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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Reproductive & Maternal Health Technical Advisor

The Regional Centre for Quality of Health Care (RCQHC) provides leadership in promoting Quality of Health Care
(QOC) in Africa. The RCQHC is based at Makerere University College of Health Sciences School of Public Health in Kampala Uganda.
The RCQHC delivers technical assistance, conducts a wide range of activities covering training of health service providers, managers, curricula reform/development, and development of health learning materials and dissemination of information, and conducting innovative operational research in tropical diseases & health systems strengthening using quality & performance improvement approaches.
RCQHC seeks to recruit for the post of Reproductive & Maternal Health Technical Advisor, a post that fell vacant recently. This is a senior level position that demands a combination of technical, managerial, strategic planning, fundraising, collaboration, leadership, innovation & networking skills & competencies. The position leads & coordinates the training of health care providers in East, Central, and the Horn & Southern Africa on quality of
health care in maternal & reproductive health.
The RCQHC reproductive health programs presently focus on pre & in service training on: quality improvement
in family planning, post-partum hemorrhage, fistula care, integrating gender based violence sensitivity in health
care, innovative operational research and strategic advocacy in maternal reproductive health.
The position holder shall also work closely with USAID-EA technical staff, strategic regional partners like ECSA-HC.
The post holder shall be expected to grow & expand program partnerships.
Role Profile:
· Provide managerial and technical leadership to the RCQHC Maternal and Reproductive Health programs & personnel to ensure timely, results oriented effective and efficient coordination of planning, program implementation, monitoring, knowledge management, documentation & impact evaluations
· Mobilize & catalyze the formation of networks & forums of maternal reproductive health policy makers & service providers (collaborating with African ministries of health, the UN and other key organizations) to define & respond to priorities in quality of maternal reproductive health care in Africa, in line with MDG targets
· Coordinate technical support, capacity building, training, curriculum development, lobbying, advocacy & innovative research targeting quality improvement in maternal reproductive health care
· Coordinate the mobilization of funding & technical resources for program sustainability & growth including development of new partnerships & business for RCQHC’s Maternal & Reproductive Health program
· Ensure sound management of the Maternal Reproductive Health program resources, work plans & budgets; expenditure, & reports under guidance of the RCQHC Finance Standards.
· Lead the development, design and promotion of appropriate innovations to continually reposition the RCQHC Maternal Reproductive Health programs in line with changing policy environment, knowledge, performance improvement and quality of care
· The incumbent will work closely with USAID/EA regional Health & HIV/AIDS Office to ensure USAID funded activities reflect latest trends in Maternal Reproductive Health program and technical knowledge and research.
· Any other duties as assigned by the RCQHC Director
Requirements —Core knowledge & competencies:
· A Basic degree in Human Medicine or nursing midwifery or reproductive health and a Postgraduate qualification (preferably at Masters Level or equivalent) in Obstetrics & Gynecology or Reproductive Health, or Public Health, or International Health, or related core knowledge training background as a basic requirement.
· Proven experience in project planning & management, with 5 years experience in managing Maternal & Reproductive Health Programs/projects, at multi-country level.
· Previous hands on clinical experience of obstetrics, gynecology care, and midwifery care would be an advantage.
· Understanding of gender in health & development is a requirement
· knowledge of Performance improvement & Quality of Health Care concepts an advantage
· Program & Funding proposal writer, knowledge of scientific research methodologies, plus abilities to coordinate research.
Necessary key competencies and skills include:
· training & facilitation skills, knowledge of curriculum development & design, network catalyst, ability to mobilize technical support
· Minimum of 5 years experience working in East, Central & Southern African countries, Experience of technical support & collaborative work with ministries of health, USAID & other bilateral donors or NGOs in reproductive health programs
· Excellent communication skills in English a requirement. E-communications & use of computing packages a basic requirement. A working Knowledge of Kiswahili, French an advantage
Other competencies include:
· Representation, networking & team work.
· Self-drive, results oriented, exhibit excellent organizational skills, tenacity & ability to work under demanding deadlines.
· This is a regional cross-country position that demands travel up to 50% level, applicants must be ready to travel extensively within Africa, in remote settings.
RCQHC is an equal opportunity employer; qualifying women, PWDs, PLWHIV are encouraged to apply.
Terms of Employment:
· The person appointed to this post will be employed by the RCQHC (Regional Centre for Quality of Health Care) and will follow the rules and regulations of the institution as a Centre employee.
· S/he will be line managed by the Director RCQHC.
The appointment will initialy be for 1 year, with possible renewal subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds. A three-month probation period will be lifted upon satisfactory performance.
Attractive and negotiable remuneration, depending on qualifications and experience
Additional benefits including: Housing for non- Ugandan residents, Medical care for self and immediate family, annual leave
Application procedures:
Interested and qualified persons should send their motivation letters, curriculum vitae, key academic documents by post or email to:

The Director, Regional Centre for Quality of Health Care,
Makerere University School of Public Health,
P. O. Box 29140, Kampala, Uganda
E-mail to:, copy
Closing date for receiving applications is 18th October 2010.
Only short listed candidates will be contacted

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