12 Nov 2021

Senior District Program Management Officer and MAT Focal Person at HJFMRI-T

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Job Description


Join us in our efforts to end the HIV epidemic in Tanzania. Be part of the winning team to advance global health and save the lives of people living with HIV.

About HJFMRI Tanzania Program

The Walter Reed Program Tanzania (WRP-T) is a collaborative effort that supports PEPFAR funded HIV prevention and treatment activities in the Southern Highlands and within the Tanzania People’s Defense Forces (TPDF). HJF Medical Research In­ternational, Inc. Tanzania (HJFMRI-T) is a local non-profit that has supported these efforts since 2004 for the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR). PEPFAR activities are conducted in close collaboration with the Tanzania Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children; and the President’s Office of the Regional Administration and Local Government (PORALG), through the Re­gional and Council Health Management Teams.

HJFMRI-T provides care and treatment to people affected by HIV/AIDS and has been actively involved in HIV and AIDS programming, providing resources, personnel, and services to the Southern Highlands Zone. The program has expanded from support­ing the Mbeya Zonal Referral Hospital to becoming a hub for anti-retroviral treatment in the zone; to community support through decentralized services, with the overall objective of implementing research, clinical HIV, prevention, care, and treatment ser­vices. HJFMRI-T currently operates in four regions in the Southern Highlands zone, which are Mbeya, Rukwa, Katavi, Songwe, and Ruvuma region for Voluntary Medi­cal Male Circumcision (VMMC) intervention. The program also supports TPDF in im­plementing comprehensive HIV prevention care and treatment programs in 21 sites throughout the country.

Employment opportunity:

HJF Medical Research International, Inc. Tanzania (HJFMRI-T) is seeking qualified candidates to fill the position listed below.

Job Title: Senior District Program Management Officer and MAT Focal Person

Report To: Regional Technical Coordinator

Work Location: Songwe

Role Definition

Under the supervision of the Regional Program Manager, the Senior District Program Management Officer will guide and monitor the implementation of HIV/AIDS preven­tion; care and treatment, and MAT clinic activities supported through the HJFMRI/ MHRP program and carried out in alignment with the current Tanzania MoHCDGEC guidelines in all districts in Mbeya and Songwe regions of Tanzania. The Senior Dis­trict Program Management Officer will be stationed at Mbeya region. The Senior District Program Management Officer will take on responsibilities within the district in terms of providing regular supportive supervision and remediation plans for gaps identified at health facilities. S/he will assist in identifying and supporting capacity development of facility staff, as well as conducting basic M&E activities to monitor care and treatment programs.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Work closely with CHMTsto coordinate program planning, implementation, and monitoring of integrated care and treatment services, RCH/PMTCT activities, early infant diagnosis (EID), TB/HIV collaborative activities, as well as VMMC and CECAP activities at the facility level and through outreach activities
Build the capacity of health care workers and facilities by performing regular supportive supervision, mentorship and technical assistance visits at HJFM­RI supported Care and Treatment facilities in line with project objectives and MoHCDGEC guidelines and in cooperation with CHMTs and RHMTs
In collaboration with Regional Program Managers, Regional Clinical Coordina­tors, Outreach Program Officers, and HJFMRI Medical and Outreach Advisors, develop and prepare action plans for gaps identified in the HIV/AIDS continuum of care during supportive supervision and oversee the implementation and fol­low up of said action plans
Collaborate with facility and community HBC focal persons, as well as with HJFMRI outreach partners, to strengthen linkages of clients into care and treat­ment, PMTCT, and EID
Provide technical assistance on establishment and sustainability of facility Ql teams
Effectively work with CHMTs and facility leads to agree on target distribution and ensure regular review of progress to targets and establish regular site-level meetings for data review and service quality improvement.
Work with the M&E team to ensure the availability of M&E tools and their cor­rect use for data recording and reporting
In collaborations with Regional Program Manager support districts in data col­lection and compilation, analysis, and reporting to Government structures and HJFMRI following mandatory report requirements for both Government and HJFMRI
Liaise with district pharmacist, district lab personnel, and HJFMRI SCM advi­sor to support supply chain management services and HIV commodity man­agement that ensure uninterrupted availability of HIV commodities at all levels within the districts. Provide technical assistance in monitoring and timely fore­casting and ordering process at district and health facility level, as well as dis­tribution and usage of HIV commodities by district councils and health facilities
Monitor implementation of all activities in the partners’ approved work plans and budgets in the district.
Review partners’ technical reports (activity reports and narrative reports) on the district assigned.
Confirm the activities implemented by the respective district.
Perform other duties as required
MAT Clinic Duties

Ensures the availability of customized SOPs and guideline available from the MoHCDGEC (by the national TWG) at the MAT clinic.
Collaborate with the community partners to link eligible clients to MAT clinic and available community services
Liaise with the M&E department to ensure all necessary reporting tools are available and used effectively
Provider technical support to health care providers to ensure service delivery aligns with National guidelines and SOPs.
Support
Conduct on-site mentorship to address gaps and recommendations as re­vealed from supportive supervision team including the Muhimbili and DCEA technical team.
Liaise with Hospital pharmacist to ensure uninterrupted methadone supply and other related commodities
Coordinate quarterly regional MAT technical working groups
Liaise with the community partners to trace all missing clients and update the clinic staff about the clients
Ensures monthly reporting of clinical updates with the Mbeya HQ, the DoD, and US HQ technical leads
Qualifications:

Medical Degree is mandatory from a recognized institution and must be regis­tered with the relevant professional body in Tanzania; postgraduate training in internal medicine or infectious diseases will be an added advantage.
2 years’ experience providing HIV/AIDS clinical care in Tanzania or previous experience working in HIV/AIDS care and treatment or research programs
Fluency in English and Kiswahili
Basic Competency with Computer Applications [Word, Excel, PowerPoint]
Willingness to spend 75% of working hours traveling and working in rural areas of Mbeya, and Songwe region

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Method of Application

Cover letters and resumes should be sent by mail through post/EMS/DHL/ or any re­liable Courier to Senior Manager, Human Resources, P.O. Box 6396, Mbeya, or sent through e-mail to [email protected]

NOTE: To be considered, applicants must put the TITLE OF THE JOB in the SUBJECT LINE. Applications that are hand-delivered will not be accepted. The deadline for applying is 3rd December 2021. As detailed in the job description(s) above, those who do not meet the minimum requirements will not be considered.







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