Positions: Program Officer -3 positions
Location: Buhigwe DC and Kasulu DC in Kigoma, Tanzania Reporting Line: Communication Manager
Contract Period: Six months, with renewal possibility depending on funds availability.
• Promoting community engagement and strengthening the capacity of districts to support the implementation of USAID Boresha Afya activities at the community level;
• Strengthening the capacity of districts to facilitate community planning, participation and accountability;
• Strengthening the capacity of community structures to coordinate and implement quality programs to address RM2NCAH issues
• Building the capacity of CHWs to strengthen community and facility linkages;
• Promoting gender-sensitive, respectful care and Youth Friendly Services(YFS) at community level;
• Enhancing access and uptake of RM2NCAH services through SBCC campaign;-
• Building the capacity of CHWs on the use of National nutrition SBCC KIT (Mkoba wa siku 1000) to promote positive nutrition behavior tomaternal, infant, young child, and adolescent (MIYCAN)
• Coordinate the implementation ThaminiUhai communication activities in the communities.
• Participate in training, provide supervision and give feedback to CHWs working in catchment areasof various health facilities on their performance.
• Develop work plan for providing supportive supervision to CHWs in respective districts on quarterly basis and implement the plan.
• Ensure data quality and reliability through collecting data from CHWs and health facilities, collate, review, store, analyze and generate inference, which will help increase effectiveness of health facilities
• Prepare weekly and monthly activitiesnarrative reports and submit to right channels.
• Ensure continuous feedback to CHWs, CHWs facility based supervisors, and Council Health Management Teams(CHMTs) who, in their monthly and quarterly meetings, will strategize and improve on their project implementation approaches
• Ensure CHWs follow their work plans and meet their targets.
• Ensure all CHWshave box files for storing referrals at facility level. Collect redeemed referrals from referral boxes or from RCH providers in each facility and file them on monthly basis.
• Implement community engagement activitiesonmaternal and reproductive health including engagement of health facilities with communities.
• Collect newsworthy stories from field through CHWs for social media content development and ensure activities’ and events’ photos coverage are safely stored on monthly basis.
• Support implementation of multi-channel communication campaignsincluding overseeing day-to-day implementation of the campaigns by CHWs.
• Support the documentation of best practices and produce presentations to share lessons learned for advocacy purposes.
• Supportproject visibility in the district through coordinating the distribution of communication materials and placement of posters around health facilities and catchment areas.
• Work closely with CHWs and community leaders to identify traditional birth attendants and orient them on escorting mothers to health facilities.
• Working closely with District Reproductive and Child Health Coordinators(DRCHCOs) to ensure the government continually supports the CHWs to ensure sustainability of CHWs program.
• Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
Education and Experience
• Minimum degree in social work, project management, education or related field with at least three years of working experience.
• Experience of working with USAID projects preferred.
• The candidates should have experience of working inat least one of the following technical areas: maternal and child health; family planning/reproductive health; social behavior change communication (SBCC); community-based health programs, youth programs and gender issues.
• Experience of working in communities supporting CHWs, peer educators, community leaders as well as providing technical support to government health officials preferred.
• Strong technical skills in team building and management
• Detail-oriented, with plan and organizing skills.
• Ability to prioritize multiple tasks in a fast paced environment. Flexible and proactive attitude towards problem solving.
• Willingness and ability to spend time in rural communities, up to 80% of work time.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team, to develop effective working relationships with local governments, community structures, health facility boards and other project partners.
• Fluency in Kiswahili and English is required.
Compensation: Salary will be set according to education, experience, and previous compensation history.