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Maintenance Officers job at Health Access Connect

About the Organization

Kevin Gibbons and Carolyne Ariokot started Health Access Connect based on the need for anti-retroviral treatment (ART) and other health services that they witnessed in fishing villages on Lake Victoria. Many people fail to get health services because it’s too expensive and difficult to travel to the nearest facility. We said, “There must be a way to address this problem!” HAC came from that initial need that we learned from the communities, and our programs are all designed to serve our mission to link Ugandans living in remote areas with healthcare resources.

Job Description

The Maintenance Officer will work with HAC staff and partners (majorly Govt. Health Facilities and rural communities) to conduct community organizing activities, expand work to new villages and Districts where need be, collect relevant data, and network with relevant officials.

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Duties and Responsibilities

  • Medicycles: We help remote communities to bring government health workers and their medicines to their villages on a monthly basis. In these outreach clinics health workers give HIV testing, anti-retroviral treatment, immunizations, perinatal services, family planning, and many other services available in rural health centres.

  • Technical Advising: We collaborate with Africa Resource Centre (ARC) and the Uganda Ministry of Health to teach and empower PEPFAR implementing partner (IP) organizations to implement alternative drug distribution point models in an effort to a) improve a) antiretroviral therapy (ART) and general treatment health service provision and b) decongest health facilities.

  • Treat & Teach: We improve access to family planning in the communities of Masaka and Kalangala districts by a) providing low-density high-frequency certificate training to health workers, b) setting up outreach clinics in remote communities, c) generating demand by collaborating with the community health workers (VHTs), and d) reducing commodity stock outs by providing buffer stocks and improving commodity tracking at partner health facilities.

  • Digitalisation of the Health Commodities Supply Chain: In partnership with Signalytic, we are improving the stock visibility in selected Health Facilities in Masaka District Local Government and City. This is a push from the Ministry of Health that will see a move to paperless ordering of Health Facility commodities over time.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

The Maintenance Officer will:

  • Ensure regular continuity of Outreach sites.

  • Make and maintain contact with health workers, district health officials, and district officials.

  • Make and maintain contacts with leaders of targeted villages, VHTs, and community groups within those villages.

  • Conduct meetings to explain the project and prepare community groups to mobilize and organize mobile clinics/outreaches.

  • Organize village meetings with health workers when health workers and community groups when and where need arises.

  • Report on conditions on the ground to the Coordinator and other relevant staff members.

  • Attend meetings, fieldwork, or training as and when requested by the Employer.

  • Submit field reports and weekly plans, including advance requests, at least 48 hours in advance of when response and transport allowance are required. Allowances for future activities cannot be given unless the field reports have been submitted for completed activities.

  • Assist Field Coordinator in compiling monthly reports.

  • Support data collection from health Facilities and field sites routinely and on special request.

  • Keep in close communication with the Field Coordinator about what is happening in the Field.

  • Take photographs of HAC work when possible, Collect feedback surveys and testimonials, and submit them to responsible departmental heads.

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Qualification, Experiences and Competencies

  • A diploma in Public Health or Social Sciences related field.

  • Strong writing skills in English

  • Verbal proficiency in Lunyankore, Luganda or Lusoga

  • Computer skills: proficiency in Microsoft Word and email and some experience using Excel

  • Valid Motorcycle Riding License


Preferred

  • Experience working in the public health sector, community engagements, and mobilization.

  • Experience using Google Drive products and project management software


Additional Qualities

  • Experience or willingness to travel and work in remote, rural locations

  • Ability to work with minimal supervision

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate with others

  • Self-driven and able to work in new, unstructured environments

  • Strong problem-solving abilities

  • Highly organized

  • Attention to detail

How to Apply

APPLICATION FOR THIS POSITION MUST BE DONE ONLINE:
Are you interested? Click the "APPLY" button below to submit your application.

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