Background The HIV response- Coordination, Community Capacity and Communications (HC4)-project is a 5 year project funded by PEPFAR through USAID, and implemented by Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs through USAID's flagship project Breakthrough Action. HC4 Breakthrough Action (HC4 BA) will serve as PEPFAR's lead community engagement partner and provide primary support to NERCHA, and liaison with the Ministry of Tinkhundla Administration and Development (MTAD) and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (MHUD) and the MOH (Health Promotion Unit). The central pillar of the project is to enhance the capacity of local and traditional structures (Chiefdoms and Municipalities) to lead their HIV response by utilizing data, leveraging locally available resources, and scaling-up effective communications for a well-planned and coordinated effort to attain and maintain 90-90-90 and prevent new infections. HC4 BA seeks to advertise for the following position:
Job Title: Program Officer
Report to: Senior Program Officer
Summary of the Job
The Program Officer will be responsible for increasing awareness of HIV Prevention education and increasing the uptake of services including treatment and retention, gender based violence and gender norms through implementation of community action cycle at Inkhundla and chiefdom level. He/she will proactively collaborate with NERCHA, MTAD at all levels, community health workers, traditional leaders, and other relevant forums with the view of promoting men's health and service uptake in men.
• Plan and implement Swazimen4Health activities and community outreach strategies • Support partner organizations and existing traditional structures to implement and coordinate HIV response in communities • Develop and implement specific activities that support greater/meaningful involvement of traditional leaders in HIV prevention and mitigation with a focus on reaching men age 15-39 • Provide strategic direction and monitoring to Community Based Organizations which includes routine supervision and training • Support Community Based Organizations with logistics and planning including purchase requisitions, transport arrangement and payments • Train community volunteers (IPCFs and mobilizers) on effective planning, implementation, monitoring, documentation and reporting of community lead activities • Ensure gender norms and GBV issues are incorporated in the small group discussions
• Support the identification of men to participate in social media for HIV messages • Ensure condom availability at all small group sessions (CBOs and HC4) • Provide and support strategies to increase uptake of HIV services • Sensitize men in small groups who tested positive to join Support Groups and referring the men to CommART • Ensure that standards set for PP-Prey are maintained and documented. • Prepare program and activity reports as required • identify, document and disseminate best practices in HIV prevention and treatment and retention with men activities. • Ensure safe guarding of organizations resources and assets as per JHU and USAID/PEPFAR operational guidelines
Skills and Competencies
• A highly motivated self-starter with the ability to remain focused and productive with minimal supervision ■ Excellent communication skills with the ability to interact with different audiekes in a mature and professional manner ▪ Good facilitation skills and proven experience with participatory techniques in the context of community engagement • Must be able to speak and write English and SiSwati ■ Understanding of the community structures and how to work with them
■ Familiar with the National HIV and AIDS Strategic Framework ■ Familiar with Social and Behavior Change Communica-tion • Familiar with HIV and AIDS Multisectoral Coordination Framework ■ Knowledgeable of REMSHACC and TIMSHAC activities • Familiar with working with Traditional Leaders and community development structures
• A Degree in Social Science, Community Development and Adult Education or equivalent • Formal training in HIV ■ Minimum 2-3 years' experience working with communities
Interested applicants are required to submit their application letter and resume by email to email@example.com
Applicants who do not receive correspondence from the organization within two weeks of the deadline may deem their application to have been unsuccessful.
From 2012 to 2017, the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) was USAID’s flagship social and behavior change communication (SBCC) project. The five-year, global project strengthened developing country capacity to implement state-of-the-art SBCC programs. Health areas addressed by HC3 included:
Family planning and reproductive health
Reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health
HIV and AIDS
Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
The project also provided expertise in social and behavior change for gender equity, environment, democracy and governance.
HC3 fostered vibrant communities of practice at the national, regional and global level that support improved evidence-based programming and continued innovation. In addition, the project’s specialized area of technical expertise complemented, supported and enhanced SBCC projects already underway.