University Research Co. (URC) Recruitment 2021

Applications are invited from suitably qualified applicants for University Research Co. (URC) Recruitment 2021.

University Research Co., LLC (URC) is a global company dedicated to improving the quality of health care, social services, and health education worldwide.

We are recruiting to fill the following positions below:

Job Title: Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene Specialist, Proposal

Roles/Responsibilities:

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  • Develop and execute overall WASH strategy and work plan activities toward achievement of Activity objectives.
  • Build capacity of local and international groups to use data for decision making in the WASH field and stimulate uptake of learning from project results.
  • Monitor WASH-related activity performance to achieve Activity goals and objectives and ensure effective implementation, making adaptations as needed through a continuous quality improvement process.
  • Support development of high quality and comprehensive Activity reports and other deliverables and products and respond promptly to other informational requests by USAID and government stakeholders, as needed.
  • Support preparation of work plans, budgets, annual reports, weekly updates, and quarterly performance reports with program staff and partners.
  • Activity t to the USG, donors, relevant stakeholders, cooperating agencies and others.
  • Ensure appropriate and timely documentation and dissemination of WASH-related key results using a variety of communication strategies and media.
  • Build and maintain strong working relationships with key internal and external stakeholders, beneficiaries, and partners.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Master’s degree in public health or social sciences, or a related field.
  • At least eight years experience designing, implementing and managing WASH programming and activities.
  • At least eight years of cumulative experience providing technical leadership to USG-funded programs, especially community development and WASH programs, with/in international development agencies, non-governmental organizations, or other implementing partners with proven success and leadership.
  • Demonstrated experience establishing sustainable community water point management associations.
  • Ability to work with people from a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment.
  • Efficient management of processes and relationships particularly involving stakeholders, partner organizations and individuals (both internal and external), and beneficiaries.
  • Prior experience working with USAID and other international donors is preferred.
  • Proven ability to develop productive working relationships with public and private sector stakeholders, USAID and other donors and implementing partners, and organizations.
  • Strong verbal, written, presentation, and communications skills.
  • English fluency required; secondary language fluency desired.
  • Excellent skills in facilitation, team building, and coordination.
  • Ability and willingness to travel within Ghana, when required.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should click here to apply.


Job Title: Deputy Chief of Party, Proposal

Roles and Responsibilities:

The DCOP is responsible for providing high-level strategic leadership, guidance, oversight and supervision of the design, implementation, monitoring of project-supported high quality, high-impact interventions to support the implementation of activities under the USAID/Ghana – Quality Integrated Health Systems Activity. S/he will have relevant technical expertise and experience; solid professional reputation; and program management expertise. S/he will mentor and supervise a team of senior level team members. S/he will support the Chief of Party (COP) in project management functions including representing the project at meetings with USAID, as well as other organizations and counterparts within the regions and districts. S/he reports directly to the Chief of Party and will be a member of the project’s Senior Management Team.

The DCOP’s roles and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Lead and/or participate in technical activity planning meetings.
  • Provide technical direction, as delegated by the COP, for one or more technical components of the project; supervise related technical staff.
  • Coordinate program implementation, including detailed monthly and quarterly work planning, capacity building, and monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL).
  • Ensure technical resource needs for program activities are planned and met.
  • Support the COP in the design and oversight of annual project planning cycle to develop comprehensive annual work plans, assure timely disbursement of funds and results reporting for the project.
  • Support the COP in monitoring and reporting of project results and direct quality control mechanisms throughout the life of the project.
  • Participate in a key role in the development of quarterly and annual reports.
  • Maintain regular contact with USAID (as delegated by the COP), key counterparts and URC headquarters staff.
  • Represent the project at meetings with donors, MoH officials, roundtables, working groups, and conferences, as delegated by the COP.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should click here to apply.


Job Title: Continuous Quality Improvement Specialist, Proposal

Roles/Responsibilities:

  • Act as the focal person and technical leader for behavior-led QI activities and ensure the integration of QI approaches across all Activity components.
  • Liaise closely with the Ministry of Health (MOH), Ghana Health Service (GHS), and other key private and public sector actors to ensure the implementation of harmonized approaches to integrated supportive supervision to ensure quality services.
  • Provide technical support to regional and district level teams in reviewing capacity and progress in using QI to improve compliance with national guidelines across sectors.
  • Facilitate regular peer exchange and shared learning opportunities within districts and regions.
  • Support the development and dissemination of coaching tools and materials.
  • Provide technical support and coaching as needed to regions and districts to carry out supportive supervision.
  • Strengthening communication about behavior-led QI and exchange of best practices among key actors to expand capacity and further increase support for QI.
  • Any other tasks as assigned by her/his supervisor or Chief of Party.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Master’s degree in public health or social sciences, or a related field.
  • At least 10 years experience in qualitative improvement programming and research.
  • At least 10 years of cumulative experience providing technical leadership to USG-funded programs, especially QI programs, with/in international development agencies, non-governmental organizations, or other implementing partners with proven success and leadership.
  • Demonstrated experience in QI, complexity-aware M&E, and adaptive management to achieve programming objectives.
  • Prior experience working with USAID and other international donors is preferred.
  • Proven ability to develop productive working relationships with public and private sector stakeholders, USAID and other donors and implementing partners, and organizations.
  • Ability to work with people from a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment.
  • Efficient management of processes and relationships particularly involving stakeholders, partner organizations and individuals (both internal and external), and beneficiaries.
  • Excellent written and oral Strong verbal, written, presentation, and communications skills.
  • English fluency required; secondary language fluency desired.
  • Excellent skills in facilitation, team building, and coordination.
  • Ability and willingness to travel within Ghana, when required.

Salary: Commensurate with required experience and qualifications

How to Apply

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Interested applicants should click here to apply.


Job Title: Director of Finance and Operations, Proposal

Roles and Responsibilities: The DFO is responsible for overall financial management, compliance, grants administration, human resources and operations oversight of the USAID/Ghana – Quality Integrated Health Systems Activity. S/he is responsible for ensuring that USAID requirements for budget planning, monitoring, and reporting are fully met in a timely manner. The DFO is responsible for the establishment and management of financial, operational, and administrative systems that support the project. S/he is also responsible for financial and operational compliance with USAID requirements, and running efficient project operations. S/he reports directly to the Chief of Party and will be a member of the project’s Senior Management Team.

The DFO’s roles and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • In close collaboration with the COP, provide overall direction for project operations covering financial and administrative issues at all levels of the project.
  • Collaborate with USAID to ensure regular communication and timely response to Mission requests, schedules, and reporting requirements. Direct activities of project support staff and ensure sufficient assistance is given to all project staff.
  • Oversee project administrative, logistical, and financial management.
  • Responsible for overseeing budgeting process, procurement, inventory, and forecasting.
  • Supervise administrative staff.
  • Ensure compliance with established administrative processes among staff.
  • Provide direction to continuous improvement of administrative procedures and internal controls.
  • Work with COP to ensure efficient administrative and financial processes.
  • Liaise with other key technical personnel and local staff to ensure compliant administrative and financial processes are upheld.

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Master’s degree in Public Administration, Finance, or related field.
  • Minimum ten years of experience in program administration with at least five years in a senior management position.
  • Prior experience working with USAID and other international donors and knowledge of USAID and US Government policies and procedures is preferred.
  • Proven ability to build and effectively supervise a diverse team of employees.
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills, leadership, creative problem-solving and ethical management.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English is required.
  • Past experience with public health programs desirable, but not required.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should click here to apply.

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