Position: Director HIV and Infectious Diseases

  • University Research Co., LLC (URC)
  • Gulu, Uganda
  • 26/08/2020
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Job Description

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.
URC’s mission is to provide innovative, evidence-based solutions to health and social challenges worldwide. Please join us in carrying out our mission (http://www.urc-chs.com/).
Project Overview:
URC has implemented quality improvement and operations research programs in health care since 1981 and continues to be at the cutting edge of health care improvement work in countries around the world.
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 Director HIV and Infectious Diseases will support the Chief of Party (COP) in the design, implementation and monitoring of the project performance in the areas of HIV and Communicable Diseases prevention and control. He/she will provide technical direction on implementation of strategies and activities that lead to increasing the access and utilization of quality health services in HIV Prevention and Treatment, and control of TB and Malaria services in the region. He/she will also develop a culture of safety in preventing and mitigating the effects of workplace acquired infectious disease or harm from biological agents for project staff in the Acholi Sub-region.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Technical Supervisory roles
  • Supervise all activities for improving access and quality health services in HIV Prevention and Treatment and, Communicable Diseases control services in all 8 districts in Acholi sub-region in consultation with Technical Advisors.
  • Support development, timely submission and tracking of annual, quarterly, monthly work plans and budgets for technical assistance for HIV Prevention and Treatment, TB and Malaria services.
  • Lead and supervise COVID-19 programs to ensure staff safety, timely updates, reporting and partner support.
  • Lead a team of Advisors to improve access to quality health services in HIV Prevention and Treatment, and Communicable Diseases control services in Acholi region.
  • Supervise all activities for adult and pediatric TB and Malaria services in all 8 districts in Acholi region and its
  • Carry out regular activities to assess and build competency of DHTs and District Technical Coordinators supporting in the selected districts/ health facilities.
2. Technical Support & Coordination
  • Have overall responsibility for achieving project targets in HIV Prevention and Treatment and communicable diseases (HTS, PMTCT, SMC, HIV/TB, Malaria, HIV care and treatment) and integration of services. Provide technical support to health facilities and districts in Acholi region to implement and meet set targets.
  • Provide overall technical support and oversight for the implementation of integrated HIV Prevention and Treatment, adult and pediatric TB and Malaria services at facility and community levels in Acholi region to meet set targets.
  • Supervise a group of advisors to improve access to quality HIV Prevention and Treatment, TB and Malaria services using a demand driven approach.
  • Build the capacity of district teams and partners staff to continuously support health facilities to improve HIV Prevention and Treatment, TB and Malaria services.
  • Ensure improved access to and quality of HIV Prevention and Treatment, TB and Malaria services for priority population, key population and other vulnerable groups. Ensure universally agreed 90-90-90 targets are achieved at district and regional levels.
  • Lead coordination at the regional and national level in the area of HIV Prevention and Treatment, TB and malaria for the project in consultation with the supervisor.
  • Ensure timely submission of quality and accurate reports quarterly, biweekly and at all other requested times.
  • Review and improve technical strategies employed by the technical teams and District Technical Coordinators supporting HIV Prevention and Treatment, TB and malaria services to ensure the RHITES N Acholi project work plan is adhered to and implemented with measurable success.
  • In collaboration with the monitoring and evaluation team ensure that data collected is accurate, valid and captures process and outcome indicators.
  • In collaboration with knowledge management staff, lead the process of documenting best practices in form of case studies, success stories, abstracts, video clips in addition to the routine biweekly updates, quarterly and annual reports for the work done.
  • Develop, support and maintain a pool of district and regional coaches who will support the health facility improvement teams to improve the quality of care and services provided in the above-named technical areas.
  • Integrating appropriate gender strategies and ensure appropriate youth engagement.
  • Support the Local Partner transition process through identification and capacity building of identified local partners.
3. Infectious Diseases
  • Develop a mechanism aimed at protecting employees and their families from acquiring work related infectious disease or harm from biological agents
  • In collaboration with the HR department, institute measures to prevent contamination of the work environment by infectious agent or harm from biological agents through designing and implementing workplace safety procedures.
  • Develop a culture of safety by continually providing workplace safety guidance, stimulating staff responsibility and supporting learning in the prevention of work-related infectious disease or harm from biological agents.
  • Provide institutional oversight to health security interventions in improving work environment safety.
  • As the focal person for COVID-19 response, provide regular updates to the staff and ensuring effective infection control practices at the activity offices and partner sites.
Required Experience and Qualifications:
  • Degree in Medicine and preferably master’s in public health, with at least 10 years’ experience in technically leading/Advising large scale HIV Prevention and Treatment programs in Uganda and supporting integration of family health services.
  • At least 10 years of working with districts and health facilities to improve HIV Prevention and Treatment services in Uganda.
  • At least 5 years’ experience in supervising staff and working at a senior level.
  • Demonstrated ability of improving quality of health services at large scale.
  • A good working knowledge of the most up to date guidelines for HIV Prevention and Treatment services.
  • Ability and willingness to travel within the supported districts for 50% of the time.
  • Experience of working with diverse groups of stakeholders such as government, NGOs, and private-sector partners.
  • Experience of working in northern Uganda is an advantage.
  • Ability to organize, analyze, interpret and program performance data.
  • Experience of working with USAID funded projects is an advantage.
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.
To Apply:      
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. 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.