbent will 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.
  • Carry out capacity building and technical
    assistance to the DHT and HFs.
  • Offer technical support to DHTs regarding
    managing of sub-grants and financial agreements.
  • Represent the Project on all important
    district level fora e.g. DACs meetings, District Technical Planning
    Committee (DTPC) etc.
  • Perform any other duties as reasonably
    assigned by the Project Manager.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree
    in Medicine and Surgery or a related health field. Possession of a Master’s
    Degree in Public Health, Master of Science (MSc), or related field
  • A minimum of three years of public health
    experience will be an added advantage.
  • Specialized training in HIV/AIDS
  • Significant experience in strategic planning,
    health systems strengthening (HSS) and participatory approaches.
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of 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
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the
    ability to work effectively with the DHTs and HFs.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and experience in
  • Previous experience with Monitoring and
    Evaluation of programs.
  • Good project planning skills and a good
    understanding of sub granting systems to local governments.
How to Apply:
suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their application cover
letters with a detailed CV, naming at least two professional referees to:
Human Resources Manager,
Diseases Institute,
Box 22418, Kampala, Uganda
NB: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for
Deadline: 11th March, 2016 by 5:00 PM

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