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19 Oct 2022

PMTCT/EID/Pediatric HIV Technical Advisor at THPS

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Job Description


Tanzania Health Promotion Support (THPS) is an indigenous NGO established under nongovernmental organization act No 24 of 2002 in 2011. THPS works in partnership with the Ministry of Health (MOH), Ministry of Community Development Gender Elderly and Special Groups; Regional Administration and Local Governments (PORALG), Ministry of Health in Zanzibar and Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) with a goal of ensuring accessible high-quality health care services to all Tanzanians; through strengthening of health systems for quality health services.

THPS therefore is seeking competent, experienced, dynamic and qualified candidates to fill the positions listed below

Position title: PMTCT/EID/Pediatric HIV Technical Advisor

Reports to: Technical Manager

Location: Dar es Salaam with 60% field travel

Project: USAID Police and Prisons Activity (USAID/PEPFAR)

Overall Job summary; To provide technical support and oversee implementation of prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT), Early Infant Diagnosis (EID) and Pediatric and Adolescent in USAID Police and Prisons Activity supported sites. This includes access to HIV prevention, testing and immediate ART initiation services, particularly for HIV-positive and breastfeeding women (PBFW), paediatrics and Adolescents (0-19 years of age). Specifically, s/he will responsible to ensure Accelerating Progress for PMTCT and Pediatrics (AP3) scope is implemented as per country operation plan in 64 supported health facilities. The incumbent will oversee implementation of paediatrics HIV and PMTCT new strategies for reaching HIV epidemic control to ensure AP3 Objectives are met i.e. 1) reduce new child infections in children under 20 years of age, 2) rapid identification, linkage and treatment of children not yet on ART to increase coverage, including those lost to care; and 3) increase rates of pediatric viral load suppression to 95% and reduce mortality. Also, s/he will provide technical and implementation guidance and oversight to the THPS’s zonal teams in ensuring national guidelines, standards and protocols are followed across supported health facilities. The successful candidate will also represent THPS in national TWG meetings addressing PMTCT/ EID, Paediatrics and adolescents related issues.

Roles and Responsibilities

Lead and oversee planning, implementation, M&E and reporting of PMTCT/EID, Pediatric and Adolescents services cascades
Design and oversee strategies to reduce new child infections in children <19 years through addressing gaps in the PMTCT program.
Support both zonal and facility team implement strategies for rapid identification, linkage and treatment of children not yet on ART to increase coverage, including those experienced interruption on treatment
Develop innovative strategies and service delivery models to ensure HIV PBFW, pediatric and adolescents are both retained on ART and are virally suppressed with reduced mortality
Collaborate with MoH, MoHA, PORALG and other partners to ensure continues services delivery with uninterrupted HIV and laboratory commodities supply to support PMTCT/EID and pediatric HIV services
Work with zonal teams to strengthen the capacity of facility staff, Prisons Health and Nutrition Unit, and Police Medical Unit in delivering of quality PMTCT/EID, paediatrics, and adolescents HIV services
Work with technical team at HQ to adapt/develop of PMTCT /EID, paediatrics and adolescent’s HIV standard operating procedures (SOPs), targeted continuous medical education (CME) for improving quality of services in supported facilities.
Oversee and ensure efficient management project expenditure and other resources as per approved work-plan and budget for PMTCT/EID, paediatrics, and adolescents HIV services
Work with the Activity’s M & EL to ensure PMTCT/EID and Pediatric HIV data recording, cleaning, reporting and utilization including triangulations different data sources before reporting to ensure data quality

Work with Strategic information team through cascade analysis to ensure PMTCT /EID, paediatrics and adolescent’s HIV service are routinely tracked and reported as per reporting requirements and develops appropriated collaborative action plan for area of improvement.
Lead efforts in writing technical program documents including project proposals, workplans, reports, best practices, lessons learned and other relevant documents, as required by the supervisor.

Required Skills, Knowledge & Experience:

Medical Degree or related health science is mandatory; Masters of Public Health or a post graduate training in internal medicine/pediatrics or infectious diseases training will be an added advantage.
Minimum of five years’ experience working with HIV/AIDS Care and treatment programs as in mmaternal, ppaediatrics, PMTCT/EID and Adolescent services
Proven interpersonal skills in working effectively as a member of a team and independently.
Ability to deal effectively and diplomatically with multiple government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, faith-based organizations, and the private sector
Strong planning and management skills
Ability to work independently with strong problem-solving skills
Computer literacy and 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 USAID Police and prisons supported regions up to 60% of the time building capacity of facility base HCW, RHMT, CHMT and THPS sub granted staff Fluency in English and Swahili

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Method of Application

Interested applicants should send their application cover letter one page maximum and CV four pages maximum to [email protected] by October 28, 2022 with a subject line of ‘Position’ example Infection Prevention and Control Program Officer’. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Please do not attach any certificates at this stage.  

THPS is an equal opportunity employer; women, people living with HIV/AIDS and people living with disability are encouraged to apply.

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