Technical Lead – Family Planning (TL – FP)

Americares

TITLE:                 Technical Lead- Family Planning (TL-FP),

                             Community Partnerships for Respectful Care (CPRC) project

DEPARTMENT:  International Partnerships & Programs

REPORTS TO:    Tanzania Project Director,

Community Partnerships for Respectful Care (CPRC) project

ASSIGNMENT TYPE:  Full-time

LOCATION:              Mwanza, Tanzania


ABOUT AMERICARES:

Americares is a health-focused relief and development organization that saves lives and improves health for people affected by poverty or disaster. Each year, Americares reaches 85 countries on average, including the United States, with life-changing health programs, medicine, medical supplies, and emergency aid. Americares is one of the world’s leading nonprofit providers of donated medicine and medical supplies. For more information, visit americares.org.

About Community Partnerships for Respectful Care (CPRC) project:

The Americares Community Partnerships for Respectful Care (CPRC) is a 5-year project (2020-2025) funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) with the aim to contribute to reducing mortality and morbidity among mothers and their children through improved community-based health care. The USAID CPRC project (USAID UZAZI STAHA in Swahili) provides strategic technical assistance at the national, regional and council levels to improve the quality and uptake of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH), family planning (FP), and nutrition services, as well as strengthen respectful maternity care in Tanzania. Americares Tanzania works with Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC) in the implementation of the USAID CPRC project in the Mwanza Region.

POSITION SUMMARY:

The TL-FP will provide technical and programmatic oversight and direction in the areas of reproductive health Family Planning. S/He will work closely with other Technical Leads and MEL Specialist in the CPRC project to identify strategic opportunities with project senior management, FP/RH partners, and relevant government officials in the development of strategic programs, innovations, implementation, and monitoring to ensure efficient delivery of integrated FP/RH services that is within the Tanzanian health care system.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Training and Other Capacity Building Activities

– Oversee the tailored implementation of FP/RH interventions as an essential services package by working closely with the project’s team, CSSC staff to provide technical assistance and guidance for FP/RH clinical and community activities in project-supported facilities and communities.

– Providing technical support on the integration of FP/RH services focusing on a variety of technical areas such as training; full and free informed choice; infection prevention; health promotion; operations research; and clinical quality improvement

– Work with various national level technical working group to provide inputs into strategic and technical FP/RH planning documents.

– Support the rollout of in-service coaching, mentoring and supportive supervision for facility and community-based health care providers in all FP/RH interventions

– Strengthen FP guidance, tools, and procedures for rigorous continuous implementation evaluation of training needs that ensures the inclusion of respectful maternity care in materials and training modules,

– Coordinate FP/RH need-based refresher trainings for partners and facility-based staff where the CPRC project is implemented.

Support capacity building activities for CSSC through training and mentorship program.

– Champion Family Planning and reproductive health services to adolescents

– Ensure capacity building activities, alongside with MOHCDGEC trainers and mentors to increase knowledge, attitude and positive attitude toward FP, nutrition for children and pregnant and lactating women of healthcare providers

– Routinely monitor and strengthen FP quality-of-service provision by health staff, including CSSC staff

– Conduct regular supervisory visits and meetings, in collaboration with FP/RH partners

– Conduct data quality audits to validate results prior to including them in the monthly reports.

– Ensure that FP data is reported from the health facilities, relayed to the respective CHMTs

– Reinforce the management system of health facilities and the CHMTs as a feedback mechanism to ensure high quality implementation of FP activities to meet project objectives.

– Champion and promote awareness raising activities and understanding of relevant issues of FP/RH and nutrition in CPRC project covered regions and councils.

Planning and coordination

– Coordinate integration of FP in maternal health services at both community and facility-based interventions.

– Support the rollout of in-service coaching, mentoring and supportive supervision for facility and community-based health care providers

– Liaise with the team, develop, and promote partnerships and networking with relevant FP stakeholders including and not limited to local authorities, MOHCDGEC, partners, and other stakeholders as appropriate.

