Healthy Kids/Brighter Future
Posted Job
almost 2 years ago

Program Officer

Healthy Kids Brighter Future job title: Program Officer

Job Overview

The Program Officer is a member of the program team and reports to the Program Manager. S/he assists in defining project objectives, priorities and strategic approaches for effective implementation of the School Health Program.

S/he will coordinate program activities and assist in evaluating and supporting school health workers, field staff, schools and clinics.

The Program Officer is responsible for ensuring that assigned project activities are completed with high quality, on time and within budget.

S/he will work with the Program Manager and Finance and Administration Department to ensure that all funds for project activities and services are accounted for.

Reports to: Program Manager


  • Develop, implement and monitor program work-plans and budgets.
  • Provide coaching and mentor-ship to front-line health workers
  • Support partner schools and health facilities in a designated geographic area to ensure program quality, timely implementation and efficiency
  • Review monthly M&E reports to assess program activities, identify challenges and develop course of action to improve program quality
  • Conduct regular school and health center site visits to evaluate program performance and provide ongoing technical support and mentoring
  • Work with School Health Coordinators to plan and implement monthly review meetings and other stakeholder meetings
  • Supporting the implementation and coordination of school health screenings, deworming campaigns and community sensitization activities
  • Support School Health Coordinators in establishing and overseeing the management of school health offices and sick bays at partner health centers and schools
  • Lead the implementation of quality assurance policies and procedures
  • Support the monitoring and evaluation department in coordinating the timely collection of performance data from frontline health workers, health centers and schools
  • Develop termly and annual performance reviews for school health workers
  • Develop monthly and termly performance reports for partner schools and health centers
  • Act as liaison officer with and provide technical support to the School Health Coordinator for effective planning and monitoring of programs
  • Procurement of medications, printing, snacks and other supplies as necessary for school health activities
  • Assist with monitoring costs for project activities
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by the Program Manager

Qualifications and Experience

  • Hold a diploma in related field with 3 years’ work experience
  • Effective leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Willingness to spend significant time working on the ground at the local community level
  • Ability to garner respect and to create a sense of community amongst local partners and members of the project teams
  • Strong understanding of local level government health and education programs
  • Experience working with vulnerable populations in low-resource communities
  • Understanding of child protection issues
  • Ability to facilitate and conduct trainings at a community level
  • Good knowledge of techniques for planning, monitoring and controlling programs
  • Good knowledge of budgeting and resource allocation procedures
  • Ability to find ways of solving or pre-empting problems
  • Experience and competence in health program monitoring and evaluation is preferred

Our Core Values and Attributes:

Our Core Values:

  • Respect for local partners
  • Integrity
  • Value of diversity of backgrounds and thought
  • Commitment to excellence and continuous improvement
  • Passion for children’s rights
  • Belief in grassroots approaches to community development
  • Passion to serve for the betterment of local communities

We Believe in Accountability:

  • Holds oneself accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and modeling Healthy Kids Brighter Future’s core values
  • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities, giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit and providing the necessary oversight and development

We are looking for Ambition to Tackle Big Problems:

  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for one’s own personal development and encourages others to do the same
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Healthy Kids Brighter Future
  • Ability to engage and motivate others
  • Excited to work in a small but quickly growing Zambian organization

We Understand Success is Only Possible with Collaboration:

  • Builds and maintains effective relationships with one’s team, colleagues, and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity, seeing it as a source of competitive strength
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to
  • Able to stay calm and collected in stressful situations
  • Comfortable reporting issues to supervisors as they arise

Big Problems Take Big Creativity:

  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks

Integrity in Everything We Do:

  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency
  • This is a full-time position, based out of Healthy Kids/Brighter Future’s Lusaka office. HK/BF is an equal opportunity employer and values a diverse workforce.
  • Please email cover letter, resume including compensation expectations with “Program Officer” in the subject line.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Please submit applications, quoting Ref: CO, to The President,

Healthy Kids Brighter Future,

25980 Katima Mulilo Road,

Olympia Park,

PO Box GDN 12,


Application deadline
10 Dec 15:00
Email applications to

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