Job: Community Health Coordinator

Organization: Aga Khan Foundation

Country: United Republic of Tanzania

Closing date: 15 Aug 2016
The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is a private, non-denominational, international development agency promoting creative and effective solutions to selected problems that impede social and economic development in parts of Africa and Asia. AKF-Tanzania is part of the AKF-East Africa regional structure that supports programmes in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. In Tanzania, AKF is managing a robust and expanding portfolio of multi-sectorial initiatives that includes programmes in inclusive economic development, health, nutrition, early childhood development, education and civil society strengthening.
AKF is looking for well-qualified professionals to fill the following three positions for its expanding portfolio of programs in Tanzania.
Location - Mwanza
The Community Health Coordinator is part of the core implementation team for the Improving Access to Maternal and Newborn Health (IMPACT) project, which aims to improve access to and quality of maternal and newborn health (MNH) in the Mwanza region. IMPACT is an ambitious initiative of Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) supported by Global Affairs Canada. Aga Khan Foundation, Aga Khan Health Services and Aga Khan University will jointly implement the project in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, and the Mwanza regional administration and district authorities. The Community Health Coordinator will lead in the development, implementation, management and monitoring of the community health component of the MNH grant to facilitate appropriate care-seeking and adoption of preventative MNH behaviours within the household, community, and health facilities across Mwanza region. The Community Health Coordinator will manage a team of 7 Community Health Officers, each working in the 7 districts of Mwanza. The Coordinator will report to and work under the direction of the Senior Programme Officer, Health and Nutrition, AKF Tanzania. S/he will coordinate community health activities with AKHST and AKU under the overall IMPACT programme.
Specific responsibilities include:
  • Developing a clear community MNH strategy, plan and training/capacity building programme, ensure effective implementation and provide oversight on implementation in collaboration with local Government, AKF, AKHST, AKU and other stakeholder initiatives;
  • Building capacity of community health workers and volunteers, community leaders, community groups and local government (village, ward, facility and district council health committees/teams) to implement and monitor quality Community Mobilization/social behaviour change communication (SBCC) activities
  • Providing technical expertise using the most up-to-date evidence base in maternal and newborn health, nutrition, early childhood development and health promotion.
  • Supervise the 7 district-based community health officers; where necessary, recruit, orient, supervise and mentor new staff, including promoting capacity development of staff in accordance with the needs of the project.
  • Systematically track and report progress on key indicators related to community health component of IMPACT;
  • Develop narrative progress report for community health component of the project;
  • Provide due diligence to ensure quality and compliance of interventions under the community health component of IMPACT;
  • Manage the community health component of IMPACT activities in Mwanza;
The ideal candidate will have:
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in public health, nutrition or related field; Masters will be preferred
  • At least six years of health behaviour and community mobilization experiences within the health system in Tanzania
  • Experience of working with maternal, newborn and child health and/or nutrition programmes.
  • Experience in early childhood development is an added advantage;
  • Proven experience in grant/project management, monitoring;
  • Demonstrated capacity to write good quality reports for donor projects;
  • Strong familiarity with monitoring and evaluation methodologies and logical frameworks;
  • Quality written and verbal skills in English and Kiswahili;
  • Strong leadership, teamwork and management skills;
  • Ability to multi-task and work on tight timelines;

How to apply:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV (not exceeding four pages) and the names and contact information of three referees before close of business Monday, 15th August 2016, to the Programme Director, Aga Khan Foundation, Tanzania, by e-mail to [email protected]Please mention the title of the position in your email and do not attach any document other than the CV and cover letter. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.