Thursday, 17 January 2013

District Project Officer – (to be based at Country Office, Lilongwe)

This position is available for a period of one and half years; and renewable subject to performance and availability of funding.

Reporting to the Project Manager, The responsibility of the District Project Officer will be coordinating and implementing HIV/AIDS/ECD programming and responsible for creating opportunities for effective partnership, collaboration, planning and designing a holistic approach to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS for children in the district. S/he will be responsible for Coordinating interventions aimed at strengthening the capacity of communities and other stakeholders that implement HIV/AIDS impact mitigation interventions, facilitate community mobilization efforts for communities to provide appropriate care and protection of orphans and vulnerable children.

Summary of Responsibilities
·   Create opportunities for effective collaboration and partnership with government, CBOs, school and community partnership to ensure sustainability of integrated activities that are being implemented.
·   Lead in the designing, planning, organization, implementation and monitoring of the integrated community based HIV/AIDS/ECD program in the district.
·   Organize and oversee data collection activities for designated impact areas to ensure validity and reliability in collaboration with partners at all levels.
·   Initiate dissemination of data findings for advocacy in collaboration with Save the Children staff, government partners and other education stakeholders.
·   Coordinate production, refinement and utilization of training materials on HIV/AIDS and ECD activities for communities.
·   Organize workshops for district level partners to enhance their capacity to support children and families affected by HIV/AIDS.

·   Work together with other Project Malawi partners to mobilize communities to implement HIV/AIDS impact mitigation activities.

·   Facilitate the strengthening of existing community structures to provide psychosocial support to OVC and parents affected by HIV/AIDS.

Job Requirements
·   Bachelor’s degree in relevant field; Social Sciences, Child Development, Community  Development, Public Health etc, Plus 3 years of related experience.
·  Wide knowledge in community mobilization with a focus on health related issues,
·  Experience in design, planning, organization, implementation and monitoring of integrated community-based HIV/AIDS programs,
·   Ability in promoting and collaborating closely with multi-level stakeholders,
·   Ability to plan, budget and control program funds and property and track expenditures against budgets
·   Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to lead an effective work team.
·   Excellent oral and written communication skills
·   Basic knowledge in research and ability to use data analysis packages like SPSS, ACCESS
·   Proficiency in the use of computer word processing and spreadsheets as well as email and internet use.

Mode of application
If you meet the above job descriptions and specifications send your application, including concise curriculum vitae that are relevant to the job specifications. Also include a cover letter, not exceeding one page, explaining your suitability for the job.

Applications should be submitted in one of the following three ways:

By hand to

Human Resources Manager , Save the Children Internatioal, Ngerengere House, Next to Petroda Filling Station, along Mchinji Road;

By post to: Human Resources Manager, Save the Children, P. O. Box 30374, Lilongwe 3.

Closing date for receiving applications is Friday, January 25 2013. Only shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged.

Save the Children in Malawi is an equal opportunities employer, and qualified women are encouraged to apply.

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