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District ECD Officer, Early Childhood Development

PATH Full-Time  Nampula, Nampula, Mozambique 10 Jul 2018

Job Description

 

PATH is an international organization that uses innovation to save lives and improve health, especially among women and children. We work in over 70 countries worldwide. In Mozambique since 2012, PATH has been supporting the national Ministry of Health and the Maputo Provincial Health Directorate (DPS) to integrate early childhood development (ECD) content into routine facility- and community-level health services. ECD content includes monitoring child development and counseling caregivers on age-appropriate play and communication activities.

Globally, the World Health Organization is promoting a concept called Nurturing Care, where it encourages governments and nongovernmental organizations to coordinate with each other to provide young children and their caregivers with an integrated package of ECD, health, nutrition, and protection services, with a view to promoting their optimal development. In Mozambique, PATH is collaborating with multiple partners to implement a 2-year pilot project in Monapo District of Nampula Province, which will build on existing partnerships and platforms in health, nutrition and child protection to reinforce ECD services for the youngest children (0–3 years), with special focus on children at risk of HIV and malnutrition. Key partners will include the Nampula DPS, Monapo district-level women, health and social action services (SDSMAS), UNICEF, ICAP, h2n (which supports community radios), and large USAID-funded projects such as the Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) and COVida.

Service providers will be trained to monitor the developmental milestones of children and to work with caregivers to promote responsive caregiving and age-appropriate stimulation. These service providers will include nurses, technicians, community health workers (APEs), MCSP-supported nutrition activists and volunteers, COVida activists, and other community partners still to be determined. Expected project results are improved caregiver practices, improved detection and referrals of children with developmental delays, and improved capacity of providers to deliver quality ECD services and thus to promote increased satisfaction with and retention in health services.

The District ECD Officer will support training and mentoring of these service providers jointly with their direct supervisors, to ensure that these practitioners promote optimal child development through their routine services. The District ECD Officer will report to the PATH Project Coordinator based in Nampula.

Responsibilities:

  • Support the mapping of relevant nongovernmental partners working in priority health areas and identify interest in reinforcing/integrating ECD into their promoted services;
  • Advocate for interventions with integrated ECD with SDSMAS and health and other nongovernmental stakeholders;
  • Coordinate with SDSMAS and nongovernmental partners to lead trainings on ECD for community- and facility-based service providers. Coordinate the logistics of trainings;
  • Provide and promote supportive supervision, mentorship support, and on-the-job training to trained service providers, by strengthening existing supervision and training channels;
  • Participate in planning and review meetings of the SDSMAS and partners to monitor and support the integration of ECD into existing community services;
  • Support health-facility and community linkages for referring and following up children with suspected developmental delays;
  • Assist with data collection from health facilities, APEs, and other community actors on ECD integration and impact;
  • Document project activities by taking photos, taking videos, and collecting human interest stories;
  • Provide other technical inputs to the project, as requested by the project coordinator;
  • Support other relevant activities when requested by SDSMAS, within a reasonable limit.

Required Skills

  • Medium level certificate in community development, communication for development, community or public health, preventive medicine, or nutrition;
  • At least five years of experience providing technical assistance (training, supervision, data collection) to community-based projects working on relevant areas such as maternal and child health, nutrition, HIV, and orphans and vulnerable children;
  • Experience working with SDSMAS officials and with health facilities;
  • Experience working at the community level with APEs, community health committees, CBOs, and caregivers of young children;
  • Ability to ride a motorcycle (motorcycle will be means of transport for all the field activities) and a relevant driver’s license;
  • Proven experience in community mobilization and community-based education and counseling;
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and provide trainings and to mentor community providers.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work and meet deadlines within a flexible, fast-paced environment with multiple and competing demands;
  • Appreciation for importance of ECD contributes to better health and well-being of children;
  • Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills with a demonstrated capacity to solve problems with energy, flexibility, attention to detail, and a positive attitude;
  • Strong knowledge of the local culture in northern Mozambique, especially around parenting, nutrition and health practices;
  • Strong oral, written, and presentation skills in Portuguese. Fluency in Macua is essential;
  • Ability to be based in Monapo district and work in field conditions for up to 70 percent of the time;
  • Must have legal authorization to work in Mozambique.

PATH is dedicated to building an inclusive workforce where diversity is valued.

PATH is an equal opportunity employer. Every qualified applicant will be considered for employment. PATH does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or orientation, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

 

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