Job Vacancies At HJFMRI August, 2020
Regional Demand Creation Officer (5 Positions)
The Demand Creation Officer will assist the HJFMRI VMMC Officers in respective regions. The Demand creationl Officer’s primary role is to develop and oversee VMMC demand creation strategies in the respective regions.
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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 HJF Medical Research International, Inc. Tanzania (HJFMRI-T) providing 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 focuses specifically on four regions in the Southern Highlands Zone, namely Mbeya, Rukwa, Katavi, and Songwe. The program also supports TPDF to implement comprehensive HIV prevention care and treatment program in 21 sites throughout the country.
HJF Medical Research International, Inc. Tanzania (HJFMRI-T) is seeking qualified candidates to fill the position(s) below:
Job Title: Regional Demand Creation Officers (5 Positions)
Position Reports To: VMMC Officer
Location: Ruvuma, Mbeya, Songwe, Rukwa and Katavi
The Demand Creation Officer will assist the HJFMRI VMMC Officers in respective regions. The Demand creationl Officer’s primary role is to develop and oversee VMMC demand creation strategies in the respective regions. The position holder will work closely with Regions and councils focal persons who supervise Peer Educators/Voluntary community Mobilizers (VCMs) and coordinate with other Community Agents of Change including overall planning, coordination and monitoring of all VMMC demand creation activities in the region. The Demand Creation Officer. will work with the VMMC officer and Region or Councils VMMC focal persons to develop and maintain relationships with existing community networks, private sector and CSOs to develop networks of community based demand creation strategies. The position holder will also take the lead in proposing innovations to the VMMC program to make it more effective in building local capacity for self-sustaining advocacy initiatives.
- Coordinate with VMMC Officers to access adequate and timely on-the-job training and on-going technical assistance to ensure to Peer Educators, Voluntary Community Mobilizers and partners/CSOs so that they are able to perform demand creation effectively to achieve relevant objectives and targets.
- Contribute to development of training curricula and course outlines, planning logistics of trainings and facilitating training sessions and on-the-job trainings of PEs, Volunteer Community Mobilizers and other community based cadres that are involved in VMMC demand creation.
- Work collaboratively with Regions and councils demand creation leads, PEs , Volunteer Community Mobilizers, CSOs and other community networks to develop sustainable demand creation and advocacy strategies and local capacity for sustainability linked to VMMC and EIMC static sites.
- Support the HJFMRI Demand Creation and Advocacy teams to design, plan, execute and evaluate sustainable demand creation and advocacy initiatives focused on uptake of EIMC and VMMC services led by PEs, Volunteer Community Mobilizers and existing self-sustaining local agencies.
- Conduct regular supportive supervisions of PEs, Volunteer Community Mobilzers, to ensure compliance and monitor progress towards meeting objectives working closely with VMMC Officers of respective regions.
- Prepare a monthly report of key issues on the PEs, Volunteer Community Mobilizers (VCM) program and in consultation with VMMC Officers/regional/council demand creation focal persons suggest concrete actions to improve the demand creation program in the subsequent month.
- Contribute to the annual work plan and other reprogramming initiatives in the course of the year by identifying new demand creation initiatives suited to existing local resources and recommend community strategies for program expansion and sustainability.
- Establish and maintain strategic relationships with VMMC health providers, Civil Society Organizations, the private sector, sub-district Local Government Authority officials, other relevant local agencies that PEs and Volunteer Community Mobilizers work with and influential persons in catchment areas.
- Attend select stakeholders meetings as a representative of HJFMRI-T to advocate for and provide technical assistance for sustainable demand creation activities.
- Support program implementation of VMMC and EIMC in other regions, as required.
- Link in with other HJFMRI programs operating in respective region to ensure the full strength of HJFMRI’s contribution in the region is well represented.
- Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor.
- Bachelor’s Degree in community development, communication, public health, sociology or other relevant field.
- At least 3 years’ experience implementing social and behavior change communication or demand creation interventions, particularly in HIV prevention. Experience with VMMC or EIMC promotion would be an advantage.
- At least 1 years’ experience managing social and behavior change communication or demand creation interventions, including supervision of peer educators, community resource peoples and implementing partners.
- Demonstrated experience working with Local Government and maintaining good relations with Local Government at district and sub-district levels. Experience with capacity-building of Local Government teams to sustain programs would be an advantage.
- Demonstrated experience building capacity of individuals and or organizations.
- Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills in Kiswahili and English.
- Demonstrated self-management (i.e. motivation, dealing with pressure, adaptability).
- Basic computer skills (word processing, PowerPoint, e-mail, Internet).
- Willingness to live in the mentioned regions.
- Ability and willingness to travel up to 50% time.
Job Vacancies At HJFMRI August, 2020
Job Title: Community Program Management Officers ( 5 Positions)
Reports to: Regional Technical Coordinator
Location: Mbeya (2) Songwe (1), Katavi (2)
The Community Program Management Officer (CPMO) will be responsible for technical program leadership to ensure quality, timeliness, and efficiency of all program deliverables generated and achieved in the Region/District.
