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Placement Organization: Ruhiira Millennium Villages Project
Placement Location: Mbarara Town, Uganda
Eligible Citizenship: Ugandan

 

About: The Millennium Villages Project is an international development organization implemented by the Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York, Millennium Promise, and the United Nations Office for Project Services. It works to address the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Sub-Saharan Africa. The initiative works directly with local and national governments, as well as non-government organizations to show how rural communities can lift themselves out of poverty. The project started in year 2006 and its mission is to achieve the Millennium Development Goals at the community level by 2015. The project introduces a broad range of interventions simultaneously to address the specific needs of each village. The communities themselves own and drive all the work being done.

 

Position Overview: Health Systems Quality Improvement Coordinator with main focus on HIV/AIDS and TB interventions.

 

Responsibilities:

  • To assess existing care practices in HIV/AIDS and TB interventions, identify gaps, and then find solutions to address the gaps
  • To work with health coordinators and facilitators to develop health facility quality improvement teams that can independently and regularly conduct a self-assessment, identify operational gaps, and develop action plans to resolve any existing or emerging operational constraints
  • To improve and ensure effective and close follow-up of TB patients and HIV clients, including all mothers on the PMTCT (prevention of mother-to-child prevention) program and all exposed babies, by designing a follow up system, especially focusing on those patients outside the catchment area
  • To ensure that quality health care services are provided at all the HIV/AIDS clinics; to foster good client provider relationships by:  a) Monitoring and supporting supervision of the clinics; b) Conducting client satisfaction surveys; c) Confirming Health workers managing HIV/AIDS and TB have refresher courses and trainings and are up-to-date in knowledge concerning HIV and TB management; d) Preventing stock outs of ARVS (antiretrovirals) and drugs for treatment of OIs (opportunistics infections) in all the health facilities
  • To facilitate a smooth transition from option B to option B+ of PMTCT in all health facilities, by ensuring that all health facilities are well equipped with HAART for PMTCT mothers and provide training for health workers in option B+ of PMTCT
  • Improving quality of TB care services, by ensuring that all health workers have refresher TB management trainings every quarter as well as ensuring that case detection for TB cases is improved in all health facilities doing TB diagnosis
  • To ensure a centralized system for managing the collection of dried blood samples, acting as the link between CPHL and the health facilities to prevent misplacement of test results
  • To document best practices and implement these practices at other health facilities

 

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Keen interest in public health and understanding of public health-related issues in this area
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Good communication and coordination skills
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint), data collection, validation and analysis
  • Strong interest in global public health
  • Ability to work in a team environment, but with self-sufficiency and self-motivation
  • Strong interpersonal skills coupled with excellent communication skills: verbal, written, listening, presentation and facilitation.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English
  • Ability to multi-task: flexible and capable of working under pressure and tight deadlines with demonstrated ability to prioritize across multiple projects and relationships

 

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Master’s in Public health
  • Experience working with a health program
  • Program auditing skills
  • Data analysis
  • Knowledge of quality improvement standards

 

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 GHC fellow will be based in the MVP office and have access to cell phones, computers and all office basics that MVP staff access.