Clinton Health Access Initiative District Coordinator Jobs in Uganda

Clinton Health Access Initiative District Coordinator Jobs in Uganda


Overview

The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance.

For more information, please visit: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org

Program Overview

Each year, an estimated 112,000 children in Uganda will have hypoxemia or low levels of oxygen in the blood.

Without appropriate treatment, it is estimated that up to 30,000 of these children will die. Hypoxemia is a life-threatening condition, correlated with disease severity, and increases the risk of death by up to 5.4 times.

Access to oxygen is essential in a health system, and oxygen therapy is required across a wide range of conditions, including pneumonia, sepsis, malaria, obstructed labor, and birth asphyxia.

Availability of oxygen varies significantly, and is often complicated by inadequate provider knowledge on administration of oxygen therapy, scarcity of equipment, and where available, it is often non-functional.

Newborns and young children are especially vulnerable; ~20% of neonate admissions and ~13% of pediatric pneumonia cases require oxygen therapy.

CHAI supported the government of Uganda to develop the oxygen scale up plan and helped prioritize actions for immediate attention.
Some of the priorities identified include strengthening providers’ capacity to manage hypoxemia, ensuring continued functionality of the oxygen equipment though proper repair and maintenance; improving the distribution of oxygen leveraging off the newly constructed plants and sustainable financing for distribution.

With funding from ELMA and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; CHAI will support the government accelerate implementation of the prioritized activities outlined above; in a scalable and sustainable way.

Position Description

Under the supervision of the Senior Coordinators, the District Coordinator will be responsible for sub national implementation of CHAI program activities under the expanding access to diagnosis and treatment of Hypoxemia program.

The District Coordinator will work with the team at head office to coordinate the design, delivery, monitoring, and evaluation of an evidence-based training and mentorship program for health care workers at district and regional level.

In addition, the Coordinator will provide support to follow up on oxygen distribution activities in close collaboration with the Senior Associate.

CHAI is seeking a motivated and mission oriented individual with strong analytic, problem-solving and cross-cultural communication skills.

They should have a good record of accomplishment of project delivery in a results focused environment and first-hand experience in building sustainable financing and supply chain systems.

Responsibilities

Technical Support:

  • Participate in the design and implementation of a capacity building plan including milestones and key deliverables; and work with the sub national mentors to manage and support capacity-building activities at the subnational level
  • Lead the sub national implementation of innovative capacity building approaches including on the job training and mentorship to build the competencies, attitudes
    and motivation to optimize the performance of health workers for quality service delivery and data use to improve service access and quality
  • Work with the District Health Management Teams to provide support supervision and guidance to target health facilities using best practices and evidence-based practices

    Coordination and Networking:

  • Support development, timely submission and tracking of annual, quarterly and monthly work plans and budgets for planned program activities
  • Review and improve technical strategies employed by district technical teams including clinical and community mentors supporting the technical areas of the program to ensure the CHAI project work plan is adhered to and implemented with measurable success
  • Represent the program in various fora at district and facility level to articulate program priorities and recommended actions
  • Coordinate with Ministry of Health and other stakeholders implementing Maternal, Newborn, Child and Health services in the region to synergize interventions
  • Support and maintain the pool of district and regional mentors who will support the health facility teams to improve management of hypoxemia
  • Collaborate with District Health Officers, hospital directors, and health facility in-charges, Health Unit Management Committees, health assistants, Village Health Teams and lower local governments to promote program interventions

    Monitoring, Reporting and Quality Assurance:

  • Ensure timely compilation and submission of quality and accurate reports biweekly, quarterly and at all other requested times
  • Provide support to program monitoring and evaluation and impact assessment efforts;
  • working in close collaboration with the Monitoring and Evaluation team to ensure that data collected is accurate, valid and captures process and outcome indicators
  • Apply the collaborative improvement approach with the district health officers and regional referral hospitals to spread new learnings throughout the health facilities at a regional level
  • In collaboration with CHAI 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
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the supervisor

    Qualifications

  • Clinical background in nursing with experience in Maternal, Newborn, Child and Health.
  • At least 3-5 years’ experience working in Maternal, Newborn, Newborn and Child Health with a focus on competency based training and working with district health teams
  • Practical project management skills, high level of organization and good attention to detail
  • Demonstrated experience managing complex projects involving multiple teams, including priority setting, planning, budgeting, performance review and management; and influencing with limited authority
  • Advanced proficiency in computer packages such as Microsoft Office: Excel, PowerPoint, and Word
  • High emotional intelligence, patience and thoughtfulness even in high-pressure, stressful situations
  • Excellent analytical (qualitative and quantitative) and communication (written and verbal) skills
  • Demonstrated capacity to synthesize data into an effective presentation of results for a variety of audiences including Ministry of Health, donors and policy makers
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Exceptional time-management, with an ability to manage multiple tasks under tight deadlines

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