Project Management Specialist (Quality Assurance) Job Opportunity – USAID/Uganda

Organisation:
USAID/Uganda
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
Salary Range:
UGX 145,734,783 – 214,194,284 per annum, equivalent to FSN-11.  
Solicitation Number: 72061720R10002
About US Embassy:
The United States Embassy in Kampala, Uganda has enjoyed diplomatic relations with Uganda for over 30 years.  Ambassador Deborah R. Malac currently heads the U.S Mission to Uganda.  The Mission is composed of several offices and organizations all working under the auspices of the Embassy and at the direction of the Ambassador.
Among the offices operating under the U.S Mission to Uganda are:
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
  • Peace Corps
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Statement of Duties:
1) General Statement of Purpose of the Contract
·        
USAID/Uganda
is seeking for a qualified individual to fill the Project Management Specialist
(Quality Assurance (PMS QA) position located within the Office of Health and
HIV (OHH)’s Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) Unit but based within the
Ministry of Health (MOH) – Quality Assurance and Inspection Department to
facilitate the advisory role of this position.
·        
The PMS
is responsible for supporting the U.S. Government (USG) in its efforts to
strengthen
·        
Government
of Uganda (GoU) Quality Improvement program for improved health outcomes in
both the public and private health sector.
·        
The PMS
will support Ministry of Health to develop, implement and oversee national
quality management policies and strategies. This includes conducting capacity
building for regional and district staff to provide supportive supervision and
mentoring to MOH staff. The PMS will also support USG Implementing Partners to
integrate quality improvement and management approaches in supported health
programs and ensure adherence to national standards. These efforts will enable
the MoH to enhance the quality of health services and improve health outcomes
for the people of Uganda, helping the country advance its journey to
self-reliance.
(2) Statement of
Duties to be performed.
A. Technical Leadership (50%)
·        
Support
MoH efforts to ensure quality of health care in Uganda is improved through
integration of quality improvement and management approaches across disease
areas and throughout the national system as routine practice.
·        
Stay
abreast of state-of-the-art knowledge, programming and best practices related
to quality assurance and quality improvement practices and utilize this
information to improve MoH efforts to strengthen the quality of health care in
Uganda.
·        
Use
diplomatic skills and technical acumen to influence the MoH, including the
Department of Quality Assurance and Inspection, in their strategic decisions
and policy formulation to strengthen quality assurance and quality improvement,
and encourage the GoU to take concrete steps in the overall journey to
self-reliance.
·        
Work in
collaboration with the MoH Quality Assurance and Inspection Department to
support the variousMoH departments to develop and/or review national standards;
implement quality assurance, improvement and control activities; monitor
quality of health care and design improvement plans at a national level.
·        
Provide
quality improvement technical support to USG implementing Partner’s during
their program planning, and implementation aligning to MoH national Quality
Improvement Strategy and Framework.
·        
Support
national level quality improvement collaboration and coordinate USG IP
participation.
·        
Participate
in key technical fora related to quality improvement and management at the
national level, such as the national Quality Improvement Steering Committee.
·        
Influence
other donors, and the private sector to leverage resources for health systems
strengthening to achieve mutual goals such as those related to PEPFAR, PMI, the
Global Health Security Agenda, FP2020, and preventing child and maternal
deaths.
·        
Collaborate
with USAID OHH technical units to review program data, identify quality
performance gaps within USAID-funded health programs and design quality
improvement interventions to close performance gaps.
·        
Coordinate
with other USG Health Systems seconded staff at the MoH to ensure holistic
health systems technical assistance is provided to MoH.
·        
Serve as
the USG point of contact to liaise with MoH in relation to quality improvement
and management.
B. Program Management (30%)
·        
Serve as
an AOR/COR/Activity Manager for one or more activities (and assist the AOR/COR
in performing certain technical oversight duties); ensure that USAID exercises
prudent management over the award and monitor the recipient’s progress in
achieving the objectives of the program description.
·        
Work
with the USAID Health/HIV unit to monitor the quality of IPs supported health
programs.
·        
Coordinate
exchanges and sharing of best practices among USG and other stakeholders in the
Health and HIV program areas to strengthen integration of quality improvement
across all levels of care.
·        
Provide
project management support for health systems awards within the mission.
·        
Support
MoH to set up and implement key performance metrics processes that indicate
improvement in quality of health care.
·        
Participate
in the country operational plan and programmatic operational plan in
collaboration with the PEPFAR, HSS, Malaria and Family Health units by
providing quality management expertise.
·        
Work
closely with other CORs, AORs and AMs to review and support annual work
planning to ensure activities are aligned with MoH policies and plans,
coordinated with other USAID and development partners’ activities, and reflect
state of the art interventions and best practices in quality assurance and
quality improvement.
C. Design of New Activities – 10%
·        
As the
HSS programs evolve and funding levels change, apply critical analysis and
strategic thinking skills to identify areas for strategic support, participate
in the selection of implementing mechanisms, design and review proposals or
applications, participate in procurement process and guide the implementation
of activities to effect improvements in the quality of care.
D. Integration of quality improvement and management best
practices with critical Mission activities – 10%
·        
Closely
coordinate with other Office of Health and HIV staff though key systems
developed to ensure that the HIV, Malaria, Family Health and Strategic
Information portfolios are effectively integrated and addressed under  overarching strategic objectives.
·        
Contribute
to activities that support the provision of technical and administrative
oversight of USAID programs implementing integrated USAID Health systems,
malaria, tuberculosis, HIV, family planning, reproductive health, child
survival, and nutrition activities at national and district/site levels.
·        
Coordinate
other activities within the health portfolio as they relate to Health Systems
Strengthening, particularly quality improvement and management.
·        
CCN PSCs
may participate in temporary duty (TDY) travel to USAID/Washington and other
Missions in order to participate in the Foreign Service National Fellowship
Program described in ADS 495maa.
(3) Supervisory Relationship:
·        
Works
under the general supervision by the HSS Unit Leader. Assignments are made
orally and in writing. Most assignments occur in the normal course of the work,
but the PMS is required to determine those that must be coordinated with the
supervisor. The supervisor provides a review of the assignment, the goals and
objectives to be achieved, and the results expected. The PMS will seek advice
and assistance as required. Work is reviewed in terms of results achieved.
(4) Supervisory Controls:
·        
Continued
supervision of other Mission staff is not contemplated.



