Program Officer, Malaria at Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Job Title: Program Officer, Malaria

Report to: Director of SBC Coordination and Capacity Strengthening

Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania


Breakthrough ACTION Tanzania is a new, three-year (2022-2025) cooperative agreement between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Program (CCP). The social and behavior change (SBC) activity aims to catalyze opportunities for Tanzanians to improve their health status by transforming socio-cultural norms and supporting the adoption of healthier behaviors. The activity will provide technical assistance to the Government of Tanzania (GoT) to improve the policy and implementation framework around SBC activities, and design, implement and monitor specific SBC interventions at the sub-national level as required. Breakthrough ACTION Tanzania will promote integrated SBC approaches to support family planning/reproductive health, maternal, neonatal, and child health (including nutrition), HIV, malaria, TB, risk communication and community engagement (RCCE) and other infectious diseases as needed.

Job Summary:

The Program Officer (Malaria) will coordinate project implementation with national and subnational level technical units, service delivery partners, and other malaria stakeholders. They will regularly produce content related to malaria projects and interventions. They will report to the Director of SBC Coordination and Capacity Strengthening, with additional reporting lines to the Director of SBC Design and Implementation. The Program Officer works closely with external partner organizations and team members to design, implement, and supervise activities to ensure that stakeholder guidance is integrated into program implementation to continuously improve the quality of interventions and outcomes. The Program Officer will attend technical working group and USG partner meetings as a representative of Breakthrough ACTION Tanzania.


Provide day to day technical assistance and capacity strengthening to malaria initiatives that are aligned to national priorities and guidelines.
Support the development of SBC strategies, materials, approaches and tools that ensure inclusion of relevant malaria-related priorities.
Manage relationships with the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative, Government of Tanzania, the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children National Malaria Control Program, USG implementing partners and relevant Technical Working Groups.
Represent Breakthrough ACTION Tanzania in relevant external meetings and events, which may include delivering technical presentations, networking, relationship building, and initiating and follow through with opportunities for collaboration.
Work with senior staff to facilitate malaria-related meetings, trainings and workshops, including the creation of agendas, curricula, manuals and materials, as necessary.
Support staff to appreciate malaria issues and integrate these into their activities in order to widen reach.
Proactively remain up to date with key malaria-related national and global recommendations and guidelines and integrate these into day-to-day programming.
Contribute towards quarterly reporting, annual work plan development, and budgeting for the Breakthrough ACTION Tanzania team.
Support results reporting to USAID by providing written documentation on malaria activities, as appropriate.
Work closely with the monitoring, evaluation, research and learning (MERL) team to harmonize and streamline collection and use of data for malaria program activities and learning, routinely review performance data, and initiate adaptations to program management and implementation.
Format, edit, and create documents and presentations as needed.
Initiate, track and monitor procurements, contracts, work plans and other administrative and programmatic documents.
Work closely with finance and administrative staff to ensure timely and compliant spending.
Maintain frequent, open, ongoing communication with program team members in all locations (offsite, in headquarters, and internationally).
Liaise with internal and external partners.
Adhere to JHU, CCP and donor rules, regulations and policies.
Upload and save deliverables on relevant knowledge management platforms.
Assist with other activities as directed by the supervisor.
Work with senior staff to facilitate malaria-related meetings, trainings and workshops, including the creation of agenda, curriculum, manuals and materials, as necessary.


Master’s degree (M.A., MHS, MPH) required. Three years’ related experience required. Additional relevant experience and/or training may substitute for some education.
Tanzania national
Oral and written fluency in English and Kiswahili

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Demonstrated experience working in partnership with host governments, international donors, and implementing partners
Experience working with SBC programs
Experience working in malaria programs
Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple tasks, short deadlines and intense pressure to perform experience with monitoring and evaluation of health programs demonstrating a progressively increasing level of responsibility
Excellent writing skills and ability to articulate oral and written technical information clearly and effectively to both technical and non-technical audiences
Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills; and,
Excellent past performance references.

Travel Requirements:

This position may require up to 25% regional travel

All candidates are encouraged to submit e-mail applications to with copies of current CV, cover letter and three professional referees. Please indicate which position you are applying for in the subject line of the email.

Deadline: 12:00pm EAT on May 13, 2022

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