Title: Health and HIV Officer (HHO)-12 Positions
Reporting to: Program Manager
Line Manage: None
Locations: 2 positions in each council of Mbeya, Mbalari, Kyela, Mbozi, Momba and
The overall objective of this position is to contribute towards strategic service delivery to OVCs and their caregivers, address critical barriers to service access, uptake, and adherence to scale up impact service delivery, advance progress towards 95-95-95 goals and improve health and social outcomes among OVC and their families.
The job holder will ensure sound and vibrant bi-directional referral and linkage system, improved case identification, linkages to ART and Viral Load suppression among Children and Adolescents Living with HIV/AIDS.
Roles & Responsibilities:
- Represent the CSO and coordinate with the Council Health Management Team regarding HIV and health related activities.
- Hold monthly coordination meetings with Care & Treatment Centers (CTC) in implementation area to support shared confidentiality, facilitate case conferencing, improve the bi-directional referral system, and ensure HIV positive beneficiaries receive needed services.
- Support Early Childhood Development (ECD) corners at targeted health facilities, including regular monitoring and supportive supervision.
- Support the facilities to have an updated enrollment register at the facility that demonstrate the cascade of enrollment of CLHIV at the CTC.
- Support Community Case Workers (CCWs) to work with high pediatric volume CTCs to trace HIV positive OVC who miss appointments, enroll them into ACHIEVE Project, and link them back to CTCs.
- Support CCWs to conduct HIV risk assessments for OVC during case management; refer and link at risk OVC to HIV Testing and Counseling (HTC).
- Schedule quarterly Sexual Reproductive Health Education outreaches to Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW), DREAMSS Girls in school and organize HTC outreaches for adolescents with high-risk behaviors.
- Work with Health Facility Implementing Partners to roll out a supplemental HIV curriculum to CCWs and ensure CCWs provide appropriate support to HIV positive OVC and caregivers.
- Support CCWs to strengthen the capacity of caregivers to support HIV positive OVC and ensure CCWs refer HIV positive OVC and caregivers to PLHIV support groups.
- Support the roll out of evidence-based curriculums relating to HIV (e.g., Steppingstone, Furaha Lifelong Parenting (Sinovuyo),
- Sexual Reproductive Health Education, Care for Child Development, etc.)Support the establishment of a bi-directional referral system to monitor beneficiaries through the HIV continuum of care as well as service completion for other health and social services.
- Monitor implementation, bottlenecks, performance metrics of the bi-directional referral system; pro-actively offer solutions, conduct quality improvement activities, and implement adjustments to improve referral outcomes.
- Participate in quarterly council level quality improvement meetings with relevant bi -directional referral system stakeholders; ensure actions from the meetings are implemented and the bi-directional referral system is improved.
- Work with the M&E officer to ensure all bi-directional referral data are accurate and produced weekly; use data for decision-making.
- Lead the development of a service directory for health, nutrition, and HIV services in implementation area; update the directory at least once a year.
- Support CCWs to conduct nutrition activities, including nutrition assessments, counseling, and linkage to other nutrition service providers.
- Provide continuous supportive supervision to CCWs to ensure provision of health-related services and referrals and linkages to beneficiaries.
- Submit timely updates to the Program Manager for inclusion in the quarterly, semi-annual, and annual reports.
- Document lessons learned and best practices for experience sharing and replication.
- Perform any other relevant duties as assigned by the Project Manager.
Minimum required Qualifications, Experience and Skills
- Bachelor’s degree in social work, sociology, Public Health, Clinical Medicine or Nursing.
- Medicine or nursing will be an added advantage.
- Good understanding of Government of Tanzania health policies.
- Strong M&E skills and experience in strategic information.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills in Swahili and English including excellent training skills in working with adult learner leaners, particularly at the community level.
- Able and willing to work flexible hours as needed without constantly or close supervision
- Demonstrate leadership and team building skills.
- Diplomacy and negotiation skills that demonstrate ability to collaborate coordinate with a range of stakeholders and complex priorities.
- At least three (3) years’ experiences in a field position with an organization in public health or OVC programming. Experience in implementation of community programs in health/HIV, MNCH, TB/Malaria etc., is preferred.
- Experienced with PEPFAR 3.0 funded project in Tanzania.
- Experience implementing program and donor regulations, systems, and procedures.
- Experience in an Appreciative Inquiry (AI) approach in development and social work.
How to apply:
Interested applicant should send the application letter, curriculum vitae (CV), academic transcripts, and three referees to:
Deadline: 15/10/2021 before close of office business. 15.30 hours.