Background

Makerere University School of Public Health-Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Support (METS) Program is a collaboration between Makerere University School of Public Health and the University of California San Francisco with funding from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The program has received funding and approval to conduct an Evaluation study titled; “Evaluation of the impact of the Uganda TB/HIV collaborative policy on TB Treatment Outcomes in Patients with TB/HIV Co-infection: An analysis of routine programmatic data and qualitative interviews on provider experiences”.  The study will be conducted in collaboration with the Ministry of Health in all the 12 health regions in Uganda. The METS Program now invites applications for the following job position:

 

Job Position: Research Assistant, TB/HIV evaluation (60 positions)

Reports to: Survey Investigators

 

Job Summary: The research assistant will complete data collection tools and provide field reports for the evaluation study.

 

Key duties and responsibilities

§  To collect quantitative data on TB/HIV collaborative services in 12 health regions of Uganda.

§  To moderate and record Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) and In-depth Interviews (IDIs)

§  To edit collected data to ensure accuracy, consistency and completeness of the data collected

§  To conduct preliminary translation and transcription of qualitative data (FGDs and IDIs)

§  To ensure safe custody, integrity and confidentiality of the collected data

 

Education Qualifications

§  Bachelor’s degree in humanities, public health, statistics, and any other related discipline or a Diploma in Nursing and Midwifery.

§  Training in research methods is an added advantage.

 

Experience and Exposure

§  Experience in both quantitative and qualitative data collection methods.

§  Experience in translation and transcription of qualitative data (FGDs and IDIs)

§  Experience in compilation of field reports.

 

Specific Knowledge and skills

§  Knowledge on TB in general and TB/HIV co-infection in particular

§  Qualitative data transcription skills

§  Ethics related to data collection and management

§  Excellent Communication skills

§  Interpersonal relations

§  Team work

§  National legislations and policies relating to TB/HIV.

 

Duration of Job:

·         The whole exercise will take a period of 30 days including the 5day training.

 

Details of the job

·         The job will require full time deployment to the field for the duration stated; including weekends.

 

How to apply

A letter expressing interest and providing a brief education background, and research experience, personal research interests, names of two referees. Please attach your latest curriculum vitae.

 

Applications should be delivered to MaKSPH METS program addressed to the following Address:

 

The Principal Investigator

MaKSPH METS Program

Plot20A, Kawalya Kagwa Close Kololo,

NB Indicate on the envelope: “TB/HIV Evaluation”

 

 

For more information you can contact

Ms. Sharon Katunguka

Human Resource and Administration Manager, MAKSPH/METS Program

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Deadline for receiving applications: 24th October 2017

 

NB: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Friday 22nd September, the SPH had a privilege  of hosting 2 Irish Parliamentarians, the Head of cooperation at the Irish Embassy and an Administrator in the Irish Parliament. The MPs were Hon James Lawless and Hon Neale Richmond. The official of the Irish Embassy was Mr Frank Kirwan and an Administrator in the Irish Parliament was Mr Simon Murtagh. Their visit was coordinated by the IRISH AID funded NOURISH project which is a collaborative effort between Trinity College Dublin in Ireland and Ugandan Institutions-Makerere University, Infectious Disease Institute, Gulu University, JCRC. The country coordinating office is  in department of EPI-BIO, School of Public health. The visit was in response to a visit to the Irish Parliament in June by Prof Martina Hennessy the PI from Trinity College Dublin and Prof Nazarius M Tumwesigye one of the Co-PIs. The project, which  has both a PhD training and research component, is coming to an end and the investigators were sharing the achievements and a possible way forward with the visitors. It focuses on issues of food supplementation, food security in Karamoja and nutrition and health status of people living with HIV. The meeting was attended by the Ag Principal of the College of Health Sciences 

Dr Rose Chalo, Prof David Serwadda, Prof Fred Wabwire-Mangen, Dr Susan Kiwanuka, Dr Henry Wamani, Dr Andrew Kambugu of IDI(another Co-PI) and  several other staff of the school of Public Health and the PhD students on the program.  The Irish Parliamentarians appreciated the work done and advised the research team to push for translation of the knowledge into policy.

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Abstracts from the 1st International Symposium on Community Health Workers that was organized by Makerere University School of Public Health (Uganda), Nottingham Trent University (UK) and the Ministry of Health (Uganda) have been published in the BMC Proceedings Journal. The full content of the supplement can be found at https://bmcproc.biomedcentral. com/articles/supplements/ volume-11-supplement-6.

