Job Title: Reproductive Health Focal Person (3 Placements)
Organisation: Ministry of Health
Funding Source: Global Fund
Reports to: Team Leader
Duty Station: Moroto (Karamoja), Lira (North South), Masaka (Southern), Uganda
The Government of the Republic of Uganda under the Ministry of Health has received funding from the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, to support among other things recruitment of key staff to assist in improvement of the Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) grant performance. The goals of the Health Systems Strengthening grant are to:
• Strengthen the Procurement and Supply Management (PSM) system
• Support improvements in the Management Information Systems and Monitoring and
• Support community involvement in the delivery of health services
Additionally, the National TB and Leprosy Program (NTLP) is under the department of the National Disease Control (NDC) in the Ministry of Health. NTLP’s overall functions are to establish country wide quality diagnosis and treatment services for TB and Leprosy and to coordinate the implementation of TB and Leprosy control activities. Under the National Program is a National TB Reference Laboratory whose functions are; to provide technical guidance to all TB diagnostic facilities and standardization of Laboratory TB and Leprosy provide technical supervision and training of laboratory staff on TB and Leprosy Diagnosis Techniques, Confirmation of drug resistant TB and provide follow up culture and drug susceptible tests as a national referral facility. It also supports coordinated drug resistant TB surveillance and technical support roll out of new laboratory technologies and support their uptake and utilization. It also carries out operational research activities.
Job Summary: The Reproductive Health Focal Person will carry out regular site support supervision visits to individual health units located within the region to provide training and ongoing mentoring of core program staff on reproductive health, MCH and program management skills.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
• Carry out rapid assessments at health facility, to identity gaps that require capacity building through training or hands-on skills building, supervision, supply of medicines or health supplies and equipping.
• Regularly mobilize the required support identified; (RH training or hands-on skills building,
• RH supervision, RH medicines or RH health supplies and RH equipment) targeting the health facilities in need.
• Technically support MoH in organizing for the training or hands-on skills building in target districts/ health facilities.
• Support the District authority (DHT and CAO) and the RH division of MoH to monitor progress in fulfilling set goals/targets in implementation of RH activities in the districts. For the districts that will be indicating lack of progress in attainment of set targets for specific RH indicators, the RH Resource Persons will be responsible for notifying RH Division of MoH so that the required interventions are put in place to accelerate implementation, including carrying out outreaches, or community mobilization and sensitization, or social marketing or even mobilization of the required human resource.
• The incumbent will also support poorly performing districts in ensuring that they quickly access relevant Reproductive Health equipment, medicines, and related health supplies including Family Planning equipment and supplies.
• Support districts and health units in identifying training needs and mobilizing teams to support the needy districts and health units in accessing critical trainings/ mentorships in the area of Leadership, Governance and Planning
• Responsible for improvement of timeliness and completeness of reporting on RH-related outputs from health facilities
• Perform any other duties as assigned by team leader
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
• The ideal candidates should hold an MBChB, Bachelors of Nursing, or Bachelors Population Health from a reputable university. Post graduate degree in Population Studies, Demography or Obstetrics and Gynecology is an added advantage.
• A minimum of three years of postgraduate working experience in a field related to reproductive health (Maternal and child health) or public health is required.
• Prior work experience in implementation of a Reproductive Health program and experience working in a rural health facility are of an added advantage.
• Computer literacy skills and knowledge is a MUST.
• Competences in management, team building skills, knowledge of policies and guidelines that impact on Reproductive Health are preferred.
• The incumbent must have an in-depth understanding of the Sexual and Reproductive Health (Maternal health and Family Planning) as well as adolescent health programming.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send their applications addressed to the Permanent Secretary, MOH to the address below;
Ministry of Health,
Plot 6 Lourdel Road, Room D213, Block D, 2nd Floor.
P.O. Box 7272, Kampala,
Deadline: 11th September 2015.