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Program Officer  

Job Description                                                                                

Department: Programs Grey Sections for HR Completion

Reports to (position): Program Director Job Code:

Location Kasulu, with occasional travel to field locations Job Grade: TBD

Medical Teams International Calling: 

Daring to love like Jesus, we boldly break barriers to health and restore wholeness in a hurting world.

 JOB SUMMARY     

The Program Officer will support the Program Director in overseeing the Community Health Strengthening focus of the Tanzania program: this will include direct management of the Channels of Hope (CoH MNCH+) program and support to the broader maternal, newborn and child health programming.  The role will support the delivery of quality impact in accordance with donor requirements.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES                                                                                                                         

Channels of Hope (60%)

  • Responsible to develop and implement a CoH strategy for the country program to support maternal, newborn and child health plus malaria.
  • Develop and implement an annual project plan including narrative, logframe, budget, workplan, and data collection plan
  • Conduct ongoing project monitoring and provide regular (monthly, quarterly and annual) progress reports.
  • Facilitate quarterly project review meetings with key internal stakeholders; develop and follow an action plan for any adjustments needed to programming
  • Conduct occasional community mapping activities to maintain up-to-date information and contacts.
  • Develop respectful relationships with faith leaders from all represented religions and various community leaders in the project area
  • Train local leaders and volunteers on Channels of Hope methodology and health topics, including facilitating discussions on personal beliefs, attitudes, cultural and religious norms, and other sensitive topics
  • Work closely with refugee program leadership including humanitarian NGOs, camp leadership, and local government to support initiation, establishment, and expansion of Channels of Hope in the project areas
  • Coordinate with the Community Health Coordinator to ensure a complimentary workplan between CoH and all other community health programming.
  • Conduct focus group discussions in the areas of ANC, PNC (Post Natal Care), family planning, delivering at health facilities and early health seeking behavior to inform and improve CoH programming.
  • Ensure that CoH is mainstreamed in the project activities such as community health strengthening activities (Health Information Teams), reproductive health, medical referrals, capacity building i.e., training and workshops and attending coordination meetings and provide mentorships on identified project areas.

Program Support (40%)

  • Work closely with the Program Director in all aspects of Project Cycle Management, with active participation in the completion of all programming components including, needs assessments, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and reporting of the approved grants to address issues around reproductive health and child health.
  • Provide technical support in the implementation of identified activities, mapping of resources and developing workplans and follow-up activities around community health on maternal, newborn and child health and medical referrals activities within the project areas.
  • Participate in the development of concept notes, logical frameworks, and proposals as needed; submit status reports on project activities, participate in monitoring, evaluation, and reporting of community health and CoH project activities.
  • Ensure that program activities are conducted with the highest level of integrity and ethics according to professional and MTI (Medical Teams International) Code of Conduct
  • Work with project target groups to ensure that the project beneficiaries participate in needs assessments, planning and implementation of activities. Document the range of vulnerabilities and support rendered and that enables the participation of separate groups of people and project activities are adapted to people’s priorities, vulnerabilities, and abilities. Document the project accountability to the affected population.
  • Other duties as assigned by the supervisor

              

 EDUCATION, LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE       

  • Tertiary qualification (University degree preferred) in Theology, Social Sciences, Development, or Public Health.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in community development or protracted emergency response in either HIV or health fields, project management, assessment and analysis or data management.
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in working with faith communities, either as a pastor/faith leader, or involved in faith-in-development work.
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in facilitation and mentoring of adult learning events (training, mentoring, development of training tools).
  • Registered as a licensed CoH Master Trainer, preferred

  KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES                                                                                                   

  • Fluency in English and Swahili, speaking and writing.
  • Knowledge of and experience in working with and coordinating with government, international and national partner organizations.
  • Must be able to work independently while being a dedicated team player with proven management and leadership skills.
  • Very skilled at creating and monitoring budgets and workplans and making appropriate adjustments as necessary
  • Very skilled at managing projects to satisfactory completion
  • Very skilled at facilitating respectful discussions on sensitive topics
  • Very skilled at developing relationships with people of various faiths, beliefs and perspectives
  • High level computer literacy, especially Microsoft Office Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, and ability to teach others. Basic familiarity with Microsoft PowerPoint and Access
  • Project Management training and skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, in English, and ability to communicate cross-culturally and within inter-faith settings.
  • Leadership, management, and interpersonal communication skills with counseling skills.
  • Extensive experience in working with churches and church leadersand muslim leaders across denominations.
  • Trained in facilitation skills, preferably trained as a CoH lead Trainer and Mentor.

ABILITIES:

  • Ability to work collaboratively with others
  • Ability to prioritize tasks
  • Ability to embrace and promote Medical Teams’ mission and vision
  • Ability to uphold and exemplify the organization’s core values
  • Ability to represent the organization in a professional manner to donors, volunteers, and the public
  • Ability to travel to project sites as required

 PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS & WORKING CONDITIONS                                                                                                                           

Physical Demands:

  • The employee may be required to work in and / or travel to remote areas where there are potential health hazards and risks, limited hygiene facilities, extreme weather, and very basic living conditions.
  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is required to walk; climb stairs; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands, and arms.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to ­­30 pounds/13.6 KG. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

NOTE:  The above job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by staff assigned to this job.  It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all the responsibilities, duties, and skills required of staff in this position.  Duties, responsibilities, and skills are also subject to change based on the changing needs of the job, department, or organization. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by Medical Teams International as the requirements of the job change.

Application Procedure: 

All interested applicants who meet the criteria should email their application letter and CV in either PDF or Word only, including three work related referee to: recruitmenttz@medicalteams.org

Indicate your expected salary, current/previous salary, and notice period at the bottom of your CV.

Indicate clearly the position applied for in the subject line” Program Officer”.

Application Deadline: 10th of January 2022 at 1700HRS.

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