Technical Officer -Maternal Health job at University Research Co

Job Title:  Quality Improvement/ Technical Officer-Maternal Health

Organisation: University Research Co., LLC (URC)

Project Name: USAID Applying science to strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project

Duty Station: Uganda

Reports to: Quality Improvement Advisor- MNCH

About URC ASSIST Project:

University Research Co., LLC (URC), a US-based public health organization working in Uganda since 2005, is implementing the USAID Applying science to strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project which is a five-year cooperative agreement dedicated to improving health, population and nutrition services through technical support to service delivery institutions, country Ministries of Health, USAID country missions, and cooperating agencies.

Job Summary:  The USAID ASSIST Project Quality Improvement/ Technical Officer -Maternal Health will mainly plan and implement activities  to improve the quality of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) services at USAID ASSIST Uganda supported sites in collaboration with other USG implementing partners.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Build the technical competencies of facility health care providers in maternal, new born and child health services including family planning services through trainings, onsite mentorships and peer to peer learning meetings.
  • Regularly review and improve technical strategies employed in MNCH to ensure the USAID ASSIST project work plan is adhered to and implemented with measurable success.
  • Develop and timely submit work plans and budgets for all assigned MNCH activities at least quarterly
  • Ensure the timely writing and submission of quality and accurate MNCH reports quarterly, bi-weekly, and at all other requested times.
  • Develop and sustain a pool of regional and district coaches with required technical competencies.
  • Develop and implement a spread plan to ensure learning from demonstration collaborative (e.g. the SMGL) become the standard of care at all USAID ASSIST MNCH supported sites
  • Ensure that all cross-cutting themes like gender and health workforce development are well integrated into the MNCH plans
  • Work in consultation with the KM staff to lead the process of documenting best practices in form of case studies, success stories, abstracts, video clips in addition to the routine bi-weekly updates, quarterly and annual reports.
  • Work in liaison with the Monitoring and Evaluation team to ensure that data collected is accurate, valid, captures process and outcome indicators.
  • Perform any other duties assigned by the supervisor

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

  • The ideal candidates for the USAID Project Quality Improvement/ Technical Officer – Maternal Health should possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine and surgery with a background in obstetrics and gynecology and/or with wide experience in obstetrics and gynecology.
  • A minimum of three or more years’work experience in MNCH gained through serving within a government institution or NGO with proven ability to coordinate activities of different stakeholders at district and or sub national level.
  • Possession of a valid registration certificate from the Uganda Medical and Dental Practitioners Council.
  • Past experience in providing clinical training to service providers and other stake holders.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Possess the ability and willingness to travel within the supported districts.
  • Good leadership and team building skills.

How to Apply for the job: 

All suitably qualified and interested candidates who wish to join University Research Council’s USAID Project should send an application Letter, updated CV, and relevant academic documents as well as names and contact information for three professional references and day-time contact numbers to: The Human Resource Officer – USAID ASSIST Project, University Research Co., LLC, Plot 40, Ntinda II Road, Naguru, P.O. Box 28745, Kampala, Uganda.


NB: Please clearly indicate the position in the subject if you are sending electronically. Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

Deadline: 10th March, 2015 by 5:00PM

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