PATH Program Officer - Immunization - Jobs in Uganda

PATH Program Officer - Immunization - Jobs in Uganda

Job Description

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, economics, technology, advocacy, and dozens of other specialties, PATH develops and scales solutions—including vaccines, drugs, devices, diagnostics, and innovative approaches to strengthening health systems worldwide.

PATH Uganda Program has for many years provided technical support to Ministry of Health to strengthen the immunization program through new vaccine introduction, advocacy and social mobilization for vaccine uptake, strengthening vaccine supply chains and related activities.

With funding from Gavi, the vaccine alliance, PATH will be implementing a 2-year project (with possibility of renewal) that aims to strengthen the immunization program, focusing on the HPV vaccine uptake with both national and district level activities.

We are seeking a Program Officer, Immunization Program, who will oversee the planning and implementation of the Gavi funded technical assistance for HPV vaccine project, as well as other related immunization support to Ministry of Health by PATH.

He/She will ensure that the projects are managed and implemented according to expectations from the donor, Ministry of Health and other partners, including sub-national stakeholders in selected districts that PATH will be supporting.

Reporting to the Country Director, the ideal candidate will provide supervisory oversight to a small team of other program officers in PATH’s country immunization program. This role will be based in Kampala.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide project management to the Gavi HPV vaccine project on a day to day basis, including all requirements for activity planning, budgeting, implementation and reporting.
  • Establish strong relationships and partnerships with Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and Sports, other technical partners and key immunization stakeholders to jointly plan and implement project activities effectively.
  • Develop reports, concepts and other documentation required by the donor periodically, and for engagement with the project leads at headquarters and at country level.
  • Working with the country team, engage target district stakeholders to identify barriers to HPV vaccine uptake and jointly plan to address them within the project scope.
  • Conduct operational research to discover innovative approaches to implement the project, sustainably increase immunization uptake, and identify opportunities for additional work.
  • Contribute to PATH’s overall competency in immunization through engagement with other country teams to share lessons from project work, and where necessary provide technical assistance to other teams.
  • Support UNEPI program in improving efficiency and effectiveness in immunization activities.
  • Participate in key meetings at national and sub-national levels largely related to HPV immunization and health systems opportunities
    at country level and globally.
  • Supervise and motivate a team of officers at country level to ensure overall team effectiveness.
  • Participate in the PATH-wide HPV Technical Assistance (TA) team activities, such as regular teleconferences, email collaboration with other PATH officers in other countries, face-to-face meetings, sharing of experiences and information.
  • Participate in other Uganda Country Program activities that aim at building or strengthening activities in Uganda.
  • Any other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

    Required Experience
  • A minimum of a master’s degree in Public Health or related field.
  • Have at least 5 years’ proven experience working in the immunization / health sector with Ministries of Health at both national and sub-national level.
  • Proven project management experience to plan all components of the project effectively including budget management, timelines and scope.
  • Well-versed with Uganda’s health system structure, and preferably a clear understanding of the immunization program.
  • Able to engage with various stakeholders at country level and globally to articulate different issues pertaining to the work.
  • Strong email presence and correspondence skills.
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to produce clear, technical and high quality documents to be shared across various project stakeholders.
  • Flexible to fit into various partners’ schedules to accomplish tasks, as well as support and work with various teams across PATH.
  • Great people management and interpersonal skills to easily connect and work with teams from different spheres of work to deliver project work.
  • Ability to design and lead implementation research initiatives in collaboration with the project team members to inform project work.

    How to Apply]
  • Application deadline is close of business Friday 21st June 2019.
  • Must have legal authorization to work in Uganda.
  • PATH is dedicated to building an inclusive workforce where diversity is valued.
  • PATH is an equal opportunity employer. Every qualified applicant will be considered for employment.
  • PATH does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or orientation, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.
  • For more information and job application details, see; PATH Program Officer - Immunization - Jobs in Uganda

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