District Coordinators, Tools for Integrated Management of Childhood Illness Job Description
PATH is a global organization that works to accelerate health equity by bringing together public institutions, businesses, social enterprises, and investors to solve the world’s most pressing health challenges. With expertise in science, health, economics, technology, advocacy, and dozens of other specialties, PATH develops and scales solutions—including vaccines, drugs, devices, diagnostics, and innovative approaches to strengthening health systems worldwide.
Tools for Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (TIMCI) is a global effort led by PATH to accelerate availability, adoption and scale-up of tools to identify severe illness and decrease mortality in children under five years of age. PATH and its primary partners, the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) and Ifakara Health Institute (IHI), are implementing this Unitaid funded project. TIMCI’s major goals seek to improve detection of severe disease in children under five by improving healthcare workers’ ability to diagnose severe disease by equipping them with pulse oximeters (POX) and electronic decision support tools. This potentially high impact project began in July 2019 in Tanzania.
PATH is seeking three (3) District Coordinators who will be responsible for district’s day-to-day project management, district level engagement, data collection and monitoring study sites for PATH-led activities under the TIMCI project. Reporting to TIMCI Tanzania project Lead, he/she will work closely work with district officials, research staff and study sites to monitor the implementation activities of the project, collect & report program monitoring data and provide supportive supervision as per project need. The District Coordinators will be based in Sengerema, Kaliua and Tanga City.
Key roles and responsibilities:
- Support the Project Lead in tracking the project schedule and work plan including activities, reporting requirements and deliverables in the district.
- Act as a liaison at the district level. Work closely with Council Health Management Team (CHMT) members and other key stakeholders to ensure buy-in and alignment with project goals, activities and outcomes.
- Assist with development and implementation of monitoring and evaluation plans, establish data collection systems, coordinate with research partners and internal teams for routine project monitoring and performance.
- Serves as observation visit leader and responsible for monitoring and quality of routine project activities – assessment of health facilities, initiation of study in implementation sites, ensure proper conduct of the study, collect site status information, routine progress reporting to project information systems, collect routine/programmatic monitoring data, collect and consolidate data for quarterly/ annual reports, perform source document verification and project documentation as required by PATH in line with the study protocol.
- S/he shall map training requirements and ensure all required training of facility staff is completed and documented in the project health facilities.
- S/he shall conduct data quality audits, spot checks, assessments to ensure fidelity in implementation and assist project team in providing supportive supervision to the facility staff and the field research associates of the partner organization.
- S/he will facilitate data review meetings for data-informed agile programming and adaptive management, work planning and monitor inventory of commodities in the primary care and referral facilities in the geographic areas of focus.
- Work closely with other project team members to suggest timely resolution of site challenges and/or issues
- Support the project lead in building and maintaining relationships with influencers to update policies, create and implement scale-up.
- Assist in mobilizing advocacy efforts to a successful implementation, integration of project activities and learnings into health policies
- Assist in implementing community mobilization activity as per plan.
Other tasks as required by the Project Lead
- Any Enrolled Nurse (EN) and Assistant Medical Officer (AMO) preferably a graduate in health-related field from a reputed institute.
- At least 3-5 years of experience in coordinating projects at district level preferably in health-related research projects.
- Knowledge of health systems, and challenges affecting communities in the Tanzanian context, including RMNCH and primary health care. Previous knowledge in IMCI strategy is desirable.
- Proven ability to nurture effective and positive relationships with district government officials, health care workers and partners
- Must have problem solving, bridge building, and diplomacy abilities.
- Able to work independently and with a team
- Comfortable managing in a flexible and changing environment, with ability to be ready to adjust plans and direction in response to local feedback and the iterative nature of the project.
- Good communication skills. Comfortable speaking and writing in Swahili and English language.
- Demonstrating Competency in Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, Power point, Access)
- Good command of data and quality skills
- Ability to work in the field almost daily. Willingness to travel locally (up to 60% of time) and to other project areas to support interventions at district/ward level and represent PATH in district level meetings
- Knowledge in mobile digital health appliances uses and other related technology are desirable
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