Research Fellow-Health Sector Job Placement – Uganda Debt Network

Fellow-Health Sector
Organisation: Uganda
Debt Network
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Program
Manager – Policy Analysis and Governance (PAG)
About US:
Uganda Debt Network
is a national policy advocacy organization that promotes and advocates for poor
and marginalized people to participate in influencing poverty-focused policies,
demand for their rights and monitor service delivery to ensure prudent,
accountable and transparent resource generation and utilization. With support
from the Democratic Governance Facility, UDN is implementing the,
“Strengthening Citizens’ Organisations Participation & Engagement (SCOPE),
May 2018- April 2021”.  UDN now desires
to recruit a Research Fellow (RF-Health) focused on the Health sector in
Uganda. The RF-Health is a project specific job which will spearhead relevant
policy action research, development of high-quality policy advocacy products
and advocacy initiatives in the overall framework of the UDN Strategic Advocacy
Program and Plan (SAPP) 2017-2021.
Job Summary:  The Research Fellow-Health Sector will
spearhead relevant Health Sector policy action research in Uganda Debt Network
and to ensure that the organization has consistent analytical policy positions,
high-quality engagement with the policy-makers including Parliament, Ministry
of Finance, Cabinet, Health institutions, National Medical Stores), Development
Partners (including World Bank, Embassies, faith-based institutions) and
sub-national Governments. as well as high-quality engagement with the
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Provides sector strategic leadership;
    identifying trends and issues that enable UDN to meaningfully influence
    debt policy, general budget and Health Sector budget performance,
  • Initiates and develops sound Research
    processes and relevant policy analysis thorough understanding of the
    collective knowledge of policy-making in Government operational context in
    general, Development Aid and Health Sector in particular.
  • Supports the development of policy
    research tools and management, programming, budgets and advocacy
    strategies in line with the UDN Strategic Advocacy Programme & Plan
    (SAPP) 2017-2021.
  • Contributes to policy researches and
    program reviews with regard to Development Aid and CSOs advocacy in the
    Health Sector to cover among others: Ministerial Policy Statements,
    Sectoral Financing Modalities including the Global Financing Facility-GFF,
    Policy Implementation/Regulation focused on PHC Grants, Laboratories,
    Lifesaving Commodities, Staffing and others.
  • Contributes effectively to reviews of
    Sector Performance Outputs and Outcomeswith major focus on the debt-funded
    projects in the Health Sector in Uganda.
  • Networks and coordinates partnerships
    with Non-State Actors at the sub-national and national levels including
    faith-based medical bureaus- Islam, Protestant, Anglican, Catholic, CSOs
    and private sector, to effectively influence relevant development
    processes of Government and Development Partners.
  • Builds the capacity of UDN Constituents
    at the various levels of UDN work.
  • Mobilizes and provides technical
    backstopping of District CSOs and communities (especially the youths,
    marginalized men and women) living adjacent to Government protected areas,
    plus rural and peri-urban communities in respect to their needs in Health
    and development in Uganda.
  • Plans and monitors activity budgets to
    optimize cost-effectiveness and accountability standards
  • Represents UDN in relevant Sector
    Working Groups, at Inspectorate of Government, Auditor General, DEI/ Inter-
    Agency Forum, sector reviews, EU Day, events and other relevant policy
  • Works in collaboration with other UDN
    staff to contribute to the design, implementation and accountability of
    UDN programs, including delivery of the desired UDN products.
  • Ensures UDN’s effective participation,
    influence and visibility across the relevant Ministries, Departments,
    Agencies and Local Governments (MDALGs); and other relevant UDN
    stakeholders at the regional, continental and global levels.
  • Documents contribution of sectoral
    policy outputs and outcomes of UDN policy advocacy at the sub-national,
    national, regional (east and horn of Africa), continental and global
  • Carries out any other duties as may be
    assigned from time to time by the Programme Manager.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate must hold a
    Bachelor’s degree in Development/ Health/ Quantitative Economics,
    Statistics, Public policy management, Public Health, Development Studies
    or any other relevant qualification from a reputable University.
  • Three years of professional experience
    in Government and/ or NGO sector.
  • Demonstrable experience in public sector
    policy analysis or advocacy.
  • A relevant Master’s degree and
    post-Graduate qualification will be an added advantage.
  • Technical competence in leading country-
    comparative policy research, analytical high-quality UDN informational and
    advocacy products.
  • Conceptual understanding of the current
    Development Aid discourse and development policy frameworks at the global,
    African, regional (east and horn of Africa) and national levels.
  • Knowledge and interest in working with
    District CSOs and communities.
  • Demonstrable experience in policy
    research, analytical writing and skills.
  • Conceptual appreciation and
    understanding of Government operational context and policy development in
    general and Health sector in particular.
  • Knowledge of Health sector, public
    sector debt and development analysis and advocacy.  
  • Leadership and project management
    skills, team-player and inter-personal skills.
  • Quick analytical thinker who understands
    contextual developments and refers to the (potential) implications for UDN
    and its membership;
  • Well-developed communication,
    presentation, advocacy, and representational skills appropriate for
    different audiences, including the ability to influence people;
  • Demonstrated understanding of research
    in Health sector, cluster coordination and best practice in the NGO
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to apply online at the link
Deadline: 15th June 2018
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