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Job Description: AD Agency to develop content for a Sexuality Education Mass Media Campaign  Deadline: 5:00 PM EAT July 10th, 2020

Job Role details 

Support the development of a mass media campaign on Sexuality Education for Reproductive Health Uganda, Reach A Hand Uganda, and partners. This
visual content will complement the already existing interventions to increase access to sexuality education to different audiences especially young people.
Therefore, in relation to the Terms of Reference (ToR), RHU seeks to recruit an experienced AD agency to support in development of this mass media campaign.

Application Process

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Essential Minimum and Professional Experience Required:

  • The applicant must be a reputable communications company or individual with expertise
    in copy writing and developing campaigns
  • Significant experience in providing relevant services and excellent track record of
    completion of similar tasks in a timely manner
  • Relevant technical knowledge, skills and extensive work in developing key behavior
    change communication messages
  • Knowledge on public health specifically Sexual Reproductive and Health Rights and
    Sexuality Education is an added advantage.
  • The applicant (AD agency) should be based in Uganda and has demonstrated
    understanding of the dynamics of communications in Uganda.

Application specifications:
Candidates interested in the position will be expected to provide the following documentation:

  • A detailed response to the ToR, with specific focus addressing the scope of work methodology to be used (a brief general description of the approach you would use to
    undertake this task) and key selection criteria.
  • Initial work plan based on the methodology outlined, and availability of the applicant
  • Company profile or CV including a minimum of 3 references
  • Detailed budget breakdown based on expected daily rates and initial work plan
  • Letter of interest
  • Appendices of the following; draft budget and work plan; a copy of similar work for previous similar assignment conducted.

Please note that the proposal shall not be reviewed if it exceeds more than 6 pages.

How to apply:
Interested and suitably qualified entities/or ad agencies should provide a technical and financial proposal together with a cover letter, detailed CV/s, including three references no later than
5:00PM EAT July 10th, 2020.

Send application to the Advocacy and Communications Manager Reproductive Health Uganda and Reach A Hand Uganda, via email to rhu@rhu.or.ug and info@reachahand.org copied to dkabahuma@rhu.or.ug; bata@reachahand.org indicating in the subject line ” Consultancy for development of mass media campaign messages – RHU & RAHU”.

Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

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Not ready to get pregnant yet? Here are a few things you could do

These are very unprecedented times. We are no longer dealing with the same challenges as we were before. Times where we knew how not to spread HIV/AIDS or at least contain it. We could easily treat or prevent Sexually Transmitted Infections and disease (STDs/STIs). And now? Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Syphilis and even THE HIV/AIDs itself are no match for the Novel Corona virus.

These are indeed very uncertain times, with governments all over the world taking drastic measures to lock down, restrict movements and yet with diminutive hope or certainty that things will go back to normal soon.

Take caution :

With most people working from home or on forced leave and movement restrictions, loneliness, boredom with the so much time is paramount. For those staying with their partners the idea of sex must be flaunting. I mean ‘things’ are freely available on full time basis right?

Please note: Even if you are under self or institutional  quarantine, having unprotected sex will still expose you to STIs and STDs and unplanned pregnancies.

But since abstinence is a complicated subject even without the CORONA virus, how can one enjoy their things without fear of getting pregnant or contracting STDS or STIs?

How do i not get pregnant?

Using contraceptives allows people to attain their desired number of children and determine the spacing of pregnancies. They are also very helpful in times such as these where one wouldn’t want to get pregnant.

There are however  two methods one can use to delay pregnancy; Traditional and modern methods these are broken down below;

Reproductive Health Uganda clinics remain open across the country You can call any of the clinics in charges for appointments and or questions

What are the Modern methods?

PS: We recommend using modern methods because of their accuracy. They can easily be relied on without fear. These methods are available at any of the Reproductive Health Clinics countrywide. Give us a call to make an appointment

