Program Officer

  • Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF)
  • Mbarara, Uganda
  • 05/10/2020
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Job Description

JOB TITLE:                    Program Officer

DEPARTMENT:            Programs

LOCATION :                  Mbarara


Reporting Relation:

The Program Officer reports to the Unfinished Business Project Coordinator

Job Summary:

The Program Officer will lead the planning and implementation of the pediatric and adolescent HIV/AIDS activities in the districts of support. She/he will coordinate with a team of Technical Advisors to ensure that all technical guidance is incorporated into the district work plans to increase the availability, accessibility, and quality of integrated health services including HIV prevention, care, and treatment, and other primary care services.

She/he will work closely with the District Health Department to adequately plan, timely implement and effectively monitor the execution of the project activities while ensuring adherence to MOH set standards; and incorporating lessons learnt over time to improve systems and process for enhanced service delivery.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides technical guidance and lead the implementation process of the integrated health program in the supported districts assigned.
  • Improves the quality of and access to HIV/AIDS services in project-supported sites by adopting and institutionalizing quality improvement and Site Improvement and Systems Monitoring (SIMS) approaches.
  • Assists in setting up and running special clinical services and track progress at individual sites through site visits and district reports, in collaboration with MOH and the EGPAF program team.
  • Coordinates and participates in capacity building of district and site teams through organizing and conducting mentoring and coaching; CMEs and occasionally formal trainings.
  • Provides technical guidance to the district teams for annual and quarterly work plan development
  • Manages project finances and other resources related to implementation of activities in the assigned district in line with the Foundation finance guidelines.
  • Prepare monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual programmatic district performance reports and their submission in stipulated deadlines
  • Strengthens the quality of health services and data through supportive supervision and monitoring visit to the supported health facilities.
  • Participate in process of data auditing and verification to assure internal consistency and validity of project activity monitoring data reported by all districts, through quarterly data verification and auditing visits.
  • Facilitate the interpretation and use of M&E data, through the quarterly district level and facility level review meetings between the project, the district health team and health care workers; guide the identification of performance gaps and development of remedial actions.
  • Assists in identifying, documenting, disseminating and scaling up best practices in PMTCT, HIV Care & Treatment.
  • Coordinates with the district health departmental leadership and other relevant implementing partners in the districts of support to ensure smooth implementation of project activities.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • A bachelors degree in medicine or a related field. A Master’s in Public Health or related qualification will be an added advantage
  • or a master’s degree in Public Health with at least:
  • 5 years of professional experience working in HIV/AIDS prevention, care & treatment programs.
  • Hands-on knowledge and skills in designing, planning, implementing and monitoring pediatric, adolescent and adult HIV clinical care programs and PMTCT.
  • Good understanding of the MOH quality improvement framework and quality improvement principles
  • Good knowledge of the decentralized health system and community structures
  • Practical experience in managing pediatric, adolescent and adult ART services
  • Sound understanding of current issues and developments in the fields of HIV/AIDS and PMTCT services.
  • Strong skills in teamwork and networking. Excellent verbal communication and writing skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Willingness and ability to frequently travel within and across districts

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