Employment Opportunities at Tanzania Health Promotion Support (THPS)

Job Opportunities at Tanzania Health Promotion Support (THPS)

Tanzania Health Promotion Support (THPS) is an indigenous NGO established under non-governmental organization act No 24 of 2002 in 2011. THPS works in partnership with the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MOHCDGEC) and Regional Administration and Local Government (PORALG), The Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) and Ministry of Health (MoH) in Zanzibar with a goal of ensuring accessible high-quality health care services to Tanzanians; through strengthening of health and community systems for comprehensive quality health services including HIV/AIDS; Tuberculosis; prevention of GBV; reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child, and adolescent health (RMNHCAH) services; laboratory and health management information systems (HIMS).

THPS, has been awarded by CDC/PEPFAR to implement the five (5) years project AFYA HATUA (Sustain Treatment, Enrolment and HIV Prevention- STEP). Through AFYA HATUA, THPS will deliver client centered, comprehensive facility and community-based HIV prevention, care, and treatment services for general, key and vulnerable populations in Pwani, Kigoma and Shinyanga regions, and contribute to the country’s epidemic control. Based on the Government of Tanzania’s (GoT) National Multisectoral Strategic Framework (NMSF) IV, Health Sector HIV Strategic Plan (HSHSP) IV, and PEPFAR COP21 priorities, AFYA HATUA will extend best practices and lessons learned from THPS’s 10+ years of implementing HIV programs in Tanzania. THPS will partner with all LGAs in the 3 regions, faith-based health facilities, and community-based, key population (KP)-led organizations to achieve the project goals.

THPS is currently seeking highly experienced, committed and motivated Tanzanians to fill in vacant positions for AFYA HATUA project in Dar es salaam HQ, and Shinyanga Regions:

Job Title: Medically Assisted Therapy (MAT) Program Officer
Reports to : Adult Care and Treatment Technical Advisor (TA)
Position Location: Dar es Salaam with 75 % field travel

Job Summary

The Medically Assisted Therapy (MAT) PO provides technical leadership and oversight on all MAT related services and interventions. S/He will be guided by the National Guidelines, SOPs and other relevant authorities to keep up to date with key advances in all issues related to MAT, translating into practice key program national and global priorities in MAT and HIV prevention among People Who Inject Drugs (PWID). S/He will provide substantive technical direction on MAT services and support to other field based THPS staff, key stakeholders at regional, local government authorities and Civil Society Organizations and Community based organizations.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Lead and oversee the implementation, of MAT services under Afya Hatua Project in Pwani and Shinyanga Regions
  • Provide functional and timely input in the implementation of MAT services including reporting on progress of the planned activities and expected outputs
  • Provide technical support in implementation of integrated services including HIV, TB, STIs, and Hepatitis screening in line with National guidelines to people who inject drugs (PWID) and people who use drugs (PWUD)
  • To collaborate with facility in charge at supported MAT clinics in needs assessment on MAT services and organize the efforts to address them including relevant skills enhancement to providers, commodities, supplies as needed in collaboration with Regional/District AIDS Control Coordinators, and Regional/ District Mental Health coordinators
  • Support CBOs and CSOs in Pwani to recruit, train clients (PWID/ PWUD) for enrollment to MAT clinic
  • Support establishment of psychosocial support groups of MAT clients and ensure adherence of the sessions by these clients
  • To ensure timelines and accuracy of relevant MAT data as well as support strengthening of the M&E systems in collaboration with the SI Technical Advisor
  • To collaborate with M&E team in analyzing and utilizing MAT data for planning, priorities and resource allocation and write reports, best practices, success stories and lessons learned for a wider dissemination
  • To participate in regional and national meetings and consultations to share and disseminate THPS experience and models of MAT service integration and coordination
  • To conduct mentorship to service providers on provision of MAT service in the MAT clinic
  • To engage and facilitate strategic collaboration with key technical and community-based stakeholders in HIV prevention among PWID/ PWUD including, CBOs, community leaders and other IPs
  • Facilitate the procurement of reagents such as clients monitoring Urine Drug Screening (UDS) kits, hepatitis B and C reagents and other supplies for daily use at MAT clinics
  • Facilitate safe and ethical transportation of Methadone drugs from Drug Control and Enhancement Authority (DCEA) to Tumbi and Bagamoyo MAT clinics.
  • Support, mentor and organize HIV screening and testing to MAT clients, index contacts tracing and defaulters tracing
  • Lead efforts in writing technical program documents including work plans, reports best practices, success stories, lessons learned and other relevant documents as required by THPS
  • Collaborate with RHMT to facilitate quarterly technical working groups (TWG) MAT meetings
  • Coordinate and attend monthly performance review of progress of the provision of MAT services
  • Work with CBOs/ CSOs peer educators, on awareness creation to the community on availability of MAT services in the region
  • Perform others duties assigned by the supervisor

