PROJECT OFFICERS * 2
PURPOSE OF THE POSITION
The Project Officers (PO) will lead coordination of all project activities at the district level for the Khanya Project. This primarily entails capacity building and promotion activities with men around voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) as a HIV prevention mechanism. The position will provide direct coordination with selected faith communities to reach target populations. The PO will report to the PM based in Maseru.
30% Direct implementation of project activities
The Project Officers (PO) will lead coordination of all project activities at the district level. This primarily entails capacity building and promotion activities with local faith and communities leaders across multi faiths and denominations to raise awareness and encourage uptake of VMMC services
Coordinate directly with local stakeholders and faith leader to ensure activity roll-out.
15% Maintain working relationships with stakeholders:
Play key role in establishing and maintaining good working relationships with the district health leadership, initiait8ion school leaders, faith leader representatives, and health facilities administrators.
Liaise with district and cluster health officials, community leaders & other stakeholders in coordinating the implementation of HIV services in supported site;
25% Lead / support capacity building of faith leaders, health care workers and other stakeholders:
Lead and participate in training, coaching and mentorship of faith and community leaders, and HCWs at supported sites.
Provide direct oversight and support for the training of faith and community leaders, and direct roll-out of PEPFAR evidence based models in select communities.
Support selected faith and community leaders to strengthen and/or create linkages between the community and the health system to facilitate bi-directional referral systems strengthening and improving HIV testing, treatment, care and support for PLHIV;
Build capacity and or refresh faith and community leaders and HCWs’ knowledge on HIV basic care package, current HIV epidemic, evidence-based interventions, best practices as it related to Lesotho and the targeted regions, M&E and expected project outcomes along the HIV continuum of care indicators;
5% Support Referral Processes:
Ensure availability and proper usage of programmatic tools and standards of care in all supported sites and communities for HIV services.
10% Support monitoring and evaluation to ensure targets are met:
Assist in monitoring and evaluation and ensuring quality assurance of HIV prevention, testing, care and treatment services amongst children, adolescents, men and women;
10% Manage reports and ensure donor deliverables are met
Ensure timely preparation of work plans, budget requests and technical project performance reports and participate in the weekly and monthly project performance review meetings.
Submit timely project reports from district level to project manager.
5% Knowledge management:
Apply basic programme management approaches (develop work plans, monitor, execute and report on work plans)
Facilitate learning from monitoring and evaluation processes
Facilitate proper management of knowledge through WV and donor systems.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
education, knowledge & skills, licenses preferred, and all experiences required to perform this position in a fully competent manner.
Bachelors level degree required for this position with at least 3 years of experience in a Project Officer or Coordinator role in donor funded programming, preferably in HIV programs;
Demonstrated experience in organizing and facilitating training, mentorship and capacity building of community leaders of health workers;
Experience coordinating trainings, community activities and logistics at the field level;
Knowledge of PEPFAR Program and MOH reporting requirements including familiarity with the data collection and reporting tools used by MOH is an added advantage;
Direct experience implementing PEPFAR programming is an added advantage;
Demonstrated understanding of and respect for diverse churches and Christian organizations, direct experience working with communities of faith is preferred;
Fluency in Sesotho and English are required
Proficiency in computer basic skills- MS Office; Internet; Basic data analysis skills;
Self- managed, self-driven, results oriented individual with excellent communication, interpersonal, report writing and analytical skills;
Dedicated team player with ability and experience to work in a multidisciplinary team.
Minimum education, training and experience requirements to qualify for the position:
Bachelors level degree required for this position with at least 3 years of experience in a Project Officer or Coordinator role in donor funded programming, preferably in HIV programs
A Master’s Degree in public health or related field is a distinct advantage;
Direct experience managing PEPFAR programming
Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:
Adaptability and flexibility
Honesty and personal integrity, accountability and quality achiever
Excellent communication skills
Must be a committed Christian, able to stand above denominational diversities
Man who has been through an initiation school is a plus
Work environment: Office-based with travel to the field
Extensive domestic travel
The position is contract based (end of September 2021)