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Community Linkages/SBC Officer job at Program for Accessible Health Communication and Education (PACE)

About the Organization

Programme for Accessible health Communication and Education – PACE is an indigenous health-oriented non-governmental organization that implements interventions aligned with the Ministry of Health in the areas of HIV/TB-care and prevention, malaria and child survival, maternal and reproductive health, as well as water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

PACE‘s operations are decentralized, with the head office located in Kololo, Kampala, three regional offices and satellite office situated across the country.

Job Description

Programme for Accessible in collaboration with John Snow Inc (JSI) and other partners is implementing President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) Uganda Malaria Reduction Activity (PUMRA), funded through USAID. PUMRA will improve the survival and well-being of Uganda’s most vulnerable pregnant women and children (0–15) in selected regions. As the U.S. Government’s flagship malaria activity in the country, PUMRA will strengthen community and household capacity to prevent malaria and to access high-quality malaria services, while maintaining gains made at the health facility level.

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Duties and Responsibilities

  • Implement and account for project activities across the districts following donor contract obligations and PACE policies.

  • Integrate the PMI/MRA Gender Action plan into the activity implementation ensuring gender integration and gender equity in all community activities.

  • Follow up gender youth social inclusion related indicators and implementation and facilitate integration of gender transformative activities into district Workplans.

  • Develop monthly, quarterly, and annual work plans, budgets and procurement plans and monitor budget expenditures against work plan for the projects.

  • Work with district malaria stakeholders and district health educators, Community Development Officers, and MRA regional teams to implement integrated gender transformative and Social Behavioral Change activities using the existing structures.

  • Build capacity (training, mentoring, and coaching) of districts, Community networks/ health workers, public, private sector, and community-based organizations to execute project activities

  • Work with the district Malaria Task Force to develop their district specific Malaria Reduction implementation plan with input from other key stake holders.

  • Implement advocacy, Public private Relations, partnerships development and engagement activities for effective achievement of project objectives.

  • Strengthen district, public, private sector and community level data quality collection and reporting and ensure gender and SBC interventions are captured and reported on.

  • Implement risk management and compliance activities to mitigate operational and financial risks as per USAID and PACE policies/guidelines.


  • Document and share best practices as agreed upon with the Donor and PACE.

  • Ensure quality assurance and knowledge management of all activities in accordance with USAID guidelines and PACE policies.

  • Distribute, disseminate track, and reconcile IEC materials in the district in line with the supply chain management procedures.

  • Conduct capacity enhancement sessions in gender programming with the PMI-MRA team and partners based on gaps or need.

  • Support demand generation of MRA activities documenting every step of implementation and track progress.

  • Support project performance monitoring plan to inform adaptive collaboration learning and monitor project progress.

  • Prepare monthly, quarterly, and annual donor reports,

  • Any other duties assigned by the supervisor in line with the activity requirements.

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Qualification, Experiences and Competencies

  • Degree in Development Studies, community Psychology, Social Sciences, Social Administration and Health related competences.

  • Additional training in Project Planning and Management is an added advantage.


Experience

  • A minimum of three years' experience implementing SBCC activities, and working with rural communities, local partners including local government.


Key Competencies:

  • The candidate shall live and embody PACE values of Transparency and Accountability; Recognition and Reward; Innovation and creativity; Open communication and teamwork and Speed and Efficiency create an environment where every individual can thrive by upholding PACE’s policy on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

  • Create a safe and respectful work environment for staff, beneficiaries, and third parties by upholding PACE’s Safeguarding and Child Protection policy.


Desired Competencies.

  • Strong understanding of health services, preferably community health system strengthening, public and private health sector and CBOs in Uganda.

  • Knowledge of local language and scope of the above assignment will be an added advantage.

  • Ability to work independently with minimal support, as well as in a team environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to work with various partners including Local governments, CBOs, and other NGOs.

  • Experience in implementing gender and SBC community related activities

  • Excellent community mobilization skills

  • Good report writing and presentation skills coupled with good knowledge of MS Office programs including Word, Excel and power point.

  • Excellent communication skills, including experience of communicating effectively across cultures and with diverse audiences, both verbally and in writing excellent critical and creative thinking and analytical skills.

  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills and focus on quality of work.

  • Strong understanding of the West Nile dialect

How to Apply

Interested candidates should email their cover letter, an updated CV and copies of academic documents [as ONE pdf attachment] addressed to the Human Resource and Administration to apply@pace.org.ug, indicating the Job title in the subject of the email as well as the duty station indicated in the subject of the application letter

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