Technical Director - HIV and HSS, USAID Uganda Health Activity (UHA)
RTI International is an independent non-profit research firm in the United States. We help developing countries and communities address complex problems in education, health, food security, governance, and economic development. Our programs emphasize sustainability, bringing partners in government together with foundations, donor organizations, the private sector, and academic institutions.
RTI’s Global Health Division is currently accepting applications for a Technical Director – HIV and Health System Strengthening (HSS) for an anticipated USAID-funded health project in Uganda, ‘Uganda Health Activity’ (UHA). RTI anticipates the opportunity to be a five-year, approximately $170 million cooperative agreement, focused on increasing the survival and well-being of vulnerable populations and improving overall health system resilience in priority districts.
The Technical Director - HIV and HSS will be responsible for technical oversight of TA activities for strengthening PEPFAR local IPs and HSS (IR 3). The Technical Director - HIV and HSS reports directly to the COP and works in tandem with the Technical Director, IHSD. This position will take a leadership role in ensuring UHA meets stated HIV and HSS goals, quality standards, and reporting requirements. The Technical Director- HIV and HSS will also coordinate among USAID, other health IPs, and numerous GoU institutions and representatives, particularly at the regional- and district-level for HIV and HSS activities. The proposed candidate must fulfill the position requirements detailed below. The position will be based with RTI in Kampala and local travel will be required. Position is contingent upon award and funding.
The Technical Director – HIV and HSS will be responsible for technical oversight of integrated health service delivery and technical assistance activities for maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH), family planning (FP)/reproductive health (RH), nutrition, and water and sanitation hygiene (WASH) at facility- and community-level. The Technical Director – HIV and HSS reports directly to the Chief of Party (COP) and works in tandem with the Technical Director – Integrated Health Service Delivery. This position will take a leadership role in ensuring UHA meets stated integrated health service delivery goals, quality standards, and reporting requirements. The Technical Director – HIV and HSS will also coordinate among USAID, donors, other health implementing partners (IPs), and numerous Government of Uganda (GoU) institutions and representatives, particularly at the regional and district level for integrated health service delivery activities. The proposed candidate must fulfill the position requirements detailed below. The position is contingent upon award and funding.
• Master’s degree or another advanced degree (Ph.D., MD) in a relevant field, such as medicine, public health, health system management, social administration, or social sciences and at least 10 years of professional experience.
• At least seven years of experience in managing and/or implementing integrated HIV prevention, care, and treatment and/or HSS programming in a similar context, with at least three of those years working in Uganda as a senior advisor or staff member.
• Experience and expertise in one or more of the following areas: facility- or community-based HIV approaches; health governance; human resources for health; supply chain strengthening; quality improvement; monitoring evaluation and learning; capacity strengthening of local organizations.
• Ability to interact effectively and collaboratively with a broad range of senior and mid-level public and private sector counterparts, donors, and other key stakeholders.
• Experience supervising technical staff in the implementation of integrated health programming.
• Excellent interpersonal, writing, and English language oral presentation skills.
• Clinical qualification (medical doctor, clinical officer, nurse, midwife, or other cadres).
• Previous experience working on USG-funded health programming in Uganda.
• Experience designing or implementing gender- or youth-sensitive health programming.
• Expertise in strengthening the program management, service delivery or adaptive management of Ugandan health organizations.
• Experience working with decentralized health systems.
Applications will be reviewed and shortlisted for interview on an ongoing basis. The position will fill quickly, therefore candidates are urged to apply as soon as possible. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
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