Method Description How it works Effectiveness to prevent pregnancy Comments
Combined oral contraceptives (COCs) or “the pill” Contains two hormones (estrogen and progestogen) Prevents the release of eggs from the ovaries (ovulation) >99% with correct and consistent use Reduces risk of endometrial and ovarian cancer
92% as commonly used
Progestogen-only pills (POPs) or “the minipill” Contains only progestogen hormone, not estrogen Thickens cervical mucous to block sperm and egg from meeting and prevents ovulation 99% with correct and consistent use Can be used while breastfeeding; must be taken at the same time each day
90–97% as commonly used
Implants Small, flexible rods or capsules placed under the skin of the upper arm; contains progestogen hormone only Thickens cervical mucous to block sperm and egg from meeting and prevents ovulation >99% Health-care provider must insert and remove; can be used for 3–5 years depending on implant; irregular vaginal bleeding common but not harmful
Progestogen only injectables Injected into the muscle or under the skin every 2 or 3 months, depending on product Thickens cervical mucous to block sperm and egg from meeting and prevents ovulation >99% with correct and consistent use Delayed return to fertility (about 1–4 months on the average) after use; irregular vaginal bleeding common, but not harmful
97% as commonly used
Monthly injectables or combined injectable contraceptives (CIC) Injected monthly into the muscle, contains estrogen and progestogen Prevents the release of eggs from the ovaries (ovulation) >99% with correct and consistent use Irregular vaginal bleeding common, but not harmful
97% as commonly used
Combined contraceptive patch and combined contraceptive vaginal ring (CVR) Continuously releases 2 hormones – a progestin and an estrogen- directly through the skin (patch) or from the ring. Prevents the release of eggs from the ovaries (ovulation) The patch and the CVR are new and research on effectiveness is limited. Effectiveness studies report that it may be more effective than the COCs, both as commonly and consistent or correct use. The Patch and the CVR provide a comparable safety and pharmacokinetic profile to COCs with similar hormone formulations.
Intrauterine device (IUD): copper containing Small flexible plastic device containing copper sleeves or wire that is inserted into the uterus Copper component damages sperm and prevents it from meeting the egg >99% Longer and heavier periods during first months of use are common but not harmful; can also be used as emergency contraception
Intrauterine device (IUD) levonorgestrel A T-shaped plastic device inserted into the uterus that steadily releases small amounts of levonorgestrel each day Thickens cervical mucous to block sperm and egg from meeting >99% Decreases amount of blood lost with menstruation over time; Reduces menstrual cramps and symptoms of endometriosis; amenorrhea (no menstrual bleeding) in a group of users
Male condoms Sheaths or coverings that fit over a man’s erect penis Forms a barrier to prevent sperm and egg from meeting 98% with correct and consistent use Also protects against sexually transmitted infections, including HIV
85% as commonly used
Female condoms Sheaths, or linings, that fit loosely inside a woman’s vagina, made of thin, transparent, soft plastic film Forms a barrier to prevent sperm and egg from meeting 90% with correct and consistent use Also protects against sexually transmitted infections, including HIV
79% as commonly used
Male sterilization (vasectomy) Permanent contraception to block or cut the vas deferens tubes that carry sperm from the testicles Keeps sperm out of ejaculated semen >99% after 3 months semen evaluation 3 months delay in taking effect while stored sperm is still present; does not affect male sexual performance; voluntary and informed choice is essential
97–98% with no semen evaluation
Female sterilization (tubal ligation) Permanent contraception to block or cut the fallopian tubes Eggs are blocked from meeting sperm >99% Voluntary and informed choice is essential
Lactational amenorrhea method (LAM) Temporary contraception for new mothers whose monthly bleeding has not returned; requires exclusive or full breastfeeding day and night of an infant less than 6 months old Prevents the release of eggs from the ovaries (ovulation) 99% with correct and consistent use A temporary family planning method based on the natural effect of breastfeeding on fertility
98% as commonly used
Emergency contraception pills (ulipristal acetate 30 mg or levonorgestrel 1.5 mg) Pills taken to prevent pregnancy up to 5 days after unprotected sex Delays ovulation If all 100 women used progestin-only emergency contraception, one would likely become pregnant. Does not disrupt an already existing pregnancy
Standard Days Method or SDM Women track their fertile periods (usually days 8 to 19 of each 26 to 32 day cycle) using cycle beads or other aids Prevents pregnancy by avoiding unprotected vaginal sex during most fertile days. 95% with consistent and correct use. Can be used to identify fertile days by both women who want to become pregnant and women who want to avoid pregnancy. Correct, consistent use requires partner cooperation.
88% with common use (Arevalo et al 2002)
Basal Body Temperature (BBT) Method Woman takes her body temperature at the same time each morning before getting out of bed observing for an increase of 0.2 to 0.5 degrees C. Prevents pregnancy by avoiding unprotected vaginal sex during fertile days 99% effective with correct and consistent use. If the BBT has risen and has stayed higher for 3 full days, ovulation has occurred and the fertile period has passed. Sex can resume on the 4th day until her next monthly bleeding.
75% with typical use of FABM (Trussell, 2009)
Two Day Method Women track their fertile periods by observing presence of cervical mucus (if any type color or consistency) Prevents pregnancy by avoiding unprotected vaginal sex during most fertile days, 96% with correct and consistent use. Difficult to use if a woman has a vaginal infection or another condition that changes cervical mucus. Unprotected coitus may be resumed after 2 consecutive dry days (or without secretions)
86% with typical or common use. (Arevalo, 2004)
Sympto-thermal Method Women track their fertile periods by observing changes in the cervical mucus (clear texture) , body temperature (slight increase) and consistency of the cervix (softening). Prevents pregnancy by avoiding unprotected vaginal sex during most fertile 98% with correct and consistent use. May have to be used with caution after an abortion, around menarche or menopause, and in conditions which may increase body temperature.
Reported 98% with typical use (Manhart et al, 2013)

