Project Officer – Early Childhood Development
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) is a proven leader in the global fight to end HIV and AIDS.
“Sometimes in life there is that moment when it’s possible to make a change for the better. This is one of those moments.”
The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) began supporting HIV and AIDS programming in Tanzania in 2003 and established a country office in 2004. Ever since, in close collaboration and partnership with the Ministry of Health Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children and Presidents Office Regional Administration and Local Government, EGPAF expanded scope to supporting quality comprehensive and integrated HIV, GBV, TB and Family planning services in the supported regions. Recently, EGPAF in collaboration with consortium partners Amref Health Tanzania, Engender Health, D-tree International and Matchboxology won the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)/Tanzania’s Comprehensive Client Centered Health Program – HIV and Tuberculosis Northern (CH3P-HIV&TB) Activity contract. Under C3HP, EGPAF offers USAID a responsive and forward-thinking approach that will address the evolving needs of the people of Tanzania as they relate to HIV in 5 regions (Arusha, Kilimanjaro, Manyara, Dodoma and Singida), tuberculosis (TB) in 6 regions (Arusha, Kilimanjaro, Manyara, Dodoma and Singida and Tabora), and family planning (FP) in 3 regions (Arusha, Dodoma and Manyara) services across each continuum.
Job title: Project Officer – Early Childhood Development
Primary Manager: Senior Strategic Results Manager
Job grade: Grade 4
The Project Officer for Early Childhood Development (ECD) will work as a member of EGPAF Technical Team under the day-to-day management of the ECD Coordinator. The program Officer will be responsible for working closely with districts teams to support the integration of successful implementation of ECD program. He/she will assist the ECD Coordinator to plan and Implement projects activities and provide technical support to the districts teams. The project Officer will support project implementation in the field and identify potential of linkages of beneficiaries to other relevant services.
Essential Duties And Responsibilities
RECRUITMENT AND TRAINING OF CHWs
Ensure informed consent is obtained from both CHWs and caregivers who enrol in the Kizazi Kijacho study.
With other Kizazi Kijacho team members, participate in CHW training and support CHWs to become proficient in project materials and appropriate communication and support to caregiver.
Technical Support And Quality Assurance
Fully understand the Kizazi Kijacho study, its different research arms and to communicate effectively in the community about the goals and implementation of the study.
Ensure that the logistics are properly coordinated to support the work of the CHWs
Ensure that the CHWs are provided with critical supplies to conduct their work, including Kizazi Kijacho and Ministry-approved IEC materials.
Ensure adherence to the Kizazi kijacho protocol by each CHW and health care workers/supervisors in accordance with their assigned study arm.
MENTORSHIP AND SUPPORTIVE SUPERVISION
Ensure that a mentorship and supportive supervision plan is in place for all trained health care workers and CHWs
Provide mentorship and supportive supervision for all trained health care workers and CHWs (including observing home visit sessions, providing refresher training, routine phone calls, courtesy calls, etc.)
Maintain confidentiality of information shared by caregivers, CHWs and health care workers
Ensure that participant feedback on training and supportive supervision processes is synthesized and fed into planning for future activities such as refresher trainings, and supportive supervision activities.
Take responsibility for the effective flow of communication and information between and among all stakeholders, including Kizazi kijacho team and CHWs
Respond to inquiries regarding the intervention as requested by the relevant country staff.
Ensure that the ECD coordinator and the Kizazi Kijacho global team are aware of the bottlenecks, constraints, and challenges at community level and at project level, and leverage their support to resolve these at all levels as appropriate.
DOCUMENTATION, MONITORING, & REPORTING
In coordination with research team and partners, ensure that the data collection tools are readily available, and information is entered correctly and promptly.
Ensure that all project documentation is properly completed, stored and submitted.
Identify best practices and generate lessons learned documents that would be applied.
Prepare monthly and quarterly reports and share with ECD coordinator for compilation.
Any other responsibilities as assigned by the ECD coordinator
University degree (Bachelor’s degree or MPH) in Nutrition, Community Development, Education, Sociology or related field. Experience in Early Child Development is an added advantage.
Experience & Skills- REQUIRED
At least 5 years professional experience in community development work for international NGOs/aid organizations.
Demonstrated experience in supporting, mentoring and training other staff in community mobilization, health and nutrition, early childhood development, and/or social and behaviour change interventions
Experience coordinating or managing projects at health facilities and district level
Experience in collaboration with partners, government officials, community leaders, and community-based organizations;
Excellent skills and experience using technology for data collection, such as mobile phone or tablet based data collection
Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office suite, including knowledge of common statistical software packages, relational database systems, and web technologies.
Strong Kiswahili and English writing skills to prepare reports, promotional materials and oral presentations.
Innovation & creativity: demonstrated experience with contributing new ideas for solving various program/organization related issues.
Technical experience with implementing or managing early childhood development projects at district and community levels.
Experience working with caregivers (including men/fathers) for improved child health, nutrition or child development.
Prior experience building capacity of CHWs.
Experience working in Dodoma region of TZ.
Health, nutrition and/or early childhood development technical skills
Highly organized and detail-oriented
Thinks and acts strategically
Strong problem-solving skills
Creativity and resiliency in face of challenges
Ready to travel to remote areas up to 70% of the time
How To Apply
EGPAF is an equal opportunity employer and the position is open to all.
Qualified candidates should submit a CV, cover letter and relevant certificates explaining how the experience detailed in the CV will contribute to the requirements of the position and references to EGPAF.
Closing Date: July 17th 2022
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.