A TCE area comprises a population of 100,000 people. Fifty field officers divide up a TCE area, each working with 2,000 people for a period of three years. The field officers are local people who speak the language and know the practices and beliefs of their own people.
Fifty field officers form a Troop led by a troop commander. The organization of TCE goes further to Divisions and Corps. Five Troops form a Division, covering a population of 500,000 and five Divisions form a Corps. There is a Division Command and Communication Centre to lead and inspire the function of the Division. The Division is led by a division commander and two deputies.
A Corps is led by a corps commander and 2 deputies. A Corps covers a total population of 2.5 million people. Six Special Forces at each level assist with the monitoring and evaluation of field officers all the TCE work.
The daily work of the field officer is best described as in the drawing below:
The field officer is in the middle of his field. He stays there among the people and eventually becomes their trusted ally, a resource person and a counselor. The field officer is a local person who knows the norms, cultures and traditions of his own people. He is then recruited and trained to become a good listener who works together with each individual to make risk reduction plans and mobilizes them to become TCE compliant.
The field officer walks or cycles around his field. He is trained to engage, to dialogue and to hit people in the heart as opposed to teaching and instructing them.
Besides counseling, testing, follow up and referral to existing health services, the field officer recruits and trains passionates (local volunteers) who start up TCE activities such as condom demonstration and distribution, establishment of nutrition gardens, identification of pregnant women, and creation of support groups.