PHE Support Officer

Position Title: PHE Support Officer, Tanzania

Location: Tanzania

Closing date for applications: 4th February, 2018                 

Start date: March, 2018

Contract duration: 1 year (renewable), with a 3-month probationary period

Remuneration: Competitive salary based on experience

Organisation overview
Blue Ventures develops locally-led approaches to marine management that benefit people and nature alike.  By listening and responding to basic needs, our models are designed to catalyse and sustain marine conservation, unlocking the potential of coastal communities to manage their resources.  We work in places where the ocean is vital to local cultures and economies, and are committed to advancing the rights of small-scale fishers throughout the coastal tropics.

PHE is a holistic approach to sustainable development, so-called because of the way that it reflects the connections between people, their health and the environment: integrating community health promotion and services with local natural resource management, alternative livelihoods and biodiversity conservation initiatives. Blue Ventures has been implementing an award-winning PHE programme in Madagascar since 2007, encompassing community health services and local marine resource management efforts.

In 2014 we helped to establish the Madagascar PHE Network with the aim of facilitating the development of cross-sector PHE partnerships between health and environmental organisations working across the country, and building their capacity to implement PHE initiatives. In 2016 we started to support uptake of this holistic PHE approach by partners in Mozambique, and we have since expanded this partner support work to Tanzania, Kenya and Indonesia.

Summary job description

We are recruiting a dynamic, flexible and initiative-taking PHE Support Officer to facilitate uptake of PHE in Tanzania and Kenya by pre-identified partners and networks, and to identify new partners and support opportunities in both of these countries. The role will entail identifying suitable partners and replication sites, building relationships with promising partners, supporting the facilitation of community consultations, the development of effective cross-sector PHE partnerships between health and environmental organisations, and delivering technical assistance to partners particularly with regards to integrated community outreach and monitoring.

The successful candidate will complete a period of orientation with Blue Ventures’ PHE programme and partnerships teams in Madagascar, and will also receive an orientation from our UK-based staff. They will thereafter be based in Tanzania, with frequent travel throughout the country and to Kenya. This position will involve working as part of Blue Ventures’ international and interdisciplinary team, with excellent opportunities for professional development and growth.

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- Identify and/or assess potential new partner organisations, networks and sites through
desk-based research, networking, remote communication and in-person visits
- Encourage interest among promising new partner organisations using diverse evidence of
PHE effectiveness and partnership potential
- Assist interested partner organisations to assess their capacity for PHE partnerships and
establish appropriate PHE organisational development plans
- Facilitate connections and cross-sector PHE partnerships between health and environmental organisations as appropriate
- Design and deliver participatory training sessions in line with the needs of partner organisations
- Provide guidance and technical support to partner organisations on all aspects of PHE
programme implementation - with input from Blue Ventures’ PHE technical staff as needed
- Document and share learning internally with Blue Ventures’ wider PHE partner support team
- Facilitate learning exchange visits and cross-training sessions among partner organisations as appropriate
- Ensure that partner organisations are accessing PHE technical resources and sharing agreed
data with Blue Ventures through our online partners’ portal
- Contribute to the ongoing development of PHE technical resources as appropriate
- Link partner organisations with national PHE networks as appropriate
- Provide regular updates on progress to Blue Ventures’ UK-based staff
- Represent Blue Ventures to relevant stakeholders in the east Africa region
- Build strong interest in PHE and manage relationships with key stakeholders (government,
funders, etc) in these territories
- Where appropriate develop and oversee disbursement of sub grants to implementing

Skills and experience Required

- Bachelor’s degree (or higher) in a subject related to community health or sustainable development
- At least 2 years of field-level experience in community health or sustainable development (integrated programmes desirable)
- Good understanding of east Africa’s health, development and conservation sectors
- Strong experience of developing and delivering participatory training for different audiences
- Excellent interpersonal communication, facilitation and presentation skills
- Fluent English
- Good Swahili
- Understanding of the rationale for and principles of integrated programmes
- Experience of building partnerships between diverse stakeholders
- Commitment to Blue Ventures’ rights-focused ethos and participatory approach to working with communities
- Ability to work independently, to adapt to unforeseen situations and to take the initiative
- Ability to work effectively and remotely as part of an interdisciplinary team
- Ability and willingness to travel frequently (expect to be in Madagascar for a period of
orientation at the start and then travelling around 70% of the time) and work in isolated sites with basic living conditions

- Experience of managing staff and programme budgets
- Good understanding of teaching and learning principles

Application process
Applicants should apply online, using the form below, by 4th February 2018.

Please note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and first-round interviews may be conducted with short-listed candidates before the application deadline.

All shortlisted candidates will be contacted within two weeks of the closing date.