Placement Organization: MIFUMI Project
Placement Location: Tororo, Uganda
Eligible Citizenship: Ugandan
About: MIFUMI Uganda is a development NGO and a leading indigenous women and children’s rights agency supporting the needs of and promoting the protection of women and children affected by domestic violence, abuse, and bride price violations. We provide comprehensive services in education, health-care, micro-enterprises, and domestic violence advocacy, addressing issues of polygamy and child marriages and the arbitrary and unlawful action among justice delivery agents unfairly directed towards women seeking protection.
In the area of health, MIFUMI successfully established a health unit offering comprehensive medical services. The unit reached out to over 10,783 women, children and men last year from the 15 surrounding sub-counties and neighboring districts of Butaleja, Busia, Bugiri, and Pallisa, and has to date treated over 80,000 patients since inception in 2001. Work with COBES (Community-Based Education and Service) students as visiting medical students is on-going twice a year.
Position Overview: The Program Manager will be responsible for civic education, research-based learning, programming and administration support, and ensuring capacity building in line with the strategic plan for the health centre.
- Collaborate with health specialists and civic groups to determine community health needs and the availability of services, and to develop goals for meeting needs
- Design and conduct evaluations and diagnostic studies to assess the quality and performance of health education programs in the community
- Develop, conduct, or coordinate health needs assessments and other community health surveys
- Promote knowledge transfer and learning by disseminating findings from surveys and assessments with all relevant stakeholders on a timely basis
- Prepare and distribute health education materials, including reports, bulletins, and visual aids such as films, videotapes, photographs, and posters
- Provide guidance to the organization in the assessment of health education needs, and in the development and delivery of health education programs
- Provide program information to the community by preparing and presenting press releases, conducting media campaigns, and/or maintaining program-related websites
- Develop and present health education and promotion programs such as training workshops, conferences, and school or community presentations
- Develop operational plans and policies necessary to achieve health education objectives and services
- Develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with agencies and organizations interested in public health care
Required Skills and Experience:
- Excellent communication and leadership skills relevant to project work
- Creative and flexible in planning and implementing activities
- Able to work under pressure with minimal supervision
- Gender sensitive with wide understanding of gender issues
- Willing to learn and adapt to other cultures
- Highly organized with a good sense of judgment
- Trustworthy and dependable in handling resources
- Computer literate especially in Microsoft Excel
Preferred Skills and Experience:
- Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine or Nursing from a reputable university
- Post graduate training in public health and /or project planning and management may be an added advantage
- At least 1 year experience in the area of public health
Living Conditions: Fellows will be provided with housing, health insurance and a living stipend of $550/month. Fellows will also receive an award of $1500 upon successful completion of the fellowship year. Flights to and from the placement site and all other costs associated with GHC programming are included. The placement location will be in the rural setting of Mifumi Village in Tororo District, Uganda. Fellows may need to work from the head office in Tororo. There is fully furnished staff housing available near the health centre and has a separate bedroom for each fellow. Whenever need arises for logistical support with travel, the organization can make a driver and vehicle available.