Health And Hiv Officer (HHO) at SHDEPHA
- Company: SHDEPHA
- Location: Tanzania
- State: Geita
- Job type: Full-Time
- Job category: Healthcare/Medical Jobs in Tanzania
BACKGROUND Service, Health and Development for people living with HIV /AIDS (SHDEPHA+) is a national non-governmental organization, registered on 21 November 1994 with registration number SO 8216, with the aim of mobilizing resources to help people living with HIV/AIDS and to fight the spread of the disease. Although originally focusing on people living with HIV/AIDS, over the years SHDEPHA+ has expanded beyond HIV/AIDS and related issues to other development interventions and now covers both infected and affected by HIV/AIDS with over 65 branches countrywide. Each branch of SHDEPHA+ works independently, developing, managing, and implementing its projects, though all branches share one constitution and registration.
SHDEPHA+ Kahama, based in Kahama Municipal, is among the 65 branches, was launched in 1999 and started independent operations in 2002 has been working with both international and national donors, the local and central government and other stakeholders to work toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The organization works with the poor, key, and vulnerable groups including women, children, youth, people with special needs; and it gives special attention to the underserved and marginalized populations such as PLHIV, FSW, and VAGYW. .
SHDEPHA+ Kahama therefore is seeking for competent, experienced, dynamic, and qualified candidates to fill the positions listed below…..
SHDEPHA+ Kahama is anticipating a sub recipient funding from ELCT Tanzania to implement USAID Kizazi HODARI project at Geita region, in 6 councils. Kizazi HODARI project is a five-year, USAID-funded project (April 2022-March 2027) implemented by the prime recipient Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) in collaboration with SHEDPHA + as Implementing partner. The project is child centred and family focused applying the National Integrated Case Management System (NICMS) approach to enable delivery of individualized and age specific case management services to the household contributing attainment of 95-95-95% UNAIDS goals through OVC comprehensive services.
The overall goal of the project is to improve the health, well-being, and protection of OVC and youth age 0-17 years in high HIV burden communities. The project is implemented in collaboration with Government social welfare and health systems and structures, USG clinical and community implementing partners (IP) and other stakeholders to deliver comprehensive services that aim to keep all OVC sub-populations healthy, safe, schooled, and stable.
USAID Kizazi HODARI Project Objectives:
Objective 1: Increase use of OVC Platforms for paediatric HIV case finding, linkage to treatment, and viral suppression
Objective 2: Increase access to HIV prevention, violence prevention, and response services for OVC and Youth
Objective 3: Improve the socio-economic capacity of at-risk young women (AGYW) and OVC caregivers.
USAID Kizazi HODARI Project anticipate to USAID Kizazi Hodari the following outcomes:
- Local partners are strengthened to manage and sustain family-centered, community based OVC.
- Increased use of OVC platforms, for paediatric HIV case finding, linkage to treatment and viral suppression.
- Increased access to HIV prevention and violence prevention services among OVC and AGYW
- Improved social economic capacity of at risk AGYW and OVC caregivers
- Imroved case identification to ART and viral suppression among CLHIV in OVC through improved case management services and delivery of differentiated OVC service package
With this, SHDEPHA+ Kahama therefore is seeking for competent, experienced, dynamic, and qualified candidates s to fill the positions listed below;
HEALTH AND HIV OFFICER (HHO) (3 POSITIONS)
Reports to: Programs Manager
Line Manage: NONE
Contract Duration: 12 months (renewable)
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 in ART 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 SHDEPHA+ and coordinate with the Council Health Management Team regarding HIV and health related activities.
- 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 services.
- Support Early Childhood Development (ECD) corners at targeted health facilities, including regular monitoring and supportive supervision.
- Support the facilities to have an updated enrolment register at the facility that demonstrate the cascade of enrolment of CLHIV at the CTC.
- Support Community Case Workers (CCWs) to work with high pediatric volume CTCs to trace HIV positive OVC who miss appointments, enrol them into USAID KIZAZI HODARI Project, and link them back to CTCs.
- Support CCWs to conduct HIV risk assessments for OVC during case management; refer and link at risk OVC to HIV Testing and Counselling (HTC).
- Schedule quarterly Sexual Reproductive Health Education outreaches to Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) and organize HTC outreaches for adolescents with high-risk behaviors.
- 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 caregivers.
- 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 groups. 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 services.
- Monitor implementation, bottlenecks, performance metrics of the bi-directional referral system; pro-actively offer solutions, conduct quality improvement activities, and implement adjustments to improve referral outcomes.
- 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 improved.
- 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 year.
- Support CCWs to conduct nutrition activities, including nutrition assessments, counselling, and linkage to other nutrition service providers. Provide continuous supportive supervision to CCWs to ensure provision of health-related services and referrals and linkages to beneficiaries.
- Submit timely updates to the Program Manager for inclusion in the quarterly, semi-annual, and annual reports.
- Document lessons learned and best practices for experience sharing and replication.
- Perform any other relevant duties as assigned by the Project Manager.
Minimum required Qualifications, Experience and Skills
- Diploma holder in Clinical Medicine or Nursing.
- Bachelor’s degree or higher in medicine or nursing will be an added advantage.
- Masters Degree in any professional field will be added as an advantage
- Good understanding of Government of Tanzania health policies.
- Strong M&E skills and experience in strategic information.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills in Swahili and English including excellent training skills in working with adult learner leaners, particularly at the community level.
- Able and willing to work flexible hours as needed without constantly or close supervision
- Demonstrate leadership and team building skills.
- Diplomacy and negotiation skills that demonstrate ability to collaborate coordinate with a range of stakeholders and complex priorities.
- At least two (2) years’ experiences in a field position with an organization in public health or OVC programming. Experience in implementation of community programs in health/HIV, MNCH, TB/Malaria etc., is preferred.
- Experienced with PEPFAR 3.0 funded project in Tanzania.
- Experience implementing program and donor regulations, systems, and procedures.
- Experience in an Appreciative Inquiry (AI) approach in development and social work.
Method of ApplicationIf you meet the criteria given above and interested in the vacancies, please send an application letter and CV combined in as one document indicating your present employer and position, daytime telephone contact, names and addresses of three referees. SHDEPHA+ Kahama will conduct interviews at Kahama municipal Office for the shortlisted Applicants.
To be considered, your application deadline is on Friday 3rd October 2023; The subject line of your job application email should mention the job position that you are applying as it appears in this advertisement. Failure to do that your application may not easily be retrieved. All correspondences and applications should be emailed to: [email protected]
- SHDEPHA+ is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices based on Age, race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee Organization, or other non-merit factors.
- SHDEPHA+ is committed to the principles of safeguarding in workplace and will not tolerate any form of abuse, wherever it occurs or whoever is responsible”
- Any Applicant attempting or communicating to SHDEPHA+ Management or Staff through phone calls, SMS, text emails and other means will automatically be disqualified from this opportunity. All communications should be channelled to the provided official correspondence email above