Job: Mental Health Project Coordinator, Zanzibar

Organization: Health Improvement Project Zanzibar
Country: United Republic of Tanzania
Closing date: 19 Nov 2017

Organisation: Health Improvement Project Zanzibar
Job title: Mental Health Project Coordinator
Closing Date: 5pm (UK time) on 19 November 2017
Interviews: TBC but likely to be held the week commencing 4 December 2017. Interviews can be held over Skype for international candidates.
Reports to: HIPZ Programme Manager. Technical support provided by the HIPZ mental health UK team.
Location: Stone Town, Zanzibar
Duration: 36 months (with six months trial period in post)
Organisational Profile

Health Improvement Project Zanzibar (HIPZ), a UK charity established in 2006, has created a unique model of healthcare delivery in Zanzibar. Through an innovative collaboration with the Government of Zanzibar, HIPZ endeavours to strengthen the services provided in two rural hospitals. Since taking over the management of Makunduchi Hospital in the south of Zanzibar and Kivunge Hospital in the north, HIPZ has transformed health services for 300,000 people – a quarter of the population of Zanzibar. This has been achieved primarily through a unique collaborative approach, building on local capacity and the expertise of our volunteer doctors and other healthcare professionals.

HIPZ has been working to improve mental health care in Zanzibar since 2014 with the initiation of weekly, nurse-led mental health service at both hospitals. HIPZ has been instrumental in increasing the awareness of mental distress and psychosocial disability within the Zanzibari community, as well as in the training and mentoring of Zanzibari clinical staff.

HIPZ has acquired funding to expand our work and focus development on community based services that improve access to effective support for rural communities in the north and south of Unguja, Zanzibar. Key service developments will include access to psychological support based on a successful “Friendship Bench” model used in Southern Africa and improving collaboration with Zanzibar Ministry of Health recognised traditional healers. HIPZ will also focus on expansion of our clinical team, training of staff and community outreach via awareness raising and training.

HIPZ is seeking an experienced, motivated individual with a track record of overseeing the delivery of large projects and capacity building in low resource health settings.
About the Role:

The successful candidate will be expected to
  • Lead on and manage the development and progression of all mental health programme initiatives as set out within the grant proposal
  • Manage the overall expenditure of the grant by coordinating the delivery of activities against project outcomes, on time and within budget
  • Coordinate and support our volunteer clinical staff
  • Liaise with project stakeholders including relevant individuals, the Ministry of Health, and external organisations
  • Initiate and develop working partnerships within community mental health
  • Work to develop efficient and appropriate evaluation and impact methodologies
  • Liaise with the grant benefactor and deliver on requests for outcome measures and reports
  • Conduct any other duties reasonably required by the role.
Person specification:

  • Proven record of managing and implementing large project grants in low resource settings
  • Passion for improving mental healthcare in low-income countries using community and rights based approaches
  • Previous experience of managing healthcare/social care staff
  • Experience working within a low resource healthcare setting in an international organisation, NGO and/or public sector
  • Postgraduate level relevant degree (health management, mental health or social care, development, etc) or relevant work experience
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with professionals at all levels in diverse settings
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Experience and knowledge of research, ethics approval and data collection.
  • Willingness to learn Swahili / demonstrable skills in languages
  • Proficiency in English language
  • Good PC skills: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and appropriate project management software
  • Ability to commit for the full duration of the three year project
  • Valid driving licence
  • Experience working in mental health within a clinical setting
  • Experience working within East Africa
  • Proficiency in Swahili
  • Familiarity with The Friendship Bench model of care or other community based mental health interventions

The salary will be in the region of 30,000,000 Tanzanian Shillings. Support will be provided to obtain relevant visas to live and work in Tanzania if required. The successful candidate will have access to a private car and petrol expenses for work.

How to apply:

Please send us your curriculum vitae and a supporting letter (maximum two sides of A4) outlining how you meet the person specifications. Please include details for two references with your application – please note that we will only contact referees with your permission. Ideally you will provide one clinical referee and your most recent employer.

The successful candidate will need to have current documentation from their country of residence, equivalent to DBS clearance in the UK, demonstrating their suitability to work with children and vulnerable adults. Alternatively, if currently not covered by any documentation, they would need to meet the requirements of the Zanzibar Ministry of Health. Please state what clearance documentation you currently hold in your supporting letter.

Please send your application to [email protected] no later than 5pm on 19 November 2017.