mothers2mothers (m2m) is an Africa-based NGO that unlocks the potential of women to eliminate paediatric AIDS and create healthy families across ten sub-Saharan African countries. m2m trains, employs, and helps empower women living with HIV to work as community healthcare workers in understaffed health centres and underserved communities. Through a peer-to-peer approach, these ‘Mentor Mothers’ deliver a range of health services, advice, and support to women and their families. Started in Cape Town, South Africa in 2001 with an initial focus on preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV, m2m has innovated and built on its strengths and now provides family-centred support for a range of related health and social issues spanning pregnancy, birth, childhood, and adolescence. It also partners with governments and other NGOs on the adoption of its programme to spread the Mentor Mother Model and its benefits. m2m has a track record of scaling its services and proven impact. To date, m2m has reached over 11M women and children under two, and created more than 11,000 jobs for African women living with HIV. For more, visit www.m2m.org
The Project Officer-Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) provides leadership to the planning and implementation of the integrated health program activities in the districts of implementation ensuring that all technical guidance is incorporated into the district work plans to increase the availability, accessibility, and quality of integrated inclusive health services including PMTCT, maternal, new-born child and Adolescent health, family planning, and Early Childhood Development (ECD).
Key Performance Areas
Project Coordination, Monitoring and activity implementation (40%)
- Provide technical guidance and lead the planning and implementation process of the integrated health program in the supported districts.
- Prepare and submit monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual programmatic costed work plans and performance reports within set timelines.
- Strengthen the quality of health services and data through conducting support supervision and monitoring visits to the supported health facilities.
- Spearhead Joint planning and quarterly progress review meetings with the sub-county, facility, community and other stakeholders, including CBOs/CSOs/NGOs operating in the district
- Work closely with sub-county leadership, health care workers and m2m field staff to effectively implement program activities, create demand and increase utilisation of PMTCT/RMNCAH and Early Child development in the project implementation area.
- Provide technical guidance to Programme Assistants, Adolescent peer educators and Mentor Mothers to plan, improve the quality and access of integrated inclusive ECD/ RMNCAH/PMTCT and economic empowerment services.
- Develop work plans to ensure effective implementation of both Business skills training and VSLA methodology trainings and related activities.
- Facilitate the identification, formation, support supervision and monitoring of VSLA and IGA groups among beneficiaries
- Keep up to date with economic empowerment/development issues and trends with regard to income generation, small business, VSLA, community development in Uganda and in the project area.
Representation, Collaboration and Advocacy (15%)
- Maintain project visibility in the districts, project supported health facilities and communities across the region
- Represent m2m at the various districts and health facilities.
- Engage religious leaders and CBOs/NGOs working in this area to enhance community mobilization and sensitization for services uptake and utilization
- Collaborate and network with other NGOs/CBOs to organize integrated service delivery and sensitization outreaches at community / district/ institutional events including sports galas, music, dance and drama (MDD) competitions, and debates with involvement of male adolescents.
- Establish/Strengthen functional partnerships with district and facility health teams local communities and partner organizations
Capacity Building (15%)
- Spear head training, and ongoing mentorship of Mentor Mothers, Adolescent Peer educators, Programme Assistant and health workers on RMNCAH/PMTCT,child disability and ECD.
- Identify additional training needs of the Adolescent Peer Educators, Project Assistants and health workers that enhance program implementation
- Identify and utilise avenues/platforms that enhance sharing of project information to increase service uptake and continued utilisation
- Coordinate and participate in capacity building of district and site teams through mentorship, coaching for services uptake and utilization and formal trainings to enhance the delivery of ECD/RMNCAH/PMTCT services in line with the MOH guidelines.
- Build capacity (knowledge and skills) of members to manage VSLA and IGA
Information Monitoring, Documentation and Reporting (15%)
- Ensure facilities and Community Mentor Mothers have all relevant reporting/M&E and client management tools
- Share performance feedback with sub-county leadership, implementing sites and communities and ensure data utilization to promote program quality at community, facility and district level
- Participate in the audit and verification of reported project activity monitoring data to ensure internal consistency and validity.
- Develop / provide relevant project information, data and reports to the Project Manager and the Monitoring and evaluation team on all project activities conducted
- Play a critical linkage role in sharing information from the sites to the m2m country program team and vis-versa
People Management and Supervision: (15%)
- Manage performance of Programme Assistant, in line with the m2m performance management framework
- Institute mechanisms for dissemination and adoption of m2m policies to the Programme Assistant Mentor Mothers, adolescent peer educators and m2m suppliers
- Support Project teams, including Adolescent Peers, Adolescent Mentor Mothers and Programme Assistant to implement their roles In line with m2m and RMNCAH/PMTCT/ECD national standards
- Promote a values-based culture amongst the Programme Assistants and Mentor Mothers
- In liaison with HR department, Institute/ implement mechanisms for promoting employee wellness for Project Assistant, Mentor Mothers and adolescent peer educators in line with m2m wellness framework
- Coordinate exit management for the Programme Assistant and Mentor Mothers in line with the m2m exit management guidelines and processes
- Perform any other duties assigned by the Project Manager.
Qualifications and Experience:
- Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in nursing, community/public health or social science field or related discipline
- Minimum of three years’ experience implementing RMNCAH/PMTCT projects
- Knowledge of HIV, RMNCAH, Disability, ECD guidelines and policies in Uganda
- Demonstrated knowledge of MOH Systems
- Proven experience working with government ministries, local governments, health care teams at district and community levels and other implementing partners.
- Should have experience in community mobilization, engagement and coordination of community level structures in project work.
- Experience with implementation of community economic empowerment innovations, including VSLA methodology is desirable.
- Experience working with children and youth is an asset.
- Proven experience in training both professional and lay health care workers and good facilitation skills with adult learning methodologies.
- Must be Computer literate (MS Office). Knowledge of mHealth is an added advantage
- Good facilitation skills, experienced with application of adult learning methodologies
- A strong commitment to the m2m values of teamwork, diversity, integrity, passion, dedication, commitment and compassion.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; able to engage effectively with internal and external stakeholders at all levels
- Sound documentation skills; able to write impactful case studies and documenting lessons learnt
- A critical and creative thinker, able to facilitate collective problem solving
- Self driven, able to work to work under pressure and timeously achieve multiple tasks
- Able to work independently and as a member of a team
- A skilled facilitator, mentor and coach
- Keen on detail and high quality work