Traditional methods

Traditional Method Description How it works Effectiveness to prevent pregnancy Comments
Calendar method or rhythm method Women monitor their pattern of menstrual cycle over 6 months, subtracts 18 from shortest cycle length (estimated 1st fertile day) and subtracts 11 from longest cycle length (estimated last fertile day) The couple prevents pregnancy by avoiding unprotected vaginal sex during the 1st and last estimated fertile days, by abstaining or using a condom. 91% with correct and consistent use. May need to delay or use with caution when using drugs (such as anxiolytics, antidepressants, NSAIDS, or certain antibiotics) which may affect timing of ovulation.
75% with common use
Withdrawal (coitus interruptus) Man withdraws his penis from his partner’s vagina, and ejaculates outside the vagina, keeping semen away from her external genitalia Tries to keep sperm out of the woman’s body, preventing fertilization 96% with correct and consistent use One of the least effective methods, because proper timing of withdrawal is often difficult to determine, leading to the risk of ejaculating while inside the vagina.
73% as commonly used (Trussell, 2009)

 

What if I am already pregnant?

Well no need to panic at all, Babies indeed are a blessing. Make sure to take good care of yourself and avoid stress. Reproductive Health Uganda clinics are open and you can visit at any working time, Monday- Saturday or better still, call ahead and set yourself an appointment with our well trained doctors.

Our prices are subsidised and are affordable. RHU boosts of over 60 years experience in providing quality and exceptional reproductive health services.

 

 

FROM PROTECTING TEETH TO A SAVINGS GROUP

Chunga meno. Swahili for, protect your teeth! In Pajulu Sub County, Arua district, Driwala parish, to be specific is a phrase associated with success. Bizarre, right? True, Chungameno is a name of a saving’s group started by the women vendors of Driwala market. Besides the success harnessed therein, the genesis of this initiative leaves quite the tale.

 

Women were loosing their teeth to violent Husbands. So they formed a retaliation group to save their teeth! See how this group changed their lives forever!

The charged males would storm the market to grab whatever measly money their wives had made for the day and while at it, beat them up. Or worse, they would wait for them at home, alone, then beat them up to a point that they would lose teeth. A particular group women, about 12, noticed that this was first getting out of hand.

“Women were not settled, there was total chaos!” Harriet Afetia, a leader of the saving’s group, and among the 12 women, narrates. “At least every week, one or two women would have a bruise or lose teeth, it was terrible!” The men wanted to control their money and were frustrated that their wives wouldn’t let them, so they beat them. “We got tired, we decided to do something about it!” Interestingly, it was that decision that started the journey that would later attract a project called prevention plus.

Harriet Afetia, Savings group leader

 The story

It was a little over 10 years ago when the women made the decision to take matters into their own hands. See, that afternoon, one of them came to the market bleeding from her mouth and the teeth were just about to come out. She had come to close down her stall and leave the village and her marriage all together. These women gathered together, concerned really, and asked what the issue was this time round. “My husband came back and didn’t find lunch ready, he pounced on me, hit my mouth and left my teeth shaky and gum bleeding,” the woman responded. Puzzled, her fellow women asked, “Lunch, couldn’t he cook it too?”

And just like that, one woman burst out: “We must protect ourselves and protect our teeth!” And these market women, locked in this bitter moment, many of whom didn’t have front teeth, agreed that they would start a group and the name would be, Chungameno! Not two words, but one word.  “Chungameno came to arrest the situation!” Afetia exclaims.

But it wasn’t just the violent men that they sought to deal with, even within themselves, they insisted no one better be the perpetuator of violence. They didn’t lay a hand on anyone, but with up to 12 women, matching and chanting towards your home, most men had no alternative but go where the own wanted them to go, a police station. The Sub County leadership was impressed, and they asked police to work with the women.

“As soon we heard that one of us had been beaten, quickly we went as a group and arrested that man,” she recalls. They had become a mob! These women became each other’s keepers, but try as they may, they knew they needed a better strategy, dragging man after man to police was not going to be enough. They were in luck, news of their little group had reached Reproductive Health Uganda (RHU). Soon, their leader, Afetia would be called for a Prevention Plus training, by RHU, a thing they learnt gave their group just the backbone it needed.

Prevention plus impact felt

“During the training, we dealt with the root of all this violence,” Afetia starts. “It was not enough to just keep matching our husbands to police, we needed to find a way to work with them.” Instead of treating the symptom, the Prevention plus training sought to deal with the cause. After sessions of dialogue, training and discussions, she learnt that if money and how money was spent was indeed the cause of most of the bickering, didn’t it make sense to then deal with that issue?

“That training helped me understand this problem properly,” she recalls. The first suggestion was that But first they would need to start a saving’s group! See, while they had been occasionally saving, it was not as comital, and the highest amount many saved was shs500. “I came back also and encouraged the group to first of all start putting more money aside,” she says. The goal was first to make sure no one had all their money on them; so they decided to put the minimum weekly savings at shs2000. They would save all year and only distribute at the end of the year.

But before all of this, they needed to discuss how to include their husbands in this growth. “After distributing the money like this, we always ask these women what they are going to do with the money,” she tells of how the discussion to include men begun. But also, the group attracted the RHU camp; the Prevention Plus team came to offer their services but also preach unity and inclusiveness in families, as opposed to just dealing with the culprits.

