Makerere University, College of Health Sciences
School of Public Health
Supporting Policy Engagement for Evidence-based Decisions (SPEED) for Universal health coverage in Uganda Project’ is a five-year initiative supported by the European Union (EU) under Makerere University College of Health Sciences, School of Public Health. It was launched in March 2015 and broadly addresses universal health coverage (UHC) and systems resilience in Uganda. SPEED implementing partners are Makerere University School of Public Health-MakSPH (lead implementer), Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC), National Planning Authority (NPA), Uganda National Health Consumers’ Organization (UNHCO), Human Sciences Research Council-HSRC (based in South Africa) and the Institute of Tropical Medicine-ITM (Antwerp, Belgium). SPEED activities fall into five clusters: strengthening resources and expertise for policy analysis; knowledge generation; stakeholder identification and engagements; support for policy development; and monitoring selected policy implementation arrangements. The Project is spearheading efforts to initiate a Community of Practice for UHC (UHC COP) in Uganda and African region. This is in line with one of SPEED’s main objectives, which is to “engage and influence policymakers with evidence for health policy and system changes to advance universal health coverage (UHC)”. The UHC CoP is envisaged to “guarantee a more direct and active exchange of knowledge and expertise amongst the partners”, and it is seen as “a key facilitation for the knowledge translation aimed for within SPEED”.
A suitable candidate is being sought to fill the position of Knowledge Management Officer.
Position: Knowledge Management Officer (KMO) (1)
Description/Summary of Responsibilities:
The KMO will perform the following duties & responsibilities:
1. Support the documentation of the implementation of the SPEED activities by liaising with key experts on a regular basis.
2. Work with the Communications Technical Advisor and the Coordinate production of materials(such as blogs, posters, opinion papers, briefs, articles, newsletters and synthesis of discussions from engagements) by the SPEED project team and COP members.
3. In liaison with COP Manager and IT officer establish and maintain an online virtual platform for the COP interactions.
4. Convene and facilitate online and face-to-face discussions and events by the SPEED Project and under the COP.
5. Monitor media engagements on UHC
6. Evaluate the participation of members within the COP;
7. Identify and follow-up issues, topics of interest and emerging questions;
8. Review and synthesize research work relevant to the COP themes.
9. Organize and maintain a repository of resources relevant to the COP;
10. Develop and implement marketing and visibility strategy for COP.
11. Produce monthly and quarterly reports as the case may be for SPEED Executive Management Committee on the activities, plans, and challenges of the Community.
12. Engage in research work consistent with the scope and themes of the SPEED project;
13. Contribute to the resource mobilization efforts for programs related to SPEEP project;
14. Contribute to teaching and learning activities of the School of Public Health.
A candidate with Masters in Public Health (MPH) degree (or equivalent), with orientation in the domain of health policy, health systems management or health communication.
Have sound knowledge of policy engagements, universal health coverage, system thinking and knowledge translation/management;
Demonstrated experience in capacity building and facilitation skills for high-level stakeholder groups;
Detail-oriented, thorough, accurate, able to meet deadlines, and able to work quickly and steadily in a focused manner.
Good interpersonal skills; able to work well in a team-oriented, collaborative, cross-functional environment.
Able to deal with frequent changes, delays, interruptions, and unexpected events.
Strong ability to multitask, prioritize, and work independently with minimal supervision.
Demonstrated communication and writing skills for technical reports and scientific articles.
Ability to mediate, negotiate, and resolve conflicts constructively.
Should be IT savvy-Proficient in standard Microsoft Windows applications, (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), Internet, social media(such as Twitter, LinkedIn,WhatsApp), and file storage services such as Dropbox.
Experience with teaching of postgraduate students will be added advantage.
Media skills is added advantage.
Reporting Relations: The Knowledge Management Officer will liaise and work closely with the Communications Advisor.
A stimulating work environment with social commitment to improve the health of Ugandans
Collaboration and mentorship from world experts in health policy, health systems research, knowledge management and translation;
A full-time position for 1 years (extendable to 2 years) starting 1st March 2018.
A gross salary set according to the pay scale for project staff at Makerere University School of Public Health;
All candidates must submit: 1) A letter of application addressed to Project Director, SPEED Project, School of Public Health, 2) Curriculum vitae, 3)A sample of (program report and scientific report) demonstrating your writing abilities and 4) Official copies of educational transcripts to Mrs. Enid Kemari Ahimbisibwe on email: firstname.lastname@example.org . The email subject must bear “Application for SPEED-Knowledge Management Officer”. Deadline for submission is 23rd January 2018. Interview for shortlisted candidates will be held at end of January 2018.