8 Dec 2022

Senior Program Officer RCCE at Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Program

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Job Description


Job Description
Job Title: Senior 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 Senior Program Officer (SPO) will coordinate project implementation with national and subnational level technical units, service delivery partners, and other risk communication and community engagement and COVID-19 stakeholders. S/he may supervise and mentor staff and will regularly produce content related to COVID-19, RCCE and GHSA 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 work closely with external partner organizations and team members to design, implement, and supervise activities to ensure that stakeholder guidance is integrated into program implementation to continuously improve the quality of interventions and outcomes. The Senior Program Officer will lead technical work on RCCE and GHSA initiatives independently and contribute to strategic partnership development, with support. S/he will attend all relevant technical working group and USG partner meetings as a representative of Breakthrough ACTION Tanzania.


Lead and manage technical work independently, including strategies, toolkits, communication materials, scripts, job aides, needs assessments, etc.
Generate and envision new RCCE and GHSA activities, ideas, frameworks, and strategies that further high-level goals
Use tools, processes, best-practices and colleague review to ensure all products and documents are of the highest quality possible
In collaboration with research and evaluation division, contribute to design and implementation of RCCE and GHSA research plans and activities
Demonstrate high level technical communication, including writing reports, creating and giving presentations, and facilitating trainings or group discussions related to and COVID19 other GHSA initiatives that are aligned to national priorities and guidelines.
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 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.
This position may not have official supervisory duties; the RCCE SPO will engage in coaching and mentoring of staff. If the position does eventually have official supervisory duties, the RCCE and GHSA SPO will supervise staff with support, including orienting and training new staff members, conducting regular (at least quarterly) check-ins and annual performance reviews with all supervisees, identifying and recommending appropriate professional development opportunities for supervisees, and providing coaching and mentoring to promote continued growth and improvement among supervisees and other staff.
Work with senior staff to facilitate RCCE-related meetings, trainings and workshops, including the creation of agendas, curricula, manuals and materials, as necessary.
Support staff to appreciate RCCE issues and integrate these into their activities in order to widen reach.
Proactively remain up to date with key RCCE-related 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. Monitor budgets and make strategic decisions to reallocate funding according to strategic priorities, with support.
Maintain frequent, open, ongoing communication with program team members in all locations (offsite, in headquarters, and internationally).
Liaise with internal and external partners and consultants, ensuring statement of work, contract, and deliverables are in place.
Adhere to JHU, CCP and donor rules, regulations and policies.
Upload and save deliverables on relevant knowledge management platforms.
Contribute to strategic partnership development with support.
This position may lead proposal development (technical, budget, coordination) with support.
Assist with other activities as directed by the supervisor.

Master’s degree (M.A., MHS, MPH) required. At least five years’ work experience in the related field. Additional relevant experience and/or training may substitute for some education.
Tanzanian national
Fluency in English and Kiswahili.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Demonstrated experience working in partnership with host governments, international donors, and implementing partners
Experience working with SBC and/or RCCE or GHSA programs
Experience working on COVID-19 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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