Soon, wives begun encouraging their husbands to attend the group meetings and save together. “During these meetings, the people from RHU would come and also teach couples about dangers of violence,” she recalls. This group that started out with just 12 members was now at nearly 200 members, with large number of couples jointly saving and many not even vendors.

Unity and inclusiveness

Rophin Agamile his wife Christine Bako and their family

Rophin Agamile, the area Local Councilor was the first male to join the group, and more than just save, his wife Christine Bako says he has become a better man. Agamile tells of how a session he attended that had guests from South Africa left him a changed man. “I was called as LC1 to welcome the visitors to the Chunagmeno group to talk about Prevention Plus,” he recalls. “These were guests from South Africa who had come to talk to the women’s group, I was impressed by what they said!”

The topic around Father’s Legacy hit a raw nerve. “As a father, what kind of example was I setting?” he remembers asking himself. Agamile used to abuse alcohol, return home in the wee hours to start fights. “When I was around the compound, the children were all quiet!” he narrates regretfully. “As a man, I used not to give chance to my madam to say a word; my words in fact were final in the home.” On a good note, Bako says that man is long gone. “My husband is good to me and my children,” she starts. “Can you believe we save together, we clean and cook food together, and he plays with the children?”

Almost instantly, their little child runs into Agamile’s hands, the peace in their homestead is visible, but is what Afetia said that made this even better. “Rophin is just one example, there are many men who came to save money, but instead became good fathers and husbands,” she says. “We invited the Prevention Plus team to train us on how to keep peace in our homes, and now no single member of our group has lost a tooth since.”

‘We’re not baby factories’: the refugees trying injectable contraceptives

‘We’re not baby factories’: the refugees trying injectable contraceptives- Article from the Guardian.com 

Women who’ve fled South Sudan to Uganda are overcoming social stigma to explore new family planning options.

Christine Lamwaka fled South Sudan and now lives in the Palabek refugee settlement in Uganda. Photograph: Samuel Okiror

 

Christine Lamwaka and her husband gathered their six children and fled. It was April 2017 and their town in South Sudan had just been attacked. They walked for two days from Eastern Equatoria before crossing the border into Uganda.

“It was hard to flee with the young children. We struggled to run. I thought we couldn’t make it alive,” says Lamwaka, who was 22 at the time of the attack.

“We suffered a lot. I had given birth just a few months before and was breastfeeding. The children were crying. We are lucky to be alive.”

As well as ensuring her children were safe and the family had food and shelter, Lamwaka wanted to make sure she didn’t have any more children. But she was unable to access family planning services.

many children is very hard. We don’t have money for treating them, feeding and providing basic necessities,” says Lamwaka, from the safety of Palabek refugee settlement in Lamwo, northern Uganda. “We couldn’t afford to add more children.”

Research conducted by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine last year found that more than 40% of women in refugee settlements in northern Uganda who wanted to use contraceptives were unable to obtain them.

“Many health facilities in refugee camps are out or under-stocked,” said Simon Richard Mugenyi, advocacy and communications manager at Reproductive Health Uganda (RHU). Those seeking services often have to wait for organisations such as RHU to provide them.

South Sudanese refugees in the Palabek camp in Lamwo, northern Uganda. Photograph: James Akena/Reuters

 

Last year, however, Lamwaka enrolled in a pilot programme for a single-use, self-injectable contraceptive, Sayana Press. The contraceptive is being rolled out by the NGO Path Uganda, with support from the UN population fund (UNFPA), to promote increased uptake of family planning among refugees.”

In South Sudan, deep-rooted socio-cultural factors discourage family planning. The inevitable upshot is larger families. On average, women in South Sudan have 4.6 children. Among women aged 15 to 49 who are married or in a relationship, only 10% use any form of contraception. According to the UNFPA, this is the lowest rate in east and southern Africa, and many women have their first child while in their teens.

“I started giving birth while still a teenager. I was giving birth almost every year. There was no time to rest or for child spacing,” says Lamwaka.

“They need you to produce more children. Women are looked at as factories for babies. Men expect women to be producing a child every year.

“Women are not allowed to decide the number, timing and spacing of children.”

Uganda now hosts more than 1.3 million refugees, more than 850,000 of whom are from South Sudan.

About 75% of the more than 50,000 South Sudanese refugees at Palabek are women and children.

Lamwaka was pleased when she found out about the self-injectable contraception, which is taken every three months. It means she won’t have to seek out a health worker when she needs it, which is not always straightforward in a refugee camp.

 

Christine Lamwaka and her husband Solomon Olum decided that Christine should enrol in the Sayana Press programme. Photograph: Samuel Okiror

She and her husband, Solomon Olum, decided she should enrol in the programme. “We are struggling to raise these children. I don’t have a job. I am a farmer. But I don’t have enough land to farm here. I have to burn charcoal and do hard labour to get money to support the family,” says Olum.

More than 9,000 women began taking Sayana Press, a variation on the established contraceptive Depo-Provera, between April and November last year.

Edson Twesigye, a programme officer for Sayana Press, says the pilot scheme resulted in 43% more women accessing contraceptive services.

