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16 Aug 2023

HIV Testing Services Officers x7 at Amref Health Africa

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Job Description


Amref Health Africa in Tanzania is a non-profit public health organization supporting the Government of Tanzania to address public health issues including maternal and child health, HIV, TB, Malaria, and Nutrition in Tanzania 1987. Amref Health Africa in Tanzania is funded by The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through CDC Tanzania, to execute a robust

HIV care and treatment clinical cascade project aiming to accelerate the achievement of the current 95-95-95 goals and the HIV epidemic control in Tanzania. Branded as Afya Thabiti, this new project will be implemented in Mara, Smiyu, and Zanzibar from October 2023 covering facility and community-based prevention (including VMMC), care, and treatment services. Afya Thabiti will work in collaboration and with guidance from the Tanzania Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly, and Children, Zanzibar Ministry of Health, and President’s Office Regions Authority and Local Government (PORALG). That said, Amref Health Africa -Tanzania is announcing the following vacancies to be filled soon:

 

  1. Position Title:                              HIV Testing Services Officers (7 Position): 

Work Station:                              Mara (3), Simiyu (3), Zanzibar (1) Reports to:                                Regional Project Manager

Job Summary:

The focus HTS officer is to ensure that all facility-based HTS activities including index testing, O-PITC, SNS, HIVST, and linkage case management are implemented at the acceptable service delivery standards in the specific districts and supported facilities. He/she will engage and work closely with providers in the facility setting including collaborating with CHMT, Facility in charge, and HTS focal persons with technical advice and guidance from the project HTS Advisor. He will report directly to Regional Program Manager on administrative matters s and directly to the HTS advisor for technical-related guidance.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • To support the development of weekly, monthly, and quarterly work plans for the implementation of HTS in supported sites
  • To ensure the Provider-initiated HIV Testing and Counselling is offered at all service points (inpatient, outpatient, MNCH and TB clinics, STI clinics) at project-supported health facilities
  • To support the implementation of high-yielding HTS strategies including index testing, HIV self-testing, and o-PITC services to all supported sites
  • Support HIV Case Identification strategies to unreached populations including key and vulnerable populations; children, male adolescent girls, and young women at the facility level and special groups like SNS
  • To strengthen sites capacity in implementing linkage case management for newly diagnosed HIV positive
  • To support project initiates in ensuring safety and ethical HIV testing services by adherence to set standards, IPV risk assessment, and adverse events monitoring
  • Work with R/CHMTs to provide supportive supervision, mentorship, coaching, on-thejob training, off-site orientation, dissemination of guidelines and standards, and scale best practices to the project-supported facilities
  • Ensure adequate supplies of commodities (condoms and test kits) and other materials including tools and relevant SOPs at the project-supported sites
  • Support sites in achieving the first 95 targets by conducting weekly review meetings to assess performances with the development of action plans
  • Support quality assurance activities for HIV testing, result documented and actions developed to address identified gaps in collaboration with the laboratory team  Implement Other duties as guided by the supervisor

Qualifications, Experience & Skills Required

  • A degree in medicine or nursing. A Master’s degree in public health or any health-related field is an added advantage
  • Proven experience and competence in supporting HIV Testing programs with LCM services
  • Proven critical analysis skills and report writing skills.

 

At least 3 years of “hands-on experience” in HIV prevention, care, and treatment program in resource limited country

Experience working with Local Government Authorities and PEPFAR funded project          Good interpersonal and people management skills-a team player and builder.

  • Good command of English and Swahili language will be an added advantage
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Method of Application

If you are AMREF Tanzania Staff and meet the criteria given above and are interested in the vacancies, please send an application letter and CV combined as one document indicating your present job position, daytime telephone contact, and names and addresses of three referees. Amref will conduct interviews at Tanga, Mara, Simiyu, and Dar es Salaam Offices to select qualified candidates. To be considered, your application must be received by 16.30 Hours on August 18, 2023. Please mention the job title/vacancy name or use the job title as the subject line when applying for this position, failure to do that your application may not be retrieved.

All correspondences should be directed to: Email: [email protected]Direct application through mail or hand delivery will not be accepted.







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