Community Health and Social Welfare Systems Strengthening Program

Job Announcement: National Community Health Improvement Officer

Location: Dar es Salaam

The Community Health and Social Welfare Systems Strengthening Program (CHSSP) is a five-year PEPFAR/USAID funded cooperative agreement led by JSI Research & Training
Institute, Inc. with consortium partners Initiatives Inc. and World Education
Inc/Batwana. The program will be implemented in 18 regions of Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar. CHSSP aims to contribute to PEPFAR 3.0 goal of HIV epidemic control by 2020 by supporting the systems strengthening priorities set by the Government of Tanzania (GOT) for health and social welfare services toward improving health, wellbeing and protection outcomes for adolescent girls and young women (AGYW), most vulnerable children (MVC) people living with HIV/AIDs (PLHIV), as well as key populations including men who have sex with men (MSM), female sex workers (FSW), and people who inject drugs (PWID). 

Within CHSSP, Initiatives Inc. is the technical lead on community health systems strengthening responsible for supporting the national community-based health program in the establishment of a community health worker cadre and the systems required to support their effectiveness and performance. In order to achieve this aim, the Community Health Improvement Officer is a full-time position based in Dar es Salaam. 

Job Summary
The Community Health Improvement Officer (CHIO) reports to the Community Health Program Advisor and will work in close collaboration and synergy with the other members of the CHSSP Technical Team. The CHIO contributes to the project’s achievements of strengthening the systems that support the health workforce and those that improve the health system at the community level. S/he will coordinate closely with regional teams to implement community improvement collaboratives and other community systems strengthening activities. 

Primary Responsibilities and Duties
      Under the guidance of the Community Health Program Advisor and as part of the national Technical Team led by the CHSSP Technical Director, coordinate closely with the other team members to maximize integration and synergies of the objectives and strategies of CHSSP.
      Provide timely and quality updates to the Community Health Program Advisor, Technical Director, and the Technical Team on the status of development and implementation of community improvement collaboratives. 
      Coordinate closely with the Regional Technical Advisor, Regional Directors, and the Regional Community Health Coordinators to implement community improvement collaboratives. 
      Coordinate closely with MOHSW and other implementing partners to identify successful or promising community-based service delivery practices currently being used in Tanzania that contribute to better HIV counseling and testing, improved treatment uptake, or improve ART adherence. 
      Develop case study tools to orient teams to successful practices.
      Develop tools and guidelines for orienting coaches for community teams, guiding learning session, and conducting process mapping at the community level. 
      Work with Regional Community Health Coordinators to engage CHMTs and communities in validating, adapting, and spreading successful practices through the collaborative approach as well as other scale-up approaches. 
      Collaborate with other implementing partners working in target districts, especially USAID projects, which are contributing to strengthening HIV/AIDS services and health systems. 
      Build the capacity of and support CHSSP Regional Community Health Coordinators to implement the collaborative approach in selected districts and guide the spread of successful practices to other PEPFAR priority districts. 
      Ensure timely and qualitative contributions to the Technical Team for all necessary reports and especially quarterly reports, and semi-annual and annual reports, as well as administration and management activities as required. 

Desired Qualifications
      Hold a degree or advanced diploma in clinical medicine or nursing with expertise in HIV/AIDS service delivery and management
      Hold a Masters of Public Health/Community Health or other related graduate or professional degree with expertise in quality improvement approaches
      A minimum of 5 years of field experience in community health service delivery and quality improvement
      Experience working with Tanzanian government structures including the MOHSW, RHMTs, CHMTs, and ward and village heath teams on community health service delivery
      Experience leading teams to implement at district and sub-district levels in Tanzania
      Have demonstrated experience in providing quality technical assistance to government and civil society entities, especially at district, ward, and village levels
      Have demonstrated experience in liaising effectively and managing participatory processes with a range of local government and civil society stakeholders especially at district, ward, and village levels
      Highly professional comportment, strong management capabilities, ability to provide high quality technical assistance to regional and district leaders, and ability to represent the program among other government and donor stakeholders
      Creative and capable of working independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team
      Fluent speaking and writing in English and Kiswahili and able to produce quality products in English such as progress reports, presentations, program briefs, and case studies
      Excellent interpersonal and management skills
      Proficiency with Microsoft Office and other common software
      Ability to travel 50% of the time
      Professional fluency in English and Swahili

To Apply  
Please submit your cover letter, CV, and three references to the below email address referencing “CHIO” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted no later than Wednesday, January 20, 2016.  

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Only candidates meeting the minimum requirements will be contacted. 

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