It was Thursday 21st September at 8.20 am, at the of Office of Dean, School of Public Health that Prof. William Bazeyo handed the Deanship baton to Prof. Rhoda Wanyenze.

He expressed his appreciation and thanked all the staff he had been working with in his 8 years of deanship and he mentioned that he was sure it had been a good run and that it was his prayer that the run would continue. He pledged his continued support & availability to the School.

In his 34 page report, he detailed information on the following; School Vision, core responsibilities, School leadership, School committees, Transport, staffing, Academic, and Finance, School SACCO, Challenges & recommendations and many other aspects.

He noted that the strength of the FMU was largely because they were well trained and the school had invested heavily in building capacity for the FMU. He thanked the team he has been working given the financial status of the school was poor at the beginning (when he became Dean) and it improved standing at more than 3.3 Billion cash (1.3 billion and 2.08 billion for development fund together making it 3.3 billion) excluding project funds.

He moved to thank the College Human Resource Manager who attended the function as well for supporting the School as well as the College at large in getting members staff appointments & promotions in the University system.

He mentioned that during his tenure, four new programs had been approved and introduced, student numbers had steadily increased, a total of 806 students had graduated and most remarkably 24 staff members had been awarded PhDs in the same period.

He thanked and praised the 12 member staff at School Finance Management Unit for good work done. He expressed his appreciation to the FMU Manager Elizabeth Nambi for her leadership skills and highlighted that the work of the unit made the school to shine with hardly any queries from any funder or research team. He encouraged the team to organize themselves to get ready to offer their technical expertise to other Units in the University when they are called upon- he noted he may be the one to request FMU staff to train other Units in other Colleges. He noted that the FMU had grown to become a “one stop” Center/Unit for both students and faculty. He said there was enough evidence for the track record for the FMU among many handing lots of money approximately $26 million per year.

The Acting College Principal Dr. Rose Nabirye Chalo in her remarks, thanked Professor Bazeyo for a very detailed handover, and said she had never seen such handover from any Dean and commended the good practice. She went ahead to congratulate him to his new office. She also took the opportunity to welcome the new Dean and mentioned that like Professor Bazeyo had been supportive to the entire College in many ways that she (the Dean elect) was expected to uphold the School tradition of looking to offering a hand whenever it was needed at the CHS. She thanked Prof Bazeyo having a “big heart” that never discriminated anyone and his ever eagerness to support the College and his spirit of teamwork. She requested him to keep the CHS close to his heart that after all that was his home.

In her remarks, the incoming Dean Professor Rhoda Wanyenze thanked the outgoing Dean for the overwhelmingly detailed handover report and the humility with which he did it and presented it to the team that included the University Acting Chief Internal Auditor, Mr. Benson Barigye, acting Principal CHS, HR Manager CHS, the Deputy Dean Professor Christopher Orach, Chairs of Departments that included Prof Nazarious Mbona and Suzzane Kiwanuka who represented Chair of HPPM.

She noted the Professor Bazeyo had mentored many people including herself at SPH and appreciated him for being vigilant in identifying and attracting the best persons to join the School both in projects and University service a thing that she believed was a result for the love he had and wish to see the school grow and shine. This capability was noted as one of his strength in his leadership. She also mentioned that because of his good leadership, the School was a big force not only in the University, but nationally and internationally and she pledged to maintain this glory. She pledged to work together with the rest of the team to cultivate the next generation of leaders. She once again thanked the outgoing Dean Professor William Bazeyo for the good culture of handover and documentation and she pledged to continue seeking for advice and his wisdom on several issues. She concluded by mentioning that she was ready to work with her colleagues at the School.

The Director of Internal Audit took the opportunity to thank Professor Bazeyo for the elaborate and detailed handover. He reminded members that handover was a key responsibility of any civil servant but to his surprise, there seemed to be no standard handover format or template. He continued that he was happy that Professor Bazeyo was appointed acting Deputy vice chancellor F&A and that he was hopeful that he would handle the office successfully. He highly commended the handover report from Professor Bazeyo as the best handover report he had seen in his entire time at Makerere University having attended several handover occasions before and that he would easily pass it as the best among very many. “This is a very detailed handover report, I have read and I can see every small and big thing at SPH highlighted, Prof Bazeyo thank you for showing the example” he said. The Chief Auditor went on to congratulate Professor Rhoda Wanyenze for the appointment and that as per her pledge we have to make the School greater than it is now. He commended the School for the spirit of team work and that this should be cultivated through the University. He thanked the Acting Principal for the good culture that the CHS displays all the time.

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