Jobs at Malaria Consortium in Uganda - Country Programme Coordinator


Job Title:   Country Programme Coordinator, Malaria Consortium Uganda
Department: Technical
Reports To:  Uganda Country Director
Direct Reports: Three Project Managers



BACKGROUND

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

 Due to the significant expansion in the portfolio, this programme coordinator position is being created to ensure the quality implementation at scale of project focused on creating a private sector for malaria diagnosis, improving malaria prevention and treatment, and assisting the government of Uganda in achieving its goal of universal coverage of long lasting insecticide treated nets, all of which have a strong implementation focus.   The programme coordinator will work closely with the technical 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.    Provide intense, on-going support and supervision for project managers leading the DEfEAT Malaria private sector diagnostic project, the Stop Malaria Project and the Universal Net Distribution Project
2.    Carry out regular technical support visits to ensure that projects are based on sound evidence,  are well managed, are implemented  at scale and provide good value for money
3.    Promote the sustainability of Malaria Consortium’s work and ensure that project successes are documented and disseminated 
4.    Ensure effective and technically appropriate project planning, strategy development and implementation against agreed work plans 
5.    Identify and meet the technical assistance and programme management needs of subordinates
6.    Collaborate closely with the Uganda Technical Coordinator to ensure effective and efficient coordination between projects, including the promotion of cross project learning and the maximization of synergies
7.    Ensure that regular project risk assessments conducted and that mitigating actions are taken where necessary 
8.    Support the Country Director in identifying new business development opportunities which will include identifying areas of interest, responding to relevant opportunities, and developing concept notes and proposals 
9.    Provide strategic planning support to the Country Director with a particular focus on ensuring the relevance of Malaria Consortium’s role in Uganda  
10.    Review and assure the quality of donor reports, major project deliverables and monthly BVAs
11.    Represent Malaria Consortium in Uganda, regionally and internationally as required
12.    Deputise in the absence of the Country Director


PERSON SPECIFICATION

Qualifications (essential):
•    A post graduate degree in public Health or a related discipline

Experience (essential):
•    Significant experience managing public health programmes 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 
•    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 in the field of malaria and/or childhood illnesses
•    Experience working with health systems in Uganda or other African countries
•    Demonstrable experience and capacity in the design and implementation of comprehensive and effective monitoring and evaluation plans 
•    Experience in the design, conduct, analysis and write up of  operational research, including both quantitative and qualitative methodologies 



OTHER KEY INFORMATION

•    The position is based in the Kampala office in Uganda
•    Travel will be required in- country up to 30 % of time
•    An initial 15 month contract will be offered with the possibility of extension, funding permitting



How to Apply:
Candidates who meet the above requirements should submit a CV and  a cover letter by June 28, 2013 to HR.Recruitment@malariaconsortium.org






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