– Oversee FP/RH activities to ensure quality and timely service delivery including integrated outreach campaigns and activities

– Coordinate with other Technical Leads and CSSC staff to meet CPRC project needs for field visits activities

– Work closely with other Technical Leads, MEL Specialist, CSSC team to monitor referrals and continuum of care linkages between CHWs and facility-based services

– Facilitate, with CPRC project partners, the MOHCDGEC, and external partners as well, community mobilization and awareness raising on FP/RH prevention and counseling services.

– In collaboration with other Technical Leads, coordinate monthly CHWs activities and data review meetings.

– Ensure and provide cross-facility learning, collection of good and best practices, documentation and experience sharing with outside and inside CPRC partners, on FP/RH, MNH, and nutrition.

– Actively engage in national, regional. Council level FP/RH networks settings and groups.

Leadership

– Provide technical leadership to ensure integration of FP/RH in CPRC project

– Provide FP/RH technical support during the design, development, planning and implementation phases

– Provide in country technical support to develop/adapt and implement FP/RH innovative capacity building approaches to ensure high quality performance of healthcare providers, CSSC, and CHWs.

– Ensure that the FP/RH project strategy adheres to MOHCDGEC and global strategies and are technically sounds during design, planning and implementation phases

Reporting:

– Identify and disseminate best practices and new technical strategies and approaches in the FP/RH area of expertise.

– Ensure the CHWs and community-facilities linkages data on FP/RH services are adequately established for timely reporting including the use reporting tools.

– Ensure quality and timely submission of comprehensive reports are submitted accordingly.

MINIMUM Qualifications:

– Bachelor’s degree in clinical disciplines (Medicine, Nursing, Midwifery) with at least 3 years experiences with post-graduate level training in public health is added advantage.

– Advanced Diploma holder (Nursing, Medicine, Midwifery) with at least 5 years work experiences in community- facility FP and RMNCAH interventions is highly preferred.

– Experiences in the technical designing, developing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating FP projects and implementation of FP/RH programs is added advantage.

– Ability to coach, mentor and develop technical capacity in service delivery programs and technical staff in the areas of maternal, newborn and child health, and performance and quality improvement.

– A good knowledge of current family planning/postpartum family planning approaches, preferably with understanding of the National and USAID’s approaches.

– Strong organizational skills, capacity to think strategically and attention to detail

– Excellent English-language writing skills

– Proficiency in Office 365 including Word, Excel, Teams, PowerPoint and SharePoint

– Willingness and ability to travel

– Unrestricted authorization to work in Tanzania.

Benefits:

– We offer a comprehensive and highly competitive set of benefits. These include:

– Health Insurance

– Life Insurance

– Communication allowance

– Housing allowance

– Thirteenth month salary paid annually.

Additionally, our core competencies as an organization are:

– Ownership and results

– Communication

– Problem solving

– Equity and inclusion

– Teamwork and conflict resolution

– Leadership

– Prioritization

– Management

– Strategy and planning

– Decision making

We know not all applicants will demonstrate all the competencies we are looking for. We encourage you to apply even if you do not check all the boxes above, and we look forward to reviewing your application holistically.

What you can expect: Video and phone interviews with HR /People and Talent and with other organizational members.

As a global health organization, we are committed to ensuring a safe environment for our staff, partners, and visitors. All Americares staff and visitors who are on-site at any of our locations or will be traveling for work are required to be fully vaccinated (which includes a booster, when eligible) against COVID-19 unless an exemption required by law is applicable.

Americares is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Americares Values:

– We create global community, treating people as they want to be treated.

– We respond effectively and responsibly, putting plans into practice.

– We embed ethics and equity in our work and workplace.

– We are better together; partnership is at our core.

– We ask and listen, to create sustainable solutions for a healthier tomorrow.

– We commit to quality, growing and improving to ensure individuals and communities thrive.

Applicants should include telephone/mobile number, email addresses and at least three referees’ contacts.

To apply for this job please visit americares.csod.com.

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