“This is a big achievement,” he says. “These are refugee women who had never used any family planning method in their lives because of cultural beliefs, lack of access, or other reasons. Reaching 43% is a great milestone.”

Julitta Onabanjo, the UNFPA regional director for east and southern Africa, says: “This is something we can take as a lesson learned as we look at how to introduce it into [our] programmes in other countries.”

Millions of women still don’t have access to contraceptives – report

 

There were social stigmas to overcome before the rollout of the new contraceptive, says Twesigye. His team had conversations with community and religious leaders, to position family planning “not as a way of stopping having children, as they thought, but as a way of planning how many children you want, when to have them and when to stop,” he explains.

He adds that men in village health teams in the area were also talking to other men to help them better understand family planning.

“Many women in these settings have a desire to plan their families and don’t have any method that suits them. Therefore being able to give them any option of [family planning] method is very important,” says Onabanjo.

Mugenyi says the Ugandan government must spend more on contraceptives, starting with the allocation of the $5m (£3.8m) it committed to provide each year at the family planning summit held in 2017.

“If the government honored this commitment, this would help to stock family planning commodities in public facilities, including those in refugee camps,” he says

 

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR RHU MIS SYSTEM UPGRADE

CONSULTANCY TO REVIEW, UPDATE AND AUTOMATE M&E MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM

Reproductive Health Uganda (RHU) with support from WISH project, invites bids from competent and experienced individual consultant(s) or firm(s) to submit applications or interest for developing a mobile application for outreach data collection and linking M&E Management Information Systems. (more…)

THE BIG PICTURE CHALLENGE

ASK RHU: THE BIG PICTURE PHOTO COMPETITION

About the competition :

Reproductive Health Uganda (RHU) together with SafeHands believe that young people have the power to make things happen. We believe that progress on young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) can only be made when we recognize young people’s ideas and perspectives. We want to know what young people want when it comes to safe sex information and thus #AskRHUBigPicture

Young people aged 12 – 25 years old across Uganda are encouraged to submit photographs online to the Big Picture Photo Competition. Photographs will be assessed based on visual composition, story it communicates and originality. Three winners will be announced and awarded a smart phone each. Finalists will be included in a national exhibition in Kampala and a global exhibition.

 

Judging will take place with a panel of up to four judges that have experience in photography and trust in the power of the visual as effective media to convey young people’s perspectives on access to safe sex information. RHU and SafeHands will analyse the submission of photographs to gain an understanding on the main enablers and barriers young people identify during the competition. The outcome from the competition will be included in a publication “What Young People Want” that RHU and SafeHands will disseminate at the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC) Annual Meeting in March 2020.

Photo Competition Main Elements

Eligibility: Photographers must be between the ages of 12 – 25 years of age. Each submission must be made by the photographer and photographers are limited to 3 submissions each.

Submission: Submissions will be made only through the given email; askrhu@gmail.com

Details:  Names of the person submitting the photos, Age, Email address, Description and location of photo, What device was used to take the photo?

TERMS AND CONDITIONS 

  1. The competition is open to young people, between ages of 12 – 25 years old, currently residing in Uganda and are members of the Youth Action Movement (YAM).
  2. All information detailing how to enter this Competition is part of these terms and conditions. It is a condition of entry that all rules are accepted as final and that the competitor agrees to abide by these rules. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  3. There are three entry routes to this Competition as follow: by email to askrhu@gmail.com Entries must be labelled with the entrant’s name and location of the photograph and image files must be 200 pixels and between 1MB and 3MB. Entrants should include their own name, email address and telephone number; or via Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #AskRHUBigPicture. We regret that we are unable to accept postal entries.
  4. All entries must be received by the advertised closing time and date.
  5. It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure that any images they submit which include an identifiable person or persons have been taken with the permission of the person or persons pictured and do not infringe the copyright of any third party or any laws. Entrants must warrant that the photograph they are submitting is their own work and that they own the copyright for it.
  6. Copyright in all images submitted for this Competition remains with the respective entrants. However, in consideration of their providing the Competition, each entrant grants a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual licence to RHU and SafeHands to feature any or all of the submitted images in any of their publications, their websites and/or in any promotional material.
  7. Late, illegible, incomplete, defaced or corrupt entries will not be accepted. No responsibility can be accepted for lost entries and proof of transmission will not be accepted as proof of receipt.
  8. The winning entry will be that that is judged to be the most visually appealing, original and self-explanatory. The winner will be notified within twelve days of the closing date of the competition.
  9. Three entrants shall win a smartphone. Top 10 finalists will be exhibited at a national exhibition in Kampala, Uganda and included in a global exhibition at the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition Annual General Meeting in March 2020.
  10. The prizes as described are available on the date of publication. All prizes are non-transferable and there are no cash alternatives.

Events may occur that render the Competition itself or the awarding of the prizes impossible due to reasons beyond the control of the SafeHands and RHU and accordingly we may at its absolute discretion vary or amend the Competition and the entrant agrees that no liability shall attach to the SafeHands and RHU as a result thereof.

