University Research Co., LLC (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.
Established in 1965, URC offers a range of technical assistance to strengthen health and social systems and service quality by empowering communities and health workers to identify and scale up locally appropriate solutions to critical problems. Internationally, we expand access to and improve the quality of services addressing maternal, newborn, and child health; infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria; reproductive health and family planning; food and nutrition; and vulnerable children and families. In the US, we focus on improving communication related to issues like substance abuse, with a particular focus on reaching underserved populations.
URC’s mission is to provide innovative, evidence-based solutions to health and social challenges worldwide.
Under the 2016 – 2021 Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS), USAID/Uganda seeks to make a five-year, approximately $35 million award to achieve the result of improved ability of individual, households, and communities to adopt priority behaviors. This, in turn, will transform households, communities, and systems for improved health and development outcomes through Social and Behavior Change (SBC). This Activity will primarily align with CDCS Development Objective Three (DO3) (“Key Systems More Accountable and Responsive to Uganda’s Development Needs Improved”) and will contribute indirectly to Development Objective One (DO1) (“Community and Household Resilience in Select Areas and Target Populations Increased”) and Development Objective Two (DO2) (“Demographic Drivers Affected to Contribute to Long Term Trend Shift”).
URC is currently seeking a qualified Chief of Party (COP) to provide administrative oversight and direction for Social and Behavior Change for Transformation Activity. The COP will be the principal point of contact in Uganda for procedural and substantive matters. S/He will be the primary liaison with USAID/Uganda and Government of Uganda on technical matters, responding to the COR and USAID/Uganda’s Contracting Officer.
Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Provide strategic leadership and vision in the development and implementation of strategies and approaches aimed to support the MOH efforts to strengthen SBC
- Provide administrative, programmatic, and managerial oversight to all aspects of the program to ensure that all project activities are executed in line with and meet USAID Uganda performance standards
- Ensure mechanisms are in place to monitor the implementation of projects, including progress toward achieving objectives and benchmarks with high-quality and on-time performance
- Ensure technical capacity of staff and provide technical assistance and backstopping when required
- Establish and maintain highly collaborative working relationships with USAID Uganda, the Ministry of Health, and all other stakeholders, including research institutes, implementing and collaborating partners
- Ensure documentation and dissemination of findings, impact, innovations, and lessons learned
- Ensure timely, high-quality, and complete submission of work plans, quarterly and annual reports, financial reports, and any other reports required by USAID
- Ensure that all activities are undertaken in full compliance with URC standard operating procedures, USAID policies and regulations, and national policies and laws
- Promote sustainability of project activities with effective networking, linkages to other programs, capacity building of project staff, and institutional strengthening of staff
- A minimum of a Master’s degree in Public Health, Social Sciences, Business Administration, Statistics, or a related field
- At least 10 years of professional experience in international development, business or regulatory affairs championing change and innovations, preferably including experience managing/leading health projects related to health data management
- Demonstrated experience in leading, managing, and implementing large international development projects with similar depth and complexity
- Demonstrated experience working in partnership with host governments, international donors, and implementing partners
- Significant experience with USG- or USAID-funded activities or other internationally funded activities
- Strong oral and written communication skills in English, including evidence of quality report writing and presentations
- Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines with quality products
- Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
- Demonstrated ability to establish productive relationships with senior government officials, the business community, civil society, and international donors
- Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment and mentor/coach direct reports
- Proficiency with MS Office Suite, with excellent MS Word and Excel skills.
Please note: this position is contingent upon securing award