Placement Organization: Reach Out Mbuya
Placement Location: Kampala, Uganda
Eligible Citizenship: Ugandan
About: Reach Out Mbuya Parish HIV/AIDS Initiative (ROM) is a community faith-based organization under Our Lady of Africa Church Mbuya, and was founded in May 2001 to offer treatment to people living with HIV/AIDS within Mbuya Parish. It was founded by a physician working in collaboration with the parish priest of Mbuya, who realized a need to respond to the growing numbers of people who were infected and dying from HIV/AIDS related complications within this community.
Reach Out Mbuya started with 14 clients but now cares for over 5,000 clients through 11 comprehensive health and social support programs. Over the years, the need for Reach Out to expand its activities to other areas has seen us replicate our model of care to Luweero District about 100km North of Kampala District. In this area, over 600 clients are accessing our services including Anti Retroviral Therapy (ART).
We provide a unique model of care which includes medical, social, emotional, and spiritual support. Our target population of about 95,000 people is characterized by high poverty levels and a high HIV/AIDS prevalence of about 9%. Women form 63% of the persons we serve, most of whom are single, widowed or elderly with minimal schooling and/or no source of regular income in their households. Reach Out strives to restore health in its entirety, focusing our service delivery on addressing the needs of a client in a holistic context-the Body, Mind, Community and family. We have over 230 full-time employees and volunteers and 49% of these are clients themselves.
Reach Out received a Best Practice Award from the civil society in recognition of our contribution towards the restoration of hope and dignity of people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
Position Overview: The fellow will take lead in the monitoring and evaluation of various aspects of the work of Reach Out and report the results. Specifically, key areas include:
- Timely/effective monitoring, evaluation and reporting of M&E outcomes
- Timely monitoring and evaluation data collection activities that would ensure a direction for the different departments
- Revise the program objective hierarchy and log frame matrix (activities, processes, inputs, outputs, outcomes and impacts)
- Determine M&E needs of program management
- Identify and design performance questions, key indicators and targets for each program component and for each level of the objective hierarchy
- Record, report and analyze progress against the planned activities and design the format of such progress reports
- Review existing social and economic data for the program area to assess if it can provide good baseline data for impact evaluation, identifying gaps to be filled
- Design the formats and procedures for operational monitoring
- Review existing M&E and management information systems of RO and identify where support is needed
- Collect, compile and analyze reports prepared by sections and prepare consolidated progress reports for program management to submit to the senior management
- Review monitoring reports to assess interim impacts and identify causes of potential bottlenecks in implementation
- Develop feasible and effective discussion events where M&E data are analyzed and corrective actions can be agreed upon
- Guide and supervise organization’s studies required for evaluating program effects and impacts
- Conduct trainings on M&E and facilitate design and implementation processes
- Undertake and facilitate others to implement the M&E plan, regularly revise and update performance questions, indicators, methods, formats and analytical processes
- Ensure security and confidentiality of data
- Ensure health, safety, and security in your area of operation
- Promote the vision, mission and the values of Reach Out as expressed in the policies, regulations & guidelines of the organisation
- Any other duty assigned by the immediate supervisor
Required Skills and Experience:
- Ability to organize and train others
- Good analytical skills
- Analytical & decision making skills
- Ability to work under pressure
- Proficiency in MS office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint), data collection, validation and analysis
- Proven English language writing and editorial skills
- 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.
- Commitment and creativity
Preferred Skills and Experience:
- At least 1 year in a similar field (HIV related)
- Participatory assessment and monitoring, data processing or analysis, or M&E design experience
- Proficiency in using statistical software
- Degree in social science discipline with any other statistical course
- Develop and manage databases
- Data management and development of collection analysis tools
- Participatory assessment and monitoring, data processing or analysis and M&E design experience
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. Fellows will be based in the ROM office in Mbuya and will be provided with work stations/computers. ROM will provide the necessary transportation to complete tasks in other satellite sites. Fellows will be provided with daily meals (breakfast and lunch) in our staff dining hall.