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About Americares Tanzania’s Fistula Program
In partnership with Bugando Medical Center (BMC), Americares Obstetric Fistula Repair Project addresses the physical and psychosocial trauma of the childbirth injury through cost-free surgical repairs and pre-post operative care and counseling. Since its start in 2010, the project has benefitted over 1,500 women and children and continues to be Americares longest-running project in Tanzania.
The consultant is responsible for piloting the integration of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) services in the obstetric fistula program at BMC, in collaboration with the Americares Tanzania and headquarters program staff. The consultant will be expected to develop a roadmap for the first phase of robust psychosocial recovery support for fistula clients at BMC and lead its implementation.
This will entail
Assessing facility readiness in MHPSS at BMC
Adapting and facilitating trainings for providers on psychological first aid (PFA), psychosocial support (PSS), Gender-based Violence (GBV) and counseling obstetric fistula clients
Providing technical assistance and mentoring to BMC psychiatric facility staff and fistula care providers on integrating enhanced MHPSS services for fistula clients along the service delivery sequence
Mapping active community-based organizations in Mwanza and developing plan for referral pathways for fistula clients to receive reintegration support.
The consultant will collaborate with MHPSS technical advisors at Americares headquarters to ensure adherence to international and national guidelines/standards.
The consultant is expected to work closely with the RMNCAH specialist as his/her supervisor and key BMC staff to ensure holistic improvement in counseling and care for fistula clients.
Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Duties and Responsibilities:
In consultation with Technical Advisors and Americares Africa Programs team, design and roll out MHPSS needs assessment to assess current MH practices and staff capacity, counseling content, MHPSS gaps along service delivery sequence, etc. at BMC.
Develop a comprehensive report on key findings and recommendations from the assessment and potential resources that can be leveraged as “roadmap” for implementation
Upon approval from Americares Programs staff, discuss implementation roadmap with BMC management for buy-in and feedback
Develop a detailed workplan for key interventions, including provider capacity building plan and adaption and delivery of MHPSS trainings
Develop key MHPSS-specific fistula indicators and work with M&E on data collection tools/systems for those indicators
Adapt and lead facilitation of required MHPSS trainings (e.g., MH screening, referrals, PFA, etc.) per implementation plan (in collaboration with RMNCAH specialist and BMC staff)
Conduct regular supportive supervision of MHPSS staff and provide feedback and debriefing.
Organize regular meetings with the MHPSS TA and BMC MHPSS staff on technical, strategy, and programmatic issues.
Write monthly updates on MHPSS services, shared with relevant departments.
Perform such other duties as may be assigned.
A licensed mental health clinician, counselor, or psychologist (advanced degree in Psychology, Psychiatric Nursing, Social Work, or related mental health-related profession)
At least 5+ years of progressive experience in mental health and/or psychosocial support programming using best practices and tools (e.g. PHQ-9, mhGAP, etc.)
Demonstrated experience in facilitating MHPSS trainings, workshops, and group activities/discussions.
Strong experience in supportive supervision, coaching, and mentoring for healthcare providers
Expertise in developing and adapting adult learning materials
Strong analytical, reporting, and budget management skills
Written and verbal fluency in English
Unrestricted authorization to work in Tanzania
Experience in integrated maternal health and mental health interventions strongly preferred
Demonstrated success working with community-based organizations
Good knowledge of and experience in using established inter-agency and donor standards/guidelines in MHPSS
Cultural awareness and sensitivity
Strong organizational skills, capacity to think strategically and attention to detail
Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain productive working relationships with a wide network of partners and stakeholders
Ability to work well with others and to develop and maintain compatibility among project staff, partners, stakeholders, and recipients of assistance
Able to operate independently and as part of a team
Excellent interpersonal skills and strong communications skills; ability to develop partnerships across sectors and cultures
Proficiency in Office 365 including Word, Excel, Teams, PowerPoint and SharePoint.
We’d love to hear from you if…
You have language in at least one of our core languages: English and Kiswahili,
You have work authorization (required)
Additionally, our core competencies as an organization are:
Ownership and results
Equity and inclusion
Teamwork and conflict resolution
Strategy and planning
We know not all applicants will demonstrate all the competencies we’re looking for. We encourage you to apply even if you do not check all the boxes above, and we look forward to reviewing your application holistically.
What you can expect:
Interview with HR /People and Talent
Video interview with team
As a global health organization, we are committed to ensuring a safe environment for our staff, partners, and visitors. All Americares staff and visitors who are on-site at any of our locations or will be traveling for work are required to be fully vaccinated (which includes a booster, when eligible) against COVID-19 unless an exemption required by law is applicable.
Americares is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
How To Apply:
In order to be considered for this position, the applicant should submit the following items in an expression of interest to Americares:
Curriculum vitae or resume that clearly spells out qualifications, experience, and 3 references.
Cover letter highlighting interest in the position and relevant skills
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