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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Linkage and Referrals officer Job at Lira Regional Referral Hospital - Career Opportunity in Uganda

Vacancy title:
Linkage and Referrals officer

Jobs at:
Lira Regional Referral Hospital

Deadline of this Job:
March 15, 2019.
Duty Station:
Lira , Uganda , East Africa , 00256 , UG

Date Posted: 11th March 2019 , Base Salary: Not Disclosed , Employment Type: Full_Time , Currency: UGX , Value: 500000 , Minimum: 350000 , Maximum: 1500000 , Period: MONTH

Lira Regional Referral Hospital is a 400 Bed Hospital situated in Lira Municipality in Lira town and serves a catchment population of about 2.3 million people. It is a referral facility offering both specialized and general services to the districts in its service area. The Hospital with support from the USAID Regional Health Integration to Enhance Services-North, Lango Project seeks to recruit personnel in different fields to fill in the following positions:
Job Title: Linkage and Referrals officer (1) U4-LWR-1-1
Report to: Project coordinator
Location: LRRH
Job purpose:
The Linkage and Referrals officer will oversee implementation of the intra-facility, inter-facility and bi-direction community-facility linkages and referrals component at the hospital. The position entails support to VHT activities, Linkage facilitators, Male action groups (MAG), Family support groups (FSG), MNCH peer mothers, adolescent health champions, differentiated service delivery, improving community referrals and reporting for health and nutrition services. The officer will ensure timely reporting, proper documentation and updates of clients’ information in the HIV clinic, antenatal care/ Mother baby care points and Tuberculosis units.

Duties and responsibilities.
• Coordinate linkages for people living with HIV/ AIDS, TB clients and other clients identified by the hospital
• Support the functionality of CHEWS, VHTs, MNCH Peer Mothers, Adolescent champions, Male action groups and Family support groups within the hospital and community served
• Strengthen client appointment and tracking systems at the supported health facilities; including contact tracing for TB and HIV
• Strengthen quality improvement structures at community levels to improve on the referral and linkage system and other community activities;
• With the hospital teams, support planning for and implementation of integrated outreaches
• Support a bi-directional linkage and referral system of clients from community to facility, and strengthen the implementation of community referral systems
• Strengthen client appointment and tracking systems at the supported health facilities; including contact tracing for TB and HIV.
• Work with hospital staff to document and update all community component related registers.
• Support community based structures to deliver Health, WASH and Nutrition education messages to the target beneficiaries
• Train and work with community resourceful persons including, VHTs, Sub County Health Assistants, and local leaders to strengthen VHT reporting and use of community tools.
• In collaboration with the clinical and community teams provide data on community interventions to ensure timely reporting, including the District Health Information System (DHIS2).
• Coordinate activities for demand creation for all supported health facilities, through conducting feedback meetings, community dialogues and FSG meetings.
• Ensure proper documentation of work done, achievements registered, lessons learnt, throughout the implementation and scale up best practices.
• Support and participate in extraction and generation of lists of clients (including but not limited to missed appointments, lost and lost to follow up clients, clients due for viral load tests and non-suppressed clients): share the list with responsible persons and structures for tracing and return back to care.
• Coordination of peer support activities.
• Perform any other duties assigned by the supervisor

Qualifications, skills and experience
• Bachelor’s degree in sociology, social work and social administration, community development, community health, development studies or related courses.
• Postgraduate qualification in Public Health, Sociology or Community Health would be an added advantage.
• A minimum of 3 years’ experience in HIV/TB/ MNH/Malaria/Nutrition related community work with government institution or NGOs involved in community work
• Skills in strengthening health and nutrition service delivery programs, supporting referrals and linkages between and among communities and health facilities
• Excellent communication skills and strong inter-personal skills
• Fluency in written and spoken English and must be able to communicate in the local language (Lango)
• Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team with frequent travel to the field
• Have solid computer skills.
• Knowledge of the relevant Uganda national health policies, strategies and structures
• Must be respected in the community and recommended by LC1 Chairman

Job application procedure
Interested candidates who meet the above requirements, should send their applications addressed to the Human Resource Officer Lira Regional Referral Hospital P.O. Box 2, Lira Uganda or Have it hand delivered to the hospital. With their application letters and CV to not later than March 15, 2019.