Project Officer, Mothers2mothers, Malawi (M06-USA)
The Projects Officer will assist in the training of mentor mothers, provide supportive supervision, assist with monitoring and evaluation of m2m programs and new initiatives, and develop input for concept notes and communications materials.
Deadline: February 3, 2015
Location: Lilongwe, Malawi
About: Since June 2008, m2m Malawi has been successfully providing peer-based PMTCT and maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) education and psychosocial support for pregnant women and new mothers in public health facilities. m2m employs and trains mothers living with HIV who have experienced PMTCT care as “Mentor Mothers.” m2m places Mentor Mothers in public health centers to work alongside doctors and nurses, providing critical PMTCT/MNCH education and support to women, enabling them to access comprehensive services to reduce the risk of vertical transmission, and to lead healthy lives. In 2013, m2m Malawi provided services in 101 health facilities in 15 districts across all three regions of the country (south, central and northern). m2m Malawi currently employs 174 mentor mothers and 89 site coordinators. In 2015, m2m programs will include PMTCT support in over 100 facilities, an innovative community program to improve adherence and retention of women in care, and innovations around integrating nutrition and MNCH.
Position Overview: Reporting directly to the Program and Training Manager (PTM), the Projects Officer (PO) will support the implementation of m2m programs in Malawi. Specifically, the Projects Officer will assist in the training of mentor mothers, provide supportive supervision, assist with monitoring and evaluation of m2m programs and new initiatives, and develop input for concept notes and communications materials. S/he will actively travel to all m2m sites of operation.
- Program Design and Implementation
- Support the Program and Training Manager in the implementation of the m2m program. In 2015 m2m will be supporting 101 sites with direct service delivery and 75 community mentor mothers actively addressing early uptake and retention in care of HIV positive pregnant women.
- Assist in supportive supervision of community site staff (mentor mothers/ site coordinators and community mentor mothers)
- Undertake regular visits and monitoring of community engagement implementation sites (facilities and target communities) to ensure smooth running, effective programme implementation and field staff support
- Where appropriate assist with the development of training content and deliver trainings for site staff
- Support m2m program through active participation in the coordination meetings with health facility and site staff
- Work with the RMs, PTM and MEC in ongoing quality assessments of m2m community program activities and direct program changes where appropriate
- Support local NGO mapping and assessments
Monitoring and Reporting
- Support the Monitoring and Evaluations Manager (M&E Manager) with various monitoring and evaluation tasks including:
- Support the M&E Manager in monthly facility review meetings with DM/ Site Coordinator and Community Mentor Mothers
- Assist with quarterly country program review
- Assist the M&E Manager with periodic assessments for service quality improvements, program evaluations and baselines
- Assist the M&E Manager with specific research related assignments
Communications and Business Development
- Develop communication materials for m2m Malawi team
- Support concept note and proposal development through needs assessment, secondary data review and support program design workshops with staff
Required Skills and Experience:
- Internship or work experience with NGOs or in the field
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills
- Dynamism, independence and creativity
- Computer Proficiency
Preferred Skills and Experience:
- Master’s Degree in Public Health or related field
- PMTCT/HIV AIDS programme experience
- Previous experience facilitating trainings or with community mobilization
- Experience developing marketing communications: brochures, blogs or other tools
- Experience or exposure to monitoring and evaluation eg surveys, focus groups etc.
- Efficient worker motivated by priority and deadlines
- Willingness to work as a team
- Flexible and adaptable to a mutli-cultural environment
Living Conditions: Fellows will be provided with housing, health insurance and a living stipend of $650/month. Fellows will receive an award of $1500 upon successful completion of the fellowship year. Flights to and from the placement site and all other costs associated with GHC programming are included, including $600 in professional development funds.
*Note: the living stipend and completion award may be paid out in USD or local currency, as determined by the placement organization
Eligible Citizenship: American
To apply to this position click here: http://ghcorps.org/fellows/apply/application/
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