Reporting to Research, Innovation, Partnership and Learning Specialist
The Project Coordinator is responsible and accountable for all aspects of the fieldwork of the Zvatinoda! Phase I intervention project, an OPHID research partnership with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Ministry of Health and Child Care. This project is investigating the feasibility and evaluation of an intervention to increase young people’s demand for and use of sexual and reproductive health services and increase the availability of high-quality youth-friendly health services in Zimbabwe. The Project Coordinator is based in Mutare district and will report to OPHID’s Research, Innovation, Partnership and Learning (RIPL) Specialist.
The feasibility study may use mobile phone platforms to help facilitate access to information and peer/ social support. The project coordinator’s role will require supporting co-development of the intervention using participatory methods together with study partners. The project coordinator will manage formation and implementation of discussion groups and oversee monitoring of discussion groups and encouraging engagement and provision of accurate information and referral to health services.
Reporting to the RIPL the Project Coordinator works closely with the OPHID Families and Communities for the Elimination of HIV team at central office and provincial office and the MOHCC Provincial and District Health Teams.
Facilitate community sensitization and engagement on the project
- Facilitate the mobilization and sensitization of community stakeholders on the research project
- Conduct community mapping processes
- Assist in the selection of participants for the Youth Advisory Panel and organize panel meetings
- Address community concerns and questions on the project
- Document the research processes, maintaining confidentiality and anonymity of data.
Assist in the formative research and intervention co-design
- Organize and arrange logistics for research activities at project sites
- Produce weekly field reports and keep a field diary
- Contribute to the Zvatinoda intervention development through participation in co-design workshops to co-create the intervention with: the community gate-keepers, the adolescents (16-19 year olds); and the healthcare providers
Chat group technical set up and maintenance
- Coordinate with partner organizations to set up the support group platform/groups
- Oversee field testing of phones to be used for the project
- Manage mobile device setup, including installation of applications/software
- Deploy key software (chat platform, mobile device management solution), including account/license creation for each user as appropriate
- Coordination of mobile device distribution and related records
- Management of digital workspaces for overseeing chat platform and device management
- Creation of spreadsheets to collect and store chat information
- Facilitating and monitoring chat groups
- Analysis and summarization chat content into key theme feedback reports for sharing with health center committees
Coordinate implementation of the feasibility study
- Administer informed consent forms to study participants and assign participants to Zvatinoda! groups in adherence to standard operating procedures and study protocols
- Train young people on how to use the mobile discussion group platform and ground rules for participation
- Facilitate Zvatinoda! discussion groups together with topic experts according to program topics defined by young people during co-design processes
- Monitor discussion groups and provide appropriate and accurate information to support group members regarding where and how they can access certain services.
- Support collection and reporting of routine program data from health facilities
- Support PI to recruit and manage data collection and field activities including field supervision and activity reporting to OPHID head office
- Provide feedback to MOHCC, health facilities, youth advisory committees and communities on study findings
- Participate in end of project evidence and planning workshops
- Contribute to peer-reviewed journal articles and other dissemination of study findings
- Bachelor degree in a Social Science
- Fluent Shona speaker
- At least 3 years’ experience as a field officer
- Previous research experience
- Basic counselling and interviewing skills
- Good communication and interpersonal skills
- Knowledge and experience of SRH and HIV services in Zimbabwe
- Good written and oral English
- Good knowledge of MOHCC registers, data and indicators relating to HIV and nutrition and experience in M&E and data collection and analysis
- Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
- Good Clinical Practice (GCP) certification.
- Experience in facilitating discussion groups with young people
- Experience in working with mobile platforms for provision of health information and/or data collection
- Ability to work in a team and form productive, supportive and professional relationships with all colleagues
- Organized self-starter, proactive and able to work with minimal supervision
- Honest, conscientious and reliable
- Strong work ethic coupled with enthusiastic and passionate approach to work
- High degree of professionalism and integrity and ability to demonstrate good judgment, discretion and confidentiality at all times
- Good problem solving skills, with attention to detail
- Well organised and able to plan effectively and efficiently
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