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District Project Coordinator

The Catholic Relief Services (CRS) country program was established in 2000, and administers a varied and diversified portfolio of nutrition, health systems strengthening, food and security economic growth and livelihoods, orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), research, and HIV/AIDS programs. CRS services out the commitment of Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and the vulnerable overseas.

Background

Epidemic Control 90-90-90 (EpiC 3-90) supports the Ministry of Health (MOH) in targeted faith-based sites to achieve the UNAIDS Fast Track goals for epidemic control: 90% of all PLHIV know their status, 90% of those diagnosed receive sustained ART, 90% of all people receiving ART have viral suppression.

EpiC 3-90 supports comprehensive HIV/AIDS service delivery at supported faith-based facilities while building capacity and systems for sustainability through a three-pronged approach: 1) Support health facilities improve their delivery of HIV prevention, treatment and laboratory services; 2) Improve key health system functions and structures needed to deliver quality HIV services; and 3) Health information is strategically collected and utilized to improve HIV service delivery. Through the course of the project, EpiC 3-90 will gradually decrease its involvement so that District and Provincial Health Offices (DHOs, PHOs) assume oversight of and technical assistance to supported facilities.

EpiC 3-90 is a consortium project of Churches Health Association of Zambia (CHAZ), Chreso Ministries and Catholic Relief Services (CRS), as a prime consortium member, CRS brings globally recognized expertise in grants management, health systems strengthening and sustainability, and top-notch HIV/AIDS service delivery.

Job Summary:

  • The District Project Coordinator (DPC) will provide coordination, technical advice, guidance, and support to a wide range of program design and implementation issues for the EpiC 3-90 project.
  • At district level, in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor guidelines, and industry best practices to Regional and Country Program teams to advance the delivery of high-quality programming to the poor and vulnerable.
  • The DPC will contribute to determining how effective, adaptive and innovative CRS’ EpiC 3-90 programming is across the district.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate all EpiC 3-90 activities in the district in close collaboration with the District Health Director (DHD)
  • Responsible for all EpiC 3-90 project activities implementation in the District
  • Implement strategies that lead to improving case identification, linkages and new enrollment on antiretroviral therapy, in close collaboration with the clinical/technical team at EpiC 3-90 provincial and central levels
  • In collaboration with the DHD, support the district/facility data review meetings
  • Represent EpiC 3-90 project at Government and Donors’ meetings organized at District level
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of agency-wide strategies, standards, tools, and best practices at district project level that effectively engage partners, donors and governments
  • Provide regular technical solutions/assistance (TA) to all project supported sites in the district, remotely and on-site, for strategic planning and application of program design, approved standards, best practices, partnership principles, tools, and M&E, leading to high-quality implementation.
  • Contribute to capacity strengthening initiatives in EpiC 3-90 programming for staff and supported sites through training, orientations, and mentoring and coaching of supported staff.
  • Contribute to knowledge management and learning through collecting and analyzing program data, evaluating strategic projects, assisting with measuring program impact, capturing and sharing lessons learned and best practices, and research and internal reports.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with donors, peer organizations, research and other institutions at district level. Participate in forums in HIV care and treatment to collect and share best practices and promote CRS’ work.

Scope:

  • The DPC will supervise the Data Management Officer; and (for the Mwandi position) the Care and Treatment Officer

Background, Experience and Requirements:

Education and Experience

  • Medical Officer/ Medical Licentiate / Clinical Officer; Master’s Degree in Public Health is a plus
  • Minimum of five years of work experience in HIV programming with progressive responsibilities, ideally with an international NGO, with minimum of three years of working for programming interventions.
  • Experience in clinical management of HIV patients based on the Zambia Consolidated Guidelines for Prevention and Treatment of HIV infection
  • Demonstrated application of technical principles and concepts in HIV program coordination. General knowledge of other related disciplines to ensure proper cross-sectoral approach.
  • Experience in facilitation and training applying adult learning principles and practices, clinical mentoring and coaching.
  • Experience with program monitoring and evaluation, including applying data collection tools and methodologies, data analysis, and data presentation.
  • Experience and skills in networking and relations with donors, peer organizations, and faith-based and civil society partners. Understanding of partnership principles.
  • Proficient in MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information and budget management systems, knowledge-sharing networks.

Personal Skills

  • Excellent relationship management skills with ability to influence and get buy-in from people not under direct supervision and to work with individuals in diverse geographical and cultural settings.
  • Strong strategic, analytical, problem-solving and systems thinking skills with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgement
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong presentation, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills
  • Proactive, resourceful and results-oriented
  • Required/Desired Foreign Language:
  • Proficiency in English and any Zambian local language

Travel Required:

  • 70% travel

Key Working Relationships:

  • Supervisory: Data Management Officer (DMO); Care & Treatment Officer (for Mwandi Position)
  • Internal: EpiC 3-90 Provincial Coordinator, Program Manager, Deputy Chief of Party -Technical, Chief of Party
  • External: District Health Director (DHD), District Health Information Officer, District Clinical care specialist, District TB/HIV specialist

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff):

  • These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.
  • Serves with Integrity
  • Models Stewardship
  • Cultivates Constructive Relationships
  • Promotes Learning
  • Disclaimer:
  • This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

How to Apply

Please email a cover letter, and curriculum vitae which should include three references to:

Application deadline
21 Oct
Email applications to
crszambiajobs@crs.org
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Founded by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops in 1943, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has expert experience in managing complex, multi-year relief and development projects. The organisation has been operating in Zambia since 2000, with programs in 8 Zambian provinces, dealing with health, nutrition, agriculture, microfinance and capacity building.
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