Oxfam Italia: Project Officer - Maternal and Child Health project

Oxfam Italia
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Opportunity closing date: 
Wednesday, 22 August, 2012
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Oxfam Italia, which became part of Oxfam international confederation in 2010, builds upon its previous work as Ucodep, an Italian non-governmental organisation committed with passion and professionalism, since over 30 years, to improve the living conditions of thousands of poor people in the world, to give them the power to shape their future, to control and direct their own life and to exercise their rights.

Oxfam is the fourth NGOs coalition in the world specialised in humanitarian aid and development projects. It is composed by 14 organisations of different countries cooperating with 3 000 local partners in over 99 countries to identify lasting solutions to poverty and injustice. Oxfam Italia works with members of Oxfam international confederation, contributing to assure sustainable tools for living, the rights to water, to health and to instruction, the respect of human rights in humanitarian crises, the right to participation, to be heard and solidarity.

Oxfam Italia seeks to appoint a Project Officer for the Maternal and Child Health project, based in South Africa.

The project “Maternal and Child Health: Local Authorities and Decentralisation of services in SADC Area” is funded by the EU and implemented by the Region of Tuscany (Italy), in partnership with the Kondoa District Council (Tanzania), Or Tambo District Municipality (South Africa), North-Kivu Province (Democratic Republic of Congo) and the Italian NGOs CMSR, COSPE, and OXFAM Italia (OIT).

Said Project aims at developing the provision of services on Anti-retroviral therapy (ART) and Prevention of Mother-To-Child Transmission (PMTCT) for infant and mother in rural areas, by supporting the local authorities in the implementation of their own competences by empowering the communities to play a more active role.

The project supports the realisation of transnational activities, by involving all the partners through an exchange of experience and capitalisation, and in-country activities “Pilot Actions”, by supporting the development of innovative services in rural areas on ART and PMTCT in Congo DR, Tanzania and South Africa.

OIT is in charge of managing the pilot action in South Africa, in the Or Tambo District Municipality. OIT will be assisted by Small Project Foundation (SPF) in the implementation of the pilot action.

Scope of work:

Within the context of the abovementioned Project, the assigned work consists in assisting OIT and SPF with the implementation of the project.

He/she will directly report to OIT Associate Country Director and SPF Managing Director.


  • Supervise the project’s partner clinics with reference to the implementation of the project activities;
  • Under OIT and SPF supervision, provide day to day management for the action foreseen by the project in ORTDM guided by the project document (mainly the logical framework and action plan);
  • Assist in the preparation of detailed project work plans;
  • Assist in the process of documentation of the entire action in OTDM;
  • Work closely with OIT and SPF with regards to all project related issues and preparation of
  • documents, minutes, reports etc;
  • Draft progress, interim and final reports as per defined reporting schedule;
  • Establish and maintain good working relations with the relevant local authorities representatives, as well as other stakeholder groups and beneficiaries;
  • Facilitate communications between relevant local authorities representatives, other stakeholder groups, beneficiaries and OIT/SPF;
  • Maintain and update the project’s archive and other project materials for dissemination to different target audience;
  • Assist internal and external Monitoring and Evaluation teams during their mission;
  • Travel to Mthatha and East London for attending all the relevant coordination meetings.


  • Excellent knowledge of PMTCT national programme;
  • Minimum of five years experience in managing health projects related to HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment;
  • At least 2 years experience of project management related activities in the public or private sector;
  • Proven experience in logistics and organization of training workshops;
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of result-based management (RBM) and Logical Framework (LF) approach;
  • Possession of a valid driving licence;
  • Computer literacy in current office software applications and ability to operate e-mail/Internet
  • systems;
  • Excellent command in written and spoken English and isiXhosa.

Competences to be developed within the position or, if already possessed, will constitute further

  • University degree in public health or related fields;
  • Experience in management of development projects funded by international donors, particularly EU;
  • Working experience in NGOs (Section 21).

Crosscutting competences

  • Excellent problem solving skills;
  • Ability to work under pressure;
  • Ability to listen;
  • Team building and conflict management skills;
  • Time management.

Fixed term contract. Salary: approximately R12 000 – R13 000 (gross per month). The position does not foresee any benefits, in addition to said remuneration. The exact salary will be defined based upon the candidate’s profile in agreement with Oxfam Italia’s internal salary scale.

To apply, submit a CV, contact of three professional referees and motivation letter to alessandra.dibastiano@oxfamitalia.org with the subject line: “Selection Project Officer_Flagstaff Name Surname”, no later than the 22 of August, 2012.

Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

Method of selection

The CVs received will be pre-selected according to their coherence with the required profile. The candidates shortlisted will be called in for selection tests starting from the day immediately after the deadline for the submission of CVs.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted based upon the documents sent.

The selection process will be based upon written tests and individual interviews that will take place by no later than 31 August 2012.

Only the candidates whose profiles fit the requested criteria will be taken into consideration. We kindly ask those candidates who don’t fit the criteria to refrain from sending their application.

For more about Oxfam Italia, refer to www.oxfamitalia.org.

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