Community Specialist-Family Health (2)
Community Specialist-Family Health (2)
Hours: Regular Full-time, 40 hours per week; Not Eligible for Overtime
Location: Based in Gulu & Kitgum, Uganda; With frequent travels to the field
Salary: Commensurate with required experience and qualifications
Reports to: Technical Director
University Research Co., LLC (URC)
URC is a global company dedicated to improving the quality of health care, social services, and health education worldwide. With a non-profit affiliate, the Center for Human Services (CHS), URC manages projects in over 45 countries, including the United States.
Established in 1965, URC offers a range of technical assistance to strengthen health and social systems and service quality by empowering communities and health workers to identify and scale up locally appropriate solutions to critical problems. Internationally, we expand access to and improve the quality of services addressing maternal, newborn, and child health; infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria; reproductive health and family planning; food and nutrition; and vulnerable children and families. In the US, we focus on improving communication related to issues like substance abuse, with a particular focus on reaching underserved populations.
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With the RHITES-N Acholi Project (Regional Health Integration to Enhance Services in Northern Uganda – Acholi), USAID will continue its support of the Government of Uganda’s (GOU) efforts to improve access to and use of health services in the country’s post-conflict northern region. RHITES-N Acholi Project activities will build on USAID investments and national advances to increase access to and use of high-quality integrated services that accelerate the ability and capacity to respond to the specific health needs of residents in the Acholi sub-region, leveraging the URC-ASSIST project successes.
Roles and Responsibilities:
The Community Specialist will provide technical and program oversight in the areas of strengthening community health services in the integrated family health project activities including identifying and working with community resources persons, community leaders, CBOs, CSOs, and other community groups. He/she will collaborate with other members of the RHITES-N, Acholi team, health facility staff, IPs, community resource persons and community leaders to design, plan and implement effective community activities and reporting/sharing of community information/learnings to be put to scale. In collaboration with community resource persons and community leaders, she/he will spearhead the formation and functionality of community peer groups that will contribute to increased demand, uptake, and utilization of the integrated health services in the districts of support. She/he will provide technical guidance in the development and implementation of activities that create demand and utilization of health services between and within communities and health facilities.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Technical planning, design, programming, and implementation of community activities
- Provide oversight on the implementation of community activities including leadership engagement and supporting formation and functionality of community health structures.
- Provide above site technical support to USG IPs including USAID- TASO-LPHS-Acholi activity
- Work closely with District Health Educators and Community Development Office to strengthen community-based structures that will create demand for RNMCH, Nutrition, FP, WASH, Malaria and GBV services; and also act as a major platform for referrals and linkages to enhance access to these services.
- Provide technical leadership for the development of work plans and supervisory support for the development and implementation of community action plans for the project.
- Support local CBOs and RH groups to conduct community education and mobilization to generate demand for RNMCH, WASH, FP, Malaria at the community and health facility levels.
- Support continuous community quality improvement approaches for family health services in Acholi-sub-region.
- Support implementation of the project’s core activities and strengthen community engagements to increase access, and retention of available integrated health services (Malaria, nutrition, family planning, and maternal, neonatal and child health care) in collaboration with the DHT, local leaders and existing community groups or CSOs.
- Strengthen the performance management and capacity building mechanism for community resource persons and peer group structure that the project engages to implement the integrated project.
- Mentor and coach community leaders/peer facilitates and other community resource people in the implementation of their advocacy role in the available health services at health facilities.
- Strengthen Knowledge base and Advocacy on community health system strengthening activities
- Organize and facilitate periodic reviews meetings of community MNCH/SRH/FP, Malaria, WASH, and Nutrition activities at the health center level with the involvement of VHTs, community representatives, health center staff and members of the DHMT.
- Contribute to documentation of best practices and success stories that will contribute to the body of knowledge in the area of provision of integrated family health services at the community level and strengthening community engagement.
- Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Reporting on community health system strengthening activities
- Support proper documentation and data tracking tools for community health system strengthening activities at the RHITES-N, Acholi
- Maintain up-to-date statistics and community program data in collaboration with the M&E department for the project’s community related performance reporting.
- Participates in regular project monitoring and evaluation as required to ensure integration of gender equality into programming and learning.
- Supports monitoring of the overall community activities in RHITES-N, Acholi project, gathers lessons learned, and builds upon strengths and improves on weaknesses.
- Facilitate data collection from community intervention activities and health facilities.
- Prepare timely and submit weekly, monthly, and quarterly reports on the activity implementation progress.
5. Other roles
- Provide administrative and logistical support to the community cadres and ensuring that the project assets are properly secured and kept in good working condition.
- Perform any other duties assigned by the supervisor.
Required Experience & Qualifications
- University degree in Social Sciences: Social Work, Development studies, Community psychology, Gender / Women Studies, Public Health, or other related fields. A Master’s degree in Public Health is an added advantage.
- 4-6 years’ experience in implementing community health integrated programs especially those related MNCH, Malaria, SRH, WASH Family Planning and Health System Strengthening.
- Experience in building capacity at individual, community, and organizational levels.
- Skill in at least two or more of the following technical areas: strengthening service delivery programs at the community level, psychosocial support, and integrating health service delivery into community structures.
- Experience in formation and supporting functionality of community support/peer groups.
- Knowledge of community structures and cultural practices in the Acholi sub-region, northern-Uganda is essential.
- Excellent written and verbal communication or interpersonal skills is a must.
- Good analytical skills and ability to support a cross section of frontline health and community workers.
Please note: Only candidates who are eligible to work in Uganda for an indefinite period without a need for sponsorship will be considered for this position.
For immediate consideration, please visit URC’s Career Opportunities page at www.urc-chs.com/careers.
You must upload your CV/Résumé and your Cover Letter where indicated by the 15th October 2021. Also, please complete your application form and attach a completed USAID Form 1420 Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet as well.
Due to the large number of inquiries we receive, only candidates who have met the required experience & qualifications for this position will be contacted. No phone calls please. However, since we are active around the world in the field of public health, we may wish to retain your CV in our database for other/future opportunities, unless you direct us otherwise. Thank you very much for your interest.
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