2 Public Health Officer Job Placements – Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS)

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Organisation: Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS)
Reports to: Operations Manager
Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) is the leading national humanitarian organization in Uganda and a member of the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement. The ICRC is an International humanitarian institution which has a mandate to protect victims of international and armed conflicts i.e. the wounded, refugees, civilians, prisoners and other non-combatants.
Job Summary:The Public Health Officer is mainly 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 and nutrition to build sustainable community capacity and strengthen community resilience among refugee and host communities. The public Health Officer works in collaboration a wide range of stakeholders to influence the delivery of high quality
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
Program Design and development
  • Actively contribute to the continuous adaption of the integrated health, hygiene promotion and nutrition and development of concept notes for innovative project outputs and make them measurable together with PMER;
  • Proactively conduct situation and risk analysis, and prepare contingency plans;
  • Identify funding and cooperation opportunities and develop project proposals accordingy;
  • Contribute to the designing of the emergency health, hygiene promotion and nutrition strategy for the health project and support its implementation.
Project Management and Implementation:
  • To develop a technically sound project work plan and activities consistent with the goals and objectives the project
  • Ensure that the goals and objectives of the integrated health, hygiene promotion, psychological support and nutrition interventions are met in a timely and effective manner;
  • Planning and implementation, including budget management and timely quality narrative and financial reporting;
  • Identify and train community volunteers and integrate in the community and health structure;
  • Mobilize communities and organize into community action groups to initiate assessments, identification and action of community led health promotion and disease prevention activities;
  • Enable communities to identify health risks and be aware of actions that can promote health and that can prevent diseases through CBHFFA method;
  • Ensure URCS staff involved in project implementation trained in CBHFA, BCC, Gender and Diversity and program management cycle;
  • Provide appropriate mentorship, capacity building and technical support to volunteers;
  • In collaboration with health manager conduct needs and capacity assessments in target areas and identify new program opportunities and support;
  • Work in close coordination with other RC movement partners and other actors monitor trends throughout the project period;
  • Support the implementation of a comprehensive continuum of addressing public health psychosocial support , hygiene promotion, nutrition and economic support to the target beneficiaries;
  • 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 strategies;
  • Promote and contribute to coordination among RC/RC Movement partners active in this domain and other partners;
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationship and coordination line government departments, relevant international and local NGOs/agencies engaged in health, hygiene promotion, PSS and nutrition activities in the targeted areas;
  • 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;
  • Identify community reproductive health and family planning needs in project areas;
  • Responsible for community disease surveillance in the refugee settlements of project implementation;
  • Compile Health Sector reports as per approved project work plans and budgets;
  • Provide timely report on reproductive health and family planning related implementation;
  • Attend health working group sectoral meetings with district and other partners;
  • Conduct distribution of reproductive health and family planning materials to beneficiaries according to URCS guidelines;
  • Perform any other duties as may be allocated from time to time.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) Public Health Officer job opportunity should preferably hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences (Nursing, Public health, Health Promotion, Clinical Medicine) Health Systems Management, or Social Sciences with training in Public Health from a reputable institution.
  • Postgraduate qualification in Health Sciences (Nursing, Public health, Health Promotion, Clinical Medicine) Health Systems Management will be an added advantage.
  • Three years’ experience in implementing health, reproductive health, hygiene promotion, public health and family planning.
  • Working experience of disaster risk reduction, participatory planning social engagement
  • Experience of integrating gender, health and HIV/AIDS, hygiene promotion and diversity
  • High levels of integrity
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, with good understanding of relevant cross-cultural issues.
  • Positive, respectful attitude and collaborative approach to diversity
  • Good track record in participation, technical training, facilitation and awareness raising activities
  • Demonstrated attention to detail; ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently as well as cooperatively with team members
  • Team player, self-motivated and proactive on own initiative to set and achieve goals
  • Highly motivated, self-starter able to lead a process, engage others and create ownership.
All candidates who desire to join the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement should send their filled application forms, download here and E-mail to: vacancies@redcrossug.org or mail via post to: The Secretary General, Uganda Red Cross Society, Plot 551/555 Rubaga Road, P.O. Box 494, Kampala, Uganda.
Deadline: 28th May 2018 by 5:00pm



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