Job: Project Manager Maternal and Child Health - SolidarMed

Organization: SolidarMed

Country: United Republic of Tanzania

Closing date: 29 Sep 2016

Organisation: SolidarMed is a medium size Swiss NGO, dynamic, flexible and with a clear vision.

Project Information

SolidarMed has been strengthening Ulanga’s community-based primary health care system, including a network of community health workers (CHWs) and volunteers, since 2010. The current phase focuses on setting – up a community health worker network and fostering the self-help capacities in communities. The upcoming phase (2017+) will consolidate these achievements and put an increasing focus on strengthening the supply side (providers and facilities) This Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health project is implemented by a dynamic local team and embedded into the overall SolidarMed country programme for Tanzania. It aims at capitalizing its lessons learnt and contributes to policy dialogue at multiple levels.

Country: Tanzania

Place of Assignment: Mahenge, Ulanga District, Morogoro Region

The position requires regular dislocations to the surrounding health facilities and Ifakara.

Start of duty: September/October 2016

Employment: 100 % (full time)

Contract type: Fixed term appointment: minimum of three years with the possibility of contract extension.

Key tasks and responsibilities
  • Overall management and coordination of the project, incl. planning, monitoring, budgeting, reporting
  • Act as technical advisor to partners (district health system) and build clinical capacity among local health staff (hospital, health centre, dispensary) through training, coaching and mentoring, with a thematic focus on Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health.
  • Ensure the strategic and operational alignment of the two project components (community and facility level)
  • Contribute to the further development of the project
  •  Establish and implement an operational research agenda
We are looking for
  • Medical doctor with an additional degree in Public Health, at least 3 years of work experience, incl. in low-resource settings, preferably in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Clinical expertise in MNCH (obstetric, surgical or paediatric skills welcome)
  • Interest in operational research, scientific exchange, knowledge sharing and data management; experience in this area would be an asset
  • Applied knowledge of project cycle management and team leading
  • Good writing and reporting skills (English)
  • Valid driving license
  • Personal flexibility and preparedness to live in a remote rural place with frequent dislocations to the health facilities
The position comes with a mix of managerial (planning, coordination, networking, reporting etc.) and clinical (mentoring, coaching, on the job teaching) tasks. We are looking for a hands-on person, socially competent, with clinical and public health competence, not afraid of organising and implementing.

Language Skills
  • Fluent English (written, spoken)
  • Basic Kiswahili. If not spoken: readiness to learn.
  • German would be an asset
We offer
  • A professionally run, innovate health program in a rural African setting
  • An attractive salary and benefit package commensurate with Swiss standards
  • Professional development opportunities and linkages with competence and research networks
  • Family posting in a rural but safe African setting; however no international or English medium school
  • A motivated team both in Tanzania and Switzerland
How to apply:

Applications are accepted in electronic format only.

Please email your CV and a short letter of motivation (reference “PM PHCU Tanzania” to: [email protected]

Please also mention how you heard about the job posting (if internet, please mention

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. For further information about the role and the project, email Dr. Karolin Pfeiffer: [email protected]

Address: [email protected]