Program Officer, TB (2 Positions)


 

CLINTON HEALTH ACCESS INITIATIVE, Inc. (CHAI) Program Officer, TB (2 Positions)

Location: Lilongwe and Mangochi, Malawi

Organization Overview: The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org. Position Overview: In 2016, only an estimated 54% of TB cases in Malawi were detected and registered on treatment. Studies have suggested that many TB patients will initially present through the private sector via traditional healers, pharmacies or other drug dispensaries before seeking formal clinical evaluation. Currently these entry points are not equipped nor activated to screen and refer possible TB cases for formal evaluation. Through TBReach, CHAI has received a grant to implement a project which proposes to activate traditional healers, pharmacies, and drug dispensaries in two target districts in Malawi. CHAI will identify and engage traditional healers and pharmacies/dispensaries in the target districts to improve TB screening and referrals by these groups. To do this, CHAI will sensitize, train, and incentivize providers at these entry points. A free-to-use mobile phone-based platform will be used to track referrals, while participation will be encouraged through the use of token financial incentives. CHAI is seeking an experienced, highly motivated, flexible, and operationally-focused individual to support the TB Reach program as it seeks to reach ambitious targets. The Program Officer will be an integral part of the team; their main objective will be to assist in the mapping and implementation phases of the project. During mapping, the program officer will lead the implementation of community mapping and relationship building with traditional healers and drug dispensaries. Following mapping, the Program Officer will support the intervention by sensitizing, training, and conducting ongoing supervision of providers participating in the project. The Program Officer is expected to travel within the target district and provide feedback to the Program Manager on implementation.

The Program Officer will report directly to the Program Manager for Pediatric HIV and TB.

 

Duties will include:

  • Oversee the field operation of the TB Reach program
  • Assist in operationalization of trainings, mentorships, district review meetings, summits and other activities at facilities/service points, by planning and budgeting, organizing logistics, liaising with Ministry stakeholders, and working with the operations team to make any necessary arrangements
  • Contribute to the development/review of training and mentorship materials for providers to ensure faithful implementation of the program
  • Support MOH supervision and mentoring and utilize data from these exercises to determine the effectiveness of roll out, and identify (and report to the office) any district issues and challenges for optimal implementation
  • Contribute to project monitoring and evaluation, and assessment of project impact
  • Develop strong working relationships and collaborate very closely with key stakeholders at district level for the implementation of activities
  • Represent CHAI at stakeholder and district meetings where necessary
  • Provide regular onsite supervision to participating providers and troubleshooting support to health workers throughout the length of the program
  • Manage a team of local data collectors (including work progress, workload, travel plans, reporting) and all program related data, providing quality control of the data collection process by ensuring that health workers and data collectors are properly collecting information
  • Communicate on progress of the program on a regular basis.
  • Any other duties as assigned by the Program Manager

 

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 4 years of experience in private or public sector enterprise
  • Bachelor degree in Public/Community Health, Nursing, or Environmental Health/Science
  • Experience implementing health-related impact evaluations and collecting data at rural health facilities in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Knowledge of Malawi health delivery system especially TB service delivery
  • Ability to solve challenging problems without extensive structural or operational support
  • Ability to multi-task and work effectively in high-pressure situations
  • Adept at working both independently with minimal supervision and being a team player
  • Experience with electronic data collection tools such as SurveyCTO preferred
  • Exceptional organizational and planning skills
  • Experience working directly with community stakeholders
  • Willingness to spend significant time in the field
  • Fluency in English (both written and spoken) and Chichewa (spoken) required.

 

Terms: The two positions are based in Lilongwe and Mangochi respectively, with frequent travels to communities and health facilities within the districts, as well as regular travels to Lilongwe CHAI office to meet with the Program Manager.

 

How to apply

Interested applicants can apply online at: https://careers-chai.icims.com/jobs/8516/program-officer/job

Closing date of application is September 30st, 2018


Comment on advertised Job

Billy D.

8th of September, 2018 11:32:32 am


Location: Lilongwe & Mangochi

Employment Type: Full-time

Salary: N/A

Job deadline: 30th September, 2018

Company: The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI)

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