Job Code: 1116
# of openings: 1
SENIOR PROGRAM OFFICER (SBCC) KEY POPULATIONS (KP)
PROGRAM: Sauti, Project
DUTY STATION: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
REPORTS TO: STA SBCC /Team Leader
Engender Health’s vision is Women and Girls First. The vision is underpinned by the mission, namely catalyzing the value of women and girls by harnessing the power of sexual and reproductive rights and health. EngenderHealth is a leading global women’s health organization committed to ensuring that every pregnancy is planned, every child is wanted, and every mother has the best chance at survival.
Sauti Project (Sauti-TZ) is a new 5-year USAID-funded project that will support comprehensive community-based HIV prevention programming for key and vulnerable populations in Tanzania. EngenderHealth Tanzania is a partner to Jhpiego-Tanzania in the implementation of this project. The goal of Sauti-TZ is to contribute to the improved health of all Tanzanians through a sustained reduction in new HIV infections in support of the Government Tanzania through deploying new, and/or enhancing existing, vulnerability-tailored high-quality combination HIV prevention; positive health, dignity and prevention (PHDP); and family planning (FP) and other services for key and vulnerable populations (KVP) in selected regions of Tanzania. Anticipated project results include: 1) Increased and timely use of HIV prevention and FP services; 2) Improved positive behaviors and social norms at the individual and community levels; 3) Reduced vulnerability of women through novel structural interventions; and 4) Increasingly sustainable comprehensive HIV prevention services for KVP.
Engender Health is seeking applications from highly qualified Tanzanian candidates to fill in Senior Program Officer SBCC/Key populations position for Sauti-TZ Project.
The SPO for Key Populations, based in Dar es Salaam, will provide expert technical assistance to develop and implement HIV prevention and support programing targeting at risk groups in the project’s priority regions. Working with female sex workers (FSW) and men who have sex with men (MSM), s/he will support formative research, program strategy, intervention planning and implementation and monitoring and evaluation activities, which will contribute to a sustained reduction in new HIV infections in Tanzania. The SPO will develop and manage the project’s behavioral interventions, and support coordination and collaboration with the project’s biomedical and structural interventions.
The SPO will report to, and work closely with the Senior Technical Advisor for SBCC. S/he will also work closely with other program staff including the Senior Technical Advisor for Gender. The SPO will help supervise Program Officers working with key populations in the project’s start-up regions of Dar es Salaam, Iringa, Mbeya, Mwanza, and Njombe. The SPO will also support, advocate and advise national ministries and decentralized government authorities, training and research institutions, and civil society organizations, to address the needs of key populations.
- Work with individuals, small groups and communities, using evidence-based approaches and best practices to address constraints and opportunities in all aspects of comprehensive HIV prevention for key and vulnerable populations
- Provide technical direction to the Project’s leadership agenda and field programming for KVP efforts
- Design and deliver structured community-based peer education and outreach interventions to identify, mobilize and support FSWs and MSM to encourage behavior change
- Build the capacity of KVP-centric or KVP-run NGOs/CBOs to establish and/or support community-based peer education hubs operating out of DICs or other KVP locations
- Support work with the clients of sex workers, brothel owners, the police, and justice system to tackle structural constraints and underlying vulnerabilities of FSWs and MSM
- Lead the development of KP strategy and interventions to promote KP-friendly SBCC packages and services, and transform harmful social norms, in collaboration with project staff, MoHSW, TACAIDS and USAID’s other partners
- Ensure the SBCC strategy effectively promotes improved gender norms and behaviors, and supports proven and promising KP-friendly approaches
- Lead and conduct formative research, segmented by KVP group, age, gender and other vulnerabilities to inform programming, contribute to hot spot identification and mapping, and as relevant pretest and scale up innovative approaches (Formative assessment activities may include interviews, surveys, focus groups, literature reviews and/or observations).
- Support the development of a strategic mix of communications targeting KVP, including community radio programs, social networking sites, SMS, and, WhatsApp, to influence and support positive behaviors and catalyze normative change within and between KVP groups
- Support and scale up structured community-based peer education and outreach interventions with KVP to respond to the needs of HIV- and HIV+ people
- Support the development of PE curricula and other SBCC materials for individual and small group counseling and dialogue on HIV prevention, FP knowledge and skills and gender transformation
- Build the capacity of national, regional and district levels to provide KVP-program specific oversight, supportive supervision, and mentoring for providers and facilities
- Identify, train and mentor a KVP focal person in RHMTs/CHMTs to coordinate KVP service delivery and training activities.
- Actively follow academic research and debates, and participate in technical conferences, and meetings on gender transformative programming, male engagement, gender-based violence, and HIV prevention with at-risk-populations. This includes staying up-to-date in epidemiological, behavioral and programmatic research.
- Assist in the preparation of annual work-plan, budgets, performance reports and quarterly reports as needed
- Represent EngenderHealth effectively in technical panels, committees, etc.
- Support and contribute to EngenderHealth’s global and country strategies and ensure that technical support is aligned with organizational priorities
- Participate in identifying funding opportunities and supporting development of proposals
Advanced university degree in social sciences, public health, communications, international development, or related field
Minimum of five years’ progressive experience working with KPs, and familiarity with internationally recommended policies
Minimum of five years’ experience of supporting SBCC HIV prevention programming
- Experience in peer health education, community engagement, gender norms transformation, demand creation and media
- Experience in the design of communications messages and materials, including pretesting and use of qualitative methods for KPs
- Experience in building the capacity of local NGOs/CBOs/FBOs in Tanzania
- Excellent interpersonal skills (e.g., active listening, cultural competence, responsiveness)
- Excellent writing skills
- Proven ability to operate effectively in team environment and identify opportunities for collaboration across project teams.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.
- Ability to balance completion of designated projects, both short and long term, with the execution of routine duties.
- Ability to meet short deadlines and willingness to work additional hours to meet deadlines.
- Computer competence including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
- Written and oral English and Swahili fluency
Please visit the careers page at www.engenderhealth.org to submit your application online by 21st July, 2017.
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