16 Aug 2022

HIV Continuous Quality Improvement Mentor x2 at International Training and Education Center for Health (l-TECH)

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Job Description


Background

The International Training and Education Center for Health (l-TECH) is a center in the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health and has offices throughout Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. l-TECH’s 700 worldwide staff work in partnership with local ministries of health, universities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), medical facilities, and other organizations to support the development of a skilled health work force and well-organized national health delivery systems. l-TECH’s activities occur primarily in the technical areas of health system strengthening; health workforce development; operations research and evaluation; and prevention, care, and treatment of infectious diseases.

I-TECH Tanzania wishes to recruit gualified and experienced candidates to fill in the following vacant positions:

Position Title: HIV Continuous Quality Improvement Mentor(2)

Supervisor:       Country Senior Program and Grant Manager

Location:           Kigoma and Shinyanga

Effective date: October 1, 2022

Position Summary

Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Mentor is the technical and implementation lead for Continuous Quality Improvement program activities based in one of the 2 target regions: Shinyanga and Kigoma. He/she is also responsible for implementation progress, timeliness of activities, overall quality, accuracy, and reporting of regional activities. She/he will provide technical support to strengthen Quality improvement for HIV care and treatment services offered at the regional, district, health facilities. The CQI Mentor will focus on providing technical support to target supported sites to use standardized national/international acceptable CQI approaches to improve HIV care and treatment services at health facilities and communities. He/she will build the capacity of the sites to collect and use quality HIV care and treatment data for decision making, using a CQI tools. He/She is responsible ensuring consistent, high quality routine data collection, analysis, and presentation needed to improve activity implementation and to meet I- TECH’s commitment to funders and external stakeholders. S/he CQI mentor will be responsible for supporting the development and implementation of SOPs and other tools related to HIV adult treatment, retention, PEP, and PrEP across all program regions and facilities. The CQI mentor will participates in MOH TWGs, represent l-TECH at the region of support and communicates regularly with relevant counterparts. S/he mentors and facilitates in-service trainings incorporating Ql methodologies as a key approach to achieve program outcomes and uses data to drive decision-making. S/he leads and coordinates HIV CQI-related activities including facility preparation, remediation plans and approaches, and re-assessments, when required. In addition to providing technical guidance regarding HIV adult treatment, retention, and PEP/PrEP. CQI Mentors will work closely with CQI and Evaluation Technical Lead, other Country Office program team members, external partners and HQ Team on a daily basis.

This position is in Kigoma and Shinyanga, Tanzania, with up to 60% domestic travel and may include early morning or evening calls to work with colleagues across multiple time zones, including Seattle (USA).

Key Responsibilities

Technical Assistance, Collaboration, and Support (45%)

  • Implement project activities in collaboration with Ministry of Health (MOH), R/CHMT, Tanzania Health Promotion Support (THPS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other Implementing Partners Provide strategic advice and support RHMT and CHMT in planning and implement Quality Improvement interventions at target regions and health facilities, and present implementation challenges/gaps that need practice change at regional levels.
  • Lead regional operationalization of facility CQI plans, CQI targets that are based on the government and PEPFAR priorities in Tanzania
  • Lead the implementation of CQI collaboratives in the respective region and support coordination of activities with the other target regions
  • Build capacity to target health facilities to implement CQI initiatives to improve HIV care and treatment services: lead trainings, orientations, provide on-site mentoring, and coaching to all levels
  • Support the development and implementation of distance learning ECHO sessions
  • Work efficiently with the entire clinical team at the facilities for efficient and quality ART services delivery
  • Represent the project in the Regional Ql technical working group and provide technical support in the revision and or development of HIV CQI guidelines /operation manuals
  • Support R/CHMTs to develop CQI skills and integrate CQI into the CCHPs budgets
  • Work with the l-TECH team in Dar es Salaam to design and implement any other activities related to the program
  • Develop, adapt and/or revise program tools CQI Data Collection and Monitoring (30%)
  • Support facilities to collect monthly reports for CQI dashboard provide guidance and recommendations related to tracked indicators and outcomes, and implementation of PDSA cycles and share them with RHMT and CHMT for health services improvement
  • Assist sites in data utilization and seeks creative and innovative ways of capturing and presenting data and help the site to understand flow charts and process analysis for system improvement and quality health care provision.
  • Work with l-TECH’s Senior M&E Advisor and Data Manager and Analyst to implement course corrections or redesign strategies and interventions to ensure consistently high- quality data related to all community- and facility-based services
  • Provide technical support for onsite accurate data utilization for test-of-change (TOC) and timely dissemination and adaptation of best practices.
  • Oversee and supervise onsite use of existing data /dashboards including monthly DATIM, CQI dashboard, quarterly reports etc. to identify gaps and support the sites teams to implement CQI activities accordingly.
  • Oversee the whole cascade of CQI activities at the sites and communities’ levels, monitor progress, conduct test-of-change each quarter and report results in quarterly review meetings.
  • Supervise and monitor converting the paper-based government run charts into electronic databases and report progress and gaps

Project Management (10%)

  • Support Planning, organizing, and implementation of high-quality project activities in a timely and on-budget manner
  • Proactively collaborate with the l-TECH Dar es Salaam and HQ office, MOH, THPS, CDC, and other stakeholders to implement project activities
  • Support development of annual project work plan and M&E plans with other program staff in Country and HQ
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge regarding Differentiated HIV care, Continuous Quality Improvement, Comprehensive Management of HIV and AIDS, Task sharing and routine Cryptococcal infection screening and treatment among People Living with HIV approaches worldwide and in Tanzania and ensure project activities’ relevance in light of the strategic direction communicated by MOH, CDC, and other stakeholders /donors.

Reporting (15%)

  • Maintain thorough documentation of activities and deliverables
  • In collaboration with the l-TECH Dar es Salaam office and HQ, write program report to funders with data and lessons learned from implementation of regional activities.
  • Respond to ad-hoc reporting requests from l-TECH headquarters
  • Collaborate with l-TECH staff to frame, document and disseminate lessons across the I- TECH portfolio

Other duties as assigned (5%)

Perform other professional duties as assigned by the l-TECH Tanzania Country Representative.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree or higher in Clinical Medicine, public health, Nursing, or other related fields, or a bachelor’s with at least 5 years of experience in monitoring and evaluation, preferably in the field of training and education
  • Extensive knowledge of CQI, DSDMs, ART, PMTCT, TB/HIV, and other HIV treatment approaches in Tanzania or other East and/or Sub-Saharan African countries.
  • Extensive clinical experience in CQI, ART, DSDMs TB/HIV, HIV related training, comprehensive supportive supervision and mentoring
  • Experience working with Quality improvement projects
  • Knowledge of monitoring and assessment techniques and procedures
  • Ability to translate data into visual outputs (graphs, charts, diagrams, tables, etc.)
  • Demonstrated clear and concise writing and communications skills.
  • Fluency in English and Swahili
  • Ability to live in the region of provided support and to travel in the region

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in PEPFAR or other US government-funded programs is an advantage
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Method of Application

Interested candidates should send their application to [email protected] by Friday, August 30, 2022, at 5.00pm,

including Cover Letter, CV and contact details for reliable three referees preferably your current or previous employers. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

l-TECH Tanzania is an equal opportunity employer committed to having a diverse workforce.







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