4 Community Linkages Officer NGO Job Opportunities – Mayanja Memorial Hospital Foundation (MMHF)

Organisation: Mayanja Memorial Hospital Foundation
Project Name: USAID Regional Health Integration to
Enhance Services in the South West Uganda project (RHITES)
Duty Station: Mbarara, Uganda

Memorial Hospital Foundation (MMHF) is a Ugandan National non-governmental
organisation that specializes  in
community based health interventions in mid-western and western Uganda. Mayanja
Memorial Hospital Foundation (MMHF) is currently implementing the USAID
Regional Health Integration to Enhance Services in the South West Uganda
project that aims to increase the availability, accessibility, and quality of
integrated health services including HIV and TB prevention, care and treatment;
maternal, neonatal, and child health services; family planning; nutrition
assessment and counseling and support; malaria prevention and treatment; and
other primary care services.

Job Summary: The Community Linkages Officer will offer technical
support to the district health teams, community development office and other
related community structures in the areas of linking the community and
facilities in the regional integrated health program (HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria,
nutrition, family planning and maternal, neonatal and child health care). he/
he will provide technical guidance in the development and implementation of
activities that facilitate linkage between and within communities and health
facilities; supporting effective service delivery at the community level; and
ensuring MNCH, HIV and TB continuum of care. The job holder will also will
ensure the technical and methodological soundness of activities implemented by
CSOs, VHTs and other community resource persons that are part of the project

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Work closely with community development,
    health department and other players to ensure that community structures
    are coordinated, harmonized and streamlined for effective delivery of the
    health integration to enhance services project
  • Coordinates monthly meetings among community
    and health facility staff to review performance of uptake of services by
    clients referred from community to facility and facility to community.
  • Take lead in the strengthening the existing
    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
  • Offer timely technical direction and support to
    health workers, Linkage facilitators, VHTs and partners on comprehensive
    integrated technical support related to referral and linkages and service
    provision within the community.
  • Work in liaison with District Health
    Educators and Community Development Office to strengthen community based
    structures that will create demand for HIV/AIDS care, treatment, Nutrition,
    SMC, MNCH, malaria and PMTCT and TB/HIV services; and also act as a major
    platform for referrals and linkages to enhance access to these services.
  • Work with District based teams (DBTs),
    Technical Advisors and sub-partners to effectively integrate service
    delivery especially for Family planning, MNCH, HIV and TB into the
    community structures at the community level.
  • Organize and facilitate periodic reviews of
    community HIV/AIDS, MNH/SRH/FP, Malaria and Nutrition activities at the
    health center level, as well as linkages to care, with the involvement of
    VHTs, community representatives, health center staff and members of the
  • Coordinate and support linkage facilitators
    and other psychosocial support groups including family support groups to
    efficiently and effectively execute their roles and responsibilities in
    the community and health facilities.
  • Oversees the capacity building and mentorship
    of community level structures in various project technical areas in
    liaison with program technical teams, district community and health
  • Work in liaison with other DBT members and
    Technical Advisors to successfully integrate MNCH, SRH, FP, HIV,
    nutrition, and water/sanitation interventions with the delivery of other
    health services at the community level.
  • Significantly contribute to the development
    of project annual and quarterly work plans and budgets and ensure that the
    community mobilization and linkages component is well represented.
  • Strengthen client appointment and tracking
    systems at the supported health facilities to actively identify missed
    appointments and institute timely client follow up mechanisms for enhanced
    continuum of care.
  • Provides technical guidance during the
    development of district USAID/RHITES- SW annual and quarterly work plan
    and participates in the planning and budgeting activities, especially in
    regard to health integrated services at facility and community level.
  • Strengthen documentation of referrals and
    linkages for different sen/ices within the integrated project to ensure a
    continuum of care and response.
  • Actively participate in district level
    planning and implementation with the DMHT and stakeholders; provide
    information and feedback from field level observations to facilitate follow
    up actions by the district
  • Regularly track the status of the previously
    mapped community groups and deliberately update other players benefiting
    from the services of these groups directly or through referrals
  • Document best practices at community level
    and within the referral and linkage system in form of case studies,
    success stories and abstracts; and share at designated forums at district
    level, project and national level.
  • Work in liaison with the QI advisors to adopt
    the use of quality improvement approaches in referral and  linkage system and other community
    activities with an aim of strengthening continuum of care.
  • Work closely with the Monitoring and
    Evaluation team ensure that data collected is accurate and valid and
    captures process and outcome indicators.
  • Prepare and ensure timely submission of
    quality technical reports according .to defined reporting schedules.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidates for the Community
    Linkages Officer Jobs should at least hold a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences or
    Community Development or Community Health or Nursing.
  • Possession of a post graduate in Public
    Health, Sociology or Community Health would be an added advantage
  • At least three years’ experience in community
    work with 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.
  • Three years’
    experience training community health workers and/or CBOs in MNCH, FP,
    Nutrition, Malaria, HIV and TB interventions
  • Previous experience building capacity at
    individual and organizational levels;
  • Skills in at least two or more of the
    following technical areas: Strengthening service delivery programs,
    supporting referrals and linkages between and among communities and health
    facilities; performance and quality improvement, psychosocial support, and
    integrating health service delivery into community structures.
  • Proven ability to coach, mentor and develop
    technical capacity in national programs and technical staff
  • Excellent written and verbal communication or
    interpersonal skills is a must.
  • Excellent analytical skills and ability to
    support a cross section of frontline health workers
  • Proven ability and willingness to travel
    within the supported districts in western Uganda
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team
    with frequent travel to the field
  • The applicant must be fluent in applicable
    local Languages i.e. Runyankole and English.

How to Apply: 
interested and suitably qualified candidates who wish to join the USAID Project
should send their application letter, CVs (with 2 professional referees) and
copies of certified academic credentials to:

The Executive Director Mayanja Memorial Hospital Foundation,
Plot 11 Circular Road, Booma,
P.O. Box, 920, Mbarara
Or send applications to: info@mayanjamhf.org

Deadline: Friday, 10th November
2017 by 5:00pm EAT

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