Mental health and psychosocial support officer

Party Vice Chair (DCOP) – USAID Multisectoral Regional Nutrition Activity (Tanzania) – United Republic of Tanzania

Job Title: Vice Chairman of the Party (DCOP).

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Corus International’s country portfolio in Tanzania has worked alongside the Tanzanian government, donors and a variety of local and international partners since 1997. Programs reach marginalized communities by increasing access to quality health services. Central to its health system strengthening programmes, IMA World Health in collaboration with the Ministry of Health of Tanzania encourages a focus on nutrition services and healthy behaviors to reduce malnutrition, improve population lifespans, and reduce out-of-pocket health costs. The portfolio includes a focus on sustainable development aid in the areas of nutrition, maternal and child health, neglected tropical disease activities and operates from Dar es Salaam.

about job: IMA World Health is seeking a Vice President of the Party (DCOP) to lead the operationalization of the projected USAID-funded multi-sectoral regional nutrition activity (Njombe, Iringa, Rukwa, Songwe, Kigoma). A 5-year project focusing on 1) increasing coverage of quality nutrition services in health facilities and within communities; 2) improve consumption of safe and nutritious foods; and 3) increasing the capacity of district-level councils to use data, plan, budget and deliver quality nutrition services.

The Deputy Party Chair will provide overall technical leadership and operational oversight for the projected activity. He will take a leadership role in ensuring technical and managerial implementation of proven high-impact interventions, while ensuring that the project meets established objectives and reporting requirements. The Office of Program Coordination and Coordination will assume the responsibilities of the COP in the absence of the COP. He will assume a technical leadership role in coordination with key stakeholders and other implementing partners, including several government institutions, representatives, the private sector and civil society partners to ensure that regional nutrition interventions contribute to results in line with best national and global practices. Ensuring effective project implementation and working closely with Program implementing partners and the Conference of the Parties to ensure the implementation of adaptive project management will be key to this role. A collaborative mindset and willingness to invest in the long-term success of local institutions (public, private and civil society) will also be key factors.

This position will be based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and will report to the party chairperson. Actual employment is conditional on a signed agreement and USAID approval. Tanzanian citizens are strongly encouraged to apply.

Basic tasks:

  • Collaborate with the COP and senior management team to support the maintenance of project objectives, assess program effectiveness and identify corrective actions needed to achieve objectives
  • Advise government officials at district, district and utility levels on nutrition limitations, options for achieving performance improvement, and proposed interventions that may affect systems
  • Work with national, provincial and district government staff to develop action plans for implementing project activities and tools for performance monitoring; to revise policies and accountability tools related to health financing; and advise on human resource allocation, training and deployment
  • Coordination with key personnel/component leaders and partners in coordinating activities at national, regional and district level according to work plan and timelines for results
  • Provide customized training and guidance, including conducting field visits to support technical teams addressing nutrition issues
  • Work collaboratively with the project team and HQ staff to ensure appropriate technical reporting, expenditure and compliance
  • Provide input on systems indicators relevant to project performance and work closely with the M&E Manager to track project performance at project sites
  • Liaise and coordinate with the Ministry of Health, professional associations, civil society, CBOs and technical working groups to develop strategies, policies and approaches to improve nutrition
  • Support the development of robust monitoring, evaluation and learning mechanisms, program monitoring tools, and effective systems to ensure high-quality implementation
  • Defining strategy, iteration, ensuring agreement of consortium partners and commitment to comprehensive technical approach and implementation
  • Provide oversight to implementing partners, and promote a positive and collaborative working environment that includes both local and international partner organizations to achieve program objectives
  • In conjunction with the COP and the Technical Implementation Team, take a leadership role in developing the annual work plan and reviewing existing performance monitoring plans; administer effective monitoring, evaluation and reporting systems to achieve results; Liaise with internal and external technical and consultant staff to evaluate programs
  • Supervising program staff and managing consortium partners and grant recipients in coordination with the Conference of the Parties
  • In coordination with the COP, represent the project in public and professional circles and during donor and other high-level visits (particularly by the Under-Secretary-General and special agencies), through meetings, conferences and presentations; Support written correspondence to the donor as needed


  • Postgraduate degree in medicine, nursing/midwifery or public health
  • At least seven (7) years of proven experience in managing and supervising a large consortium and staff team of both international and foreign staff, as well as local or international partner organizations
  • Experience in managing large, complex, donor-funded international development programs required; Experience in managing USAID health/nutrition projects of similar size and complexity to this activity is a major advantage
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in one or more of the following areas: health systems strengthening, community health programmes, malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, health systems strengthening, gender-based violence/child protection, mother and child health, family planning/ Reproductive health and/or clinical and critical care services.
  • Practical knowledge and prior experience with USAID Awards
  • Proven ability to work with government officials, international partners, Ministry of Health staff, local health workers and other local stakeholders in the design and implementation of health programmes; Experience with religious organizations is preferred
  • Excellent team management, interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills
  • A well-developed cross-cultural sensitivity, including work experience, communication with professional staff and support in a multicultural and multilingual environment; The ability to foster an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect
  • Proven ability to work with government officials, international researchers, international partners, local agricultural specialists, financial service providers and other local stakeholders likely to contribute to design and implementation
  • Experience in adaptive management preferred, with demonstrated ability to iterate, test and modify programming in line with contextual shifts
  • Work experience in Tanzania
  • Ability to direct and manage change and inspire teamwork and high-performance teams
  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills
  • Cross-cultural sensitivity is a must; Experience living and/or working in developing countries required
  • Excellent written and verbal analytical communication skills
  • Professional level fluency in English, both orally and in writing; Knowledge of Swahili is an asset
  • Willingness and ability to travel to project sites in Tanzania

IMA World Health / Corus International is an equal opportunity employer (EOE). As such, Corus makes employment decisions and provides equal employment opportunities regardless of an applicant’s or employee’s race, religion, color, gender (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity), national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or Any other basis is protected by federal, state, and local laws. If you require reasonable accommodations in the application or recruitment process, please notify Corus HR Department

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