Program Officer NGO Careers – AMREF Health Africa

Job Title:        Program Officer
Organisation: AMREF Health
Duty Station: Mbarara,
Reports to: DBT Manager
About AMREF:
AMREF Health Africa is an international African organization founded in
Kenya in 1957. Our Headquarters are in Nairobi with major programmes in
Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, and two regional nubs in Southern
and Western Africa based in South Africa and Senegal Respectively. Working with
and through African communities, health systems and governments, Amref Health
Africa aims to close the gap that prevents people from accessing their basic
right to health. Amref Health Africa is committed to improving the health of
people in Africa by partnering with and empowering communities. Our Vision is
Lasting Health Change in Africa.
Job Summary: The Program
Officer will steer the planning and implementation of the integrated health
program activities in the districts of support. The incumbent will also l
coordinate with a team of Technical Advisors to ensure that all technical
guidance is incorporated into the district work plans to increase the
availability, accessibility, and quality of integrated health services
including HIV prevention, care, and treatment, TB, maternal, neonatal and child
health, family planning, and other primary care services. She/he will work
closely with the District Health Department to adequately plan, timely
implement and effectively monitor the execution of the project activities while
ensuring adherence to available MOH set standards; and incorporating lessons
learnt over time to improve systems and process for enhanced service delivery.
Key Duties and
  • Offer technical guidance and lead the
    implementation process of the integrated health program in the supported
    districts assigned.
  • Improves the quality of and access to
    MNCH, Family Planning, HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria, and Nutrition  services in project-supported sites by
    adopting and institutionalizing quality improvement and Site Improvement
    and Systems Monitoring (SIMS) approaches
  • Assists in setting up and running special
    clinical services and track progress at individual sites through site
    visits and district reports, in collaboration with MOH and the EGPAF
    program team.
  • The incumbent coordinates and participates
    in capacity building of district and site teams through organizing and
    conducting mentoring and coaching; CMEs and occasionally formal trainings.
  • Offers timely technical guidance to the
    district teams for annual and quarterly work plan development
  • Manages project finances and other
    resources related to implementation of activities in the assigned district
    in line with the Foundation finance guidelines.
  • Prepare monthly, quarterly, semi-annual
    and annual programmatic district performance reports and their submission
    in stipulated deadlines
  • Strengthens the quality of health services
    and data through supportive supervision and monitoring visit to the
    supported health facilities.
  • Actively participate in process of data
    auditing and verification to assure internal consistency and validity of
    project activity monitoring data reported by all districts, through
    quarterly data verification and auditing visits.
  • Facilitate the interpretation and use of
    M&E data, through the quarterly district level and facility level
    review meetings between the project, the district health team and health
    care workers; guide the identification of performance gaps and development
    of remedial actions.
  • Assists in identifying, documenting,
    disseminating and scaling up best practices in Malaria, MNCH, Family
    Planning, Nutrition, HIV prevention, PMTCT and C&T
  • Coordinates with the district health departmental
    leadership and other relevant implementing partners in the districts of
    support to ensure smooth implementation of project activities.
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The ideal candidate for the AMREF Program
    Officer job opportunity must hold a medical degree and/or a master’s
    degree in Public Health
  • A minimum of five years of professional
    experience working in HIV/AIDS prevention, care & treatment, MNCH,
    Family Planning, Nutrition and malaria programs.
  • Hands-on knowledge and skills in designing,
    planning, implementing and monitoring Malaria, MNCH, PMTCT, clinical care
    and Pediatric care programs.
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of the
    quality improvement framework of MOH and quality improvement principles
  • Good knowledge of the decentralized health
    system and community structures
  • Practical experience in managing ART and
    MNCH services at district levels.
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of
    current issues and developments in the field of Malaria, MNCH and
  • Proven skills in teamwork and networking.
  • Excellent verbal communication and writing
How to Apply:
All candidates are encouraged to send an updated CV including three
professional referees and cover letter addressed to the Human Resources
Manager, Amref Health Africa in Uganda via Email to: Emails should not exceed 2MB.
Deadline: 16th January 2017
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