Program Officer Job Careers – Crown Agents

 

Job Title:    Program Officer

Organisation: Crown
Agents

Duty Station:  Kampala,
Uganda

 

About US:

Accelerating the
Su­stainable Control and Elimination of NTDs (ASCEND) is a £200 million
invest­ment from the UK government’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development
Office (FCDO), to advance the impact and su­stainability of national programmes
tackling neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). To be implemented between
September 2019 to March 2022, ASCEND comprises two lots – one focusing on South
Asia, East­ and Southern Africa (lot 1) and the other on West­ and Central
Africa (lot 2). ASCEND lot 1 is implemented by a consortium of technical
partners led by Crown Agents, including Abt Associates, Oriole Global Health
and the Royal Tropical Inst­itute. Central to ASCEND 1’s approach is a close
collaboration with National Governments and other implementing partners, to
enhance national approaches to NTD control and elimination. ASCEND’s goal is to
contribute to the global goal of reducing the burden of targeted NTDs so that
they are no longer a public health problem.

 

Job Summary: The
Program Officer’s primary function is to provide programmatic support to NTD
Control Program, ASCEND and Partners, subgrantees and district local
governments during planning, implementation, and monitoring of NTD Control
Program under ASCEND support. The NTD Program Officer will work closely with
the MoH National NTD Coordinator, Disease-specific Programme Managers for LF,
trachoma, and schistosomiasis and ASCEND Country Lead (CL), Finance Officer,
Data Manager and M&E Officer to support effective implementation of planned
NTD control activities like Schistosomiasis precision mapping and MDA, TT
surgeries and LF MMDP all implemented by MOH with financial support from
ASCEND.

 

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

·       
Program
Planning/ budgeting/field activity supervision, reporting of deliverables, and
attending relevant meetings related to the job.

·       
Under
the direction of the National NTD Coordinator and ASCEND Country Lead, the
Program Officer will build the capacity of relevant personnel of MOH,
Districts, Health Facility Staff and selected community volunteers, supervise
and monitor implementation of ASCEND supported NTD activities and will:

·       
Participate
in the development of annual work plan and budget for ASCEND support to MOH and
participate in monthly reviews and updates to the developed work plan.

·       
Assist
the National NTD Coordinator and ASCEND CL in supervising and monitoring the
implementation of ASCEND supported activities following the work plan,

·       
Lead
person in updating costed activity forecast relevant to ASCEND supported work
on schistosomiasis, LF MMDP and trachoma TT surgeries,

·       
Reporting
on progress measured against expected results noted in the NTD/ASCEND annual
work plan.

·       
Contribute
to technical activities development based on the program’s strategic
directions, primarily focusing on sub-grantees and district local governments.

·       
Be the
lead person in program and activity planning and implementation of
interventions for the three diseases (Schistosomiasis, Trachoma and LF MMDP).

·       
Work
with the M&E Officer to develop, regularly review and report on the ASCEND
Uganda M&E plan

·       
Coordinate
with District Health Offices in ASCEND supported districts to ensure timely
implementation of planned activities.

·       
Work
with the Data Manager to ensure the correct availability of data in the
relevant areas

·       
Ensure
that the expected work plan deliverables are uploaded, reviewed and are timely
approved

Information
Processing

·       
Provide
written reports of program activities at the National NTD Coordinator, Program
Managers, and ASCEND Country Lead direction.

·       
Contribute
to the annual and semi-annual reports, at the direction of the National NTD
Coordinator, Program Managers and ASCEND Country Lead.

·       
Assist
in preparing program briefs at the direction of the National NTD Coordinator,
Program Managers and ASCEND Country Lead.

Management and
Administrative Tasks

·       
Assist
the National NTD Coordinator, Program Managers and Finance Officer with
budgeting for field programmatic activities.

·       
Capacity
building to relevant program staff in developing and operationalising a field
support plan

·       
Maintain
a copy of project files and an activity calendar on ASCEND field activities on
technical deliverables

·       
Maintain
and supervise and monitor completion of field activities as planned.

·       
Provide
information to National NTD coordinator, relevant program managers and ASCEND
CL on financial forecasts for field activities

·       
Prepare
a list of supplies and equipment required for field activities with guidance
from National NTD Coordinator, Program Managers and ASCEND Country Lead

·       
Work
closely with the Procurement and Logistics Specialist to ensure procurement is
timely effected,

·       
Identify
training requirements-both fresh and refresher to improve implementation
quality,

·       
Provide
technical support in reviewing and designing NTD training manuals;

·       
Help
maintain a database of trainers and other resource persons for NTDs.

 


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

·       
The
ideal candidate must hold a Degree in public health or Bachelor’s degree or
Medicine and at least 6 years of experience managing similar or related
programs in a reputable organisation/ institution. A masters degree, Diploma in
Medical Entomology and Parasitology or in any other relevant paramedical
course, will be an added advantage.

·       
Demonstrated
experience in the management of an international community-based program(s) in
developing country settings.

·       
Demonstrated
experience in managing M&E activities.

·       
Experience
working in hard-to-reach communities with marginalised and disadvantaged
groups.

·       
Excellent
oral and written communication skills in English.

·       
Excellent
organisational skills and attention to detail.

·       
Demonstrated
experience in Microsoft Office, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

·       
Candidate
with working experience with FCDO or USAID funded program Projects will be at
an advantage.

 

Note: This position
is a Nationals only position.

 

How to Apply:

All candidates
should send a covering letter and a copy of your CV to
recruitments@ascend.crownagents.com

 

Deadline: 26th February, 2021

 

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