4 Mar 2019

Henry Jackson Foundation Jobs in Tanzania : Care and Treatment Advisor, TPDF Program

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Henry Jackson Foundation Medical Research International (HJFMRI) In Support of the U.S. Military HIV Research Program (MHRP)is an international non-governmental organization working in several countries providing care and treatment to people affected by HIV/AIDS and conducting research studies and has been actively involved in HIV and AIDS programming for over 30 years.

HJFMRI implements PEPFAR funded HIV prevention, care and treatment activities in the Southern Highlands, providing resources., personnel and services to the Zone. The program has expanded from supporting the Mbeya Zonal Referral Hospital in becoming a hub for anti-retroviral treatment in the Southern Highlands zone; to community support through decentralized services, with the overall objective of implementing research, clinical HIV, prevention, care and treatment services in Mbeya, Rukwa, Katavi, Ruvuma and Songwe regions in the zone.

In collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MoHC- DGEC) and community NGOs, HJFMRI has been leading a comprehensive HIV and AIDS care and support program in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania since 2004, The program, which is sub-contracting with Regional Health Management Teams (RHMTs) and 14 community outreach partners, extends to 25 district councils in the five regions. Collectively, the zone, which has one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in Tanzania, represents a catchment area with dose to 6 million people (13% of the population of Tanzania mainland). Despite remarkable achievements made over the past ten years, the expansion of HIV care and treatment interventions remains critical both at the facility as well as the community level.

HJFMRI is seeking qualified candidates to fill the position below. Cover letters and resumes should be sent by mail through post/EMS/DHL/ or any reliable Courier to the Human Resources and Administration Manager, P.O. Box 6396, Mbeya or transmitted by email to; [email protected] NOTE: to be considered, applicants must put the TITLE OF THE JOB in the SUBJECT LINE, hand delivery applications are not accepted.Deadline for submission of the application is March 18th, 2019. Those who do not meet the minimum requirements as detailed below should not submit applications. .“CVs should not include any reference to marital status, birth place, as well as tribal and/or religious affiliations, Any CVs containing this information will not be considered for employment,”

Job Title:                     Care and Treatment Advisor, TPDF Program

Reports to:                  Program Manager, TPDF Program

Location:                     Dar es Salaam

Scope:                        National, frequent domestic travel

Contract:                     12 months, with option(s) to renew

About HJF Medical Research International (HJFMRI):

With headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland, HJFMRI works to support global health programs in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, and Thailand. The Global Health Program in Tanzania works in tandem with the Tanzania People’s Defence Forces (TPDF), Ministry of Health (MOH) and President’s Office – Regional Administration and Local Government (PORALG) and in collaboration with non-government entities (NGO), Community-Based Organizations (CBO), and Faith Based Organizations (FBO) with the purpose of creating a lasting health change in Tanzania. Our commitment to partnerships at every level and our multidisciplinary approach enables us to have a lasting impact in the communities.

General Overview:

The purpose of this position is to provide input into the development of technical program activities for clinicaly related Adult and Children Care and Treatment of HIV/AIDS in support of the PEPFAR-funded program within the TPDF. The Care and Treatment Technical Advisor wil provide technical advice and direction on the scale-up of quality HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment services. S/he will be part of the team of clinical experts whose focus will mainly be on provision of Technical support on comprehensive clinical care, development of country operational plan inputs, and reporting activities, as wel as supportive supervision and mentorship to sites. S/he is responsible for sharing information for actions that emerges from the meetings/conferences and working groups (TWGs) and all others on a timely and regular basis. The position is based in Dar es Salaam with frequent travelling to all supported TPDF health facilities in country. This position will be reporting to the Program Manager.

Reports to:                  Program Manager, TPDF Program

Location:                     Dar es Salaam

Scope:                        National, frequent domestic travel

Contract:                     12 months, with option(s) to renew

About HJF Medical Research International (HJFMRI):

With headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland, HJFMRI works to support global health programs in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, and Thailand. The Global Health Program in Tanzania works in tandem with the Tanzania People’s Defence Forces (TPDF), Ministry of Health (MOH) and President’s Office – Regional Administration and Local Government (PORALG) and in collaboration with non-government entities (NGO), Community-Based Organizations (CBO), and Faith Based Organizations (FBO) with the purpose of creating a lasting health change in Tanzania. Our commitment to partnerships at every level and our multidisciplinary approach enables us to have a lasting impact in the communities.

