Public Health Officer NGO Job Vacancies – Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS)  

Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS)

Grade:             UR 5

Reports to:   Director Health Services

Uganda Red Cross
Society (URCS) is the leading National Humanitarian Organization in Uganda and
a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

Job Summary: The Public Health Officer is responsible for
effective and efficient health project implementation, monitoring and reporting
accordingly seeking to maximize intervention with sectoral interventions
including health, hygiene promotion, interventions psychosocial support, SGBV
and nutrition to build sustainable community capacity and strengthen community
resilience among refugee and host communities. The public Health Officer works
in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders to influence the delivery of
high quality interventions.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Provide project and technical health support
    in planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting throughout the project
    cycle in accordance with NLRC and URCS procedures and agreements as set in the
  • Support training of youth groups in Income
    Generating Activities (IGAs) as well as coordinate seed funding towards
    community action group IGA proposals;
  • Support organizing and facilitate necessary
    trainings e.g. Integrated Community Based Health and First Aid (CBHFA);
  • Hygiene and Sanitation transformation
    (PHAST); Community based surveillance (CBS); Epidemic Control for Volunteers
    (ECV); Sexual
  • Gender Based Violence (SGBV) and Cash
    transfer programming (CTP) to volunteers and other stakeholders (e.g. VHTs,
    government officials and relevant partners)
  • Support in design and development of
    assessment tools for CBHFA, Cash Transfer Programing and Early Warning Early
    Action for Epidemics (e.g. Cholera).
  • Through coordination with the WASH officer
    and CTP National Disaster Response Team (NDRT), support in conducting
    assessments (KAP surveys, KIIs and FGDs) of Health, WASH, CTP and Protection
    needs in the project area and execute necessary remedial actions
  • Ensure coordination and synergies with other
    Health, WASH, CASH and Protection sector actor programs through attendance in
    relevant technical working groups and MoH meetings and/or workshops.
  • Ensure close collaboration between URCS and
    relevant health facilities and/or health stakeholders in coordinating health
    outreaches, vaccination campaigns, international health day activities etc.
  • Coordinate with WASH officer in preparing
    monthly situational update reports and submit to WASH delegate and technical
    line managers for information and decision making.
  • Support the production of timely narrative
    and financial reports, according to URCS and NLRC procedures
  • Support in implementing and coordinating
    Community Engagement and Accountability (CEA) activities e.g. setting up of
    complaints and feedback mechanisms, mobile cinema, community meetings etc.
  • Supporting Arua District in developing and/or
    rolling out contingency plans and SOPs using both OPM/IFRC methodologies and
  • Support in Activating and forming Disaster
    Management Committees (DMCs) at all levels of the district local Government.
  • Support in Conducting Simulations, drills and
    testing district contingency plans.
  • Undertake continuous monitoring field visits
    and meetings with relevant actors including project partners in assessing
    trends, patterns and changing needs and consequently advise on appropriate
  • Advocate for quality promotive, prevention
    and response activities/ services and integration of health, hygiene promotion,
    PSS and inclusion in SGBV programming to promote risk reduction among the
    targeted communities;
  • Support community disease surveillance
    activities in both targeted refugee and host communities;
  • Perform any other duty assigned by the
    technical and line managers.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal applicant must hold at least Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences (e.g.
    Nursing, Public Health, Health Promotion, Clinical Medicine) Health Systems
    Management, or Social Sciences BUT with training in Public Health from a
    reputable institution;
  • Postgraduate qualification in Public Health
    or a related field will be an added advantage.
  • At least 3 years’ experience in implementing
    community based health projects. Experience in supporting Malaria or Acute
    Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) or Pneumonia programming will be an asset;

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