Cluster Project Officer at JHPIEGO Tanzania, aug 2023

Iringa full time

Job description


councils working closely with CHMTs and Ward Development Committees (WDCs) and Village Social Services Committee (VSSCs). The CPO uses their detailed knowledge of these local government structures, their mandates, reporting lines and contextual factors to build and maintain productive relationships with local leaders and influencers (LLIs). The CPO’s short-term objective is to increase VMMC acceptance, access and uptake to meet project targets while their long-term objective is to increase engagement, ownership and accountability to promote VMMC integration and sustainability. The CPO will be the RISE point of contact in assigned councils and will support 2-3 councils. The position will be based in Iringa, Morogoro, Njombe, Singida or Tabora regions.

This position will be closed on September 7th, 2023



  • Establish and maintain strategic relationships with CHMTs, WDCs and IPs to ensure productive regional, local government and community engagement and partnerships.
  • Coordinate with CHMTs and WDCs to support VMMC health care providers, volunteer community advocates, community health workers and local leaders and influencers.
  • Investigate local barriers and enablers of VMMC services and collaborate with CHMTs and WDCs to develop and test new strategies to increase uptake and integration of services.
  • Engage with other implementing partners (IPs), private sector and community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, local institutions and self-help groups to promote VMMC.
  • Conduct regular supportive supervision visits and spot checks at facility and community level for verification and compliance, monitor progress to target, and ensure appropriate VMMC service delivery data are collected and shared to support data-driven decision-making.
  • Facilitate timely requisition and delivery of resources to ensure activity implementation at council level is uninterrupted and coordinate with cross-cutting staff for logistical support.
  • Contribute to monthly reports and other project documentation through photographs, anecdotes and feedback given first-hand by local actors and community members at council level.
  • Participate in key meetings at council and ward level to share project updates, results, insights, and recommendations to promote and influence VMMC integration and sustainability.
  • Coordinate day-to-day correspondence and updates with CHMT and WDC points of contact and ensure the RISE Senior Regional Coordinator is regularly updated on key issues.
  • Perform other duties assigned from time-to-time by your supervisor.


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in an area of direct relevance to local government and community engagement including public administration, community development, health systems management, public policy advocacy or lower qualification with 6 years of progressive local government and community engagement experience.

  • At least 5 years’ experience managing activity implementation at council level through local government structures. Experience working with CHMTs and WDCs preferred.
  • At least 3 years’ experience managing donor-funded health programs in Tanzania. Working knowledge of USAID and PEPFAR is desirable.
  • Experience coordinating facility and community health programs.
  • Experience supporting advocacy and implementing strategies through local government to integrate and sustain donor-funded health programs and services.
  • Field-oriented and comfortable working with, maintaining good relations and influencing local government officials at district and sub-district levels.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills in Kiswahili and English.
  • Demonstrated self-management (e.g. motivation, dealing with pressure, adaptability, diplomacy).
  • Competency using MS Office (email, Word, PowerPoint).
  • Ability and willingness to ride a motorcycle for work.
  • Willingness to live in any district town in Iringa, Morogoro, Njombe, Singida or Tabora regions.
  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 50% time.

Skills and Specifications

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external customers contacted during work.
  • Planning and negotiation skills required
  • Good level of computer literacy, conversant with all Microsoft products



Job Summary

Published On: Aug. 30, 2023, 7:22 p.m.

Vacancy: 1

Job Nature: full time

Location: Iringa

Dead Line: Sept. 7, 2023

Company Detail

Since its founding in 1973, Jhpiego has been innovating to save the lives of women and families worldwide. From the first day, Jhpiego has been asking the question: How can we make lifesaving services available and accessible to the people who need them—all over the world? Dr. Theodore M. King, an early innovator and champion for women’s health, was the moving force behind the founding of Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University. In the early 1970s, King recognized the need to make physicians, nurses and administrators from developing countries aware of reproductive health breakthroughs, such as laparoscopy (a procedure used to inspect internal reproductive organs for infertility or to provide contraception by closing off the fallopian tubes) and modern contraceptives. Originally known as the Johns Hopkins Program for International Education in Gynecology and Obstetrics, the organization was funded through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Under King’s leadership, as a founder, trustee and later president of Jhpiego for 14 years, the organization conducted a steady stream of programs throughout the developing world.