HEALTH SYSTEMS STRENGTHENING /DLP TECHNICAL ADVISOR NEEDED

JOB TITLE: HEALTH SYSTEMS STRENGTHENING /DLP TECHNICAL ADVISOR

Reports to: Project Coordinator – District Led Programming (DLP)

Job Summary:
The HSS-DLP Technical Advisor will be responsible for providing technical support to the districts to enhance planning, coordination and monitoring of the decentralized HIV response within supported districts. He/she will also strengthen capacity for data use among district health teams to promote evidence based decision for the HIV programs. The TA will also be responsible for enhancing evidence based policy development and advocacy for HIV programs among senior government officials at national and district levels by supporting conducting of relevant program evaluations. In undertaking His/her mandate, the HSS-DLP TA will work in close collaboration with other projects at METS: Health Management Information Systems (HMIS) team, Monitoring and Evaluation and Case Based Surveillance. In addition, He/she will constantly liaise with district-based Implementing Partners and the Ministry of Health to ensure a coordinated and systematic approach to program implementation.

Duties and Responsibilities
 Providing technical support to the district health teams to enhance planning, coordination and monitoring of the HIV response by developing HIV/AIDS strategic plans and M&E plans.
 Participate in the development of training materials required to meet the training needs of the program
 Provide technical assistance to districts to effectively monitor implementation of the HIV/AIDS strategic plans
 Participate in the development of Performance Monitoring Plans and work plans for the program
 Train and mentor fellows to strengthen the governance, leadership and management capacity of the district health teams.
 Participate in the development of evaluation protocols and train and mentor MoH, district and health facility staff in the implementation of program evaluations.
 Provide mentorship and coaching to DHT members to address gaps in the implementation of the HIV response.
 Periodically (quarterly, semi-annual and annual) prepare reports on the Program activities.
 Contribute to resource mobilisation efforts by the project to expand interventions.
 Advise the program on ways of improving performance using information obtained from the supported districts and health facilities
 Keep abreast of the updates relating to Health Systems Strengthening and provide relevant technical support to the DLP project.
 Contribute to the Makerere University School of Public Health M&E Centre of Excellence activities as assigned by the Program Manager.
 Perform any other duties of the program as may be assigned from time to time by the coordinator in consultation with the Program Manager.

Education: A Master’s degree in one of the following disciplines: Health Sciences; Social Sciences; Statistics or a strongly related discipline is required.
Prior Work Experience: The candidate should have at least five years of progressive experience in public health at the local, national, or regional levels that entailed responsibility for public health project activities. The incumbent should also have experience working with U.S. Government agencies, international development organizations on PEPFAR-funded projects. Expertise in supporting health projects related to HIV or health systems strengthening would be an asset.
Required Knowledge and skills
a) Strong knowledge of health systems strengthening, data quality assurance, analysis reporting and best practices in data dissemination and usage is required.
b) High level of competency in facilitating strategic and other planning processes.
c) Knowledge of continuous quality improvement processes
d) Strong oral and written communications skills are required to develop and maintain effective, sustainable working relationships with districts, implementing partners.
e) Strong computer literacy especially with MS Office and other data analysis packages
f) Ability to effectively gather, interpret, and report on data obtained from a variety of sources, including competent use of reliable and valid instruments.
g) Ability to facilitate training workshops in a clear and concise manner to audiences with varying degrees of knowledge/experience in the area of Strategic Planning, M&E and Continuous Quality Improvement
h) Ability to operate successfully in a team environment and to work independently.
i) Excellent interpersonal skills

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BACKGROUND
The Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Support (METS) program is a five year CDC-funded collaboration between the Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). The Program works in close collaboration with Ministry of Health and other CDC supported partners. The overall program purpose is to promote evidence-based decision-making for an AIDS free generation by supporting the alignment of the USG supported Monitoring Evaluation and Reporting systems with the national M&E framework resulting into a fully functional one M&E system. In this regard, METS is seeking to recruit competent, self-driven and hardworking individuals to fill the positions listed below.
Interested applicants should deliver hard copy applications not later than Wednesday 27th April 2016 at 5.00pm. Applications should be delivered to the address below:

Office of the Dean
Makerere University School of Public Health
New Mulago Complex Road
P.O. Box 7072, Kampala.