 

WE SHOULD LEARN THE FEELINGS OF EACH GENERATION- REVEREND GIDEON BYAMUGISHA

Reverend Gideon Byamugisha joins a panel discussion at the IGD

Recently, Reproductive Health Uganda (RHU) joined a horde of stakeholders for the intergenerational dialogue under the theme; Expanding Possibilities: Lifestyle, Innovation and Power. The Intergenerational Dialogue (IGD), an annual one-day high-level advocacy platform looks to fosters structured conversations on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) issues affecting adolescents and young people in Uganda.

Hosted by Reach A Hand Uganda (RAHU) in collaboration with other partners like RHU, IT brought together young people, government officials (ministry technocrats), policymakers, leaders (opinion, religious, cultural and political leaders) development partners, media and civil society among others to deliberate on a range SRHR issues, policies and campaigns. We thought therefore, for purposes of continued discussion, we would highlight some of the conversations that stood out, starting with the Question and Answer session we had with Reverend Gideon Byamugisha. (more…)

WHY WOULD GIRLS LEARN ABOUT CANADIAN PRAIRIES AND NOT ABOUT THEIR BODIES- RAYMOND MUJUNI

Raymond Mujuni
(Facebook Pic)

Re-known NBS investigative journalist, Raymond Mujuni joined a panel discussion in the just concluded Intergenerational Dialogue. We decided to not just pay attention but bring you some of the highlights from his panel discussion. (more…)

We are Hiring:

Reproductive Health Uganda (RHU) is a Member Association of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), and its core mandate is to champion, provide and enable universal access to rights-based Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) information and services to vulnerable and underserved communities and to young people.  The role of the engagement with RHU and its partners is to ensure that SRHR are respected, protected and fulfilled as a goal in itself, and as a fundamental means to gender equality, human well-being and sustainable development.

RHU, in partnership with Frontline AIDS (FA), seeks to recruit highly-skilled, experienced and motivated persons to fill the following positions;

 

Job Title:                               Program Coordinator – Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Umbrella Programme (1 Post)

Duty Station:                       Kampala                                 

Job Reports to:                    Service Delivery Manager

Job Role:      

Responsible for coordinating and supporting a partnership of seven national Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) under the SRHR Umbrella Program, and provide regular technical support supervision to ensure effective delivery of the program in line with RHU’s strategic direction as well as Frontline AIDS and donor requirements.

Key Result Areas

  1. Provide strategic and operational oversight of the SRHR Umbrella Programme implementation in Uganda
  2. Liaise and work closely with Frontline Aids on all aspects of Umbrella project Management.
  3. Coordinate essential planning, technical support, monitoring, and reporting processes
  4. Ensure that the SRHR Umbrella Programme implementation is on track and provide support, where needed, in close collaboration with the RHU Senior Programme Management Team
  5. Work with the Senior Programme Management Team to ensure that the programme is in line with the RHU strategic plan as well as the Frontline AIDS global strategy, good practice programming standards and the overall programme framework and principles; and that it is of an acceptable quality, generates and uses available evidence, and produces tangible results.
  6. Support the functioning of the donor relations as required
  7. Ensure good communication, coordination and collaboration within the Core Team and with consortium partners. This includes the establishment of a sound programme communication system in consultation with Frontline Aids and RHU Senior Management Team.
  8. Perform any other professional duties as may be assigned by the supervisor

Training and Experience

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Medicine or any other health-related field from a recognized Institution
  • A relevant postgraduate qualification such as Public Health, Project Planning and Management, etc will be an added advantage
  • At least 4 years of relevant experience from a reputable organization in a similar role

Knowledge, Skills and Temperament

  • Knowledge of SRHR and HIV/AIDS Programming
  • Knowledge in Human Rights-Based Approaches
  • Familiar with the implementation of HIV/AIDS and reproductive health Programmes
  • Knowledge and experience of Key Population (KP) programming; and willingness to work with KP organizations and programmes
  • Knowledge of current policies and laws related to Reproductive Health and HIV AIDS.
  • A good communicator and team leader
  • Extensive knowledge and experience with the Project cycle management; partnership and stakeholder building
  • Networking and stakeholder management and advocacy
  • Partner capacity development
  • Documentation, information management, and reporting

Other Personal Attributes

  • Collaborative, analytical, and highly organised
  • The candidate must adhere to the safeguarding reporting and monitoring requirements of this role
  • The candidate must be pro-choice

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Job Title:       Monitoring and Evaluation Officer-SRHR Umbrella Program (I Post)

Duty Station: Kampala

Job Role:       Responsible for providing Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) support across the SRHR-Umbrella Programme, ensuring timely and accurate submission of data and adherence to SRHR-Umbrella Program protocol, standards, and timelines.

