National Stakeholder Engagement Officer Jobs – Uganda Virus Research Institute (Re-advertized)

Job Title:    National Stakeholder
Engagement Officer (Re-advertized)

Organisation: Uganda
Virus Research Institute (UVRI)

Project Name: Target
Malaria

Duty Station: 
The person will be based at UVRI campus in Entebbe. The position will require
travels within Uganda and potentially at the Pan-African level as well.

Reports to:
Target Malaria Stakeholder Engagement Manager at UVRI.

Working hours: This is a full-time position (40 hours per week minimum)

Length of Appointment: Until 31 January 2023 with six months’ probation

 

Background on Target Malaria:

The Uganda Virus
Research Institute (UVRI) is a leading health research institution in Uganda,
based in Entebbe. Amongst other projects, it is a member of the Target Malaria
consortium. Target Malaria is a non-for-profit research consortium that wants
to contribute to saving millions of lives from malaria. It includes African,
European and North American scientists with a focus on the most
malaria-affected countries – currently working in Burkina Faso, Mali and
Uganda. The consortium includes a diversity of researchers – molecular
biologists, medical

entomologists,
population geneticists, protein engineers, social sciences researchers as well
as risk, regulatory and stakeholder engagement experts. Our teams are
researching approaches that can reduce the numbers of mosquitoes that spread
malaria, which would help complement existing control methods. Our research is
at an early stage, and while results so far have been promising, there is still
a long way to go. By reducing the population of the malaria mosquito, we aim to
combat transmission of the disease. The control method would be a long-term,
sustainable, and cost effective solution to prevent malaria. This project
started a decade ago with a funding from the Grand Challenges in Global Health
initiative and is now funding through a program of the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation.

 

The project is led
by the following values:

·       
To
achieve excellence in all areas of its work, creating a path for responsible
research and development of genetic technologies

·       
To
co-develop both technologies and the associated knowledge base

·       
To
ensure its work is evidence-driven so it can deliver safe and effective
technologies

·       
To be
open and accountable in how it works, in its relationships and in its decisions

 

For more
information, please visit www.targetmalaria.org

 

A deep commitment to
the mission of developing and sharing new, cost-effective and sustainable
genetic technologies to modify mosquitoes and reduce malaria transmission is
required.

 

Job Summary:  Target Malaria Uganda is seeking to recruit a
National Stakeholder Engagement Senior Officer. This new position has been
created in recognition of the importance of the dialogue with stakeholders at
national level to build and maintain effective and constructive relationships
with multiple stakeholders for the success of the project. The project
interacts with a broad range of stakeholders at national level including
representatives of the national government, regulators, intergovernmental and
non-governmental organisations, scientific research groups, civil society
groups or individuals. In the longer-term engagement at the regional and
Pan-African level will also be essential for the success of the project.

 

The National
Stakeholder Engagement Senior Officer will play a critical role in building the
profile and voice of Target Malaria through strategic engagement. The role will
require liaising across the range of the Target Malaria teams to ensure engagement
on the project is coordinated, coherent and is a two-way dialogue. The role is
to ensure that stakeholders are informed but also that their feedback,
expectations and concerns are shared with the project team. This is an
essential part of the co-development and co-ownership values of the project.

 

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  The national stakeholder engagement senior
officer will facilitate the dialog between the national level stakeholders and
the project. He/she will be responsible for the promotion of trust and
confidence between the national stakeholders and the project. The
responsibilities of this role include (but are not limited to):

Engagement
activities

The National SE
Senior Officer will be responsible and accountable for the overall engagement
activities at the national level in the following aspects:

·       
Ensure
adequate information about the project to national level stakeholders on
project activities (whether current or future)

·       
Ensure
appropriate consultation of national stakeholders before the implementation of
activities and feedback concerns, suggestions to the project for them to be
considered;

·       
Ensure
that the national level dialogue is inclusive and effective by mapping and
prioritizing key stakeholders, and aligning this map to the project’s strategic
objectives, goals and milestones;

·       
Support
the regulatory process by advising on and managing potential stakeholder issues
and coordinating stakeholder engagement activities with the insectary and field
entomology teams the regulatory team;

·       
Promote
the use of effective communication by working closely with the communications
team to support the development of culturally appropriate tools and methods
taking into account social. political and cultural contexts;

·       
Represent
the project as required to high-profile, regional and national stakeholders,
building constructive relationships across governmental, non-profit and private
sector organisations

·       
Participate
in regional and Pan-African engagement activities according to the
international stakeholder engagement plan and under the leadership of the
stakeholder engagement manager.

·       
Monitor
political debates and programmatic trends in the field of gene drive technology
and malaria vector control, and analyze their implications on the project and
our work.

·       
Ensure
that national engagement activities are implemented within the set budget and
timeline and raise any concern in this regard if there are deviations to be
anticipated.

·       
After
appropriate training, respond to media as one of the project spokespersons.

Strategy activities

·       
Participate
in the formulation and the implementation of a stakeholder engagement strategy
at national level in Uganda, and ensure the alignment with local, regional and
global strategies;

·       
Participate
in the formulation of tools, procedures and policies for stakeholder engagement
and documentation of activities;

·       
Contribute
to consortium activities related to stakeholder engagement.

·       
To
assess, prioritize, monitor and manage risks at national level and analyse and
report back how these risks could impact the project;

Reporting
activities

·       
Participate
in the monitoring and evaluation of the engagement and stakeholders’ acceptance
level for the project;

·       
Provide
activity report and updates of support tools to facilitate follow-up and
reporting on National engagement activities;

·       
Ensure
that national engagement activities are implemented within the set budget and
timeline and raise any concern in this regard if there are deviations to be
anticipated.

 

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

To be successful in
this role you must possess the following:

·       
The ideal
candidate must hold a postgraduate qualification in International Development,
Policy, Social Sciences (or similar), or an equivalent combination of relevant
knowledge, extensive training and/or experience 

·       
Extensive
experience in policy engagement including co-developing and executing
successful policy engagement and communications campaigns (3-5 years)

·       
Demonstrated
experience in designing and implementing stakeholder engagement programmes

·       
Strong
existing network of stakeholders and contacts in Uganda.

·       
Experience
mobilizing stakeholder networks from civil society

·       
Experience
working in a field in development, where the policy framework is evolving

·       
Experience
in a multi-disciplinary environment, ability to translate engagement
perspective and technical aspects to non-practitioners/non-expert

·       
Advanced
knowledge of stakeholder engagement issues and practices and an understanding
of their implications for the development, implementation and evaluation of
stakeholder engagement plan

·       
Understanding
of engagement challenges related to innovation, in particular in the field of
biotechnologies

·       
Outstanding
organisational, time and project management skills, including the ability to
plan, implement and execute new initiatives

 

Please note that job
descriptions cannot be exhaustive, and the post-holder may be required to
undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key
responsibilities.

 

How to Apply:

All applications
must be in English and include a Curriculum Vitae, a cover letter explaining
why this position is attractive and why your profile fits, and three
references.

Interested
candidates should submit their applications marked: “National Stakeholder
Engagement Officer- Target Malaria” to:

 

The Director,

Uganda Virus
Research Institute

P.O. Box 49 Entebbe.
Uganda

 

Email to:
[email protected]

OR: hand-deliver to
his office at Plot 51-59, Nakiwogo Road, Entebbe.

 

This Vacancy is Open
to Nationals of Uganda.

 

Deadline: 23rd February 2021

 

NB: This is a
re-advertisement hence all those who applied previously need not apply again.
We regret that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

 

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