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Program Officer

at Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH)
Location Kampala, Uganda
Date Posted June 12, 2019
Category Social Services & Nonprofit
Job Type FULL_TIME
Currency UGX

Description

Program Officer, Immunization Program, Kampala, Uganda
Organization: Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH)
Country: Uganda
City: Kampala, Uganda

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.

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.

Skills

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.

Experience Requirements

Have at least 5 years' proven experience working in the immunization / health sector with Ministries of Health at both national and sub-national level.

Education Requirements

A minimum of a master's degree in Public Health or related field.
Proven project management experience to plan all components of the project effectively including budget management, timelines and scope.