Position: The HIV Testing Services (HTS) Officer
The HIV Testing Services (HTS) Officer will work closely with the HTS Advisor to serve as the primary technical expert and contact for HJFMRI/MHRP HTS interventions at the organizational and community level. S/he will facilitate the development, modification, and/or adaptation of appropriate HTS strategies, with the goal of improving community access to and use of services. The HTS Officer is expected to collaborate across technical areas to strengthen the continuum of response from HIV Testing to Care. S/he will work with community partners to ensure clients identified HIV positive are linked to care and treatment services. Under the leadership of HTS Advisor, S/he will build the capacity of local partner organizations and HJFMRI/MHRP staff to deliver high-quality HIV Testing Services in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania.
Reports to: HTS Advisor
Location: Mbeya HQs
Contract: One year, with option(s) to renew
Roles and Responsibilities:
Provide technical support in the development of approaches and strategies for mobilizing partner organizations and communities for the establishment or strengthening of HTS strategies and activities;
Liaise and consult regularly with the HTS Advisor, relevant authorities, partner organizations, community leaders and beneficiaries in relation to the planning, design and implementation of HJFMRI/MHRP and partner HTS activities;
Support the development of integrated, innovative and gender sensitive interventions for the provision of comprehensive HTS services for key populations and priority populations and their sexual partners;
Provide technical support in implementation of new initiatives targeting men and Adolescent Girls and Young Women to increase identification, enrolment and retention into care and treatment services;
Build the capacity of the partner organizations to deliver high-quality HIV Testing Services;
Provide on-going support through coaching, supervision visits and mentoring to partner organizations and HJFMRI/MHRP staff in implementing HTS activities;
Document, consolidate and disseminate knowledge and information regarding best practices, lessons learned, and proven approaches both within and outside of HJFMRI/MHRP;
Ensure quality implementation, achievement of results for activities within partner projects, and collaborate with other Outreach and other HJFMRI/MHRP program departments to ensure effective and coordinated teamwork;
Collaborate with partners to develop quality assurance (QA) mechanisms and ensures that QA mechanisms are in place and functional;
Work with HTS Advisor to develop annual work plans, budgets and reports for HTS activities; and ensure integration of project activities into wider HJFMRI/MHRP annual plans;
Travel within the Southern Highlands for the purpose of program management, continued service development, implementation and evaluation of service delivery;
Liaise with the M&E Department to ensure that Community HTS components are functional (e.g. clarity of indicators, quality of M&E data collection tools, data quality and reporting);
Develops and maintain good working relationships with partners, government Authorities within the Regions of coverage;
Providetechnical assistance to other HJFMRI programs and initiatives including CBHS, Prevention, GBV, Mwanaume Jitambue (MJ) initiative, DREAMS , Lab & other projects as needed;
Perform any other assignment or duties that may be required to support the general program
A degree in Medicine, Nursing, Counseling, Psychology, Social work, Sociology or other HIV and AIDS related discipline.
Postgraduate training in Public Health is an added advantage.
At least five years of progressive responsibilities in HIV program management and technical experience in clinic and community based settings, preferably in an outreach context;
At least five years of experience with HTS programs;
Demonstrable experience in developing health education materials a plus;
Knowledge of the current developments and best practices in the field of HIV and AIDS prevention, globally and in Tanzania
Ability to use standard software applications (Word, Power Point, Excel, etc.)
Good communication skills; ability to troubleshoot; ability to work independently and supervise others.
Must be diplomatic and culturally sensitive, with excellent communications skills.
50% travel required
Position: District Program Management Officer (4 Posts)
Under the supervision of the Regional Technical Coordinator, the District Program Management Officer will guide and monitor the implementation of HIV/AIDS prevention; care and treatment activities supported through the HJFMRI/MHRP program and carried out in alignment with the current Tanzania MoHCDGEC guidelines in selected districts in Mbeya, Songwe, Rukwa, Katavi and Ruvuma regions of Tanzania. The District Program Management Officer will be stationed in the respective districts. The District Program Management Officer will take on responsibilities within the district in terms of providing regular supportive supervision and remediation plans for gaps identified at health facilities. S/he will assist in identifying and supporting capacity development of facility staff, as well as conducting basic M&E activities to monitor care and treatment programs.
Report To: Regional Clinical Coordinator
Work Location: Mbeya, Songwe, Rukwa, Katavi
Contract: One year, with option(s) to renew
Duties and Responsibilities:
Work closely with CHMTs to coordinate program planning, implementation and monitoring of integrated care and treatment services, RCH/PMTCT activities, early infant diagnosis (EID), TB/HIV collaborative activities, as well as VMMC and CECAP activities at facility level and through outreach activities
Build the capacity of health care workers and facilities by performing regular supportive supervision, mentorship and technical assistance visits at HJFMRI supported Care and Treatment facilities in line with project objectives and MoHCDGEC guidelines and in cooperation with CHMTs and RHMTs
In collaboration with Regional Program Managers, Regional Clinical Coordinators, Outreach Program Officers and HJFMRI Medical and Outreach Advisors, develop and prepare action plans for gaps identified in the HIV/AIDS continuum of care during supportive supervision and oversee the implementation and follow up of said action plans
Collaborate with facility and community HBC focal persons, as well as with HJFMRI outreach partners, to strengthen linkages of clients into care and treatment, PMTCT and EID
Provide technical assistance on establishment and sustainability of facility QI teams
Effectively work with CHMTs and facility leads to agree on target distribution and ensure regular review of progress to targets and establish regular site level meetings for data review and service quality improvement.
