Country Coordinator and Senior Capacity Development Advisor for Uganda and Rwanda

  • Management Sciences for Health
  • Kampala, Uganda
  • 01/02/2021
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Description

  • Please note that this is a local and NOT expat position, hence it does not attract expat allowances and successful candidates should have permission to work in the country

    With support from the project’s Principal Investigator, the Country Coordinator and Senior Capacity Development Advisor will provide strategic leadership and bear responsibility for the achievement of objectives and stated project goals, the effective management of local team members and consultants, and for the timely and accurate fulfillment of reporting requirements specified in the project award for activities in Uganda and Rwanda. S/he will be the official representative for MSH’s NPHI Capacity Building Program in Uganda and Rwanda and will maintain routine communication between all relevant parties, including with CDC and MSH’s home office project leadership, as well as management and technical support staff.

     

    The Country Coordinator and Senior Capacity Development Advisor will be responsible for providing technical assistance and coaching, as well as coordinating other members of the project’s team to provide technical assistance to the Uganda Ministry of Health and Uganda National Institute for Public Health (NIPH), Uganda’s Public Health Emergency Operations Centers (PHEOCs), and other relevant stakeholders to strengthen technical and managerial capacities—particularly those related to effective emergency management—and to better identify and address priority challenges arising from the current response to COVID-19. Support will likely include strengthening NIPH’s institutional capacity to play its leadership role, clarifying to the incident command structure and improving its performance, and using the COVID-19 response as an entry point for taking steps toward eventual integration of emergency operations and national disease surveillance into NIPH’s structure.

     

    In addition, the Country Coordinator and Senior Capacity Development Advisor will oversee the implementation of the Project’s activities in Rwanda through remote support and approximately quarterly visits to Kigali to facilitate workshops and other capacity building measures with Rwanda’s NPHI, the Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC).

     

    Lead the implementation of the NPHI Capacity Building Program activities in Uganda  (75%)

    In collaboration with the project’s Principal Investigator and home office management and support staff:

    ▪ Coordinate implementation of project activities in Uganda and provide vision, direction, leadership, and oversight. This includes program work planning, performance management, and communications.

    ▪ Oversee the design and implementation of the project’s technical approaches in Uganda, ensuring they reflect high standards of technical and operational excellence, incorporate state of the art practices, and reflect evidence-based methods to build sustainable local capacity.

    ▪ Ensure M&E systems measure progress toward objectives and results and continually improve program performance. Oversee efforts to document results and disseminate learning widely at national, regional, and global levels

    ▪ Manage technical contributions of potential consultants and sub-grantees/subcontractors.

    ▪ Represent the project in technical forums and donor discussions

    ▪ Build and maintain strong working relations with key stakeholders, beneficiaries, suppliers, and partners including but not limited to key stakeholders from CDC, the Uganda National Institute for Public Health (NIPH), Uganda’s public health emergency operations centers (PHEOCs) and the Uganda Ministry of Health, and other implementing partners.

    ▪ Work alongside the leadership of NIPH and other key leaders to identify their capacity building needs, co-create solutions, and coach them in implementation of those solutions.

    ▪ Coordinate with MSH local and HQ staff to ensure project activities are timely and appropriately planned, resources mobilized, financial information is monitored, and that the project’s local assets are properly managed.

    ▪ Ensure a smooth collaboration, partnership and communication with MSH staff from other projects, including project leaders and finance and operations staff.

    ▪ Fulfill any other tasks pertinent with the scope of work of his/her position.

     

    Lead the implementation of the NPHI Capacity Building Program activities in Rwanda  (25%)

    In collaboration with the project’s Principal Investigator and home office management and support staff:

    ▪ Coordinate implementation of project activities in Rwanda and provide vision, direction, leadership, and oversight. This includes program work planning, performance management, and communications.

    ▪ Oversee the design and implementation of the project’s technical approaches in Rwanda, ensuring they reflect high standards of technical and operational excellence, incorporate state of the art practices, and reflect evidence-based methods to build sustainable local capacity.

    ▪ Ensure M&E systems measure progress toward objectives and results and continually improve program performance. Oversee efforts to document results and disseminate learning widely at national, regional, and global levels

    ▪ Manage technical contributions of potential consultants and sub-grantees/subcontractors.

    ▪ Represent the project in technical forums and donor discussions relevant to the activities in Rwanda

    ▪ Build and maintain strong working relations with key stakeholders, beneficiaries, suppliers, and partners including but not limited to key stakeholders from CDC, the Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC), Rwanda’s public health emergency operations centers (PHEOCs) and the Rwanda Ministry of Health, and other implementing partners.

    ▪ Work alongside the leadership of RBC and other key leaders to identify their capacity building needs, co-create solutions, and coach them in implementation of those solutions.

    ▪ Coordinate with MSH local and HQ staff to ensure project activities are timely and appropriately planned, resources mobilized, financial information is monitored, and that the project’s local assets are properly managed.

    ▪ Ensure a smooth collaboration, partnership and communication with MSH staff from other projects, including project leaders and finance and operations staff.

     

     

    Education

    Advanced degree in Public Health, Health Management Sciences, or a related discipline

     

    Experience

    Required: at least eight years of related experience; including experience developing capacities of high level public sector institutions, fostering high performing technical assistance, building the capacity of teams, and delivering on expected project results, with flexibility to adapt to changing priorities and deadlines

    Preferred: such capacity development experience in the context of public health emergencies or disease outbreaks is highly desirable. Experience with CDC. Record of productive collaboration with the Uganda Ministry of Health is beneficial. Regional experience including in Rwanda with the Rwandan Ministry of Health is also highly desirable.

     

    Knowledge, Skills, Competencies

    • Designing and facilitating participatory assessments and group exercises
    • Co-designing strategies and plans
    • Designing and adapting capacity building strategies
    • Planning for sustainability
    • Strong interpersonal skills coupled with excellent communication skills: verbal, written, listening, presentation, and facilitation.
    • Fluency in oral and written English communication
    • Experience of the One Health and/or IDSR frameworks in relation to epidemic control and or FETP training will be beneficial.
    • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide range of colleagues and stakeholders.
    • Demonstrated strategic agility, diplomacy, conflict management, team building, written and oral communication, and negotiation skills.

     

    Willingness and ability to travel within Uganda as needed and travel to Rwanda up to 20% of the time.

     

    MSH is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, religion, creed, citizenship, national origin, age, veteran status, or disability unrelated to job requirements. MSH will take affirmative action to ensure that qualified applicants are employed and that employees are treated without regard to their race, age, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran and disability status. In compliance with U.S. Department of Labor Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, and Section 4212 of the Vietnam Era Readjustment Assistance Act, MSH has developed and maintains an affirmative action program and plan.

     

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