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Support International Literacy Day 2015 with REACH

URC - 2015, October 4 - 21:57

The REACH project extends a video invitation to the global community to share their stories of why reading is important and support International Literacy Day, September 8, 2015.

Mainstreaming injection safety into healthcare delivery

URC - 2015, October 4 - 21:57

USAID ASSIST was very pleased to host this webinar on injection safety on August 20, 2015 jointly with partners from the World Health Organization (WHO) Service Delivery and Safety Department. Participants and presenters from USAID ASSIST in Swaziland, South Africa and Bethesda; the Ministry of Health of Swaziland; and WHO in Geneva and Washington, DC were all present during the webinar.

Community-Based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) Team Lead

URC - 2015, October 4 - 21:57

Hours:  Full-Time
Length of Contract:  One Year, Renewable
Reports to:  Chief of Party
Location:  Multiple Locations (Greater Accra, Northern, and Volta)


University Research Company (URC) is a global company dedicated to improving the quality of health care, social services, and health education worldwide. With a non-profit affiliate, the Center for Human Services (CHS), URC manages projects in over 45 countries, including the United States.

Established in 1965, URC offers a range of technical assistance to strengthen health and social systems and service quality by empowering communities and health workers to identify and scale up locally appropriate solutions to critical problems. Internationally, we expand access to and improve the quality of services addressing maternal, newborn, and child health; infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria; reproductive health and family planning; food and nutrition; and vulnerable children and families. In the US, we focus on improving communication related to issues like substance abuse, with a particular focus on reaching underserved populations.

URC’s mission is to provide innovative, evidence-based solutions to health and social challenges worldwide. Please join us in carrying out our mission (http://www.urc-chs.com/).

USAID Systems for Health Project is recruiting for the position of Community-Based Health Planning & Services (CHPS) Team Lead in the above-mentioned locations to be part of the Project’s Team.

Job Summary:

Under the supervision of the Chief of Party, the CHPS Team Lead will oversee a team of CHPS Advisors and a Construction Engineer. This team will work closely with other project staff as well as Ghana Health Service and Metropolitan and Municipal District Assemblies stakeholders at the district and sub-district levels to support access to and availability of Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS). In the case of the Northern and Volta Regions, the team will also put in place and manage contracts for construction and renovation of CHPS compounds and other health facilities.

Key responsibilities include:
  • Lead a team of CHPS Advisors who will work closely with regions, districts, sub-districts and CHPS zones to build stakeholder understanding of their roles and responsibilities as outlined in the CHPS Policy and Implementation Guidelines
  • Support CHPS development and strengthening in select districts in line with the CHPS implementation building blocks
  • Collaborate closely with stakeholders at all levels to identify locations for construction of new CHPS compounds and rehabilitation of existing CHPS compounds; support the necessary subsequent steps to ensure CHPS functionality. (Northern and Volta Regions only)
  • Provide technical support to enhance continuity of service delivery through strengthening of an effective referral system across various levels of care
  • Provide technical support for strengthening inter-sectoral collaboration and linkages between districts, sub-districts, Community Health Offices/Community Health Nurses, community health management committees, community leaders; and community groups in the planning, implementation, and management of health services.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in public health or related field
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in implementing CHPS
  • Proven ability to manage a diverse and decentralized team working in support of CHPS
  • Proven ability to create and maintain effective working relationships with local-level government officials, stakeholders, NGOs, and implementing partners
  • Good diplomatic, representational, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and with team members and partners at all levels
  • Capacity to manage numerous tasks and report in a timely manner
  • Experience with USG-funded project is an added advantage.
  • Exceptional English (oral and written) communication skills required
To Apply

Interested persons should please email their CV and cover letter, addressed to the HR & Admin. Officer, USAID Systems for Health Project, Accra; to nafful@systemsforhealth.urc-chs.comPlease indicate “Community-Based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) Team Lead” in the subject line.

All Applications must be received no later than August 17, 2015

Due to the large number of inquiries we receive, only candidates who have met the experience and qualifications required for this position will be contacted. No phone calls, please. Thank you very much for your interest.

Project List and Brief Summary Descriptions 2015

URC - 2015, October 4 - 21:57

This booklet contains a comprehensive project list and brief summary descriptions of URC's work from 1965 to 2015.

