8 Dec 2022

Program Officer RCCE at Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Program

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Job Description


Job Description
Job Title: Program Officer, Risk Communication and Community Engagement
(RCCE) and Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA)
Report to: Director of SBC Design and Implementation
Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania


Breakthrough ACTION Tanzania is a new, three-year (2022-2025) cooperative agreement between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Program (CCP). The social and behavior change (SBC) activity aims to catalyze opportunities for Tanzanians to improve their health status by transforming sociocultural norms and supporting the adoption of healthier behaviors. The activity will provide technical assistance to the Government of Tanzania (GoT) to improve the policy and implementation framework around SBC activities, and design, implement and monitor specific SBC interventions at the sub-national level as required. Breakthrough ACTION Tanzania will promote integrated SBC approaches to support family planning/reproductive health, maternal, neonatal, and child health (including nutrition), HIV, malaria, TB, risk communication and community engagement (RCCE) and other infectious diseases as needed.

Job Summary:

The Program Officer (PO) will coordinate project implementation with national and sub-national level technical units, service delivery partners, and other RCCE and GHSA stakeholders. S/he will regularly produce content related to COVID-19 and other general infectious diseases, health security projects and interventions. S/he will report to the Director of SBC Design and Implementation, with additional reporting lines to the Director of SBC Coordination and Capacity Strengthening, and works closely with external partner organizations and team members to design, implement, and supervise activities to ensure that stakeholders’ guidance is integrated into program implementation to continuously improve the quality of interventions and outcomes. The incumbent will attend all relevant technical working group and USG partner meetings as a representative of Breakthrough ACTION Tanzania.


  • Provide day to day technical assistance and capacity strengthening to RCCE and GHSA initiatives that are aligned to national priorities and guidelines.
  • Support the development of SBC strategies, materials, approaches and tools that ensure inclusion of relevant RCCE- and GHSA-related priorities.
  • Manage relationships with implementing partners and relevant Technical Working Groups.
  • Represent Breakthrough ACTION Tanzania in relevant external meetings and events, which may include delivering technical presentations, networking, relationship building, and initiating and follow through with opportunities for collaboration.
  • Work with senior staff to facilitate RCCE- and GHSA-related meetings, trainings and workshops, including the creation of agendas, curricula, manuals and materials, as necessary.
  • Support staff to appreciate RCCE and GHSA issues and integrate these into their activities in order to widen reach.
  • Proactively remain up to date with key RCCE national and global recommendations and guidelines and integrate these into day-to-day programming. Be knowledgeable about GHSA 2024 strategic framework and overall country progress toward health security
  • Contribute towards quarterly reporting, annual work plan development, and budgeting for the Breakthrough ACTION Tanzania team.
  • Support results reporting to USAID by providing written documentation on RCCE and GHSA activities, as appropriate.
  • Work closely with the monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning (MERL) team to harmonize and streamline collection and use of data for RCCE and GHSA program activities and learning, routinely review performance data, and initiate adaptations to program management and implementation.
  • Format, edit, and create documents and presentations as needed.
  • Initiate, track and monitor procurements, contracts, work plans and other administrative and programmatic documents.
  • Work closely with finance and administrative staff to ensure timely and compliant spending.
  • Maintain frequent, open, ongoing communication with program team members in all locations (offsite, in headquarters, and internationally).
  • Liaise with internal and external partners.
  • Adhere to JHU, CCP and donor rules, regulations and policies.
  • Upload and save deliverables on relevant knowledge management platforms.
  • Assist with other activities as directed by the supervisor.
  • Work with senior staff to facilitate RCCE- and GHSA-related meetings, trainings, and workshops, including the creation of agenda, curriculum, manuals and materials.



  • Master’s degree (M.A., MHS, MPH) required. Three years’ work experience in a related field. Additional relevant experience and/or training may substitute for some education.
  • Tanzania national
  • Fluency in English and Kiswahili for both, English and Kiswahili


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated experience of working in partnership with host governments, international donors, and implementing partners
  • Experience of working with SBC and/or RCCE or GHSA programs.
  • Experience of working in COVID-19 and global infectious disease projects
  • Ability to work in a fast-moving environment with multiple tasks, competing deadlines and multiple stakeholders
  • Experience with monitoring and evaluation of health programs demonstrating a progressively increasing level of responsibility
  • Excellent writing skills and ability to articulate oral and written technical information clearly and effectively to both technical and non-technical audiences Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills; and,
  • Excellent past performance references.

Travel Requirements:

  • This position may require up to 25% regional travel
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Method of Application

All candidates are encouraged to submit e-mail applications to [email protected]  with copies of current CV, cover letter and three professional referees. Please indicate which position you are applying for in the subject line of the email.

Deadline: 12:00pm EAT on December 18, 2022

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