Program Officer Child Health and Nutrition New Job at Help Nutrition International Tanzania | May, 2019

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Jobs in Tanzania 2019: Program Officer Child Health and Nutrition New Job at Help Nutrition International Tanzania | May, 2019
AJIRA TANZANIA 2019 / NAFASI ZA KAZI 2019
1. Position: Program Officer Child Health and Nutrition – Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam
2. Overall Purpose/Broad Function:
In line with NI’s strategic objectives in Tanzania, and in partnership with key stakeholders, work under the guidance of the SPO to provide technical and management support to the government Health management teams and providers at national, regional and council levels and other stakeholders to improve the efficiency of the implementation of the vitamin A supplementation (VAS) intervention in order to ensure high coverage e.g. at least >80% of 2 yearly doses VAS among children 6-59 months on a sustainable manner.

3. Key Duties and responsibilities:
3.1 Project Development and planning
•Provide regular updated information regarding any change in the landscape (policy, partner involvement, service delivery, morbidity, access to care etc.) of the child health interventions especially in regions and councils where NI supported program is implemented in Tanzania.
•Contribute to the design and planning of programs to be initiated by NI Tanzania in collaboration with key stakeholders and partners.
•Ensure that yearly and quarterly work plans and related budget for effective implementation of NI supported VAS intervention are developed by implementing partners.
•Prepare Terms of Reference (ToRs) for the Request for Proposals (RFP) and other.
Arrange for review of proposals received in responses to RFP and other work requests as per NI procedures.

3.2 Project Implementation and Management
•Ensure that work plan activities are implemented as scheduled and per the approved budgets.
•Carry out site monitoring visits to ensure that implementing partners are implementing project activities according to agreed strategy and contractual commitments.
•Ensure monitoring plans are timely implemented, project monitoring data is collected and the data workbooks are regularly updated.
•Develop quality monthly, quarterly and annual performance monitoring (both technical and financial) reports for VAS interventions and ensure challenges are identified and recommended corrective actions are timely implemented.
•Draw up on internal NI expertise in Tanzania, the Regional, and Headquarter Offices as necessary to ensure projects are on track.
•Review and analyze technical and financial project reports from implementing partners and ensure that remedial actions are taken to ensure that the projects are on track.
•Input into the NI Contract Databases for the VAS projects all approved financial commitments and regularly update them in line with NI contract management procedures.
•Prepare documentation for meetings and conference calls, taking detailed notes on decisions and action points from such meetings and ensuring follow up of same.
•Provide technical guidance to NI implementing partners of the VAS intervention and arrange for additional technical guidance if necessary from NI technical backstopping team at regional and headquarter levels.
•Review and analyze financial and technical progress reports, produce relevant project documents as per NI procedures and guidelines.
•Troubleshoot and recommend corrective action drawing on internal NI expertise in the Tanzania and Regional Offices and beyond as necessary.
•Ensure regular coordination meetings with key stakeholders to ensure NI funding for programs is being used cost-effectively during implementation.

3.3 Project Review
•Review programs for lessons learned and document and share appropriately.  

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3.4 Program Research & Evaluation
•Participate on the design of research and evaluation activities for Child Health and Nutrition (CHN) projects and work closely with researchers and external evaluators to ensure research and evaluation exercises are feasible and respond to project and NI and government needs.
•Support the timely dissemination of research and program evaluation findings in Tanzania and elsewhere with the view to inform others on available new information and improved practices for the CHN program.

3.5 External Relations (ER)
•Build and maintain good collaborative relations with government agencies, UN agencies, and NGOs to promote information sharing and effective coordination of effort to improve and sustain effective and efficient VAS programming in Tanzania.
•Participate in national and regional fora relevant to child health and survival as necessary.
•Keep up to date with developments in CHN and VAS.
•Document and share with the ER team field stories and lessons learned from the CHN programs.
Any other duties as requested.

4.Supervisory Responsibilities:
•None  

Education/Professional Designations/Experience:
•At least Master’s degree from a recognized university in one or more of the following areas: child health, nutrition, nursing, health sciences and public health.
•Training in epidemiology, community health and research methodologies desirable.
•At least 3 years work experience in child health, and public health, nutrition and/or related field in Tanzania or elsewhere.
•Experience in program/project implementation/supervision, monitoring and evaluation
•Experience with micronutrient programs desirable 
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Language Skills
Fluent in English and Swahili 

Travel Requirements
•Based in Dar Es Salam, Tanzania, around 15% of time will be spent travelling in Tanzania. 

Other Specific Skill Requirements
•Excellent interpersonal skills
•Very good presentational skills
•Good report writing skill
•Excellent team working skills
•IT competency
•Discretion
•Integrity
This job description can and will be amended as required from time to time