Program Officer Intern – Trachoma Elimination

NTD Programs

Job Description

Established in 1915 with Helen Keller as a founding trustee, Helen Keller International works to save the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.  Headquartered in New York City, Helen Keller Intl currently conducts programs in 20 countries in Africa and Asia as well as in the United States. Helen Keller Intl is known for sustainability, reliability, efficiency, and the highest level of technical expertise in fighting and treating blindness and malnutrition.

Country Overview:

Established in 1984, the Helen Keller Intl – Tanzania office was the organization’s first in Africa set up to provide primary eye care services in central Tanzania. Helen Keller Intl has since expanded its role and currently works in partnership with the Ministry of Health, Local Government Authorities (LGAs), Local NGOs, and other national and international development partners in the areas of nutrition and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), particularly trachoma elimination.

Scope of the Position: 

Helen Keller Intl – Tanzania is an Implementing Partner in the trachoma programs supported by Sightsavers International. Through these programs we support district-level teams to conduct trachomatous trichiasis (TT) case finding and surgery in several districts in rural Tanzania. Helen Keller Intl is seeking several Program Intern interested in conducting field outreach and in program implementation who will support the planning and implementation of TT surgical camps in several regions and districts of Tanzania.

Position Title: Program Officer Intern
Department: NTD Programs (TT Surgical) 
Duty Station: Simanjiro
Reports to:        Program Manager
Direct reports: none
Duration: 6months

Key Responsibilities:

  • Implement all activities for the elimination of the TT case backlog in rural districts of Tanzania including training and management of local Case Finders, managing surgical outreach camps, follow ups, procuring equipment and consumables, and working closely with district surgical outreach teams.
  • Conduct ongoing and accurate collection, entry, and analysis of patient data in order to ensure that patients receive appropriate follow-up care as well as in order to share with donors, inform future efforts, and increase quality of services provided to the community and Full Geographical Coverage (FGC) is attained and well documented.
  • Serve as liaison to ensure strong planning and communication between district surgical teams, Helen Keller Intl staff, and district authorities.
  • Compose field activity plans and reports, monthly and quarterly updates, meeting minutes, fund reconciliations, PowerPoint presentations, Excel statistical and narrative donor reports, and other required documentation as required by Helen Keller Intl.
  • Collaborate with regional teams to organize regional QRMs and supportive      supervision
  • Prepare PPT and present during meetings.
  • Work with Helen Keller Intl, NTDCP and other partners to identify challenges to achieving the goal of trachoma elimination by 2030 and develop and implement solutions to overcome those challenges.
  • Perform any other duties as directed by a supervisor.

Program Officer Intern Job Vacancy at Helen Keller International Tanzania

Desired Qualifications and Experience

  • Must possess a degree in Social Science or Nursing, public health, Medicine or other related disciplines
  • A minimum of 2 years of work experience in field-based health work in rural Tanzania.
  • Should be willing to live and work full-time in rural districts of Tanzania, with frequent visits to remote villages. Candidates already based in Manyara region are encouraged to apply.
  • Experience organizing trainings at grass root, and working with community leaders in strong cultured setting is desired
  • Experience working with Community Health Workers (CHWs) and Local Government Authorities (LGAs) will be a significant added advantage.
  • Technical skills in NTDs, trachoma, or TT surgery planning are strongly preferred.
  • Experience in hygiene and sanitation/environmental health is an added advantage.
  • Demonstration of strong program planning, organizational, and communication skills.
  • A team player with experience leading heterogeneous teams to obtain desired results
  • Must be competent in Microsoft packages (Excel, Word, etc.) and in use of email.
  • Must be a Tanzanian national, fluent in Kiswahili and a working knowledge of English.
  • Should be a strategic thinker, who possesses strong critical thinking, problem solving, and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrate experience to multitask and work with tight deadlines in resource limited setting is desired
  • Basic knowledge on budget development and monitoring is desired

To Apply:

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and current CV to noting the specific job title in the subject line. Applicants should clearly describe their field-based health work experience in their cover letter. Applications will be accepted until August 3rd, 2022.



Helen Keller is dedicated to building an inclusive workforce  where diversity of all types is fully valued

  • All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to ethnicity, race, caste, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic that has no bearing on the ability to perform the required job duties.
  • We are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities.
  • If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need to request an accommodation during the application or interview process, please contact us at the email above.