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District Officers (Districts across Malawi) – 5 POSTS

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Purpose of the post

The District Officer will lead and be responsible for the planning, organization, coordination and implementation of integration of VAS in routine EPI program and research activities at district, sub-district levels. S/he will work in close collaboration with the project managers, district health office, assemblies/DEC and other stakeholders to create and identify opportunities for efficient and effective partnership, collaboration and joint planning for project success and long term sustainability of activities in the districts.

Key Responsibilities

These will include but not limited to:

Planning and Implementation

  1. Lead in overall planning, organization and implementation of all the program and research activities in the district to ensure successful integration of VAS and EPI services. Develop monthly, quarterly and annual district operation plans and consolidating annual implementation plans.
  2. Provide technical and administrative support to the DHMTs, MCH, nutrition, HMIS and EPI departments in the preparation and implementation of their plans to ensure activities follow the approved work plans.
  3. Work with district staff to implement program, M&E, data management and research activities to achieve project goals, objectives, and activity targets for the district.
  4. Lead in planning, organizing and conducting trainings in reach every child (REC) microplanning, targeted periodic intensified routine immunisations, data management and operations research in the district.
  5. Work with district health team and other stakeholders to implement, monitor and evaluate impact of REC, microplanning, PIRI and other approaches in the district.
  6. Work with implementing partners to mobilize and sensitize communities on key project strategies to increase demand of child health services to ensure community participation and ownership.
  7. Conduct district supervision in collaboration with MOH personnel.
  8. Perform other duties as assigned to ensure achievement of program and research goals.

Coordination

  1. Plan, facilitate and support regular coordination and review meetings at district and sub-district level in conjunction with the District Health Offices, other stakeholders and community liaisons.
  2. Liaise with project technical teams (M&E/data, project management and administration) based at MAC in planning and coordinating project operations and activities at district and sub-district levels.
  3. Develop, monitor and report district project budgets in collaboration with COM/MAC administration.
  4. Ensure project funds are being used in the most efficient and appropriate manner in line with action plans and financial management procedures.

Networking and Representation

  1. Lead in the inception activities including introducing the program to relevant district stakeholders and government partners including DEC and communities.
  2. Establish and maintain linkages and work collaborations with district health offices including DHMTs, EPI, nutrition, MCH, HMIS managers; NGOs and relevant stakeholders and communities to facilitate effective and efficient implementation of integration of VAS in EPI activities in the district.
  3. Represent MAC and participate in all relevant district technical working group, review meetings and any other nutrition, EPI, HMIS and MCH related meetings at district level. Be a regular interface between project and all relevant stakeholders in district including with District Health Officer/DHMT, program coordinators and other stakeholders at the district level.

Data collection and verification

  1. Work with district staff to collect, review and validate VAS, nutrition and EPI data in health facilities. Facilitate data processing to check for completeness and accuracy, locate missing data or errors and following up with facilities and HMIS team to take corrective actions as necessary.
  2. Collect and review research data and conduct M& evaluation activities in the district according to project goals and objectives.
  3. Transmit or upload entered information into database according to protocols and SOPs.

Documentation and Reporting

  1. Prepare and submit accurate and timely technical and administrative reports timely to MAC Offices (M&E, Data, Program manager) or MOH as necessary highlighting project impact and progress against indicators.
  2. Submit, in consultation with the Project Manager and PI, reports to relevant district partners.
  3. Prepare and make presentations and represent COM/MAC at meetings, workshops, and conferences and contribute to the dissemination of results and other relevant information in the district.
  4. Work with district personnel to quantify, report promptly any impeding stock-outs of Vitamin A and immunisation vaccines and supplies to the MOH departments and Project Manager.
  5. Routinely update the Project Manager, M&E officer and Data Officer on the status of district project activities and issues that need to be resolved including for data and identify corrective actions as required.
  6. In collaboration with district health office, identify, document and disseminate lessons learned, case studies and best practices.
  7. Perform other duties as assigned by supervisors.

Minimum qualifications

  1. A Bachelor’s degree in clinical medicine, public health, nursing, environmental health, child health or any health related field.
  2. Diploma in relevant field backed up with additional training and strong work experience and reputable performance will also be considered 
  3. At least 3 years’ experience in similar program management position coordinating a health project or research study. Previous experience in maternal and child health programs will be an added advantage.

Essential requirements

  1. Familiarity and experience working with the Ministry of Health, NGOs and communities in Malawi.
  2. Excellent program planning, coordination, time management and supervisory skills with ability to handle multiple tasks.
  3. Knowledge and work experience with national, zonal and district HMIS including District Health information System (DHIS2) software.
  4. Ability to analyse data, identifying errors and inaccuracies in data reporting.
  5. Proficiency in writing technical and administrative reports.
  6. Excellent computer skills: minimum of MS word, Excel, PowerPoint and internet.
  7. Experience collecting research data using electronic devices and uploading to databases.
  8. Skills in community mobilization through capacity building and group facilitation
  9. Excellent interpersonal, communication, presentation and facilitation skills. Excellent verbal and written communication in English and Chichewa.
  10. Proactive, creative and ability to work independently, remain productive under minimal supervision, meet reporting deadlines and work under pressure.
  11. Strong decision making skills, results oriented approach and propensity to acquire new skills
  12. Willingness to travel locally, work long hours if necessary, and committed to work in challenging conditions such as hard to reach areas.
  13. A clean and valid motorcycle driving license.

COMPETENCIES OF SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE

Successful applicants will be required to have and exhibit required competencies. To view MAC core values and required departmental competencies, please click here OR request by emailing atupelekapito@gmail.com

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Applications are sought from suitably qualified, passion and mission-driven candidates who meet the individual profiles. Applications must include: a) a motivation/cover letter that highlights and provides an explanation on how the applicant is a good fit for the required candidate profile b) a current detailed Curriculum Vitae together with copies of relevant certificates and c) names and contact information of three (3) traceable referees who are not relatives, preferably present or previous employer(s).

Email: hr@medcol.mw and vacancies@mac.medcol.mw or alternatively send to:

The College Registrar,
College of Medicine,
Private Bag 360,
Chichiri,
Blantyre 3

 

Applications should reach the Registrar not later than 28th September, 2017. Only shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged