National Stakeholder Engagement Officer Job Placement – Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI)

Job Title:           National Stakeholder Engagement Officer
Organisation: Uganda Virus
Research Institute (UVRI)
Duty Station: Entebbe,
Uganda
About US:
Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) is one of the constituent
research institutions under the Uganda National Health Research Organization
(UNHRO). UVRI has a broad mission to carry out scientific investigations on
communicable diseases of public health importance and to advise government on
strategies for their control and prevention.
Job Summary: The National
Stakeholder Engagement Officer  will play
a critical role in building the profile and voice of Target Malaria through
strategic engagement. The role will require liaising across the full range of
the Target Malaria teams to ensure engagement on the project is coordinated,
coherent and is a two-way dialogue. The incumbent will ensure that stakeholders
are informed but also that their feedback, expectations and concerns ire shared
with the project team. This is an essential part of the co-development and co-
ownership values of the project. The national stakeholder engagement officer
will facilitate the dialog between the national level stakeholders and the
project. He/she will be responsible for the promotion of trust and confidence between
the national stakeholders and the project.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities:  
Engagement Activities:
  • Ensure adequate information for national
    level stakeholders on project activities (whether current or future)
  • Make sure the appropriate consultation of
    national stakeholders before the implementation of activities and feedback
    concerns, suggestions to the project for them to be considered;
  • Ensure that the national level dialog is
    inclusive by mapping key stakeholders;
  • Support the regulatory process by advising
    on and managing potential stakeholder issues and coordinating stakeholder
    engagement activities with the regulatory team;
  • Promote communication by supporting the
    development of culturally appropriate methods taking into account social
    and cultural contexts;
  • Represent the project as required to high-
    profile, regional and national stakeholders, building constructive
    relationships across governmental, non-profit and private sector
    organisations
  • Support the project team by facilitating
    the dialogue with national authorities;
  • Participate in regional and pan-African
    engagement activities according to the international stakeholder
    engagement plan and under the leadership of the consortium stakeholder
    engagement manager.
Strategy Activities:
  • Take lead in the formulation and the
    implementation of a stakeholder engagement strategy at national level in
    Uganda;
  • Participate in the formulation of tools,
    procedures and policies for stakeholder engagement and documentation of
    activities;
  • Contribute to consortium activities
    related to stakeholder engagement.
  • Take part in risk management of this
    project on issues related to stakeholders’ acceptance of the project;
Reporting activities:
  • Participate in the monitoring and
    evaluation of the engagement and stakeholders’ acceptance level for the
    project;
  • Provide activity report and updates of
    support tools to facilitate follow-up and reporting on engagement
    activities;
  • Report regularly to the Stakeholder
    Engagement Coordinator and the Principal Investigator
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
  • The applicant should preferably hold a
    University Degree in Social Science, Mass Communication or related field
  • At least five years of substantial
    experience working at a position with responsibility for community
    engagement in sub-Saharan Africa, including development and implementation
    of stakeholder engagement strategies and national stakeholder engagement
    in a research, scientific or corporate environment
  • Previous exposure and experience of
    working developing appropriate communication materials to support external
    stakeholder engagement
  • Previous experience of working providing
    constructive relationships and credibility with influential stakeholders
    at national level including governments, regulatory bodies, civil society
    groups and individuals
  • Strong existing network of stakeholder
    contacts in national health and/or research sector
  • Previous experience of working with
    regional level (East Africa) or pan-African level
  • Experience of Ugandan regulatory
    frameworks
  • Familiarity with ethical standards for
    biomedical research or community informed consent processes
  • Ability and willingness to travel within
    Uganda and overseas
  • Ability to work collaboratively and
    productively with colleagues, external consultants, and multiple
    stakeholders with direct management and functional reporting lines
  • High level of interpersonal and
    influencing skills
  • Proficiency in written and oral English as
    well as at least one Ugandan dialect;
  • Strong written and oral communication
    skills, with the ability to produce effective communication for a broad
    variety of audiences
  • Proven ability to prioritize multiple work
    streams and meet tight deadlines
  • Flexible approach to deliver work plans
    and revisions as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements
  • Impeccable ethical standards
How to Apply:
All candidates should send their applications with the following; A
recent CV., detailed, with names and contacts (e-mail and phone) of two
work-related referees, and certified true by the candidate; with copies of
academic certificates, and transcripts. Interested candidates should submit
their applications in a sealed envelope marked: “National Stakeholder
Engagement Officer- Target Malaria” to:
The Director,
Uganda Virus Research Institute
P.O.Box 49 Entebbe. Uganda
Email to:
targetmalariaug@uvri.go.ug
OR: hand-deliver to his
office at Plot 51-59, Nakiwogo Road, Entebbe.
Deadline: 10th April 2017

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