22 Aug 2020

Regional Demand Creation Officer (5) at HJFMRI

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HJFMRI

The Demand Creation Officer will assist the HJFMRI VMMC Officers in respective regions. The Demand creationl Officer’s primary role is to develop and oversee VMMC demand creation strategies in the respective regions.

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About HJFMRI Tanzania Program

The Walter Reed Program Tanzania (WRP-T) is a collaborative effort that supports PEPFAR-funded HIV prevention and treatment activities in the Southern Highlands and within the Tanzania People’s Defense Forces (TPDF). HJF Medical Research International, Inc Tanzania (HJFMRI-T) is a local non-profit that has supported these efforts since 2004 for the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR). PEPFAR activities are conducted in close collaboration with the Tanzania Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children; and the President’s Office of the Regional Administration and Local Government (PORALG), through the Regional and Council Health Management Teams.

HJFMRI-T HJF Medical Research International, Inc. Tanzania (HJFMRI-T) providing care and treatment to people affected by HIV/AIDS and has been actively involved in HIV and AIDS programming, providing resources, personnel, and services to the Southern Highlands Zone. The program has expanded from supporting the Mbeya Zonal Referral Hospital to becoming a hub for anti-retroviral treatment in the Zone; to community support through decentralized services, with the overall objective of implementing research, clinical HIV, prevention, care, and treatment services. HJFMRI-T currently focuses specifically on four regions in the Southern Highlands Zone, namely Mbeya, Rukwa, Katavi, and Songwe. The program also supports TPDF to implement comprehensive HIV prevention care and treatment program in 21 sites throughout the country.

 

HJF Medical Research International, Inc. Tanzania (HJFMRI-T) is seeking qualified candidates to fill the position(s) below:

Job Title:  Regional Demand Creation Officer  (5 Positions)

Position Reports To: VMMC Officer

Location: Ruvuma, Mbeya, Songwe, Rukwa and Katavi

Overview 

The  Demand Creation Officer  will assist the HJFMRI VMMC   Officers  in respective regions. The Demand creationl Officer’s primary role is to develop and  oversee  VMMC demand creation strategies in the respective regions.  The position holder will work closely with Regions and councils focal persons  who supervise Peer Educators/Voluntary community Mobilizers (VCMs) and coordinate with other Community Agents of Change including overall planning, coordination and monitoring of all VMMC demand creation activities in the region.  The  Demand Creation Officer.  will work with the VMMC officer and Region or Councils VMMC focal persons to develop and maintain relationships with existing community networks, private sector and CSOs to develop networks of community based demand creation strategies. The position holder will also take the lead in proposing innovations to the VMMC  program to make it more effective in building local capacity for self-sustaining advocacy initiatives.

 Responsibilities

  • Coordinate with VMMC Officers  to access adequate and timely on-the-job training and on-going technical assistance to ensure to Peer Educators, Voluntary Community Mobilizers and partners/CSOs so that they are able to perform demand creation  effectively to achieve relevant objectives and targets.
  • Contribute to development of  training curricula and course outlines, planning logistics of trainings and facilitating training sessions and on-the-job trainings of  PEs, Volunteer Community Mobilizers and other community based cadres that are involved in VMMC demand creation.
  • Work collaboratively with Regions and councils demand creation leads, PEs , Volunteer Community Mobilizers, CSOs and other community networks to develop sustainable demand creation and advocacy strategies and local capacity for sustainability linked to VMMC and EIMC static sites.
  • Support the HJFMRI Demand Creation and Advocacy teams to design, plan, execute and evaluate sustainable demand creation and advocacy initiatives focused on uptake of EIMC and VMMC services led by PEs, Volunteer Community Mobilizers and existing self-sustaining local agencies.
  • Conduct  regular supportive supervisions of PEs, Volunteer Community Mobilzers, to ensure compliance and monitor progress towards meeting objectives working closely with VMMC Officers of respective regions.
  • Prepare a monthly report of key issues on the PEs, Volunteer Community Mobilizers (VCM) program and in consultation with VMMC Officers/regional/council demand creation focal persons suggest concrete actions to improve the demand creation program in the subsequent month.
  • Contribute to the annual work plan and other reprogramming initiatives in the course of the year by identifying new demand creation initiatives suited to existing local resources  and recommend community strategies for program expansion and sustainability.
  • Establish and maintain strategic relationships with VMMC health providers, Civil Society Organizations, the private sector, sub-district Local Government Authority officials, other relevant local agencies that PEs and Volunteer Community Mobilizers work with and influential persons in catchment areas.
  • Attend select stakeholders meetings as a representative of HJFMRI-T to advocate for and provide technical assistance for sustainable demand creation activities.
  • Support program implementation of VMMC and EIMC in other regions, as required.
  • Link in with other HJFMRI programs operating in respective region to ensure the full strength of HJFMRI’s contribution in the region is well represented.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Required Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in community development, communication, public health, sociology or other relevant field.
  • At least 3 years’ experience implementing social and behavior change communication or demand creation interventions, particularly in HIV prevention. Experience with VMMC or EIMC promotion would be an advantage.
  • At least 1 years’ experience managing social and behavior change communication or demand creation interventions, including supervision of peer educators, community resource peoples and implementing partners.
  • Demonstrated experience working with Local Government and maintaining good relations with Local Government at district and sub-district levels. Experience with capacity-building of Local Government teams to sustain programs would be an advantage.
  • Demonstrated experience building capacity of individuals and or organizations.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills in Kiswahili and English.
  • Demonstrated self-management (i.e. motivation, dealing with pressure, adaptability).
  • Basic computer skills (word processing, PowerPoint, e-mail, Internet).
  • Willingness to live in the mentioned regions.
  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 50% time.

 

 

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      Method of Application

Cover letters and resumes should be sent by mail through post/EMS/DHL/ or any reliable Courier to the Human Resources and Administration Manager, P.O. Box 6396, Mbeya or sent through e-mail to [email protected]

NOTE: To be considered, applicants must put the TITLE OF THE JOB in the SUBJECT LINE. “CVs should not include any reference to marital status, birthplace, or tribal or religious affiliations. Any CVs containing this information will not be considered for employment”. Applications that are hand-delivered will not be accepted. The deadline for submitting the application is August 31st , 2020.

HJFMRI is an equal opportunity employer; women are highly encouraged to apply.






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