The Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC) is an ecumenical body established in 1992 by the Christian Council of Tanzania and the Tanzania Episcopal Conference, to coordinate and facilitate the delivery of social services (health and education) by the member churches in Tanzania. For 28 years, CSSC has been serving and coordinate a network of more than 900 church-owned health education facilities, including 105 large hospitals at Zonal, Regional and District/Council levels. In addition, CSSC coordinates a network of more than 1,000 church owned education facilities. Majority of these church health and education facilities are located in remote and rural areas where 70% of the Tanzanian population reside in those areas.
CSSC has been awarded a 5-years Grant by U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to implement “Pamoja Tuwekeze Afya” – (PATA) Activity. The award intends to establish self-reliant health facilities (HFs) and improve health service delivery
by the CSSC network of church based HFs in meeting the health needs of the target population. Through cost-effective and innovative solutions, the PATA Activity will strengthen the CSSC’s capacity to deliver quality services in Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent health (RMNCAH), HIV/TB services and other health related areas. The PATA Activity has got two major components;
Component one: Create a network of financially and managerially sustainable HFs and a self-reliant Medical and commodity supply chain Company and Component Two: Improve staff skills and retention at HFs and improve their capacity to provide a continuum of quality care of RMNCAH and HIV/TB services.
In view of the above, CSSC is hereby seeking applications from highly qualified, well experienced, competent and motivated persons to fill-in the following vacant positions.
Title: RMNCAH-2 Post
Report to: Health Technical Advisor
The RMNCAH Project Officer, will work under the guidance of the Health Technical Advisor and will be responsible for implementing a range of RMNCH strategic interventions within the designated network of church health facilities and communities. S/he will provide technical support to the PATA project activities to scale up quality RMNCAH activities in the county. S/he will use the FBO platforms to strengthen the community dialogue mechanisms to ensure that all maternal and neonatal deaths, are reported, documented and audited with the community stake holders. Further s/he will support the scale up of RMNCAH services in the targeted health facilities with a focus on availing choices at every supported facility. S/he will take lead in setting up friendly environment for ANC visits, well-equipped delivery rooms that ensure safety and privacy during delivery, and setting up well-equipped rooms for newborn care.
The Project Officer will facilitate trainings on Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (EmONC) to CSSC network of HFs staff in need. The EmONC training is critical to building capacity of HCWs to properly monitor the delivery process, including proper use of Pantographs and Active management of the 3rd Stage of labor
The RMNCAH officer in the PATA Activity is responsible to support implementation of Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) activities in FBO health facilities in selected regions. Under the supervision of the RMNCAH Coordinator, the incumbent will perform the function of Family and Reproductive Health Technical Officer. The incumbent will work closely and provide technical assistance to the FBO health facilities while link them with their respective RHMT and CHMT departments in the selected region.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Coordinate Reproductive Maternal and Newborn health activities offered by FBO health facilities in selected regions where the PATA project is implemented.
- Provide overall implementation of activities within the RMNCAH technical area including joint support supervision on MNCAH / RH services to the health facilities together with Health facility managers
- Work closely with the network of health facilities and especially RMNCAH teams and related units to Supporting facilities to improve quality of service delivery through QA/QI approaches by monitoring and tracking key indicators in RMNCAH.
- Provide technical guidance in QA / QI in RMNCAH service delivery. This include identification, tracking and evaluation of sub-optimally performing indicators in maternal and newborn health.
- Review and analyse data for performance monitoring of the PATA – RMNCAH component and utilize the data to take corrective actions through monthly and quarterly data review meetings at the project and facility levels.
- Contribute to the capacity building of the PATA project staff and CSSC competences in RMNCAH knowledge and skills including mentorship, coaching, and regular updates.
- Provide technical assistance for adoption training approaches through on the job training, mentorship and supportive supervision for RMNCAH interventions at facility levels for corrective actions, results and sustained positive changes in knowledge, competencies, attitudes and practices for improving quality of RMNCAH services.
- MD/BSC Nursing graduate or other health-related degree from a recognized University is required,
- At least 3-5 years’ experience in successful field implementation of community and facility based RMNCAH/FP programs.
Experiences and Skills
- At least 3 years of experience in Clinical practice of health programmes in RMCAH in the community, at facility levels.
- Demonstrated skills in rolling out RMNCAH endorsed approaches that result in improved uptake of services for, reproductive health, maternal health
- Excellent interpersonal and team-building skills, ability to work effectively with different levels of professional cadres.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and Kiswahili.
- Strong writing skills, including writing of reports.
- Proficient with Microsoft Office applications (Word, advanced Excel, and PowerPoint).
- Experience conducting training and building capacity of healthcare workers on data quality, data dissemination and information use, and other M&E related issues.
- Demonstrated experience of working in tight timelines and meeting reporting requirements would be an added advantage.
- Experience working on U.S. government (PEPFAR) or other large donor-funded projects preferred.
- Pro-active, collaborative and ability to organize and prioritize demanding activities. Work effectively in a team and be able to work under limited supervision.
- Skills in programme planning/management.
Mode of Application
Interested candidates are to submit their motivation letter and copy of the latest CV in one document indicating their preferred work station. The subject line of your job application email should indicate the position that you are applying for; your CV must include the contact information (email addresses and telephone numbers) of three work-related traceable referees.
All correspondence MUST reach CSSC before 1600hrs November 27th 2020 and channeled through the following email address: [email protected]
- Any application sent later than the mentioned date and time will not be considered.
- Only short-listed candidates will be contacted; if you are not contacted within two weeks after the deadline of this advert, consider yourself unsuccessful.
- Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.