Community Engagement Officer (CEO) Job Vacancy at COCODA

Full Time
  • Full Time
  • Mtwara

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Community Concern of Orphans and Development Association

Community Engagement Officer (CEO) Job Vacancy at COCODA

JOB VACANCIES ANNOUNCEMENT

COCODA Tanzania is a non-governmental organization established in 2000. COCODA’s establishment as its name suggests, resulted from intensifying concern among community members in Tanzania over the surging number of orphans, mainly as a consequence to swelling amount of people infected by HIV and dying from AIDS, majority being adults leaving behind young children without parents. This trend had a negative impact on social and economic development. Hence COCODA Tanzania envisioned offering effective response to the situation through providing education to local community on HIV/ AIDS, supporting orphans and most vulnerable children, providing vocational skills to youth and establishment of small scale income generating groups for community sustainable economy.

Meeting Targets and Maintaining Epidemic Control (EpiC) is a global project funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) which is dedicated to achieving and maintaining HIV epidemic control.  It is led by FHI 360 as prime and has a five-year period of performance from April 15, 2019 to April 14, 2024.

EpiC provides strategic technical assistance (TA) and direct service delivery to break through barriers to 95-95-95 and improve HIV case-finding, prevention and linkage to treatment among key and priority populations (PP) at Njombe and Mtwara region. In Njombe region the project is implemented by COCODA in 6 councils (Njombe TC, Njombe DC, Makambako TC, Wanging’ombe DC, Ludewa DC and Makete DC) and Mtwara region the project will be implemented in all 9 councils (Mtwara MC, Mtwara DC, Masasi TC, Masasi DC, Nanyumbu DC, Nanyamba TC, Tandahimba DC, Newala DC and Newala TC) to address critical gaps and bottlenecks in the response to HIV among key and vulnerable populations (KVP) and adolescent girls and young women (AGYW). The EpiC project works closely with the Government of Tanzania (GoT) at national and sub-national levels to deliver HIV and other services tailored to the needs of these groups.

COCODA Tanzania invites competent and motivated applicant to apply for the following positions;

Community Engagement Officer (CEO): 1 Positions

Location: 1 Mtwara Region

Reports to: Program Manager

Position Description

The Community Engagement Officer under COCODA Tanzania will work in collaboration with Biomedical technical officer at regional levels and community in respective Council to implement HIV prevention program targeting population at risk, Vulnerable Adolescent Girls and Young women, female sex workers (FSW) and Men who have Sex with Men (MSM), s/he will monitor the implementation of the SBCC, structural and gender activities in compliance with the overall regional work plan. S/he will play a key role in ensuring that the Community activities (SBCC, structural and gender activities) are conducted according to the National standards and EpiC standard operating procedures, and that beneficiaries receive quality services; s/he will also play a crucial role in supervising and building the capacity of Peer Educators, Navigators and mobilizers for effective and efficiently implementation of activities during outreach activities (mobile testing and moonlight approaches) for HTS provision. She will be managing all community activities through conducting progress review meetings in monthly basis with all peers (educators, mobilizes, navigators) and health care providers. She/he will be coordinating the case management team with health facilities and community for continuum of care. Also, will be responsible in monitoring Gender based/Intimate partners Violence cases includes status of referral and linkages. The Community Engagement Officer will report to the CSO Program Manager.

Job Details,

  • Supervising and Managing all peers (educators, mobilizers, navigators), by making sure community activities are well planned and implemented to facilitate Comprehensive HIV service provision (HTS, PrEP, HIVST, TB, GBV and Family planning)
  • Supervision of HTS service including mobile testing, self-testing and index testing to reach key population
  • Supporting AGYW/FSW/ Peer (Educators mobilizers, navigators) to roll out SBCC Training among AGYW/FSW/ in respective community
  • Supporting Peer (educators, mobilizers, navigators) during Community works including demand creation, group education, individual education, outreach services for bot moonlight and mobile testing and client’s referrals and linkages
  • Supervising and supporting formation of PrEP groups in the project by making sure groups are managed by the team members for sustainability in working area.
  • Supervising and monitoring community activities includes SBCC activities to ensure Peer (educators, mobilizers, navigators) have all required tools etc.
  • Work in collaborative with LGAs in managing community engagement portfolio
  • Coordinate and support the Peers (educators, mobilizers, navigators) to implement and monitor the timely implementation of comprehensive HIV services and provision of friendly services to all KVP clients
  • Manage peer educators and peer navigator to ensure proper planning and implementation of community engagement related activities like demand creation, group, and individual education sessions
  • Support PEs to ensure that vulnerability index tool administered and filed for all AGYW enrolled in the project.
  • Support establishment of case management team in conjunction with health facility
  • Work with project and district officials to facilitate community engagement trainings to, peer educators and navigators and other relevant training required
  • Support integration of HTS with other biomedical and behavioural intervention to key population

B: Networking

  • Establish effective work relationship with other stakeholders and CHMT partners on program activities
  • Work with Peers (educators, mobilizes, navigators) to identify and link KVP clients to other implementing partners for psychosocial support.
  • Work collaboratively with other project team members to ensure necessary program planning, development, and management activities function smoothly and efficiently and in an integrated manner

C: Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning, and Reporting

  • Prepare monthly and weekly route plan for the project to reach targeted population. Prepare document experiences, briefs, and success stories
  • Monitor Peers (educators, mobilizers, navigators)and Providers implement plans and progress of community engagement portfolio as per project targets
  • Provide weekly update and monthly report to Program Manager.
  • Conducting weekly performance for Peer (educators, mobilizers, navigators) to assess performance and share area of improvement
  • Working closely with the Data Manager to evaluate data and program progress.
  • Conducting monthly meetings with Providers, Peer (educators, mobilizers, navigators) to share progress in a specific month and plan for the next month

Community Engagement Officer (CEO) Job Vacancy at COCODA

Required Qualifications:

  • Medical degree holders with 3 to 5 years of relevant experience working with KVP groups at the community level; or Bachelor’ degree in public health, social work, Community Development, Sociology or other related degree required, 3 to 5 years of relevant experience working with KVP at the community level.
  • Knowledge of health and development programs in Tanzania including familiarity with the national KVP, youth and gender guidelines, standards and protocols.
  • Experience in programs serving KVP and addressing gender norms, demonstrated cultural sensitivity and sound understanding of the needs of KVP and other vulnerable groups.
  • Experience in working with LGA, NGOs, CBOs and health facilities to implement public health projects, especially those working with vulnerable populations.
  • Ability to manage tight deadlines and deliver high volumes of work with minimal supervision.
  • High degree of proficiency in written and spoken English communication.
  • Well-developed computer skills.

HOW TO APPLY

Candidates are required to mention the ‘Position Title’ on the subject line of the e-mail. All applicants MUST attach cover letter and their updated Curriculum Vitae with certified copies of academic certificates as supporting documents to their applications. All applications should be submitted not later than 16:00 Pm on 19th September 2022 by email, to: hr@cocoda.or.tz.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

Warning: Please avoid deception agents, COCODA charges no cost for any job position advertised. COCODA enhances equal opportunity to all qualified candidates.

To apply for this job email your details to hr@cocoda.or.tz