Research Officer Job Opportunities – Uganda Health Marketing Group Ltd. (UHMG)

Job Title:      Research Officer
Organization: Uganda Health Marketing Group Ltd. (UHMG)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Senior
Advisor – Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
About US:
Uganda Health Marketing Group Ltd. (UHMG) is a Company Limited by
Guarantee, whose Vision is “A good life for all Ugandans.” We envision a
Ugandan society with good life, when products and services in Reproductive
Health, HIV, Malaria and Child Health are accessible, affordable and
effectively utilized by all those in need.  Our Mission is “To improve the
quality of life of Ugandans, through the provision of superior and affordable
health care solutions.”  Our Core Values are; Integrity, Transparency,
Accountability, Teamwork, Excellence, Flexibility, and Equity.
Job Summary: The
Research Officer will be responsible for mainstreaming and promoting
implementation science to enable the project and the organisation understand
barriers and facilitators of successful implementation of effective
interventions and integration of evidence to practices. S/he will specifically
guide SMA project and UHMG in general, in the design and implementation of
studies, including study protocols, and will provide a mechanism of documenting
best practices, identify replicable models for scale up and timely
dissemination of the project /UHMG studies, key learnings to stakeholders, and
publish them in renown journals.
S/he will work very closely
with all project’s technical managers to identify key priority study areas for
incorporation in the overall annual work plans. Prioritized research activities
will be analysed for their relevancy, credibility, feasibility, cost
effectiveness and added value to the project and the overall organisation’s
mandate. In addition, s/he will work specifically with M&E team to ensure
that the project’s and organisation’s learning agenda is aligned with the
project’s and institution’s Annual Work Plans
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Manage
    the implementation of the project’s learning agenda for generating
    evidence of effectiveness of supported interventions, lessons learned and
    best practices for replication.
  • .Support
    the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) sector to prioritize programs
    activities in line with evidence from researches carried out internally
    and reviews of other established authorities. Design and implement
    operational researches to identify barriers to sustainable MCH services
    utilisation, design pilots on new innovative strategies to overcome
    identified barriers and develop a scale up plan for the delivery of these
    services.
  • Work
    in close collaboration with the programs technical team, identify research
    themes to analyse current issues that limit full utilization of Family
    Planning services to address the unmet need for family planning and other
    service delivery gaps in the reproductive health services, and develop a
    plan to scale up identified best practices.
  • Support
    the programs technical team to identify key research themes for scale up
    of malaria prevention services and case management services uptake. Key
    areas include the extent of use of preventive measures; LLITN and IRS, as
    well as adherence to malaria case management guidelines; lab testing for
    suspected malaria fever and adherence to prescription guidelines by both
    providers and clients.
  • Work
    with the Communications team to guide the design and implementation of
    evidence-based interventions, and incorporate activities on monitoring and
    evaluation frameworks with key benchmarks to evaluate program outputs and
    impact.
  • Work
    closely with the Marketing teams to monitor and evaluate the impact of
    brands promotion activities based on key monitoring indicators to monitor
    specific brands uptakes, customer preferences and satisfaction with their
    use.
  • Work
    in liaison with the Product Facility team to monitor market potential and
    penetration of UHMG socially marketed products, market share, and
    determine strategies to capture and maintain specific products market
    share. Also work with this team to analyze the cost-benefit of the
    third-party logistics services, product sales and distribution.
  • Work
    closely with the Knowledge management team in the publication of UHMG
    results and best practices across all service sectors, and particularly
    ensure that UHMG subscribes and contributes to key journals and
    publications.
  • Perform
    any other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the supervisor.



Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the Research Officer job must hold a Bachelor’s
    Degree or higher in Social
    Sciences, Public Health, Statistics, Population studies or other related
    degree.
  • Possession
    of post graduate training in research, Monitoring & Evaluation and
    communication is an asset.
  • Four
    years’ relevant experience working in research in a donor environment, and
    in monitoring public health communication-related projects of similar
    scope in a social marketing field. Experience working with USAID programs
    will be an added advantage.
  • Experience
    in the use of data analysis software (SPSS, STATA, Excel, etc.) is
    mandatory.
  • Demonstrable
    results in previous work environment should reinforce claims to this
    experience.
How to Apply: 
If you believe you match the requirements listed above, please deliver
your resume (CV), copies of certificates, references, and cover letter clearly
indicating position applied for on the “top left-hand side of the envelope”
Send to:
The Human Resource Manager,
Uganda Health Marketing Group Ltd. (UHMG),
Plot 20-21, 27-28, Martyrs Crescent, Ntinda.  Kampala. Uganda
Or Deliver the application documents to the UHMG Office Reception.
Deadline:  2nd February 2018 by 16:00 hours
(East African time)
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