Community Linkages Advisor USAID RHITES Project Careers – Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF)

Job Title:       Community Linkages Advisor
Organization:
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF)
Project Name: USAID
Regional Health Integration to Enhance Health Services in the South West Uganda
Project (RHITES)
Reports to: Director,
Community Linkages and Demand Creation
Duty Station: Mbarara,
Uganda
About US:
The Elizabeth Glaser
Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) seeks to end pediatric HIV/AIDS through
research, advocacy, and prevention and treatment programs. We are a global
leader in the fight against pediatric HIV and AIDS, working in 15 countries and
at 7,000 sites around the world to prevent the transmission of HIV to children,
and to help those already infected. Today, because of the highly successful
work of the Foundation and its partners over the last 25 years, pediatric AIDS
has been virtually eliminated in the United States and new infections in
children have declined by 58% worldwide. EGPAF Uganda Country program is
currently implementing a number of projects in partnership with various donors.
About USAID RHITES Project:
The Elizabeth Glaser
Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) implements the USAID Regional Health
Integration to Enhance Health Services in the South West Uganda Project
(RHITES) whose aim is 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, counseling support; malaria prevention and treatment and
other primary care services.
Job Summary:   The Community Linkages Advisor will provide
technical and program oversight and direction 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). She/he will provide leadership and technical guidance in the
development and implementation of activities that facilitate linkage between
and within communities and health facilities under the leadership of the
Director Community linkages and Demand creation. This position will ensure the
technical and methodological soundness of activities implemented by sub-partner
in charge of community linkages and civil society organizations (CSOs) that are
part of the project implementation.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • 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.
  • Provide technical oversight and coordinate the activities of the
    sub-partners and CSOs that are sub granted as part of the integrated
    health service delivery project.
  • Provide assistance, mentoring and capacity building at the
    individual and organizational level in specific areas of expertise
    including but not limited to
  • Identify and collaborate with agencies/organizations implementing
    community-based activities
  • Provide technical guidance to support the linking of health
    facilities, CBOs and communities
  • Develop/adapt evidence-based training materials, job aids, and
    curricula, supervisory systems and other training materials needed for
    implementation of community mobilization, referral and linkage activities
  • Integrate project within DHMT framework
  • Offer technical support to health workers, Linkage facilitators,
    VHTs and partners on comprehensive integrated technical support related to
    referral and linkages
  • Work closely 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.
  • Participate in identification, training and support supervision of
    the Village Health Teams (VHTs)
  • 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 DHMT
  • Strengthen the performance management and capacity building
    mechanism for community resource persons and peer educators that the
    project engages to implement the integrated project. Support peer educator
    follow-up and supportive supervision to community health workers.
  • Coordinate and support linkage facilitators and other psychosocial
    support groups including Arial clubs and family support groups to
    efficiently and effectively execute their roles and responsibilities in
    the community and health facilities.
  • Take part 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
  • Provide technical assistance, capacity-building and supervision to
    CBOs, NGOs, VHTs and other stakeholders/partners in community health,
    including the involvement of youth and men
  • Work with all sub partners and other 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.
  • 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 documentation of referrals and linkages for different
    services within the integrated project to ensure a continuum of care and
    response.
  • 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 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.
  • In collaboration 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 monthly, quarterly,
    semiannual and annual


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The applicant for the USAID EGPAF RHITES Community Linkages Advisor
    job opportunity should hold a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences or
    Community Development or Community Health or Nursing.
  • A post graduate in Public Health, Sociology or Community Health
    would be an added advantage
  • At least five years of work 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.
  • At least five years’ experience training community health workers
    and/or CBOs in MNCH, Nutrition, Malaria, HIV and TB interventions
  • Experience building capacity at individual and organizational
    levels;
  • Skill in at least two or more of the following technical areas: strengthening
    service delivery programs, performance and quality improvement,
    psychosocial support, and integrating health service delivery into
    community structures.
  • 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.
  • Good analytical skills and ability to support a cross section of
    frontline health workers
  • Ability and willingness to travel within the supported districts in
    northern Uganda
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send their applications
to this address;
The Senior Human
Resources Manager, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF), Plot 18A
Kyadondo Road, Nakasero, P.O. Box 21127, Kampala, Uganda
E-mail to: UgandaRecruitment@pedaids.org
Deadline: 27th July 2018
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