International Programme Co-Manager - Health

Belgian Development Agency
Kampala, Uganda
Full time Staff

In view of the further development of its activities BTC is currently looking for a (m/f): 

International Programme Co-Manager - Health


 Ref: UGA/16/036-2B 


Location: Kampala (Uganda) with regular field visits

Duration of the contract: 30 months

Probable starting date: as soon as possible

Monthly salary package: (cat A528) between 6.354,04 euro and 8.963,02 euro (this includes the gross monthly salary and the expat benefits: hardship allowance and expat allowance). The salary is calculated, depending on the composition of the family and the number of years of relevant experience.


This Strategic Purchasing of Health Services in Uganda (SPHU) programme is part of the Indicative Programme of Cooperation (ICP) 2012-2016 negotiated between Uganda and Belgium. The Belgian contribution is 6,000,000 €. The Specific Agreement will be for a duration of 42 months. The duration of the actual implementation phase is set at 30 months. This SPHU will, through a programme approach, integrate the current interventions of the bilateral Belgian Cooperation in the health sector (ICB II and PNFP) and consolidate them. This will be done in view of supporting the scaling up the Result Based Financing (RBF) experience in the Rwenzori and West-Nile regions towards a sustainable national RBF strategy, rolled out in other regions of the country, under Ministry of Health (MoH) leadership and in collaboration with other Development Partners supporting RBF. This experience will also feed the longer-term reflection on strategic health financing and more specifically the development of National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).   


The Programme Co-Manager is in charge for BTC to steer and manage the Health programme in Uganda. He/she coordinates the interventions and engages in a strategic, technical dialogue at national level, based on his/her expertise & experience of the health sector. He/she assures the technical and financial follow-up, necessary to reach the objectives and results of the health programme. He/she reports to the Programme Steering Committee.

The Programme co-manager will also, for 50% of his/her time, assume the responsibility and functions of Intervention manager.

Main responsibilities

  • As strategy officer: Create optimal conditions for implementing the Programme within the set frameworks and in accordance with the strategy choices and decisions of the steering committee in order to achieve the strategic objectives.
  • As programme manager: Coordinate all interventions of the health Programme in association with the partner; as per agreements in order to ensure optimal implementation at the operational level and in accordance with the set objectives and resources.
  • As manager: Strategic steering of the interventions in order to achieve the Programme goals in accordance with set objectives and with optimal use of available resources.
  • As coordinator: Monitor and follow up the processes of the health Programme and the interventions within the programme; in order to ensure overall consistency and synergies under the Programme.
  • As people manager: Lead the team of which one is the hierarchical supervisor in order to have qualified and motivated staff.
  • As facilitator: Capacity development of partner entities (selected health facilities, districts, regions, Planning Department MoH – RBF Unit) in order to contribute to the improvement of their organisation, processes and systems and of their staff’s competences.


Qualifications and required experience

  • Master’s Diploma in Medicine with a complementary master’s degree in Public Health and/or Health Economy or a
  • Master’s Diploma in Economy with a complementary master’s degree in Public Health (and eventually Health Economy)
  • At least 8 years of relevant experience with steering Programmes/interventions in international development cooperation; with minimum 4 years of these in a supervising function;
  • At least 7 years of relevant experience in the sector or thematic domain;
  • Experience in institutional support and work at a ministry’s level;
  • Previous experience of coordination and leadership in a similar context;
  • Experience with RBF and/or health insurance is an asset;
  • Proven experience with drawing up policy papers, strategies, evidence-based papers;
  • Proven experience with giving presentations at seminars and international conferences;
  • Experience in dealing with crosscutting issues (gender, SRHR, HIV, Human rights) is an asset;
  • Experience in action-research and capitalisation exercises is an asset;
  • Knowledge on complexity concepts and management in complex environments is an asset;
  • Experience in the country of assignment is an asset;
  • Experience with formulating Programmes/interventions is an asset.

Required technical competences

  • Broad and in-depth insight in all aspects of development cooperation;
  • Thorough knowledge of project/programme management methodologies;
  • Familiar with results-based management;
  • Technology-savvy;
  • Knowledgeable about change theories;
  • Knowledgeable about health system approaches;
  • Expert in knowledge management and knowledge building;
  • Expert in writing evidence-based papers (and eventually writing of scientific articles);
  • Expert in capacity development;
  • Very good oral and writing skills in English.

Required personal competences

  • Analytical skills;
  • Leadership and coaching skills;
  • Good interpersonal skills;
  • Good communication skills (negotiation, moderation, representation, presentation of results).


Please apply no later than October 17th 2017 through our website

If you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at +32 (0)2/505 18 65.


Closing date: 
17th October 2017