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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Provision of Technical Support – Uganda NASA Job at QED Group, LLC - Career Opportunity in Uganda

Vacancy title:
Provision of Technical Support – Uganda NASA

Jobs at:
QED Group, LLC

Deadline of this Job:
15th December 2017 by 5:00pm Ugandan Time

Duty Station:
Kampala, Uganda

Job details:
Duration: January to April 2018 (30 Days)
About QED:
The QED Group, LLC is a full-service international development firm that provides practical solutions to social problems through sound analysis, proven management techniques, and creative implementation. We focus our efforts on two core practice areas: Monitoring & Evaluation and Knowledge Management. We work with U.S. agencies and overseas governments, international donors, private-sector clients, and PVOs/NGOs in more than 80 countries around the world. Key clients include USAID, the U.S. Department of State, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency.
About NASA:
National AIDS Spending Assessment (NASA) offers an improved understanding of the current levels of spending and resource allocation across various programmes and interventions. The Uganda AIDS Commission (UAC) conducted the last NASA in Uganda in 2012. The last NASA covered the financial years 2008/2009 and 2009/2010. The UAC entered into a partnership with Makerere University School of Public Health (MUSPH) to implement the NASA starting with 3 financial years: 2013/2014, 2014/2015, and 2015/2016; and to set up a system to routinely collect NASA data to facilitate timely availability of HIV expenditure information for the period 2015/16-2019/20. The phase one NASA is expected to lay a foundation for the AIDS spending assessments for 2016/17 -2019/20 in an institutionalized approach. In this partnership, UAC provides overall oversight and coordination of the NASA while MUSPH is responsible for study design, data collection, and analysis and reporting.
The MUSPH, although very experienced in undertaking research, is implementing resource tracking for HIV the first time, and therefore requires Technical Assistance during the first phase of implementing; for quality assurance.
Bench-marking Ghana NASA:
Recently a delegation of 7 Uganda NASA Task Team conducted a NASA bench-marking study visit in Ghana and observed that Ghana has successfully institutionalized the NASA and produce annual NASA reports. It is against this background that the Technical support is sought to provide quality assurance to the whole NASA process to ensure compliance with international guidelines and standards.
Job Summary: The overall objective of technical support is to review and support improvement of quality control measures to ensure integrity of the NASA and adherence to international guidelines and standards. The specific objectives of the technical support are:
  •  To strengthen local capacity (including; the Task Team, MUSPH, data collection & entry teams) in coordination, data collection, entry, cleaning, data analysis, and reporting
  •  To provide guidance and support for estimating expenditures that cannot be captured from records.
  •  To review the NASA Pilot report with the core NASA team to provide guidance and strategies to address the challenges.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Lead the review and discussion on the planned approach to NASA by the Uganda NASA team.
  • Keenly review and lead the discussion on data collection and analysis, including review of data collection tools, with aim of troubleshooting potential challenges and providing guidance on mitigation of any anticipated challenges
  • Review the mapping of stakeholders, adapted tools, determination of costs, data collection and validation plan, provide guidance and develop local capacity to strengthen the aforementioned areas. Participate in field data collection to observe and develop local capacity in data collection.
  • Participate in the training of NASA teams including; the Task Team, MUSPH, data collection & data entry teams; in coordination, data collection, entry, cleaning, data analysis, and reporting
  •  Review the NASA Report
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The applicant must hold a Master’s Degree in Health Financing, Financial Management, or other relevant area
  • Five years’ experience in Resource Tracking or conducting Spending Assessments
  • Significant experience in data collection and analysis in the field, especially in settings where information is not formally recorded
  • Work experience in Uganda preferred
  • Work experience in HIV/AIDS programming preferred
Key Deliverables:
  •   Report on strengthening the local capacity in the following areas: data collection, entry, determination of costs, data validation, analysis, and reporting.
  • An independent review report on the review of the final NASA report, including a detailed description of the quality control process with a focus on integrity/rigor and adherence with international standards
  • Clear assumptions for estimating expenditures
  •  Produce monthly status updates
Duration: A total of 30 working days in Kampala, with more technical support being provided offshore.
Job application procedure
All suitably qualified and interested candidates who meet the above criteria should send their CV, cover letter and Bio Data Form, download here, expressing interest to  with the title mentioned in the subject line.