Position: Health Promotion Coordinator
Location: Masaka with regular travel to villages in Lwengo, Masaka, Kalangala, Kyotera, Rakai, and neighbouring districts
Application Deadline: January 24, 2020
The Health Promotion Coordinator (HPC) will oversee the formation of the new health promotion program from Health Access Connect (HAC). This health promotion program will incorporate health promotion discussions and community sensitizations within the framework of HAC’s monthly one-day outreach clinics in remote sites/villages. The health promotion program will initially focus on 1) family planning and 2) prevention of HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), but will later expand to cover topics including water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), maternal child health (MCH), nutrition, childhood immunizations, and more.
The HPC will be in charge of drafting curricula, administering training, and coordinating the health promotion program. The HPC will also pursue opportunities to publish HAC’s health promotion results in academic journals and apply for further grant opportunities. This staff member will be a health worker with experience in family planning, community health, training, and program administration.
This is initially a one year position with potential for renewal. The HPC will report to the Programme Director and the Executive Director and will work closely with HAC staff, including a Peace Corps Volunteer who is currently working on health promotion, Field Officers, the Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Officer, and the Field Coordinator. This is a new position, so the person hired will be partly responsible for crafting the work to best serve the program objectives and HAC’s mission to link Ugandans in remote areas with healthcare resources.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
- Develop a health promotion curriculum with approval from district health officials
- Train at least 50 village health team (VHTs) members to deliver health promotion talks
- Monitor and evaluate VHTs’ health promotion presentations to over 10,000 residents of remote villages
- Compile reports for donors and stakeholders
- Submit research article for publication in public health journals
BACKGROUND & QUALIFICATIONS
- Trained nurse, midwife, clinician, medical doctor, or public health practitioner
- At least five years experience working in health promotion, community sensitization, or related activity
- Bachelor’s degree
- Experience in training and/or working side-by-side with public sector health workers and/or VHTs
- Demonstrated leadership abilities overseeing staff members or volunteers
- Strong writing skills in English
- Verbal proficiency in Luganda
- Computer skills: proficiency in Microsoft Word and email and some experience using Excel
- Demonstrated experience drafting or implementing organizational procedures
- Experience in family planning counseling and treatment
- Master of Public Health, ideally with a concentration in health promotion, or similar degree
- Experience in program management
- Previous public health research experience
- Experience using Google Drive products and Salesforce or other project management software
- Experience using Open Data Kit (ODK) for data collection
- Driving permit
- Experience or willingness to travel and work in remote, rural locations
- Ability to work with minimal supervision
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate with others
- Self-driven and able to work in new, unstructured environments
- Strong problem-solving abilities
- Highly organized
- Attention to detail
This position is designed as a full-time (40 hours/week) position. Compensation is UGX 1,500,000 per month before taxes. Field travel expenses will be paid for by Health Access Connect.
BACKGROUND ON HAC
The mission of Health Access Connect is to link remote communities to healthcare. HAC does this through the Medicycles program in which we use microfinanced boda bodas to bring Ugandan government health workers to set up one-day mobile clinics in remote villages. In those clinics health workers give HIV testing, anti-retroviral treatment, immunizations, perinatal services, family planning, and many other services available in rural health centres. The Medicycles program has three components: 1) transportation and microfinance, 2) monthly one-day clinics, and 3) oversight by community leaders. HAC’s role is to identify villages to target with health officials, organize community leaders, coordinate with health center admins, and work to assure continuity of care. Our vision is a) to continue to scale the program to serve remote areas (at least 5km from the nearest health facility) throughout Uganda, and b) to document our model to make it open source so that providers in other regions of the world can use it to serve people in remote areas. HAC currently provides outreach clinics to over 40 villages in the districts of Kalangala, Kyotera, Lwengo, Masaka, and Rakai. The Health Promotion Coordinator position will work to add health promotion services to our outreaches in some sites in those and neighbouring districts.
HOW TO APPLY
Visit the Health Promotion Coordinator application page to submit an application, cover letter, and CV.