• Senior Coordinator, Training and Capacity building

    Full Time
    Program (Division)
    Country Programs - Country Teams
    Additional Location Description
    With ~ 40% - 50% of travel domestically
  • Overview

    Clinton Health Access Initiative Overview

    The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org


    Program Background

    Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health outcomes in Uganda remain below national and global targets despite concerted efforts by policy makers, health managers, service providers, development partners and civil society organizations. While investments in Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health have translated into tremendous scale up of essential services for women, children and adolescent girls, indicators still remain poor. For instance, while under five mortality reduced by 50% between 2006 and 2016, neonatal mortality increased over the same period of time from 24 per 1,000 live births  to 27 per 1,000 live births; far from the national goal of 10 neonatal deaths per 1,000 live births by 2020.


    Maternal mortality is unacceptably high, with a nationwide maternal mortality ratio of 336 per 100,000 live births, indicating that the risk of a woman in Uganda dying due to complications in pregnancy or childbirth is four times the global average and above the national target of 211 per 100,000 live births by 2020. Uganda’s modern contraceptive prevalence rate among married women is 35% and only 20% among married adolescents, contributing to a high teen pregnancy rate.


    CHAI will implement an evidence based Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Adolescent Health project to support the Government of Uganda address the challenges above. The 4 year project will focus on ensuring that timely and quality Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health services are available and accessible to women, adolescents and children.


    Working at national, district and community level, the program will focus on equipping, and building the capacity of the health system to ably manage, deliver and sustain improvement in Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health programming. The project will be implemented in 6 districts.



    Position Description

    The Senior Coordinator, Training and Capacity building will provide training and capacity building assistance (CBA)/technical assistance (TA) to managers at district and facility level, and health care workers in CHAI supported districts. The job holder will design, deliver and monitor a competency based training and mentorship program aimed at improving technical, clinical, and management capacities of target districts and health facilities.



    1. Technical Support

    • Lead the design and implementation of a capacity building plan including milestones and key deliverables and work with the district coordinators to manage and support capacity building activities at the subnational level.
    • Lead the design and implementation of innovative capacity building approaches including on the job training and mentorship to build the competencies, attitudes and motivation to optimize the performance of health workers for quality service delivery and data use to improve service access and quality.
    • Lead human resource optimization processes including coordinating the training of partners on the integrated-Human Resource Information System, coordination of routine partner inputs for training and  ensuring development and dissemination of training and service coverage overlay reports.
    • Refine and/or develop evidence based training packages, protocols, manuals, clinical training materials, job aids, and curricula and other training materials and secure approval for rollout in target districts by relevant departments of the Ministry of Health.
    • Manage the adaptation and maintenance of a competency-based curriculum package for training health facility staff in delivery of Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Adolescent Health services.


    2. Coordination and Networking

    • Coordinate training and mentorship activities at national /regional level for Emergency Obstetric and Newborn, Family Planning including Long Acting and Reversible Contraceptives and Post Abortion Care.
    • Represent CHAI and actively participate in relevant Technical Working Group Meetings and conferences.
    • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with Ministry of Health, district level officials, implementing partners, national professional associations, other public and private sector entities to ensure that all training and capacity building activities conform to current practice as well as government policy and regulations.
    • Support Ministry of Health, professional associations, other national stakeholders in the revision/development of evidence-based standards for competency in Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health.
    • Lead the process of refining the training and mentorship manuals and assessment tools, to incorporate lessons learnt/emerging issues for compilation of an operating manual for the CHAI midwife mentorship model.


    3. Quality Improvement

    • Ensure adherence to Ministry of Health policies and guidelines on all the program component parts with specific focus on quality improvement
    • Spearhead the rollout of health facility simulation corners for skills retention and ensure utilisation and functionality.
    • Support program assisted Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care facilities to strengthen routine Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response reporting and analysis and integrate action and function components of the Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance Response into clinical mentorship activities.
    • Facilitate and advise quality improvement teams/committees of program supported districts and health facilities on development and maintenance of quality improvement plans to address gaps in service provision.


    4. Monitoring, Reporting and Quality Assurance

    • Work with Monitoring and Evaluation team to design and implement a program performance monitoring plan to track data and results for the capacity building initiatives, to ensure documentation of impact and ongoing monitoring of the technical quality of capacity building activities.
    • Develop and implement quality assurance systems for capacity building interventions.
    • Participate in project quarterly and annual review meetings


    • Bachelor of Nursing or MBchB (Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery)
    • At least 3 years’ experience working in Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health with a focus on competency based training on Emergency Obstetric Care Services, Essential Newborn Care, Long term Family planning methods and Adolescent health.
    • Proven experience of developing competency based training materials and conducting competency based training would be desirable.
    • Advanced proficiency in computer packages such as Microsoft Office, particularly Excel, PowerPoint, STATA and Word
    • Excellent analytical (qualitative and quantitative) and communication (written and verbal) skills.
    • Practical program management experience



    • Experience in developing countries
    • An advanced degree in any of the following disciplines: Public Health, Health Policy & Management, Family Health, Health Education, Educational Interventions in Health Care, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Pediatrics.


    Key Competences

    • Practical project management experience
    • Ability to guide a  subset of program/ functional development across related project areas
    • Advises supervisor on effectiveness of  program, systems or procedures
    • Recommends initiatives and priorities within a defined program area or function
    • Readjusts work objectives as necessary; keeps supervisor informed
    • Can plan and carry out individual work with minimal oversight
    • Assists in identifying discrete issues
    • Develops presentable insights and recommendations with guidance
    • Analyzes and draw conclusions from data
    • Manages the development and maintenance of databases and tools
    • Ability to  supervise small to medium sized team(s) or integration of multiple small teams
    • Coordinates and establishes credibility with internal and department head level external stakeholders
    • Prepares financial and donor reports on project budget execution


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