What do parents and caretakers of young children,living in rural areas of the Lake Zone region, think about nutrition and health? Why are some children suffering from stunting (reduced growth/development) in Kigoma, Kagera, Mwanza, Geita, or Shinyanga?
If you want to contribute to improving child health and if you have a real interest in working closely with rural communities in the Lake Zone, there is a job opportunity for you in our project.
Development Media International (DMI) is looking for exceptional persons with the required skills, commitment and imagination for an ambitious project that will take place in five Lake Zone regions.
DMI is a London based organization that uses mass media to change behaviours and to improve public health in developing countries (www.developmentmedia.net). DMI carried out the first scientific study (a randomised controlled trial) in Burkina Faso, to determine whether lives can be saved by mass media campaigns. The scientific model developed by DMI/LSHTM predicts that media campaigns could reduce child mortality in many low-income countries by around 20%.
Based on a rigorous understanding of socio-cultural realities of rural women and men, DMI will develop radio spots and entertaining radio programmes that convince people to adopt healthy behaviours.
During and at the end of the project, in partnership with other research/survey organisations, the team will be able to evaluate whether the intervention succeeded in saving children’s lives and improving their health.
DMI’s media campaign will consist of 60-second radio spots and interactive radio programmes, broadcast several times a week. New spots communicating different health messages will be produced each month.
These radio spots will be produced in Swahili, on the basis of applied research. The research team will collect, analyse, and present key data on socio-cultural aspects related to infant nutrition and on any barriers to behavior change. This data will be used to develop and produce radio spots and programmes.
These are temporary positions starting March 2016 until 30 June 2016, with possibility of extension. The following job positions will be available:
For All Positions: Skills and Personal Motivation:
v A thorough understanding and a keen interest in the health and lives of women and children across Tanzania ;
v A capacity to carry out multiple field trips (over three weeks consecutively) to work with rural communities ;
v A talent to innovate and adapt research skills in the context of a mass media project where respecting deadlines is equally important as the quality of the research activities ;
v Exceptional skills in analysis and writing clear and concise reports.
Interested persons are requested to send their application to DMI (Tanzania@dmiafrica.net): these positions are open until filled. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Electronic files are preferred, but applications can also be submitted at the ASTUTE office, situated in Isamilo (Plot No. 136, Block D) at the former CARE office compound during office hours. The complete job profile can be obtained online at www.developmentmedia.net/jobs.html.
An application consists of:
1. a Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 pages) ;
2. a personal motivation letter (maximum 1 page) indicating which position you are applying for, why you are interested, and why you would be a suitable candidate ;
3. your answer to the following question (maximum 1 page) :
« In considering the mission and objectives of the ASTUTE/DMI project in Tanzania, describe an innovative approach, methodology and tools to find key information in a rural area of Tanzania. You have one week to spend in the field and need to find answers to the following questions:
Ø how do women and men perceive health and nutrition ;
Ø the distribution of roles and responsibilities in relation to health and nutrition practices for young children ;
Ø the principal obstacles to improved health and nutrition practices, and the strategies that can overcome these obstacles. »