Reports to:   Monitoring and Evaluation Manager

Key Result Areas

  1. Support programme Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation activities and ensure the strategy is on track and regularly updated
  2. Consolidate and analyze project service statistics and advise project partners about performance progress in relation to the program performance plan
  3. Consolidate and analyze program outputs, targets, and indicators and share them with RHU management, project partners and other stakeholders periodically
  4. Support the production, dissemination and utilization of evidence-based project research results
  5. Participate in monitoring and evaluation of project performance including routine analysis of field or partner reports and aggregation of the same for sharing with project stakeholders.
  6. Participate in Project and overall organizational programme planning and budgeting and production of periodic reports
  7. Participate in Project processes to develop new initiatives/ technologies in M&E ensuring project design builds on experience
  8. Perform any other professional duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.

Outputs and Outcomes

  • SRHR-Umbrella program outputs compiled
  • SRHR-Umbrella Project service statistics compiled and analysed
  • Research needs identified
  • SRHR-Umbrella project monitored, evaluated and outputs shared with relevant stakeholder
  • Data from relevant partners regularly validated and analysed
  • Partner Staff trained in M&E, and research methods
  • Periodic operational research conducted

Training and experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Population and Reproductive Health, Statistics, or Computer Science.
  • Conversant with Computer packages such as SPSS, Epinfo, Stata, SAS etc. and with experience in qualitative as well as quantitative data analysis and dissemination.
  • At least three (3) years’ experience in implementing M&E activities for HIV/SRHR Programmes in Uganda
  • Proven success in designing, implementing and operating project M&E systems from project initiation to closeout stages
  • Experience with data management practices and procedures for large-scale programmes
  • Experience implementing procedures and practices to ensure data quality and verification, including data quality assessments
  • Experience using DHIS2 for data collection, reporting and visualization
  • Experience with using supportive approaches to building capacity of partner organizations (sub-grantees) to accurately record, document, report and use data
  • Experience in social research, database design and maintenance for at least three years.

Knowledge, skills, and temperament

  • Knowledge of major evaluation methodologies (e.g., qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-method) and data collection and analysis methodologies
  • Proven technical skills in data management including data collection, cleaning, analysis and use across complex, large scale Programmes
  • Skilled at and passionate about supporting the use of data for decision-making, strategizing and course correction

Other Personal Attributes

  • Collaborative, analytical, and highly organised
  • The candidate must adhere to the safeguarding reporting and monitoring requirements of this role
  • The candidate must be pro-choice

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Job Title:                               Senior Finance Officer-SRHR Umbrella Program (1 Post)

Duty Station:                       Kampala

Job Reports to:                    Director of Finance and Administration

Job Role:                              

Responsible for supporting the SRHR Umbrella Partner Organizations to have good financial planning and management as well as overall compliance with Frontline AIDS and RHU policies, donor and government rules and regulations. Also responsible for strengthening inter-departmental synergies between finance, programs and administration. He/ She is responsible for managing a system that ensures cost-effective use of human, financial and material resources of the SRHR-Umbrella Program.

Key Result Areas

  1. Support a Portfolio of Partner Organizations:
  • Supports a portfolio of SRHR-Umbrella Programme partner organizations, ensuring reported costs and balances are accounted for accurately, reviewed and reconciled in a timely manner
  • Further manage the budgets within the SRHR-Umbrella grant, ensuring these are captured accurately and managed according to agreed processes
  • Serve as an operational finance point of contact for all partners, providing the support needed to ensure that partners’ financial management is accurate and following SIDA requirements
  • Liaise directly with Frontline Aids finance team to ensure financial reporting and accounting is completed effectively and on time
  • Works proactively to identify and mitigate financial risk at all levels.

2. Reporting and Auditing: 

  • Ensures the completeness and accuracy of partner reports sent to Frontline Aids
  • Maintains sight of budget expenditures and supports partners in analysing and managing grant financial data
  • Maintains rigorous documentation of costs incurred at partner and Co-ordinating partner-level following the requirements of Frontline AIDS and SIDA
  • Support Frontline AIDS and RHU’s internal audit departments with grant audit processes and tasks.

3. Developing RHU’s culture:

Sets a good example for others, shows consistency in words and actions, learns from personal and organizational experience, strives for self-improvement, earns the trust and respect of management, colleagues and partner organizations, and treats others with respect.

Training and Experience

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in a Finance and Accounting related field from a recognized Institution, plus a full professional qualification in Accountancy such as ACCA, CPA, ACIS and CPE obtained from a recognized institution
  • Professional training in management and administration
  • Working knowledge of at least one accounting software is a requirement and practical knowledge of Navision, Quickbooks, etc will be an added advantage
  • Minimum of two (2) years working experience, preferably in a reputable Multi-donor, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO).

Knowledge, Skills and Temperament

  • The candidate should have a balance of financial management and accounting skills and the ability to work effectively with a range of civil society organisations in Uganda
  • Demonstrated ability in administration;
  • Problem solving, Decision making and a Team Player
  • Excellent communication, leadership and management skills, hands-on and interactive; an assertive strategic thinker
  • Focused on quality standards, and ethics and integrity.

