Career Opportunities

Nutrition Program Officer

Location: Jinja, Uganda | Job Type: Full-time | Post Date: 05/15/2017
Job Description: 

University Research Co., LLC (URC), a US-based public health organization working in Uganda since 2005, is implementing the USAID’s Regional Health Integration to Enhance Services in East Central Uganda Activity (USAID’s RHITES EC). The purpose of this project is to support the implementation of a comprehensive, integrated investment in regional health, HIV/AIDS and nutrition assistance. This five-year activity targets 11 districts in East-Central Uganda with an estimated total population of 4.1 million through a district-based integrated package of quality health, HIV/AIDS, nutrition and child development services. URC is seeking qualified candidates to fill the following positions at the Jinja town and district based offices.

Responsible for the integration of nutritional assessment, counseling, and support (NACS) into HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment services. The officer will work closely with the Care/Treatment and PMTCT Advisors to plan for and implement improvement interventions aimed at bettering nutritional outcomes among people living with HIV and AIDS as well as promoting optimal infant and young child feeding practices, as per the national guidelines.

NOTE: Qualified applicants should submit their cover letter, certificate of good conduct curriculum vitae, copies of academic credentials and contact information for 3 professional references by Friday 26th May 2017 at 12:00 pm addressed to:
Human Resource Coordinator
University Research Co., LLC – Centre for Human Services
Plot10 Kiira Lane, Mpumudde Division
Jinja, UGANDA

E-mail: HR-RHITES-EC@urc-chs.com

Job Responsibilities: 
  • Integration of Nutrition into on-going project activities including Capacity building, Clinical care, PMTCT, Community linkages, Quality Improvement, psychosocial care/counseling and pharmaceutical logistics, M&E
  • Support health facilities supported by RHITES-EC to integrate and implement effective and sustainable NACS (Nutrition Assessment, Counseling and Support) services
  • Explore opportunities for partnership with other stakeholders in the area of HIV nutrition integration
  • Oversee and support the integration process of NACS into HIV/AIDS programs in all RHITES-EC sites
  • Support the sites towards attainment of a Baby Friendly Status in collaboration with the PMTCT/Paed Technical Advisor, MoH and partners
  • Work with health facility teams to apply quality improvement methods including learning sessions for improved nutrition outcomes
  • Work with health facility teams to develop and submit QI indicators inclusion into and use in the QI trainings/learning sessions and site coaching
  • Plan and conduct quarterly site mentorship/supervision towards improved nutrition integration and reporting
  • Participate in development and writing of program work plans and reports
  • Represent RHITES-EC in meetings/seminars/conferences when called upon
  • Collaborate with other IPs in adapting/adopting materials, equipment and supplies including RUTF, and referral and enrollment of clients into available sustainable/livelihood programs
  • Participate in documentation and dissemination/sharing of the RHITES-EC project results
  • Coordinate service provider skills strengthening support in the areas of nutritional assessment, counseling support as well as infant and young child feeding
  • Take up any other duties as may be assigned
Job Requirements: 
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Nutrition, Food Science and technology or related field
  • 5 years work experience in Community Nutrition and/or HIV nutrition programming
  • Experience with USAID and/or other donor projects is an added advantage
  • Demonstrable excellent writing, organizational, coordination and communication skills desired
  • Proven ability to set priorities, multi-task, and work collaboratively as well as independently preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal skills desired
  • Please note: Only candidates who are eligible to work in the Uganda for an indefinite period without a need for sponsorship will be considered for this position

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About University Research Company (URC):
URC is a global company dedicated to improving the quality of health care, social services, and health education worldwide. With a non-profit affiliate, the Center for Human Services (CHS), URC manages projects in over 45 countries, including the United States. URC is an E-Verify employer and is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

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