Work with the M&E team to ensure availability of M&E tools and their correct use for data recording and reporting
In collaborations with Regional Program Manager assist districts in data collection and compilation, analysis and reporting to Government structures and HJFMRI in accordance with mandatory report requirements for both Government and HJFMRI
Liaise with district pharmacist, district lab personnel and HJFMRI SCM advisor to support supply chain management services and HIV commodity management that ensure uninterrupted availability of HIV commodities at all levels within the districts. Provide technical assistance in monitoring and timely forecasting and ordering process at district and health facility level, as well as distribution and usage of HIV commodities by district councils and health facilities
Monitor implementation of all activities in the partners’ approved work plans and budgets in the district.
Review partners’ technical reports (activity reports and narrative reports) pertaining to the district assigned.
Confirm the activities implemented by the respective district.
Perform other duties as required
Medical Degree is mandatory from a recognized institution and must be registered with the relevant professional body in Tanzania; postgraduate training in internal medicine or infectious diseases will be an added advantages.
2 years’ experience providing HIV/AIDS clinical care in Tanzania or previous experience working in HIV/AIDS care and treatment or research programs
Fluency in English and Kiswahili
Basic Competency with Computer Applications [Word, Excel, PowerPoint]
Willingness to spend 75% of working hours traveling and working in rural areas of Mbeya, Rukwa, Songwe and Katavi regions
Key personal competences:
Self- motivated and able to demonstrate high initiative
Strong communication skills
Independent, yet still a team player
Proven ability for data analysis and program management
The purpose of this position is to provide Technical support in the design; implementation and monitoring as HJFMRI scale-up Pediatric HIV and EID services in supported regions. She/he will provide technical support to the HJFMRI Pediatric HIV care and treatment officer based in Songwe, Rukwa, Katavi, Ruvuma and Mbeya regions. The program Advisor for Pediatric HIV care and treatment will be part of a team of experts whose areas of work will include: scaling up of PMTCT, PITC, TB/HIV and ART Services. He will represent HJFMRI in National technical meetings addressing pediatric HIV issues. The Pediatric Advisor’s position is based in Mbeya with frequent travels to Rukwa, Katavi, Ruvuma and Mbeya regions and limited travels to Dar es Salaam for support visits, and MoHCDGEC and USG Technical meetings. She/he directly report to the Medical Director.
Reports to: Associate Director, Clinical Services
Location : Mbeya
Contract: One year, with option(s) to renew
Duties and Responsibilities
Provide technical advice to the Medical Director in the development of Pediatric HIV program design, work plans and implementation strategies necessary to achieve the set targets and service coverage to the Southern Highlands zone.
Provide technical support in the development of standard operating procedures (SOPs), treatment protocols, targeted continuous medical education (CME) packages and other relevant materials for improving and advancing Pediatric HIV services in the Southern Highland Zone.
Provide technical support to the regional HJFMRI program and field officers and regional teams in the planning, initiation and implementation of paediatric services including roll out of Option B+ in the context of early infant diagnosis of HIV and paediatric care and treatment.
Responsible for the design, implementation, coordination, and evaluation and a broad range of agency- funded Pediatric program activities , initiatives and studies required to implement the President’s Emergency Plan for aids Relief (PEPFAR) in the zone
Support HJFMRI regional teams in providing technical assistance to strengthen the capacity of regional and council health management teams for delivering quality pediatric care and treatment services.
Work with program and field officers in the region to design and implement innovative strategies for improving the quality of pediatric services in collaboration with the Regional & Council Health Management Teams (R/CHMTs) and Hospital Management Teams.
Provide support at the national level in development of tools, protocols and clinical guidelines as needed to improve delivery of Pediatric services
Regularly conduct supportive supervision, mentoring, and formal training to ensure delivery of quality pediatric HIV interventions.
Work with the monitoring and evaluation team to ensure Pediatric HIV data are well collected, compiled and timely reported.
Constantly review program performance data and develop new strategies to improve program performance.
Technically support and coordinate with pediatric officers to ensure pediatric activities are standardized and contribute to increased pediatric enrollments and retention in care and treatment.
Work as part of the multi-disciplinary technical team to provide technical guidance to the regional teams in planning program activities, ensuring close linkages between PMTCT, EID and pediatric services.
Work closely with MoHCDGEC and other partners to ensure the functionality of support services including availability of adequate stocks of supplies for PMTCT/EID and improve on turnaround time for HIV results of exposed infants.
Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor from time to time
REQUIRED SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE:
Medical degree preferably with Masters in Public Health (MPH) or similar degree
Minimum five years’ experience working with HIV/AIDS care and treatment programs.
Experience with Pediatric HIV programming
Clinical experience of pediatric HIV medicine
Strong supervisory and management skills
Proven interpersonal skills in working effectively as a member of a team or independently
Ability to deal effectively and diplomatically with multiple government agencies, non-governmental organizations, faith-based organizations, and the private sector
Proven verbal and written communication skills including a demonstrated ability to write technical documents and give state-of-the-art presentations
Willingness to travel in Southern highlands up to 40% of the time
Fluency in Kiswahili and English
HJFMRI is an equal opportunity employer; women are highly encouraged to apply
MODE OF APPLICATION: HOW TO APPLY
Cover letters and resumes should be sent by mail through post/EMS/DHL/ or any reliable Courier to the:
Manager, P.O. Box 6396, Mbeya
or transmitted by email to; email@example.com
Deadline for submission of the application is February 25, 2020.
NOTE: to be considered, applicants must put the TITLE OF THE JOB in the SUBJECT LINE, avoid delivering the application in person. Those who do not meet the minimum requirements as detailed below should not submit applications.