HIV/TB officers-2 Post At Christian Social Services Commission. The Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC) is an ecumenical body established in 1992 by the Christian Council of Tanzania and the Tanzania Episcopal Conference, to coordinate and facilitate the delivery of social services (health and education) by the member churches in Tanzania. For 28 years, CSSC has been serving and coordinate a network of more than 900 church-owned health education facilities, including 105 large hospitals at Zonal, Regional and District/Council levels. In addition, CSSC coordinates a network of more than 1,000 church owned education facilities. Majority of these church health and education facilities are located in remote and rural areas where 70% of the Tanzanian population reside in those areas.
CSSC has been awarded a 5-years Grant by U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to implement “Pamoja Tuwekeze Afya” – (PATA) Activity. The award intends to establish self-reliant health facilities (HFs) and improve health service delivery
by the CSSC network of church based HFs in meeting the health needs of the target population. Through cost-effective and innovative solutions, the PATA Activity will strengthen the CSSC’s capacity to deliver quality services in Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent health (RMNCAH), HIV/TB services and other health related areas. The PATA Activity has got two major components;
Component one: Create a network of financially and managerially sustainable HFs and a self-reliant Medical and commodity supply chain Company and Component Two: Improve staff skills and retention at HFs and improve their capacity to provide a continuum of quality care of RMNCAH and HIV/TB services.
In view of the above, CSSC is hereby seeking applications from highly qualified, well experienced, competent and motivated persons to fill-in the following vacant positions.
Title: HIV/TB officers-2 Post
Report to: Health Technical Advisor
The HIV/TB officer is primarily responsible for the overall Planning, implementation, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of HIV/TB interventions in the FBO supported sites. S/he will work on the implementation of nationally adopted best strategies to ensure testing/new HIV case findings/, high-quality and strong data management systems. The officer will work to implement current nationally and globally recommended HIV drugs and diagnostics at facilities in the program area. S/he will also recommend best strategies that can help facilities to adopt the market approach in the implementation of HIV/TB activities. These includes but not limited to, facilitate integrated TB and HIV screening, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and continuity of care in a private setting. The incumbent will facilitate and monitor implementation of TB /HIV collaborative activities, facilitate dissemination and adoption of HIV/TB guidelines and tools. S/he will also facilitate different trainings and supportive supervision in FBO health facilities found in regions implementing the project.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Coordinate mapping of other IPs in the program supported regions and look for strategies to collaborate and complement HIV/TB activities in the targeted PATA Activity areas.
- Provide innovative strategies for introduction and implementation of client cantered and market based HIV care services in selected facilities in the targeted regions.
- Support health facilities to strengthen targeted HIV testing, linkage to ART, access to optimal ART, ARV prophylaxis, adherence counselling, viral load monitoring, data capturing and reporting,
- Build capacity of ART service providers, clinical HIV/ART mentors, HIV officers at facility level and other stakeholders in the targeted areas of the project to adopt and implement market based approach HIV.
- Mentor health care workers and other paramedics at health facility level on HIV/ART in general
- Facilitate and supervise the HIV/TB collaborative activities in all targeted project regions.
- Maintains close liaison with the Regional HIV/AIDS coordinators (RACCs), Regional TB and Leprosy Coordinators (RTLCs), District HIV/AIDS Coordinators (DACCs) TB and Leprosy Coordinators (DTLCs) and other stakeholders engaged in provision of HIV/TB services in the respective District Councils and Regions.
- To support introduction/strengthening of ACF QI model in FBO health facilities and sensitize managers and facility teams on ACF using QI toolkit
- Support advocacy for integration of HIV/TB interventions in religious Platforms
- Provide support to the Project Officers in implementing HIV/TB activities and other supported TB infection control activities
- Represent CSSC in regional and district meetings, and in any ad hoc committee meetings regarding HIV/TB activities
- Work with IPs and other partners and government counterparts at regional levels to ensure consistent high quality HIV/TB service provision
- Work with NTLP and other partners to strengthen a sputum transportation system from communities and other sites with no Gene Xpert machines
- Ensure project reports are prepared accurately submitted to donor and other parties in accordance with the terms and conditions outlined in the grant agreements
- Participate in the Health department and all other relevant meetings/forums and share HIV/TB plans and progress reports as required
- Perform other activities as assigned by the supervisor
- Bachelor degree in medicine or Nursing or other health-related degree from a recognized University is required,
- MPH or Postgraduate training in Epidemiology, M&E/HIV/TB or TB infection control related field is an added advantage.
- Basic certificates on HIV/ART/TB.
Experiences and Skills
- Proven knowledge on latest HIV care and treatment, monitoring and evaluation guidelines.
- Knowledge on the national HIV and NTLP programs, and the overall national health care systems.
- 3+ years of relevant experience is required, at least two of which should be in HIV/TB and TB infection control technical areas
- Hands-on experience in basic trainings in TB and TB infection control required
- Thorough understanding of the Tanzanian Health system, its key stakeholders, and the policy environment (required).
- Excellent Coordination, analytical and problem solving skills.
- Excellent written and oral communication and presentation in English and Kiswahili.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, demonstrated leadership, and the ability to work collaboratively with culturally diverse partners.
- Competence in computer applications needed to execute position responsibilities -competency with Microsoft Office, internet and email systems.
- Ability to work independently as well as in collaboration with colleagues and partners.
- Willingness to frequent travel in rural areas.
Mode of Application
Interested candidates are to submit their motivation letter and copy of the latest CV in one document indicating their preferred work station. The subject line of your job application email should indicate the position that you are applying for; your CV must include the contact information (email addresses and telephone numbers) of three work-related traceable referees. All correspondence MUST reach CSSC before 1600hrs November 27th 2020 and channeled through the following email address:
- Kindly visit cssc.or.tz for the detailed posts with duties, responsibilities, required qualification, experience and skills
- Any application sent later than the mentioned date and time will not be considered.
- Only short-listed candidates will be contacted; if you are not contacted within two weeks after the deadline of this advert, consider yourself unsuccessful.
- Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.