Country Technical Coordinator Job Vacancy at Malaria Consortium in Uganda

Job Title: Country Technical Coordinator, Malaria Consortium Uganda

Vacancy number:
Department:       Technical
Reports To:         Uganda Country Director
Direct Reports:  Project Managers, Cross Cutting Specialists (Communications, Advocacy, M&E and Diagnostics)

Malaria Consortium is a leading UK-based non-profit organisation dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of malaria, the control of neglected tropical diseases and the promotion of child health. We are a specialist technical organisation, whose teams of global experts have an excellent track record of working with ministries of health, malaria control programmes, educational institutions and international and local organisations around the world.  Our approaches are informed by a rigorous attention to monitoring, evaluation and operational research, which enables us to generate evidence to inform global health policy and investments.
Malaria Consortium has had a programme in Uganda since 2003.  Today it enjoys a robust portfolio of projects which encompasses operational research, innovative approaches to controlling malaria and implementation at scale.   It works closely with the Ministry of Health, the National Malaria Control Programme and a variety of national and international partners.  Its FY2013 budget was $8m, which is expected to double in the coming year.  It has four offices in Uganda and employs over 70 staff.  

Job Purpose:
The Uganda Country Technical Coordinator will lead in providing technical support to all Uganda-based projects and provide line management to projects our portfolio focusing on operational research and malaria control as well as cross cutting technical specialist functions, including communications, advocacy, M&E and diagnostics.  The incumbent will support the Ministry of Health and the National Malaria Control Programme.   The Technical Coordinator will work closely with the Programme Coordinator and the Country Director in determining the strategic direction of the programme, and play an active role in new business development. 

Key Accountabilities:

1.    Lead the technical department and provide intense, on-going support, supervision and technical guidance for project managers leading the:
a.    Investment for the Future - Mbale
b.    Developing a Net Use Culture - Tororo
c.    ICCM Central
d.    ICCM-PPA (mid-western region)
e.    Pioneer Project
f.    DEfEAT Project
g.    PPA  & Bayer Projects
i.    Pneumonia Diagnostics
2.    Supervise managers/officers of cross cutting services, including Communications, Advocacy, M&E and Diagnostics,  helping them develop strategies for supporting Malaria Consortium projects and wider initiatives 
3.    Conduct technical support visits to project sites to ensure that projects are based on sound evidence,  are well managed, are implemented  at scale and provide good value for money
4.    Promote the sustainability of Malaria Consortium’s work and ensure that project successes are documented and disseminated, including writing articles for academic journals and participating in technical conferences 
5.    Ensure effective and technically appropriate project planning, strategy development and implementation against agreed work plans 
6.    Collaborate closely with the Uganda Programme Coordinator to ensure effective and efficient coordination between projects, including the promotion of cross project learning and the maximisation of synergies
7.    Support the Country Director and the Technical Coordinator in identifying new business development opportunities which will include identifying areas of interest, responding to relevant opportunities, and developing concept notes and proposals 
8.    Review and assure the quality of donor reports, major project deliverables and monthly BVAs for projects in the technical portfolio
9.    Provide technical support to the Ministry of Health, the National Malaria Control Programme and other partners in developing policy and strategy around malaria and child health
10.    Ensure technical representation of Malaria Consortium in Uganda, regionally, and internationally as required


Qualifications (essential):

•    A Masters degree in Public/International Health, Epidemiology or Communicable Disease Control.  Medical doctors are also encouraged to apply.

Experience (essential):
•    Significant experience managing public health programmes with a particular focus on malaria or other communicable diseases in developing countries, including experience in a management position 
•    Experience working with global health donors such as USAID, DFID, The  Global Fund, UNICEF and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
•    Excellent knowledge and demonstrable experience of health systems strengthening 
•    Demonstrable experience and capacity in designing and implementing comprehensive and effective M&E strategies, surveys, data analysis and interpretation, documentation and dissemination
•    Demonstrable experience in the design, conduct, analysis and write up of a range of operational research studies, with knowledge of both quantitative and qualitative methodologies
•    Experience providing technical support to the Ministries of Health and other partners on  policy and guidelines review or development, and programme reviews
•    Track record in successful business development with a range of donors 
•    An orientation towards enquiry and learning
•    Strong leadership skills and a supportive management style
•    Excellent communication, writing and presentation skills
•    Close attention to detail
•    Fluency in English

Qualifications (desired):
•    Experience working specifically in the field of malaria and/or childhood illnesses
•    Experience working with health systems in Uganda or other African countries
•    A track record of publishing in academic journals 


•    The position is based in the Kampala office in Uganda
•    Travel will be required in- country up to 30 % of time
•    Terms of contract - open

How to Apply:
Candidates who meet the above requirements should submit a CV and a cover letter by June 28, 2013 to   While this is a global position, highly qualified Ugandans are strongly encouraged  to apply.


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