Tanzania : Project Manager Maternal and Child Health

SolidarMed is a medium size Swiss NGO, dynamic, flexible and with a clear vision.
Project Information
SolidarMed has been strengthening the primary health care system of Ulanga District since 2010. The project now focuses on strengthening the supply side (service provision by skilled health staff at the health facilities in the district, including hospital, health centre, dispensaries), while scaling up the community health worker network. This Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health project is implemented by a dynamic local team and embedded into the overall SolidarMed country programme for Tanzania. It aims at generating and sharing lessons learnt and contributes to policy dialogue at different levels.
Place of Assignment
Mahenge, Ulanga District, Morogoro Region
The position requires regular dislocations to the surrounding health facilities and Ifakara.(location of SolidarMed country office)
Start of duty
September/October 2016
100 % (full time)
Contract type
Fixed term appointment: minimum of three years with the possibility of contract extension.
Key tasks and responsibilities
· Overall management and coordination of the project, incl. planning, monitoring, budgeting, reporting
· Act as technical advisor to partners (district health team) and build clinical capacity among local health staff (hospital, health centre, and dispensary) through training, coaching and mentoring, with a thematic focus on Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health.
· Ensure the strategic and operational alignment of the two project components (community and facility level)
· Contribute to the further development of the project
We are looking for
  • Medical doctor with an additional degree in Public Health, at least 3 years of work experience, incl. in low-resource settings, preferably in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Clinical expertise in Maternal Neonatal and Child Health (obstetric and/or paediatric skills)
  • Interest in operational research, scientific exchange, knowledge sharing and data management; experience in this area would be an asset
  • Applied knowledge of project cycle management and team leading
  • Good writing and reporting skills (English)
  • Valid driving license
  • Personal flexibility and preparedness to live in a remote rural place with frequent dislocations to the rural health facilities
The position comes with a mix of managerial (planning, coordination, networking, reporting etc.) and clinical (mentoring, coaching, on the job teaching) tasks. We are looking for a hands-on person, socially competent, with clinical and public health competence, not afraid of organising and implementing.
Language Skills
· Fluent English (written, spoken)
· Basic Kiswahili. If not spoken: readiness to learn.
· German would be an asset
We offer
· A professionally run, innovate health program in a rural African setting
· An attractive salary and benefit package commensurate with Swiss standards
· Professional development opportunities and linkages with competence and research networks
· Family posting in a rural but safe African setting; however no international or English medium school
· A motivated team both in Tanzania and Switzerland

Applications are accepted until 19th August 2016 in electronic format only.
Please email your CV and a short letter of motivation (reference “PM PHCU Tanzania” to:jobs@solidarmed.ch
Please also mention how you heard about the job posting (if internet, please mention which site).
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. For further information about the role and the project, email Dr. Karolin Pfeiffer: k.pfeiffer@solidarmed.ch
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