Community Linkages Officer USAID RHITES Project Jobs – Mayanja Memorial Hospital Foundation (MMHF)

Job Title:       Community Linkages Officer
Organisation: Mayanja
Memorial Hospital Foundation (MMHF)
Project Name: USAID
Regional Health Integration to Enhance Services in the South West Uganda
project (RHITES)
Duty Station: Mbarara,
Uganda
About US:
Mayanja 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 implementation.
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
    DHMT
  • 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 departments.
  • 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: 
All 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. Uganda
Or send applications
to: info@mayanjamhf.org
Deadline: 13th July 2018 by 5:00pm EAT
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