Senior Community Linkages Technical Advisor Career Placement – International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Organization: International
Rescue Committee (IRC)
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Director Health
Service Delivery
About US:
The International Rescue Committee helps people whose lives and
livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and
gain control of their future. It was created by Albert Einstein more than 80
years and has been working in Uganda since 1998. It has particularly working in
the conflict zones where tens of thousands of people have been kills and over
1.6 million displaced. Following a peace agreement in 2006, Ugandans are
returning home and looking to rebuild their lives. The IRC is there to protect
women and children from violence and exploitation by fostering a safe
environment and encouraging education, and is supporting farmers and small
businesses, and helping communities promote peace and long-term development.
About USAID RHITES-N Project:
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) implements the USAID Regional
Health Integration to Enhance Health Services in Northern Uganda Project
(USAID/Uganda RHITES-N) whose aim is to contribute to measurable improvements
in key population-based national health indicators and include activities for
comprehensive regional health and HIV/AIDS programs. The purpose of this
project is to increase the effective use of sustainable health services in the
Acholi Region of Northern Uganda. By responding to disease-specific burdens in
respective regions and concentrating increased resources on specific
interventions in focus districts, RHITES-N, Acholi is expected to provide a
significant, measurable, and lasting impact on key indicators such as HIV and
malaria prevalence; maternal, neonatal and child mortality; met need for modern
contraception; and child development outcomes.
Job Summary: The Senior
Community linkages technical advisor for an anticipated five-year, USAID/Uganda
health service integration program in Northern Uganda. The purpose of the
project is to increase the effective use of sustainable health services in the
Acholi Region of Northern Uganda. The project is expected to contribute to
measurable improvements in key population-based national health indicators and
include activities for comprehensive regional health and HIV/AIDS programs. By
responding to disease-specific burdens in respective regions and concentrating
increased resources on specific interventions in focus districts, RHITES-N,
Acholi is expected to provide a significant, measurable, and lasting impact on
key indicators such as HIV and malaria prevalence; maternal, neonatal and child
mortality; met need for modern contraception; and child development outcomes.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities: 
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In charge of designing and implementing
appropriate facility-community linkages interventions, within the overall
strategic framework of the RHITES-N Acholi Project
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In charge of supervising and monitoring the
performance of the district based Community Linkages Coordinators and Community
M&E Officer in collaboration with the District Health management team
·        
Offering technical support to the health
facility teams to strengthen community-facility linkages aimed at improving
patient adherence, retention, self-management, and psychosocial services
·        
In charge of leading the establishment of a
referral network model that facilitates linkages between different service
delivery points to create an orchestra of interlinked community to facility
health care service delivery in the project area
·        
Responsible for facilitating community linkages
to the health System throughout the continuum of care
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Community level communication campaigns that
focus on modification of behavior and inform key community stakeholders
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Develop service delivery strategies for
accessing hard to reach populations including identification of opportunities
to integrate health services with non-health sectors
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Identifying and collaborating with
agencies/organizations implementing community focused interventions
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Carrying out targeted assessments of community
perceptions, needs and behaviors influencing the uptake of health services
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Providing technical guidance for supporting
linkages between health facilities, CBOs and communities including the
engagement of peers to address the support needs of key/priority populations
·        
Carry out mapping exercises to identify existing
resources, including social support services, nutritional support services and
religious or other counseling/support
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Providing technical  assistance to district health teams,
partners, health care workers, linkage facilitators and VHTs on technical
support related to referral and linkages
·        
In charge of coordinating periodic reviews of
community linkage activities with involvement of all key stakeholders including
but not limited to District Health teams, linkage coordinators, facilitators,
health workers and VHTs
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Leading the implementation of community
mobilization approaches
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Documenting best practices for community engagement,
linkages and HIV prevention at community level
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Providing technical assistance, capacity
building and supervision to CBOs, NGOs, 
VHTs and other stakeholders in community health
·        
Establishing an M&E system for community
linkages activities and utilizing it to inform strategic decisions
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience:
·        
The ideal candidate for the International Rescue
Committee (IRC) Senior Community linkages technical advisor career vacancy
should hold a medical degree (medicine of nursing) with a Master’s degree in
public health or other relevant field
·        
A minimum of five years’ experience of
implementing donor-funded integrated health programs
·        
Capacity building experience for individuals and
groups or organizations
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Skill in at least two or more of the following
technical areas: strengthening service delivery programs, community outreach
and mobilization, training, pre-service education, performance and quality
improvement, monitoring and evaluation
·        
Previous experience with a mix of practical
technical skills in integrated health service delivery, necessary for
strengthening service delivery at the regional, national, clinical and
community levels
·        
The ability to liaise with senior MOH officials
and dignitaries, executives of NGOs, FBOs, CBOs, the for-profit business
community, and senior members of the donor community;
·        
Demonstrated in-depth understanding of Ugandan
healthcare system, particularly the public health system, experience living and
working in Uganda preferred
·        
Strong oral and written communication and
presentations skills in English
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Strong skills in word processing and Excel
spread sheets
·        
Familiarity with USAID or other USG
administrative, management and reporting procedures and systems
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Proven track record managing a project team composed
of several technical experts and fostering team work
·        
Ability to coach, mentor and develop technical
capacity in national programs and technical staff
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Ability to travel up to 50% time
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their
applications online at the link below.

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