Intern -MOMENTUM at Pathfinder International April, 2023

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Pathfinder International is seeking recent undergraduates or graduates in health field from the Kigoma and Katavi regions of Tanzania for an internship to support a couple-focused intervention under the MOMENTUM Integrated Health Resilience Project. In total, Pathfinder International is seeking to engage eight interns, four in Kigoma and four in Katavi. The internship will be for a six-month period beginning in May 2023. The selected interns will be grouped into male-female pairs and be trained to facilitate small group sessions for the Couple Connect for Young Couples intervention which will be implemented in Uvinza and Tanganyika districts. This intervention is designed to build the “connectedness” or relationship quality of young couples in order to strengthen their capacity to jointly engage in equitable and healthy behaviors. The selected interns will work with multiple groups of young couples to facilitate a curriculum covering couple decision making, communication, joint planning, conflict management, and reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health. The interns will participate in a two-week training with the curriculum developers and then will work closely with Pathfinder International to implement the curriculum. Implementation will include collecting baseline and endline information from group participants, coordinate with a co-facilitator to prepare for and facilitate the 14 sessions of the curriculum for approximately 2-3 small groups, conduct review meetings with other program implementers monthly to review progress, and participate in the evaluation of the program, as needed. Travel expenses during field work will be covered, according to organizational policies that will be outlined in the internship agreement. This position will report to and work closely with the project’s Clinical Services Mentor throughout the duration of the assignment.

Orientation and Training ·       Actively participate in orientation to the assignment and the two-week facilitator training. The training will include information on health and gender topics, small group facilitation, and the intervention curriculum. 10%
Participant Recruitment ·       Coordinate with Community Health Workers, community health workers supervisors and Peer Leaders from the First-Time Parents Intervention to recruit and engage participants  
Data Collection ·       Collect basic baseline and endline data with program participants

·       Collect attendance records at each session

·       Share data with supervisor/program lead

Small Group Facilitation ·       Work with co-facilitator to prepare for each weekly small group session, using the curriculum facilitator’s guide

·       Travel to and from implementation sites

·       Set up logistics for each meeting, including confirming the date, time, location, and materials needed

·       Co-facilitate weekly small group sessions for 2-3 small groups

·       Follow up with program participants in between session about missed session and further support on certain topics, etc, as needed


Monitoring and Group Management ·       Prepare for and participate in monthly review meetings with other program implementers and stakeholders—including Pathfinder International staff, community health workers, and facility-based healthcare providers—to review implementation progress, raise any challenges that need to be addressed, and highlight successes

·       Provide monthly report to Pathfinder International staff on implementation progress



Minimally Required Job-Specific Competencies:

  • Country Specific Public Health System: Basic knowledge of the countries’ public health systems and SRHR/RMNACH programs.
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Knowledge of family planning and reproductive health principles, practices and services of programs
  • Gender: Belief in gender equality and the ability to change inequitable gender norms
  • Leadership: Skills in leading and facilitating groups.
  • Experience working in fragile settings and remote rural communities, specifically in Uvinza district of Kigoma and Tanganyika district of Katavi region.
  • Program and Project Planning and Management: Advanced skills in program and project management and planning to fulfill performance objectives, including the timely implementation and reporting of assignment activities.
  • Working as a team: work with co facilitator in daily responsibilities to meet expected outcomes.


Minimally Required Organizational Competencies:

  • Software Applications: Knowledge of MS Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Outlook.
  • Languages: Proven writing and speaking skills using Kiswahili and English language.
  • Communication and Influencing Skills: Proven oral and written communication skills
  • Passion for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Commitment to family planning, reproductive health services, gender, maternal, child health services, and eradication of harmful traditional practices.
  • Self-Management and Teamwork: Ability to work independently or as a member of the team, ability to thrive in a matrix organization, ability to be details-oriented, and ability to manage stress effectively in a fast-paced environment.
  • Confidentiality: Ability to maintain confidentiality on work related matters.
  • Ability to travel to implementation sites to conduct the small group sessions
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, open-structure, multicultural environment and effectively handle competing time and resource demands for self and others.


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