Other Personal Attributes

  • The candidate must adhere to the safeguarding, reporting and monitoring requirements of this role
  • The candidate must be pro-choice

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Job Title:                              Project Coordinator –PITCH Project (1 Post)

Duty Station:                       Kampala

Reports to:                           Advocacy and Communications Manager

Job Role:

Responsible for coordinating Advocacy initiatives/activities in line with RHU’s strategic direction and thematic objectives and provide leadership for the Partnership to Inspire, Transform and Connect the HIV Response (PITCH) project implementation

Project Duration:   1 Year

Key Result Areas

  1. Coordinate and provide technical support to Frontline AIDS PITCH partners in Uganda
  2. Work closely with FRONTLINE AIDS in all aspects of project management and donor reporting
  3. Support and share timelines with PITCH Implementing Partners (IPs) to develop and submit quarterly and annual work plans, budgets and reports to RHU and FRONTLINE AIDS.
  4. Respond to and follow up information requests from FRONTLINE AIDS on PITCH and RHU Advocacy initiatives
  5. Consolidate Frontline AIDS PITCH work plans, budgets, and reports and share with FRONTLINE AIDS
  6. Review and advise/ recommend for approval expenditures against set budget lines for PITCH
  • Coordinate all implementing partners and ensure that their capacity is built to deliver on the project.
  • Work with the Country Focal Person (CFP) to monitor progress of PITCH project in Uganda.
  • Ensure availability of harmonized project implementation among the IPs and other stakeholder
  • Provide technical support and guidance to strategic planning processes on key Advocacy initiatives that RHU and PITCH partners could undertake.
  • Track trends in resource mobilisation and contemporary advocacy work, document and provide advice/ recommendations
  • Alongside the communications specialist, support PITCH and RHU IPs with development and implementation of the Communication strategy, documentation of programmatic best practices and case studies for dissemination to and utilization by relevant stakeholders
  • Ensure effective communication flow amongst PITCH Implementing Partners (IPS), within and outside RHU
  • Perform any other professional duties as may be assigned by the supervisor

Training and Experience

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies, Public Health, Social Sciences or any relevant degree.
  • A relevant postgraduate qualification such as Project Planning and Management, Training in Advocacy Research, Advocacy strategy and Analysis will be an added advantage
  • Knowledge in Human Rights-Based Approaches
  • At least 3 years of relevant experience from a reputable organization in a similar role

Knowledge, Skills and Temperament

  • Knowledge of SRHR and HIV/AIDS Advocacy work
  • Familiar with the implementation of HIV/AIDS and reproductive health Programs and Working with key Populations targeted organisations.
  • Knowledge of current policies and laws related to Reproductive Health and HIV AIDS.
  • Knowledgeable of priority populations for HIV interventions in Uganda.
  • Knowledge and experience with the Project cycle management
  • Networking and stakeholder management and advocacy
  • Partner capacity development
  • Documentation, information management, and reporting
  • A good communicator

Other Personal Attributes

  • Collaborative, analytical, and highly organised
  • The candidate must adhere to the safeguarding reporting and monitoring requirements of this role
  • The candidate must be pro-choice

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Job Title:                   Front Desk Assistant (1Post)

Duty Station:           Kampala

Reports to:               Administrative Officer

Job Role:                   Management of the reception, telephone records, message services and other general duties

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Operate RHU’s switchboard, handling all incoming and outgoing telephone calls in a professional manner including routing calls to appropriate staff according to RHU procedures.
  2. Greet and warmly welcome visitors to the Offices, ensuring they sign in the visitor’s book and informing the relevant member of staff of their arrival and keep their records.
  3. Develop and maintain a tracking system on all incoming & outgoing mails and courier items for the office
  4. Check and sign for deliveries, and actively distribute all incoming mails before informing the relevant member of staff/ offices of their arrival. Follow procedures and ensure security of valuables.
  5. Ensure that relevant notices are displayed on staff notice boards in an orderly manner and regularly update materials displayed.
  6. Monitor and ensuring that the reception/ front and rear entrances of the building are kept clean and tidy.
  7. Report telephone equipment and line faults to the IT coordinator.
  8. Perform any other professional duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.

Training and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Office Management, Secretarial, or related field.
  • Experience working with a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) not less than 2 years, will be an added advantage.

Knowledge, Skills and temperament

  • Knowledge about RHU’s core business
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Competency in Microsoft office applications including Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Good time management skills, good memory, multitasking and visitor support
  • Experience with administrative and clerical procedures
  • Able to contribute positively as part of a team, helping out with various tasks as required
  • Positive and enthusiastic, Integrity, tact and diplomacy
  • Flexible, confident and polite attitude
  • Professional dress code and good telephone manners

How to apply

Submit by post, email or hand-deliver application letters and attach certified copies of academic transcripts, a detailed Curriculum Vitae and other relevant documents as well the contact addresses (e-mail) of 3 referees including their telephone contacts to:

The Executive Director, Reproductive Health Uganda, P.O. Box 10746 Kampala

Or hand-deliver at: RHU Head Office, Plot 2, Katego Road – Tufnell Drive, Off Kiira Road, Kamwokya – Kampala, Uganda.

 

Closing Date:  6th December, 2019. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted

NB:  Female applicants are encouraged to apply