Manager, Family Health and Infectious Diseases at East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community, January 2018
NAFASI ZA KAZI / AJIRA East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community, January 2018
East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community
Post of Manager, Family Health and Infectious Diseases
The East, Central and Southern African Health Community (ECSA-HC) invites
applications for the Post of Manager, Family Health and Infectious Diseases
from suitably qualified persons who are nationals of Member States. The
Member states are Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Swaziland, Tanzania,
Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The position is tenable at the ECSA Health
Community Secretariat in Arusha.
The East, Central and Southern African Health Community (ECSA-HC) is a
regional organisation set up in 1974 to promote the highest possible standards
of health among member states. It is mandated to foster cooperation that will
lead to the strengthening of health care programmes among member states in
the region. The Secretariat implements its activities through four specific
programme clusters, namely:
i. Family Health and Infectious Diseases;
ii. Non-Communicable Diseases, Food Security and Nutrition;
iii. Health Systems and Capacity Building; and
iv. Knowledge Management, Monitoring and Evaluation.
Broad Purpose of the Post
The Manager, Family Health and Infectious Diseases will be responsible for
providing policy and strategic direction to coordinate regional networks to
implement evidence based programmes in order to facilitate member countries
to achieve the highest level of Family Health and Infectious Diseases for the
population of ECSA-HC.
i. Provide leadership in establishing ECSA HC policy and strategy on
Family Health and Infectious Disease interventions within the ECSA
ii. Coordinate the implementation of family health and infectious disease
programmes in the ECSA region.
iii. Support the managers of programmes within ECSA in evolving
programmes that integrate family health and infectious diseases into
other sectors/programmes for the improvement of health delivery in
ECSA member states.
iv. Use established networks at the regional and international level to collect
and exchange information on family health and infectious diseases for
use in programming.
v. Monitor and report the progress and outcomes of the organisation’s
interventions related to family health and infectious diseases that are
integrated in other health programmes.
vi. Advise management on the issues related to family health and infectious
diseases that needs to be addressed at the regional level.
vii. Liaise with regional and international organisations/partners to facilitate
the implementation of innovative interventions and models of good
practices that are adaptable to the ECSA member states.
viii. Maintain and regularly review a system for profiling, repackaging and
dissemination of models of good practices that are cost effective for
promotion of family health and control of infectious diseases in the ECSA
HC member states.
ix. Mobilize resources from different partners through writing
programme/project proposals to support implementation of regional
interventions for family health programmes and control of infectious
diseases and ensure accountability of resources to meet the collaborators
x. Implement multi-centre operational research activities to support
development of evidence-based policies and programmes that focus on
family health and infectious diseases.
xi. Participate in scientific conferences on family health and infectious
diseases as part of advocacy and to keep abreast with contemporary
issues in family health and infectious diseases.
xii. Coordinate as required specific programmes and projects on Family
Health and Infectious Diseases.
xiii. Perform any other related functions and duties as may be assigned by
Minimum Entry Qualifications
i. Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine
ii. Masters/Postgraduate qualifications in Obstetrics and Gynaecology,
Public health, Epidemiology, Community health or SRH field or a social
degree with postgraduate qualifications in Public health or Epidemiology
iii. Any other post graduate social science or clinical qualifications relevant
to SRH, MCH, HIV/AIDS, TB and other Infectious Diseases.
i. S/he should have at least 5 years’ experience in a senior
management position in a health related organisation including
managing community health programmes.
ii. Experience in donor funded projects is preferred.
iii. The working experience should include work in international,
organizations, civil service and in multicultural environments.
Essential Skills and Competencies Required
i. Good communication and report writing skills.
ii. Management, interpersonal and networking skills
iii. Strategic planning and research skills.
iv. Experience in training and ability to organize, train and support staff on
needs assessment, project design, implementation monitoring and
v. Solid understanding of and experience with strategic, organizational and
management issues as well multi-stakeholder processes and negotiations
vi. Good contextual knowledge of national, regional and international health
issues and priorities.
vii. Strong resource mobilization and project management skills
viii. Political astuteness, diplomatic and with good negotiation skills.
Language: Fluency in both spoken and written English.
Age: Between 40 and 55 years of age.
An attractive remuneration package will be offered to the right candidate. The
details of the package may be obtained on request from the Director General
ECSA Health Community Secretariat, Arusha.
This is a three-year contract appointment renewable on the basis of
performance and by mutual consent on the part of the employer and the
Method of Application
Nationals of Members States who wish to apply for the Post should do so by
submitting the following:
i. Detailed Application Letter stating why the candidate feels suitable for
ii. Detailed Curriculum Vitae including names of three (3) referees with
their addresses, telephone, fax and e-mail.
iii. Completed Application form for ECSA-HC posts (available under
vacancies/opportunities > jobs on www.ecsahc.org )
iv. Certified Copies of Educational and Professional Certificates.
v. Letter supporting the application written by the Permanent/Principal
Secretary of the Ministry of Health of the member state.
Deadline for Applications:
Applications should reach the address below by 31st January, 2018
The Director General East,
Central and Southern Africa- Health Community
Plot 157 Oloirien, Njiro Road
P.O. Box 1009 Arusha, Tanzania
Tel: Off: +255-27-250 8362/3; 250 4106
Fax: +255-27-254125/250 8292
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org with copies to email@example.com
The ECSA Health Community is an equal opportunities employer. Female
candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.
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