The CPMO is the focal person for the community program implementation at the District level and will coordinate and ensure high quality program service deliveries. The CPMO work under supervision of Prevention Advisor and collaborate with Program Technical Leads/Advisors to manage design and implement HIV and AIDS program components and ensure adherence to PEPFAR, Ministry of Health Community Development Gender and Children (MoHCDGEC) and HJFMRI/MHRP’s standards of HIV and AIDS Programming. S/he will facilitate the development, modification, and/or adaptation of appropriate community services strategies, with the goal of improving both clinical and community access to and use of services. The CPMO is expected to collaborate across technical areas to strengthen linkages for the continuum response from sexual prevention, Gender Based Violence, HIV Testing Services (HTS) to Care. S/he will build the capacity of local partner organizations and HJFMRI staff to deliver high-quality community based services in the assigned districts in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Coordinate the overall design, implementation and management of the HJFMRI/MHRP’s program activities being implemented by the outreach partners; Liaise and consult regularly with the relevant authorities, partner organizations, health facilities, community leaders and beneficiaries in relation to the planning, design and implementation of HJFMRI/WRP and partner activities;
- Provide technical assistance (TA) in planning, implementing and evaluating activities undertaken by Outreach partners in the region;
- Support the development of integrated, innovative and gender sensitive interventions for the provision of comprehensive HIV and AIDS services for key populations and priority populations and their sexual partners;
- Provide technical assistance (TA) to Clinical staffs, Strategic information officers (SIs), Lab and Research officers, HJFMRI/MHRP’s partners staff on provision of comprehensive community services; active, effective and well documented referrals for both facility and community based services in the Region;
- Ensure well alignment and synergies of program activities HIJFMRI/MHRP’s program implementation areas and ensure that there is no overlap of activities among HJFMRI/MHRP’s outreach partners and other HIV and AIDS implementing partners;
- Ensure compliance and adherence of Ministry of Health Community Development Gender and Children (MoHCDGEC) HIV and AIDS guidelines and policies;
- Facilitate and provide overall leadership and sound advice at facility and community settings and improve client adherence to ART, tracing of MISSAP, and LTFU.
- Build the capacity of the partner organizations and government technical staff to deliver high-quality community based services;
- Provide on-going support through coaching, supervision visits and mentoring to partner organizations and HJFMRI/WRP staff in implementing community/outreach based activities;
- Document, consolidate and disseminate knowledge and information regarding best practices, lessons learned, and proven approaches in the district; Develop and maintain good working relationships with other implementing partners, governmental and non-governmental, within the region;
- Provide leadership to outreach program officers in the Region and encourage teamwork spirit;
- Provide ongoing leadership, training and guidance to Outreach Partners’ Program Staff and volunteers to ensure HIV programming and implementation meets MoHCDGEC standards;
- Ensure ongoing training and service delivery activities are monitored, evaluated, documented and disseminated to relevant stakeholders;
- Identify, document, consolidate and disseminate knowledge and information regarding best practices, lessons learned, and proven approaches both within and outside of HJFMRI;
- Collect and review program and financial reports from partners on a monthly/quarterly/annual basis and submit it to relevant levels;
- Liaise with the M&E Department to ensure that outreach program components are functional (e.g. clarity of indicators, quality of M&E data collection tools, data quality and reporting);
- Travel within the assigned Region/District/or Sothern Highlands for the purpose of program management, continued service development, implementation and evaluation of service delivery;
- Perform any other duties assigned in the general support of the program.
- Degree in Social Sciences and behavioral sciences (e.g. public health, epidemiology, education/educational psychology, social work, nursing, etc.)or Advanced Diploma in health/counseling/ psychology/ social work or other HIV and AIDS related discipline and/or postgraduate training in Public or Community Development or relevant Discipline;
- Medical background is an added advantage;
- Minimum of three years experience in managing HIV program, particularly community outreach programs including HIV Testing and Counseling, Palliative Care/HBC and IEC/Behavioral Change Communication and OVC support or impact mitigation.
- Experience in managing donor funded projects;
- Experience working with NGOs, FBOs/CBOs at the community level; Knowledge of the current developments and best practices in the field of HIV and AIDS prevention, globally and in Tanzania;
- Should be able to work under minimum supervision and able to mentor others;
- Knowledge of proposal development, budgeting and reporting with excellent writing skills;
- Good communication skills; ability to troubleshoot; ability to work independently;
- Computer literate (Word, Excel, Internet, PowerPoint).
Job Title: District Program Management Officers (6 Positions)
Report To: Regional Technical Coordinator
Work Location: Mbeya (5), Rukwa (1)
Under the supervision of the Regional Program Coordinator, the District Program Management Officer will guide and monitor the implementation of HIV/AIDS prevention; care and treatment activities supported through the HJFMRI/MHRP program and carried out in alignment with the current Tanzania MoHCDGEC guidelines in selected districts in Mbeya, Songwe, Rukwa, Katavi and Ruvuma regions of Tanzania. The District Program Management Officer will be stationed in the respective districts. The 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 CHMTs to 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 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 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 QI 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 availability of M&E tools and their correct use for data recording and reporting
- In collaboration with Regional Program Coordinator assist districts in data collection and compilation, analysis and reporting to Government structures and HJFMRI in accordance with 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 managementthat 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) pertaining to the district assigned.
- Confirm the activities implemented by the respective district.
- Perform other duties as required
- Medical Degree is mandatory from a recognized institution and must be registered with the relevant professional body in Tanzania; a postgraduate training in internal medicine or infectious diseases will be an added advantages.
- 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, Ruvuma, Rukwa regions
Key personal competences:
- Self- motivated and able to demonstrate high initiative
- Strong communication skills
- Independent, yet still a team player
- Proven ability for data analysis and program management
- Dynamic, persuasive and convincing
- Good interpersonal Skills
HOW TO APPLY
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 sent through e-mail to [email protected]
NOTE: To be considered, applicants must put the TITLE OF THE JOB in the SUBJECT LINE. “CVs should not include any reference to marital status, birthplace, or tribal or religious affiliations. Any CVs containing this information will not be considered for employment”. Applications that are hand-delivered will not be accepted. The deadline for submitting the application is August 31st , 2020.
HJFMRI is an equal opportunity employer; women are highly encouraged to apply.