General Overview:

The purpose of this position is to provide input into the development of technical program activities for clinicaly related Adult and Children Care and Treatment of HIV/AIDS in support of the PEPFAR-funded program within the TPDF. The Care and Treatment Technical Advisor wil provide technical advice and direction on the scale-up of quality HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment services. S/he will be part of the team of clinical experts whose focus will mainly be on provision of Technical support on comprehensive clinical care, development of country operational plan inputs, and reporting activities, as wel as supportive supervision and mentorship to sites. S/he is responsible for sharing information for actions that emerges from the meetings/conferences and working groups (TWGs) and all others on a timely and regular basis. The position is based in Dar es Salaam with frequent traveling to al supported TPDF health facilities in country. This position wil be reporting to the Program Manager.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides technical support and advice to the senior leadership in the planning and implementation of HIV & AIDS related services supported by HJFMRI within theTPDF,
  • Takes a lead role in the planning of HIV Care & Treatment activities, including alocation of targets and budgets under the USG PEPFAR planning process;
  • Provides direct technical assistance to TPDF health facility staff on all issues related to HIV care and treatment services such as; activity and budget planning, site development, training of staff in the clinical management of individuals with HIV/AIDS, clinical mentoring, patient flow analysis, improve­ment of adherence support systems, improvement of referral systems, etc.
  • Build the capacity of TPDF Healthcare providers at al levels, in the areas of technical planning, management and monitoring and evaluation for antiretroviral therapy programs.
  • Provides linkage between HJFMRI management and TPDF through USG/DOD to ensure effective implementation of the PEPFAR/HJFMRI goals.
  • Attends planning and technical meetings organized by USG and/or GOT;
  • Participates in providing technical support services such as laboratory, drug security, and drug forecasting and quantification;
  • In collaboration with the TPDF Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, leads the process of data collection, analysis, and dissemination of information about HIV/AIDS care and treatment program achievements and lessons learned, and provides recommendations/solutions for improvements.
  • Advises on linkages and synergies between ART, HTC, PMTCT, TB. STI, Reproductive Health and Family Planning and other public health programs;
  • Participates in appraisals of program operational efficiency and target setting;
  • Keeps track of re-programming areas and advises appropriately and in a timely manner to meet USG/’PEPFAR requirements;
  • Documents notes for HJFMRI,USG, and TPDF meetings and shares them with Senior HJFMRI Technical team to ensure strategic and informed program decisions;
  • Ensures that HJFMRI-supported clinical care activities at multiple delivery sites conform to PEPFAR priorities and the Tanzanian national guidelines;
  • Collaborates with HIV/TB Program Manager to ensure quality HIV and TB services are provided in HJFMR kupported sites;
  • Takes leadership and provides innovative approaches that would ensure index testing and PITC services are routinely provided in al high volume facilities supported by WRP;
  • Undertakes other relevant duties as may be assigned by senior leadership.

REQUIRED SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE EXPERIENCE:

  • Medical Degree is mandatory; a post-graduate training in internal medicine or infectious diseases will be desired. Masters of Public Health Training will be an added advantage.
  • Minimum of five years’ experience working with HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment programs.
  • Proven interpersonal skills in working effectively as a member of a team and independently.
  • Ability to deal effectively and diplomatically with multiple government agencies, non-governmental organizations, faith-based organizations, and the private sector
  • Strong planning and management skills
  • Ability to work independently with strong problem-solving skils
  • Computer literacy
  • 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 country up to 40% of the time building capacity of facility-based TPDF health care workers in the supported sites
  • Fluency in English and Swahili
  • Willingness to work overtime and on weekends
  • Willingness to abide by all ethics and compliance policies of HJF/MRI
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How to Apply

Send your application by mail through post/EMS/DHL/ or any reliable Courier to the Human Resources and Administration Manager, P.O. Box 6396, Mbeya or transmitted by email to; [email protected]

NOTE: to be considered, applicants must put the TITLE OF THE JOB in the SUBJECT LINE, hand delivery applications are not accepted.Deadline for submission of the application is March 18th, 2019. Those who do not meet the minimum requirements as detailed below should not submit applications. .“CVs should not include any reference to marital status, birth place, as well as tribal and/or religious affiliations, Any CVs containing this information will not be considered for employment,”

HJFMRI is an equal opportunity employer; women are highly encouraged to apply.






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