Program Officer, Family Planning and Maternal and Child Health (MCH)

at The Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP)
Location Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, United Republic of
Date Posted May 7, 2022
Category Health Care / Medical
Job Type Contract
Currency TZS


The Program Officer (Family Planning and MCH) will coordinate project implementation with national and sub-national level technical units, service delivery partners, and other family planning and MCH stakeholders. S/he will regularly produce content related to family planning and MCH projects and interventions. S/he works reports to the Director of SBC Coordination and Capacity Strengthening, with additional reporting lines to the Director of SBC Design and Implementation, and works closely with external partner organizations and team members to design, implement, and supervise activities to ensure that stakeholder guidance is integrated into program implementation to continuously improve the quality of interventions and outcomes. They will attend all relevant technical working group and USG partner meetings as a representative of Breakthrough ACTION Tanzania.

• Provide day to day technical assistance and capacity strengthening to family planning and MCH initiatives that are aligned to national priorities and guidelines.
• Support the development of SBC strategies, materials, approaches and tools that ensure inclusion of relevant family planning- and MCH-related priorities.
• Manage relationships with the Reproductive and Child Health Section (RCHS) of the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MoHCDEC),
• USG implementing partners and relevant Technical Working Groups.
• Represent Breakthrough ACTION Tanzania in relevant external meetings and events, which may include delivering technical presentations, networking, relationship building, and initiating and follow through with opportunities for collaboration.
• Work with senior staff to facilitate family planning and MCH-related meetings, trainings and workshops, including the creation of agendas, curricula, manuals and materials, as necessary.
• Support staff to appreciate family planning and MCH issues and integrate these into their activities in order to widen reach.
• Proactively remain up to date with key family planning and MCH-related national and global recommendations and guidelines and integrate these into day-to-day programming.
• Contribute towards quarterly reporting, annual work plan development, and budgeting for the Breakthrough ACTION Tanzania team.
• Support results reporting to USAID by providing written documentation on MCH and family planning activities, as appropriate.
• Work closely with the monitoring, evaluation, research and learning (MERL) team to harmonize and streamline collection and use of data for family planning and MCH program activities and learning, routinely review performance data, and initiate adaptations to program management and implementation.
• Format, edit, and create documents and presentations as needed.
• Initiate, track and monitor procurements, contracts, work plans and other administrative and programmatic documents.
• Work closely with finance and administrative staff to ensure timely and compliant spending.
• Maintain frequent, open, ongoing communication with program team members in all locations (offsite, in headquarters, and internationally).
• Liaise with internal and external partners.
• Adhere to JHU, CCP and donor rules, regulations and policies.
• Upload and save deliverables on relevant knowledge management platforms.
• Assist with other activities as directed by the supervisor.
• Work with senior staff to facilitate family planning- and MCH-related meetings, trainings and workshops, including the creation of agenda, curriculum, manuals and materials, as necessary.

• Master’s degree (M.A., MHS, MPH) required. Three years' related experience required.
• Additional relevant experience and/or training may substitute for some education.
• Tanzania national
• Oral and written fluency in English and Kiswahili

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Demonstrated experience working in partnership with host governments, international donors, and implementing partners
• Experience working with SBC programs
• Experience working in family planning and/or MCH programs
• Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple tasks, short deadlines and intense pressure to perform experience with monitoring and evaluation of health programs demonstrating a progressively increasing level of responsibility
• Excellent writing skills and ability to articulate oral and written technical information clearly and effectively to both technical and non-technical audiences
• Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills; and,
• Excellent past performance references.

Applying Instructions

All candidates are encouraged to submit e-mail applications to: with copies of current CV, cover letter and three professional referees. Please indicate which position you are applying for in the subject line of the email.