TRAction and Global Alliance collaborate to reduce household air pollution

URC - 2015, October 4 - 21:57

The USAID Translating Research into Action Project (TRAction), a URC-managed health research grants project, has partnered with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves to fund three new research projects starting August 2015 to study the adoption of clean cooking technology to reduce household air pollution.

Midwives in Kwa-Zulu Natal Pledge to Fight TB in Children and Pregnant Women

URC - 2015, October 4 - 21:57

During a June summit in Hluhluwe, 300 midwives from Kwa-Zulu Natal Province, South Africa pledged to be more proactive in fighting tuberculosis (TB) among children and pregnant women. The summit, entitled “No Women or Child in KZN Should Die from Preventable Causes,” was hosted by the Provincial Department of Health and supported by the USAID TB CARE II Project and other partners. It was designed to highlight how TB affects pregnant women and discuss the crucial role that midwives can play in reducing maternal morbidity and mortality.  

USAID TB CARE II South Africa Project has a strong presence at the 7th AIDS Conference

URC - 2015, October 4 - 21:57

The USAID TB CARE II South Africa Project, managed by URC, participated in the 7th AIDS Conference on June 9-12, 2015 in Durban.

Previously Featured Staff

URC - 2015, October 4 - 21:57

Dr. Victor Boguslavsky: Strengthening Systems for Long-term Sustainability   --> Kerrianne Monahan: Understanding, Supporting, and Connecting with Field Staff   Dr. Tamar Chitashvili: Becoming a Leader for Change in Georgia

  Dr. Jerker Liljestrand: Pursuing Better Health Services in Cambodia   -->
Dr. Kheang Soy Ty: Implementing Innovative Programs in Southeast Asia   -->
Dorcas Amolo: Passionately Advocating for Women and Children in Sub-Saharan Africa   -->
Dr. Edward Broughton: Supporting Research to Strengthen Effectiveness   Mr. Ram Shrestha: Using an Innovative Community Approach to Strengthen Health Systems   --> Dr. Jorge Hermida, USAID Health Care Improvement Project (HCI), Director for Latin America   Dr. Refiloe Matji, URC Vice President-->  --> Dr. Youssef Tawfik, HCI Director of Maternal and Child Health and Reproductive Health -->

Featured Staff

URC - 2015, September 30 - 22:00
Dr. Nigel Livesley, South Asia Regional Director   Dr. Faith Mwangi-Powell: Listening, Learning and Adapting to Drive QI in Kenya   --> Sara Pacqué-Margolis: Driving Evidence-based Innovation in Global Health   --> Dr. Victor Boguslavsky: Strengthening Systems for Long-term Sustainability   Dr. Refiloe Matji: Speaking for Those Without a Voice  

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Mistreatment of women during childbirth in health facilities: in the literature and in the news

URC - 2015, September 30 - 15:58

Disrespect, abuse, and mistreatment of women during childbirth in healthcare facilitates largely remained unseen—until now. The USAID|TRAction Project, based at URC, prioritized this issue starting in 2010. The work of TRAction and its partners sparked global interest and action, including the 2014 WHO Statement on prevention and elimination of disrespect and abuse of facility-based childbirth, and more recently, interest of mainstream media such as the New York Times on June 30 and the BBC World Service Health Check on July 7, 2015.

The Role of Improvement Science in Infection Control

URC - 2015, September 23 - 22:45

The Antimicrobial Resistance Control 2015 eBook has been published, and URC’s Dr. Rashad Massoud and Danika Barry published the chapter, "The Role of Improvement Science in Infection Control."

Access, improved services and systems contribute to TB results

URC - 2015, September 21 - 22:15

An article in the June, 2015 Issue of the Public Health Action Journal reviews the efforts of the URC-supported Swaziland National Tuberculosis (TB) Control Programme.

As Tibu Homa Project ends, officials urge regions to sustain improvements

URC - 2015, September 11 - 21:51

Recent ceremonies in the Lake Zone of Tanzania marked the upcoming closure of the Diagnosis and Management of Severe Febrile Illness Project, a USAID-supported initiative to reduce the mortality of children with severe febrile illness.

Annie Clark, American College of Nurse-Midwives 2015 Fellowship inductee

URC - 2015, September 11 - 21:51

Congratulations to URC's own Annie Clark, American College of Nurse-Midwives 2015 Fellowship inductee. 

URC International Projects List

URC - 2015, September 11 - 18:47

This booklet describes URC's overseas projects as of July 2015. Projects are presented by continent and country.


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