Miracle Corners Tanzania (MC – Tanzania) Community Health Fellowship Program 2022
Miracle Corners Tanzania (MC – Tanzania) is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with a vision to see communities throughout Tanzania live free from oral and dental diseases. The mission of Miracle Corners Tanzania (MC – Tanzania) is to contribute towards improving oral health and dental care, through promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative health services. MC-Tanzania believes that sustainable development is achieved through cultivating and preparing leaders and institutions to continue the work. Thus Miracle Corners Tanzania (MC – Tanzania) aims at identifying key projects which prepare our workforce and institutions to provide for the oral health needs of the country.
Location: Arusha, Tanzania
Type of Contract: Contractual
Application Deadline: Rolling basis (deadline at August 11, 2022)
Starting Date: (date when the selected candidate is expected to start)- 12-September-2022
Duration of Initial Contract: 12 months (renewed annually with potential to extend to 36 months)
With a population of more than 57 million people, more than half of which are located in rural areas, Tanzania has long strides to go before reaching many of its citizens with basic health care services. A shortage of health workers compounded by the inaccessibility of services and costs of receiving curative treatment leave many Tanzanians without care that can drastically improve quality of life, and calls for cost effective, preventative, early interventions. As a country still significantly burdened with fatal diseases such as Malaria and HIV, little resources have been historically allocated to prevention of non-communicable diseases. But as the disease burden shifts to be more predominantly non-communicable diseases, a new generation of health leaders will be needed to support communities with the education, information and access needed to take control of their own health.
This project will help to prepare the next generation of community health leaders to understand the links and shared risk factors between oral and eye health, as well as other Non-Communicable Diseases and to maximize available resources by creative collaborations to tackle multiple preventative health issues in the community setting
This project aims to bring together three non-governmental organizations to link vision screening and dental outreach services in the greater Arusha region and throughout Tanzania. By building on The SKYGEN International Foundation’s (SKYGEN) work in vision in the Arusha region in partnership with the Foundation for Preventative Health (FPH), and leveraging Miracle Corners Tanzania’s (MCT) oral health and leadership expertise, this project will invest in the next generation of the community health workforce and prepare them to become mobilized leaders with the skills and tools to build healthier communities.
The Program Officer will be the key person working between partners in the project and is expected to maintain high levels of communication and maintain clear reporting lines, etc. He/She will be based in Arusha with the SKYGEN/FPH team, but will be working remotely with MC-Tanzania.
Duties and Responsibilities
Functions / Key Results Expected
Reporting directly to MC-Tanzania Program Coordinator, the Program Officer will perform the following
duties and responsibilities:
1. Facilitate the development of the project as well as monitor and address risks.
2. Prepare reports on the progress of the project, including reports on the financial situation of the project.
3. Assume responsibility for coordination of program activities and strive to meet project activity results.
4. Maintain and initiate dialogue with key stakeholders. 5. Participate in MC-Tanzania organizational meetings and provide support on various tasks as requested by the supervisor.
Facilitate the development of the project as well as monitor and address risk
- Lead development of a customized oral and vision community health fellowship curriculum.
- Build program content according to Fellowship curriculum: Liaise with speakers, guests, participants and partners as needed
- Identify Fellow deployment sites and liaise with partners identified
- Create and Maintain a Resource Library and Alumni community
- Develop integrated oral and vision health IEC materials
- Assist in the development of joint annual work plans as well as budgets based on expected year-end outputs;
- Ensure close monitoring of activities and lead the process and later the implementation of M&E framework:
- Ensure the delivery of the quality/substance and timely delivery of the project products and adherence to rules, regulations and procedures;
- Ensure report coordination and overall implementation progress to the Program Coordination Team on a monthly basis.
Set up reports on the progress of the project, including reports on the financial situation of the project
- Prepare qualitative work plans and compile substantive and financial progress reports in close coordination with the Program Coordinator in line with the outputs/activities agreed in the annual work plans and ultimately ensure information-sharing:
- Prepare budget revisions as needed and ensure timely submission of deliverables.
Assume responsibility for coordination of program activities and strive to meet project activity results
- Assume full responsibility for coordinating effectively and efficiently the implementation of all program activities as well as supervising the project and its staff.
- Establish and manage mechanisms for exchange of information, experience and lessons learned at all levels,
- Ensure wide dissemination and visibility of program achievements in close cooperation with the Program Coordinator;
Maintain and initiate dialogue with key stakeholders
- Ensure regular communication, organization, knowledge management and consultation with relevant partners:
- Act as the secretariat in supporting the convening of Program meetings and ensure follow-up on decisions and recommendations.
- Demonstrates integrity and ethical standards;
- Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of MC-Tanzania;
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
- Treats all people fairly without favoritism.
- Analytical and strategic thinking/results orientation. Knowledge management and leadership.
- Ability to perform a variety of specialized tasks related to Results-Based Management, including support to design, planning and implementation of program, managing data, reporting.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
- Ability to establish effective working relations in a multicultural team environment.
- Excellent supervisory, team-building and interpersonal skills.
Required Skills and Experience
Bachelor degree in Public Administration, Health, Social Sciences, Community Development or other related areas.
- Min. 2 years of relevant working experience at the national/regional level in the areas of youth and community development, local development, project management or other related fields.
- Experience in engagement with various stakeholder groups, including youth, project support, social media and related communication issues is required.
- Experience in working with health issues and engagement with women’s groups is desirable.
- Strong analytical, drafting and communication skills.
- Proven ability to coordinate complex programs with a diverse range of partners.
- Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) and advanced knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages, experience in handling web based management systems.
- Fluency in both oral and written Swahili and English.
Interested applicant should send their CV at [email protected]
Note: Only short-listed candidates will be contacted