Jun 12, 2019

Medical Officer (VMMC) & Strategic Information Director

  • University Research Co, ILL (URC)
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Job Description

University Research Co. LLC (URC) URC is a global professional organization dedicated to improving the quality of health care, social services, and health education worldwide. URC offers a range of technical assistance to strengthen health and social systems and service quality by empowering communities and health workers to identify and scale up locally appropriate solutions to critical problems. URC’s mission is to provide innovative, evidence-based solutions to health and social challenges worldwide. Please join us in carrying out our mission


Medical Officer (VMMC)

Hours: 40 hours a week

Location: Lubombo Field Office

Salary: Commensurate with required experience and qualifications

Reports to: Technical Director

Job Purpose: The Medical Officer (VMMC) will be responsible for leading the coordination of VMMC activities in the Lubombo region, the integration of VMMC into HIV prevention services and the provision of VMMC services. S/he will also be responsible for monitoring performance against set targets and the documentation of successes and best practice.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct voluntary medical male circumcision procedures on eligible clients, in accordance national guidance.
  • Lead the coordination of the VMMC service delivery in the Lubombo region
  • Capacity building to ensure implementation of optimized VMMC services in the priority health facilities in Lubombo, in coordination with facility leadership.
  • Develop standard operating procedures that help the organization maintain compliance with national guidelines
  • Contribute to regular programmatic and donor reports and document programmatic lessons learned.
  • Work with the project team to support integration of VMMC services into HIV prevention and other initiatives, as appropriate
  • Promote quality assurance and monitor adherence to international and national VMMC guidelines.
  • Develop linkages systems for VMMC services
  • Lead implementation of standardized package of services for males with the goal to improve case finding, service uptake and retention
  • Clinical management of pre- and post-operative patients
  • Reporting according to standard VMMC M&E requirements
  • Ensure that infection control policies are adhered to.
  • Ensure facility VMMC equipment is maintained
  • Performing any other duties that will contribute to the
    efficient running of the VMMC Programme Minimum Qualifications:
  • Medical Degree
  • Valid registration with the Eswatini Medical & Dental Council as a Medical Practitioner
  • At least four years’ experience in VMMC programme/project management
  • Competency in performing clinical VMMC procedures under local anesthesia, as per WHO guideline
  • Clinical experience in HIV/AIDS case management
  • Demonstrable understanding of national VMMC management guidelines and policies
  • Demonstrable ability to work in a team
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills

Strategic Information Director

Hours: 40 hours a week

Location: Mbabane

Salary: Commensurate with required experience and qualifications

Reports to: Deputy Country Director

Job Purpose: The Director of Strategic Information will provide technical direction on SI issues, including research; provide guidance on how to use routinely collected data to monitor, evaluate, and report on the program in ways that will improve its performance_ S/he will lead internal and external M&E reporting, providing relevant strategic information for evidence-based programmatic and strategic decision-making as the program implements epidemic control actions.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and manage the implementation of all monitoring, evaluation, learning and reporting plans, systems, and processes
  • Establish and maintain an effective M&E database and M&E reporting (MER) system
  • Lead the implementation of the project’s performance monitoring and evaluation plan including appropriate indicators and targets
  • Develop and implement efficient and effective data collection processes, and ensure data quality through routine data quality assessments, participatory data collection methods and protocols, among other data quality verification techniques
  • Manage project evaluations including synthesis of information and managing dissemination of results and information to improve knowledge sharing/management on the project.
  • To conduct complex modelling and visualizations towards epidemic control
  • Implement training and on-going technical mentorship programs on strategic information and monitoring and evaluation for project staff, including clinical staff based in the regions and at ENAP
  • Ensure that reports on the project’s progress for CDC, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AID Relief, and other stakeholders are timely and of a high quality
  • Oversee the development and monitoring of work plans and budgets to support Si activities.
  • Attend national and international SI-related technical meetings to inform and improve program planning and implementation.
  • Design the evaluation methodology and participatory data collection methods and protocols for both performance and impact evaluations
  • Collate and analyze data for regular project reporting, and lead periodic performance reviews to present and discuss findings and inform adaptive project design and implementation
  • As relevant, conduct targeted evaluations and support operations research agenda
  • Prepare a variety of technical and communications documents and visual representations of data for both internal and external audiences
  • Oversee all knowledge management and dissemination of research findings at local, regional, and international meetings and conferences as relevant
  • Supervise M&E, DOA and MIS staff

Minimum Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • Medical Doctor with Clinical Epidemiology training
  • Master’s degree or greater in a relevant field such as applied social sciences, epidemiology, statistics, program evaluation or a related field may be considered
  • Minimum of 5 years of progressive responsibility working in M&E for CDC or other donor-funded development programs
  • Familiarity with CDC’s management and reporting requirements and systems, indicators, and M&E and Learning (ME&L) framework
  • Technical expertise in HIV/TB
  • Demonstrated expertise in study design and rigorous quantitative and qualitative research and analytical methods
  • Experience designing and implementing an operations research agenda
  • Experience designing and implementing baseline and end line assessments, mid-term evaluations, and impact evaluations among other analysis
  • Demonstrated experience designing and managing M&E databases and reporting (MER) systems
  • Demonstrated experience with health management information systems
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills for report writing and public presentation
  • Strong proficiency in MS Office suite (Word, Excel. Outlook. PowerPoint) and data management and statistical software e.g. Stata, SPSS, Epi-info, MS Access

To Apply: For immediate consideration, please visit URC’s Career Opportunities page at www.urc-chs.com/careers. You must upload your CV/Resume and your Cover Letter where indicated or email to urcswaziland@urc-sa.com.

Also, please complete your application form and attach a completed USAID Form 1420 Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet as well.

If you are not contacted within 2 weeks of the closing date please consider your application unsuccessful. However, since we are active around the world in the field of public health, we may wish to retain your CV in our database for other/future opportunities, unless you direct us otherwise

Closing Date: 28 June 2019

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