m2m: District Assistant

Mothers2mothers (m2m)
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Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 7 February, 2020
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mothers2mothers (m2m) is an Africa-based NGO that unlocks the potential of women to eliminate paediatric AIDS and create healthy families across eight sub-Saharan African countries. m2m trains, employs, and helps empower HIV-positive women 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 10,000 jobs for African women living with HIV.  For more, visit www.m2m.org.  

District Assistant

  • The purpose of this position is to support in the planning, implementation and monitoring of the Mentor Mother Programme in OR Tambo District, Eastern Cape Province. The SDA will supervise, train and provide first-line technical targeted programme and operational support to Site Coordinators and Mentor Mothers to ensure quality programme implementation in the District. He/she will be responsible for development and maintenance of key project partnerships with DoH and relevant implementing, including PEPFAR partners within the Sub-District. The Sub-District Assistant will provide the supportive supervision in 5 sites with 2 site staff on each (Stanford terrace clinic, Ngangelizwe CHC, Umtata gateway clinic, Civic centre and Mqanduli. The position will be based in the District Office but located in the Sub-District of KSD; reporting to the Project Manager.

This position is based in Mthatha.

Key Performance Areas:


  • Contribute in the development, implementation and monitoring of Mentor Mother project  District work plan
  • Conduct supportive supervision visits to ensure effective service implementation;
  • Input in budget development and monitor expenditure of the sites she supports;
  • Manage supply and distribution  of site toolkits and project materials to all sites in the Sub-District
  • Work closely with the M&E Coordinator to monitor site performance; assess and ensure data quality to inform reporting
  • Develop and monitor Quality Improvement plans informed by site visits outcomes and data quality reports to maintain the provision of high quality project interventions;
  • Liaise with Trainer(s) and Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator to assess project performance and implement joint interventions as required;
  • Contribute in the development of project improvement plans and roll-out interventions to promote continued service integration, quality and effectiveness;
  • Compile weekly and monthly site visit and data reports and quarterly project reports
  • Coordinate facilitation of bi-annual site grading visits.

Staff Management, Training and Mentorship

  • Supervise Site Coordinators and Mentor Mothers in the Sub-District
  • Conduct Supportive Supervision visits (routine, targeted and spot check)
  • Coordinate Quarterly comprehensive site visits
  • Provide on the job mentoring to SCs and MMs during site visits;
  • Coordinate pre and in service trainings for Mentor Mothers and Site Coordinators.
  • Develop SC  performance contracts and conduct quarterly performance reviews
  • Monitor  development of MM performance contracts and quarterly performance reviews by SCs
  • Organise quarterly Mentor Mother Debriefing sessions
  • Conduct Monthly Site Coordinators’ meetings.

Representation and relationship management

  • Ensure development of stakeholder database in all supported facilities
  • Ensure monthly attendance of facility meetings by SC/MM.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with local partner and other relevant government departments at Sub-District level
  • Support Site Coordinators to establish and maintain  at facility local community level;
  • Coordinate key stakeholder and donor visits;
  • Represent m2m in key sub-district, ward meetings and relevant community forums.
  • Coordinate Actively participate in district/sub district awareness campaigns.

Competencies, Qualifications and Experience required

  • Grade 12 
  • Qualification in health and/or Social Sciences or related field will be an added bonus;
  • 5 years relevant experience in coordination of community-based public health projects;
  • Sound technical knowledge of PMTCT/MNCWH/Paediatric HIV; including maternal and child health;
  • Proven ability to lead dynamic team, supervise staff, and with excellent team building;
  • Experience building and maintaining relationships and partnerships with key stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage project tasks in line with set milestones;
  • Advanced Computer skills; 
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills in English and  local language;  
  • Good time management; 
  • Applied knowledge of Human Resource Management, M&E and financial management.
  • High ability to work independently with sound decision making skills;
  • Ability to work well under pressure;
  • Cultural sensitivity and ability to effectively engage participants of different cultures and backgrounds;
  • Possession of own car and valid driver’s license;

mothers2mothers is an equal opportunity employer. We particularly encourage applications from people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA), people with disabilities, women and previously disadvantaged people.

Competitive salary packages will be negotiable in accordance with m2m’s remuneration policies.
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