Qualifications,
Skills and Experience:
·        
Offers
will be initially screened for compliance with application instructions and
eligibility in accordance with the minimum qualification criteria listed below.
Applicants who do not meet all of the education and experience requirements or
who provide incomplete, unsigned applications that are not in compliance with
the application instructions will not be evaluated or considered for award.
Education:
·        
Master’s
Degree, or the local equivalent, in public health, nursing, business or another
field closely related to health systems.
Prior Work Experience:
·        
At least
seven (7) years of progressively responsible professional experience working in
Uganda in Health and HIV/AIDS field.
·        
This
work experience should include at least five (5) years focused on quality
improvement and management.
·        
Experience
collaborating with and/or working for key donors, development partners, or
NonGovernmental Organizations (NGO) is required.
·        
Quality
assurance/quality improvement experience working with GoU at national, district
and/or facility level is highly required.
Language Proficiency:
·        
Level IV
(fluent) spoken and written English language proficiency is required.
Job Knowledge:
·        
Demonstrated
knowledge and experience of working with the national health systems, and
Health and
·        
HIV/AIDS
service delivery in the public and private sectors in Uganda, including but not
limited to: assessing and evaluating quality; identifying problems or issues
with care delivery and designing quality improvement activities to overcome
them; and monitoring activities against stated objectives.
·        
Solid
understanding of donor engagement in supporting health systems strengthening
efforts and health commodities.
Skills and Abilities:



·        
Demonstrated
project management skills, including financial management, administrative, and
monitoring skills used to track the performance of implementing partners and
activities.
·        
Ability
to present information, analyses, and recommendations in clear written and oral
formats.
·        
Ability
to work effectively within a team and interagency environment.
·        
Ability
to initiate and self-manage work with minimal supervision.
·        
Ability
to travel to regions and districts within Uganda.
·        
Excellent
computer skills including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
·        
Knowledge
of quality management software (i.e. compliance control, data analysis, patient
satisfaction).
·        
Strategic
planning, project management skills and demonstrated ability to coordinate and
organize stakeholders at national and lower levels of management.
·        
Demonstrated
ability to support policy development, interpretation and implementation.
·        
Ability
to work in a multi-cultural, dynamic and fast paced environment.
How to apply:
Offers must be
presented as detailed in Section IV of the solicitation document and shall
include:
A typed and hand
signed (around Section 6 – Declaration) DS-174 Employment Application for Locally
Employed Staff or Family Member (https://eforms.state.gov/Forms/ds174.pdf;
Version Exp. 06/2022).
Cover letter
(addressed to the USAID Supervisory Executive Officer) clearly indicating the
position for which you are applying and describing how you meet the minimum
requirements.
Completed curriculum
vitae/resume as detailed in the solicitation document.
Supplemental
[separate] document specifically addressing each QRF as outlined in the
solicitation.
Copies of Academic
Transcripts.
All offers must be
e-mailed to: KampalaHR@state.gov
Offers must be in a
standard file type such as Microsoft Word (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf). All
should be in one document which should not exceed 10MB. 
ONLY ELECTRONIC
SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AND ONLY SHORT LISTED OFFERORS WILL BE CONTACTED.
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Deadline: November 13, 2019:4:45 PM local time.
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