Noncommunicable diseases program officer

Global Health Corps (GHC)

Job Summary

The Program Officer will implement, monitor, and evaluate existing noncommunicable diseases program activities.

  • Minimum Qualification: Bachelor
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 3 years

Job Description

ORGANIZATION NAME: Ministry of Health – Uganda
LOCATION: Kampala, Uganda

Role Overview

Based in Kampala and working with the Ministry of Health (MOH) team, the Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD) Program Officer will implement, monitor, and evaluate existing noncommunicable diseases program activities. The role will involve driving related research and ensuring that the Noncommunicable Diseases Program is in line with the missions of the Ministry and the department.

  • Review and update the existing noncommunicable disease policy and strategic plan in alignment with the noncommunicable diseases global and national agenda
    • Review and finalize existing noncommunicable disease guidelines in alignment with current global guidelines
  • Network with various stakeholders (public and private) to promote the noncommunicable disease agenda at all levels while implementing various noncommunicable disease program activities
    • Liaise with the Health Promotion Division in implementing noncommunicable disease health promotion activities
    • Organize and participate in meetings, workshops and other noncommunicable disease events
  • Proactively identify funding opportunities for noncommunicable diseases in Uganda
    • Develop fundable research proposals for various noncommunicable disease program activities
    • Develop operational work plans and budgets in line with approved noncommunicable disease activities and budget lines
    • Prepare and ensure adherence to six-month work plans for agreed noncommunicable disease activities
  • Spearhead noncommunicable disease research including proposal writing, data analysis, publication, and dissemination
    • Develop a database for all existing noncommunicable disease research in Uganda, both published and unpublished
  • Monitor and evaluate noncommunicable disease activities and interventions in various health programs
    • Prepare activity reports and participate in making semi-annual progress reports
    • Actively participate in the development of appropriate monitoring and evaluation tools for various noncommunicable disease activities
    • Periodically compile, analyze, and report HMIS/DHIS data on noncommunicable diseases
  • Participate in noncommunicable disease training of health care workers and regular revision of the training curriculum
  • Review and update noncommunicable disease Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) materials targeting different population groups and settings

Skills and Experience 
Items indicated with an asterisk (*) are required 
  • Bachelor's degree*
  • Project management experience, including creating project work plans, budgets, and summary documents*
  • Excellent writing skills, able to translate technical information into accessible language for diverse audiences*
  • Knowledge of at least one local Ugandan language* 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint)*
  • Experience with planning meetings, workshops, or events, including shaping the agenda and coordinating logistics
  • Database experience
  • Experience assessing and reporting on program/project impact
  • Experience drafting grant proposals for research projects or programs
  • Experience managing multiple stakeholders to ensure a project stays on time and on budget
  • A strong interest in noncommunicable disease issues locally, nationally, regionally, and globally, including an understanding of their linkage to development and poverty
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to manage multi-stakeholder processes
  • Strong organizational and leadership skills
  • Good analytical and decision making skills
  • Ability to take initiative; innovative, hardworking, and results-oriented
  • Ability to work under pressure; conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines, and achieving results
  • Ability to work well in team settings, but with self-sufficiency and self-motivation
  • Ability to multi-task with flexibility and demonstrated priority-setting ability

About the Organization

The Ministry of Health (MOH) Uganda is a government body charged with:

  • Policy formulation and policy dialogue with health development partners
  • Resource mobilization and budgeting
  • Strategic planning
  • Development and enforcement of regulations
  • Advising other ministries on health matters
  • Setting standards and quality assurance
  • Capacity development and technical support
  • Provision of nationally coordinated services such as epidemic control
  • Coordination of health research
  • Monitoring and evaluation of the overall sector performance.

The MOH is committed to providing the highest possible level of health services to all people in Uganda through the promotion and delivery of preventive, curative, palliative, and rehabilitative health services at all levels.

Community Health Department

The Community Health Department is one of the biggest departments at MOH. It is mandated to support integrated public health services for prevention and control of both endemic and epidemic diseases. The department’s five priority areas are:

  • Prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable disease
  • Training and capacity building for services providers
  • Development and enforcement of policies, laws, guidelines, plans, and strategies
  • Technical support, monitoring, and evaluation of service providers and facilities
  • Prevention, control, and mitigation of epidemics and other public health emergencies

ROLE FUNCTION: Development / Fundraising / Grant-Writing, Monitoring and Evaluation / Quality Improvement, Program / Project Management, Research
ISSUE AREA: Chronic Diseases, Education / Health Education, Noncommunicable Diseases

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