Deputy Project Coordinator NGO Careers – Joint Clinical Research Centre (JCRC)

Job Title:    Deputy Project Coordinator

Organisation: Joint Clinical Research Centre (JCRC)

Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda

Reports to: Project Director


About US:

Joint Clinical Research Centre (JCRC) is a Centre of Excellence that was started in 1990 to address the very serious problem of HIV/AIDS, which was at its peak by that time. The institution is a limited liability, not for profit, Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), which was initiated by a collaborative effort of: Ministry of Health, Ministry of Defence  and Makerere University Medical School (currently College of Health Sciences).


Job Summary: The Deputy Program coordinator will be responsible for making key decisions and solving problems in short timeframes while ensuring operational and project technical quality and integrity. S/he will serve as the project’s main point of contact with JCRC, USAID, HoH and relevant stakeholders on routine and strategic matters. S/he will also ensure effective organizational management, collaboration and communication with the partners and host MoH structures.


Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Provide leadership and strategic direction to ensure programmatic and financial integrity of the project and to achieve rapid and sustained goals, objectives and targets.
  • Ensure that project is technically sound, evidence-based and responsive to the needs of USAID and those of the region.
  • Ensure compliance with the terms and conditions of the award.
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with USAID, MoH as well as other stakeholders.
  • Represent JCRC and the project’s progress, achievements and lessons learned to USAID and other key stakeholders, through meetings and conferences.
  • Provide technical leadership and ensure the quality and sustainability of project interventions.
  • Collaborate with project teams to build capacity around HIV treatment, TB, PMTCT, HIV testing, clinical laboratory support, HIV clinical monitoring systems, and health system strengthening.
  • Lead the annual work planning process in close collaboration with USAID, JCRC, and project teams.
  • Closely monitor progress towards PEPFAR –funded project targets, as well as national targets.
  • Guide the analysis, synthesis and reporting of outputs and results in close collaboration with the Monitoring and Evaluation Team.
  • Oversee the quality, preparation, and timely submission of project reports to the donor.
  • Mentor, support, supervise and manage a team of highly qualified staff and align their efforts to ensure rapid and sustainable results.
  • Write and/or review project materials and publications.
  • Work with finance and project staff to develop and track project budgets.
  • Work with Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) staff to develop M&E frameworks and effectively track data/results.
  • Work closely with JCRC senior management staff to ensure effective, timely and coordinated project implementation.
  • Ensure compliance with USAID operational policies and regulations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the JCRC Executive Director.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate must hold an advanced degree in public health, health administration, international health or a related field.
  • Six or more years of experience managing HIV care and treatment programs at a regional or national level, including planning, designing, implementing, mentoring, and evaluating and documenting results.
  • Exceptional written and oral communications skills.
  • Strong technical and programmatic knowledge and experience in the following areas: HIV testing and linkage to care, HIV treatment, TB, PMTCT, clinical laboratory support, routine viral load testing, HIV clinical monitoring systems, and health system strengthening.
  • Demonstrated capabilities in institutional capacity building and experience in working effectively with district and national government authorities.
  • Experience in coordinating and collaborating with a broad set of stakeholders including USAID.
  • Previous experience implementing regional HIV Projects, with intimate understanding of local health system and HIV gaps and opportunities and solid relationships with government agencies.
  • Experience hiring and supervising personnel and ensuring they acquire the necessary training and skills to meet evolving project needs.
  • In-depth knowledge of PEPFAR projects, regulations, compliance and reporting requirements
  • Demonstrated outstanding leadership, strategic thinking, organizational, team-building, and representational skills.
  • Excellent skills in facilitation, team building, and coordination.
  • Ability to coach, mentor and develop technical capacity in technical staff.
  • Proficiency in word processing and Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to travel nationally.
  • Must be a Uganda National.


How to Apply:

All candidates should send their applications addressed to;


Manager Human Resource & Development,

Joint Clinical Research Centre,

Plot 101 Lubowa Campus off Entebbe Road,

P.O Box 10005, Kampala-Uganda.

Email: Please strictly submit  two documents combined in one PDF are required (Application letter and CV not exceeding 6 pages).


Deadline: Friday 6th August, 2021 by 12:00pm.


Note: JCRC is an equal opportunity employer. Any attempts of influencing the recruitment process will lead to automatic disqualification.


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