COMMUNITY HEALTH COORDINATOR - AGA KHAN FOUNDATION

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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 health program in Tanzania.;
Community Health Coordinator (1) 
Community Health Officers (7) 
Senior Finance Officer (1) 

The recruits will be part of the core implementation team for the Improving Access to Maternal andNew-born Health (IMPACT) project, which aims to improve access to and quality of maternal and new-born health (MNH) in the Mwanzaregion. IMPACT is an ambitious initiative of Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) supported by Global Affairs Canada. The project will be jointlyimplemented by Aga Khan Foundation, Aga Khan Health Services and Aga Khan University in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, and theMwanza regional administration and district authorities.

1. COMMUNITY HEALTH COORDINATOR 
Reporting to: Senior Programme Officer Health and Nutrition, AKFT 
Location: Mwanza 

The Community Health Coordinator will lead in the development, implementation, management and monitoring of the community health component of the IMPACT project 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 be part of a broader IMPACT team based in Mwanza under a Senior Project Manager. 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 Maternal Neonatal Health strategy and plan for IMPACT project. 
  • Ensuring effective implementation and providing oversight on community health component of IMPACT project in collaboration with the regional and district Government, AKF, AKHST, AKU and other stakeholders. 
  • Deliver capacity building/training programs for 1,070 community health workers, community leaders, community groups and local government bodies (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 new-born 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 workplan, budget and narrative progress report for community health component of the IMPACT project. 
  • Provide due diligence to ensure quality and compliance of interventions under the community health component of IMPACT. 
  • Coordinate all logistics for the interventions at community level especially during trainings, workshops or meetings. 
  • Assess local level risks associated with programme implementation, propose and implement mitigation strategies. 
  • Coordinating with other AKF projects and AKDN partners in the project area to harness synergies. 
  • Representing the project in relevant regional and district stakeholders' forums and activities, as assigned. 

The ideal candidate will have: 
1 Minimum of a Bachelor's degree in public health, nutrition or related field; Masters will be preferred.
2. At least six years of health behaviour and community mobilization experiences within the health system in Tanzania.
3. Experience of working with maternal, new-born and child health and/or nutrition programmes.
4 Experience in early childhood development is an added advantage.
5. Proven experience in grant/project management.
6. Demonstrated capacity to write good quality reports.
7. Strong familiarity with monitoring and evaluation methodologies and logical frameworks.
8. Quality written and verbal skills in English and Kiswahili.
9. Strong leadership, teamwork and management skills.
10. Ability to multi-task and work on tight timelines.

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 Friday, 30th  December 2016, to the Programme Director, Aga Khan Foundation, Tanzania, bye-mail to recruitment@akfea.org. Please mention the title of the position in your email and do not attach 'anv document other than the CV and cover letter. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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