National Family Planning Policy Advisor (NGO Job Vacancies) at Pathfinder International

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Pathfinder Overview

Pathfinder International is a global leader in sexual and reproductive health. We place reproductive health care at the center of all that we do—believing that it is not only a fundamental human right, but is critical for expanding life opportunities for women, families, communities, and nations, and paving the way for transformations in environmental stewardship, decreases in population pressures, and innovations in poverty reduction. Pathfinder provides women, men, and adolescents with a range of quality health services—from contraception and maternal care to HIV prevention and AIDS care and treatment. Pathfinder strives to strengthen access to family planning, advocate for sound reproductive health policies, and, through all of our work, improve the rights and lives of the people we serve.

Program Overview

Pathfinder International has been awarded a five-year Family Planning Activity (FPA) by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).  As a lead implementing agency, Pathfinder with partners will play a catalytic role in increasing access to modern contraception and reducing the unmet need for voluntary family planning services in Uganda.

The FPA’s three Intermediate Result areas (IRs) are; Uganda leadership and coordination strengthened to support FPA; Positive social norms and behaviors enhanced to improve healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies; and access to quality FP increased!; will be implemented in 11 districts with three cluster offices in Masindi covering Kiryandongo, Bulissa and Kyankwanzi; Fortportal cluster covering Kyegegwa, Kyenjojo, Kibale, Ntoroko, and Bundibugyo; Masaka Cluster covering Gomba and Rakai districts with head office in Kampala overseeing all but covering Butambala.

Pathfinder International as the lead, will work in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health, the national planning authority, National population council, Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social development, Ministry of Education, Youths’ organizations and Uganda Family planning consortium to accelerate progress toward Uganda’s commitments and objectives under FP2020 and the country’s Vision 2040 strategy through strategic implementation, coordination and collaboration within these entities and across development and Implementing partners especially USG and non-USG partners especially those implementing Regional Health Integration to Enhanced Services.

Position Purpose

  • Support coordination and strengthen leadership at the national level as well as support the MOH to monitor the FP-CIP and ensure the harmonized  implementation of the national FP program based on the active engagement of national stakeholders from the MOH, National Planning Authority (NPA), National Population Council (NPC), Uganda Family Planning Consortium (UFPC), Ministry of Gender, Labor, and Social Development (MoGLSD), Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES),  Ministry of Water and the Environment (MWE), Ministry of Finance, and UNFPA.
  • Support the NPC, MoH, and UGFP to host meetings focused on national resource allocation for FP and other priority issues.
  • Support dissemination of the legal framework (including Public Health Act, the population policy and FP-related policies and rights) to policymakers, DHTs, and health care workers, and support the MoH and NPC to orient Members of Parliament, DHOs, District Health Administrators, and FP point people on addressing population drivers and FP rights.
  • Collaborate with the youth and gender partner, UYHAF, to engage the MoH, MoGLSD, the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda, and MenEngage to identify opportunities throughout years 1-3 to link and share learnings at events, meetings, and reviews organized by implementing partners. These fora will provide an opportunity to share in-depth understanding of the root causes of negative social norms and innovative solutions to addressing them at household and community levels.  They will also provide an opportunity for evidenced based advocacy with DMTs and cultural institutions outside the priority districts to promote gender and youth responsive FP programming, based on emerging social norms HIPs and innovations. Finally, these fora will also provide an opportunity for the project to conduct workshops on how to use the National Learning Lab’s resources and tools for supporting scale-up of relevant SBCC HIPs and innovations outside the priority districts.
  • Support the NPC to lead a high-level, national multisectoral steering committee.
    • The committee will be chaired by the office of the Prime Minister and will coordinate integration of FP into other collaborating ministries’ policies and budgets. The
  • Support to NPC includes provision of evidence-based FP/RH advocacy tools, briefs, and strategies to guide discussions.
  • Develop presentations that use data to illustrate national FP trends, gaps, and challenges.
  • Facilitate training on the FP-CIP gap analysis tool and follow-up with stakeholders and implementing partners to promote use of the tool during annual work planning and during regular reviews.
  • Support the MoH to identify a consultant/consultancy firm and support the MoH to mobilize funds to conduct the next CIP progress review.
  • Support dissemination of the CIP review to all stakeholders.
  • Explore how to best engage and influence MoGLSD, MoES, and the Ministry of Water and Environment (MoWE) to understand how social norms in their sectors inhibit youth access to FP and how to incorporate messages to address these harmful norms into their SBCC campaigns/materials.
  • Any other duties that may be delegated to you.

Basic Requirements

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a health related field  and a  Masters’ Degree in Public Health, development or policy studies.
  • Additional training in SRH is an added advantage.
  • At least 8 years hands-on progressive experience in the field of reproductive health and family planning, at the national and district level.
  • Experience in public health management, training and capacity building.
  • Training of Trainer skills are essential for this role.
  • Experience providing technical assistance in MNCH, RH/FP services.
  • Demonstrated collaborative approach including working with Government , Civil Society, private sector and the UN; with good negotiation and influencing skills, diplomacy and tact.
  • Good community mobilization skills.
  • Ability to prioritize work according to importance and deadline while meeting conflicting work demands.
  • Possesses initiative, patience, tact, and able to work with minimum supervision.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Demonstrates adaptability and flexibility in all aspects of working.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and support others in their work.
  • Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, internet etc.
  • Fluency in English and local language.
  • Familiarity with the political, social, economic and cultural context of working with national level stakeholders as well as with District Local Governments.

Closes: January 26 2023


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