PATH is a global organization that works to accelerate health equity by bringing together public institutions, businesses, social enterprises, and investors to solve the world’s most pressing health challenges. With expertise in science, health, finance, technology, advocacy, and dozens of other specialties, PATH develops and scales innovative solutions—including vaccines, drugs, devices, diagnostics, and approaches to strengthening health systems worldwide.
PATH’s noncommunicable (NCD) program works in 10+ countries on program implementation to address the rising burden of NCDs with a specific focus on diabetes, hypertension, and women’s cancers. PATH serves as Secretariat for the Coalition for Access to NCD Medicines and Products. The global, multisectoral Coalition for Access to NCD Medicines & Products is dedicated to increasing access to essential medicines and health products for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) to reduce the impact of diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease.
Through technical support, advocacy, and resource mobilization, the Coalition works with ministries of health to address barriers and identify opportunities for the procurement, supply, distribution, and rational use of needed products. Members include government agencies, private-sector entities, nongovernmental organizations, philanthropic foundations, and academic institutions. The Coalition work towards achieving or exceeding the World Health Organization’s target of 80 percent availability of the affordable basic technologies and essential medicines, including generics, required to treat major NCDs in both public and private facilities.
The Coalition has prioritized East Africa for implementation of activities starting with Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. The Coalition is leading the development of a demand forecasting methodology for NCDs to be piloted in Kenya and Uganda.
PATH is seeking a Senior Program Officer to provide technical direction and coordination of activities for a project focused on diabetes care as part of the COVID-19 response to be implemented in 2 districts in Uganda over 18 months. The position will support the noncommunicable disease (NCD) program and the Coalition for Access to NCD Medicines and Products (of which PATH is Secretariat). The position will report to PATH’s global NCD team leader as well as the PATH Uganda country leader and will work in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the national stakeholders, building on existing country systems to implement the Coalition’s objectives.
The project focuses on detection, management, quality of care, access to medicines and needed supplies, and demand for care of diabetes. Key activities in this project include awareness raising, capacity building, data collection, and access to medicines and supplies. This position will also support the implementation efforts of the Coalition for Access to NCD Medicines and Products (Coalition) in Uganda.
The Senior Program Officer will provide overall coordination, management and monitoring of the project in 2 districts in Uganda. S/he will oversee capacity building and training activities for project staff, and health facility representatives; organize social and behaviour change and communication activities on diabetes prevention, including outreach and screening activities, prepare reports and presentations relating to the project, and ensure effective running of the project. He or she will be responsible for supervising and monitoring all aspects of the implementation of the project in Uganda.
This position will also support the Coalition’s efforts in country with a focus on the implementation of a demand forecasting tool and capacity building for NCD medicines and products. The Senior Program Officer will identify duty bearers and relevant stakeholders at the national and district level and propose an effective advocacy program that will involve them. S/he will also develop and maintain critical relationships with stakeholders including officers of the Ministry of Health and at the district level, donors, and implementing partners from private sector. S/he will ensure compliance with PATH’s organizational policies and partner organization protocols, while linking the project activities and results to PATH non-communicable disease portfolio.
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