29 Sep 2021

Health and HIV Officer (HHO) at NELICO

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NELICO is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in Health, Education, Nutrition, Environment, Economic Development, Civil Society, Gender, Youth, Research and Technology – creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today’s interrelated development challenges.

NELICO is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.

NELICO fosters the strength and health of its workforce through a competitive benefits package, professional development and policies and programs that support a healthy work/life balance. Join our global workforce to make a positive difference for others — and yourself

This job posting summarizes the main duties of the jobs. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

ACHIEVE Project

Adolescents and Children HIV Incidence Reduction, Empowerment, and Virus Elimination (ACHIEVE) is a five-year global effort to reach and sustain HIV epidemic control among pregnant and breastfeeding women, adolescents, infants, and children. The project is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by a Pact led consortium of top global HIV/AIDS partners, including Jhpiego, Palladium, No Means No Worldwide, and WI– HER. These core partners are supported by a network of global and local strategic resource partners. ACHIEVE focuses on priority PEPFAR countries across Africa and the Caribbean. The ACHIEVE consortium works with USAID Missions, national governments, and existing response partners to identify gaps in HIV prevention and treatment programming among target populations. Using best practices and expertise along with innovations, the project is addressing critical gaps to meet country-specific epidemic control goals.

ACHIEVE is a USAID’s flagship initiative to address the needs of children, young people, and breast-feeding women affected by HIV. This includes supporting local organizations in serving these populations and ultimately building their capability to receive direct U.S. government funding for programs at scale. The project leverages the full strength of its consortia and related private and public sector stakeholders to support countries attain and sustain HIV epidemic control.

In Tanzania, starting in October 2021, ACHIEVE expects to receive funding from USAID to support the Government of Tanzania (Got) to achieve its aim of controlling the HIV epidemic,

with a particular focus on programs targeting orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and adolescent girls and young women, through the DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe) program, in 54 councils across 15 regions in Tanzania. Additionally ACHIEVE Tanzania aim to strengthen local organizations and the national- and community- level social welfare systems, structures, and workforce to support and sustain OVC to access HIV-inclusive services that support their health and well-being.

ACHIEVE Tanzania program has three Strategic Objectives:

To strengthen the capacity of the national and community-level social welfare workforce, systems, and structures to ensure quality services for OVC, at-risk AGYW, and people living with HIV (PLHIV).
To build capacity of local organizations to manage and implement USAID/PEPFAR awards as prime implementing ACHIEVE Tanzania Project will support the transition of prime funding and implementation to capable local partners to meet the PEPFAR goal of 70% of funding to local partners.
To deliver high quality OVC services and DREAMS interventions for AGYW 9-14
Percentage of HIV-positive OVC (required) and caregivers (optional) on ART, active or graduated, who are served by an OVC comprehensive program who are virally suppressed (<1000 copies/ml) (OVC_VLS)
Percent of OVC households which sustain or increase their economic well-being, as measured by the Family and Child Asset Assessment
Number of female participants in WORTH Yetu groups designed to increase access

We have Vacancies for the following positions.

Title: Health and HIV Officer (HHO)

Reporting to: Project Manager Line Manage: None

Locations: NELICO Council Level Office

Position Summary:
The overall objective of this position is to contribute towards strategic service delivery to OVCs and their caregivers, address critical barriers to service access, uptake, and adherence to scale up impact service delivery, advance progress towards 95-95-95 goals and improve health and social outcomes among OVC and their families.

The job holder will ensure sound and vibrant bi-directional referral and linkage system, improved case identification, linkages to ART and Viral Load suppression among Children and Adolescents Living with HIV/AIDS.

Roles & Responsibilities:

Represent the NELICO and coordinate with the Council Health Management Team regarding HIV and health related
Hold monthly coordination meetings with Care & Treatment Centers (CTC) in implementation area to support shared confidentiality, facilitate case conferencing, improve the bi-directional referral system, and ensure HIV positive beneficiaries receive needed
Support Early Childhood Development (ECD) corners at targeted health facilities, including regular monitoring and supportive
Support the facilities to have an updated enrollment register at the facility that demonstrate the cascade of enrollment of CLHIV at the
Support Community Case Workers (CCWs) to work with high pediatric volume CTCs to trace HIV positive OVC who miss appointments, enroll them into ACHIEVE, and link them back to
Support CCWs to conduct HIV risk assessments for OVC during case management; refer and link at risk OVC to HIV Testing and Counseling (HTC).
Schedule quarterly Sexual Reproductive Health Education outreaches to Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW), DREAMS Girls in school and organize HTC outreaches for adolescents with high-risk
Work with Health Facility Implementing Partners to roll out a supplemental HIV curriculum to CCWs and ensure CCWs provide appropriate support to HIV positive OVC and

Support CCWs to strengthen the capacity of caregivers to support HIV positive OVC and ensure CCWs refer HIV positive OVC and caregivers to PLHIV support
Support the roll out of evidence-based curriculums relating to HIV (e.g., Steppingstone, Furaha Lifelong Parenting (Sinovuyo), Sexual Reproductive Health Education, Care for Child Development, )
Support the establishment of a bi-directional referral system to monitor beneficiaries through the HIV continuum of care as well as service completion for other health and social
Monitor implementation, bottlenecks, and performance metrics of the bi-directional referral system; pro-actively offer solutions, conduct quality improvement activities, and implement adjustments to improve referral
Participate in quarterly council level quality improvement meetings with relevant bi- directional referral system stakeholders; ensure actions from the meetings are implemented and the bi-directional referral system is
Work with the M&E officer to ensure all bi-directional referral data are accurate and produced weekly; use data for decision-making.
Lead the development of a service directory for health, nutrition, and HIV services in implementation area; update the directory at least once a
Support CCWs to conduct nutrition activities, including nutrition assessments, counseling, and linkage to other nutrition service
Provide continuous supportive supervision to CCWs to ensure provision of health-related services and referrals and linkages to
Submit timely updates to the Program Manager for inclusion in the quarterly, semi-annual, and annual
Document lessons learned and best practices for experience sharing and
Perform any other relevant duties as assigned by the Project

Minimum required Qualifications, Experience and Skills Education:
MUST be Diploma holder in Clinical Medicine or Nursing/ Health Sciences
Bachelor’s degree or higher in medicine or nursing will be an added

Skills:
Good understanding of Government of Tanzania health
Strong M&E skills and experience in strategic
Excellent written and oral communication skills in Swahili and English including excellent training skills in working with adult learner leaners, particularly at the community
Able and willing to work flexible hours as needed without constantly or close supervision
Demonstrate leadership and team building
Degreecy and negotiation skills that demonstrate ability to collaborate coordinate with a range of stakeholders and complex

Experience:
At least two (2) years’ experiences in a field position with an organization in Health Sciences or OVC programming. Experience in implementation of community programs in health/HIV, MNCH, TB/Malaria , is preferred.
Experienced with PEPFAR 0 funded project in Tanzania.
Experience implementing program and donor regulations, systems, and procedures.
Experience in an Appreciative Inquiry (AI) approach in development and social
Remarks

NELICO is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

NELICO has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the NELICO, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. NELICO also adheres to strict child safeguarding Policy. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

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Closing Date : 4th October, 2021.






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