Community Engagement Officer

  • Full Time
  • Lusaka, Zambia
  • Applications have closed

Family Development Initiatives

Family Development Initiatives (FDI) working with CHAZ is implementing a Community Led Monitoring (CLM) – Malaria Project. This project aims to strengthen malaria prevention and control through data-driven decision making and robust community engagement. Led by Churches Health Association of Zambia (CHAZ) and supported by the Global Fund, this initiative collaborates with multiple civil society organizations (CSOs) across 40 high-burden malaria districts.

Community Engagement Officer (1)

Based in Lusaka at the FDI hub, this is a full-time position and will closely work with the Knowledge & Data Management Lead. The community engagement officer will provide leadership, operational direction, and program oversight, and will serve as the principal point of contact among the implementing districts for procedural and substantive matters. S/he will manage, coordinate and ultimately be responsible for results under this activity. S/he will provide overall leadership and operational direction in the management of the project and will be the primary liaison with the Project Management Team and relevant GRZ ministries on technical matters.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Engaging and establishing relationships with key stakeholders at provincial and district level including Provincial and District Health Offices (P/DHO)
  • Work with the district clinics to identify and advance issues impacting the CLM – Malaria Project.
  • Act as a conduit for a two-way communication of priorities & strategies for the CLM – Malaria Project and the community.
  • Performing routine data validation and data quality checks including enhancing quality of data at community level as well as project reports.
  • Organize and facilitate trainings for various community groups.
  • Strengthen networks and linkages with public, faith-based and private sectors involved in community health programming.
  • Prepare and submit project activity reports as required, including monthly, quarterly and annual reports.
  • Support/document successes, lessons learnt and challenges in implementation.
  • Any other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Qualification & Experience

  • Demonstrated experience in establishing and maintaining systems for managing  project operations including abilities to provide technical support and mentorship to DHO & community structures like the church and traditional leadership.
  • Proven leadership, strategic thinking, organizational, team-building and representation skills.
  • Strong knowledge of the Zambia health systems.
  • Experience in supporting and building the capacity of health workers, community-based providers, volunteers and community structures.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead efficient management processes and systems across a province or a decentralized program.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English required.
  • Minimum of three years of experience working on projects that address strengthening of health- related issues, including managing data, working with community structures
  • Experience maintaining working relationships with all project stakeholders and effectively building partnerships between them.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a health-related field, Developmental studies, social science, or related field is preferred

Eligible candidates must send their applications with detailed Curriculum Vitae and qualifications to [email protected] not later than 17:00hrs (Zambian time) Wednesday 19th June 2024 addressed to the Human Resource and Administration Lead.

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