Qualifications, Experience & Skills required

  • Medical Doctor or equivalent in a recognized Institution
  • Master’s Degree in Public Health or other relevant advanced degree is an added advantage
  • At least 5 years’ experience working in MAT services as part of comprehensive HIV prevention, care and treatment services
  • Demonstrated ability through previous experience of working with LGAs and civil society
  • Experience working with national counterparts i.e. NACR DCEA, PORALG and participating in MAT National TWGs
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, and proven ability to lead a multi-disciplinary team.

THPS is currently seeking highly experienced, committed and motivated Tanzanians to fill in vacant positions for AFYA HATUA project in Dar es salaam HQ, and Shinyanga Regions:

Job Title Epidemic Control Program Officer
Reports to Adult Care and Treatment Technical Advisor
Position Location Dar es Salaam with 50 % field travel

Job Summary:

The Epidemic Control PO provides technical leadership and oversight on all COVID 19 Epidemic issues including: infection prevention and control (IPC) measures to protect health facility staff at supported sites, work with R/CHMTs to support for vaccine rollout planning and dissemination to health care workers, PLHIV, peer educators, community volunteers and COVID-19 case management. S/He will also work with Regional Program managers to expand community ART distribution so as to minimize stable clients’ contact with health facilities. (HFs) S/He will provide substantive technical direction on COVID 19 response to other field based THPS staff, key stakeholders at regional, local government authorities, civil society organizations including community-based organizations.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Lead and oversee the implementation of infection prevention and control at all supported health facilities in Pwani, Kigoma and Shinyanga Regions
  • Work with R/CHMTs to translate the COVID Vaccine Acceleration Plan to the level of the facilities
  • Provide functional and timely input in the implementation of COVID 19 Vaccine roll out plan across the regions in collaboration with RHMTs and THPS field staff.
  • Facilitate provision of health education on COVID 19 vaccine; in and out of HFs.
  • Facilitate planning and implementation of community outreach for COVID 19 vaccination.
  • Provide technical support on integration of COVID Vaccination at all CTCs and specialized clinics at supported HFs
  • Provide technical support to regional and district immunization and vaccination officers (RIVO, DIVO) on development of various standard operating procedures such as how to receive, store and handle vaccines, how to prepare and administer vaccines, and vaccine contraindications and precautions
  • Develop and institute a system of active and passive reporting of COVID vaccine related Adverse Events (AEs)
  • Support distribution of IEC materials, job aides and brochures to guide vaccine administrators and inform health care workers on benefits and potential side effects of the vaccines
  • Implement capacity building of HCWs working at the facility and CTC clinics to manage critical and severe COVID-19 cases.
  • Develop a Critical Care Training Plan to ensure a HCWs have been trained to reduce morbidity and mortality, including delivering oxygen therapy for hospitalized patients with severe disease as well as those who will require ventilation.
  • Assess and monitor oxygen supply availability at supported HFs and coordinate oxygen delivery equipment/accessories, and proper training on oxygen therapy especially at larger health facilities
  • Work with SI team to create a system to track vaccine distribution, administration, uptake, and any side effects; and
  • Ensure continuous weekly monitoring and evaluation to review data to understand progress, areas of challenges and deploy remediation activities.
  • Work with Regional managers to implement capacity building to HCWs and volunteers to deliver community ART services safely and efficiently per MOHCDGEC guidelines;
  • Ensure timely community ARV refills and appropriate reporting, monitoring; evaluation of community ART services and scale up MMD for children and adolescents
  • Implement community demand creation on HIV and COVID-19 services
  • Work with Retention teams to implement aggressive tracking strategies on missed appointments, defaulters, and clients who are lost to follow up
  • Scale up peer support models, including introduction of a “virtual” mentor mother model.
  • Coordinate, prepare and submit weekly performance review of vaccine uptake progress
  • Perform others duties assigned by the supervisor

Qualifications, Experience & Skills required

  • Medical Doctor or equivalent in a recognized Institution
  • Master’s Degree in Public Health or other relevant advanced degree is an added advantage
  • At least 3 years’ experience working in infectious disease epidemic response
  • Demonstrated experience of working with R/CHMTs
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, and proven ability to lead a multi-disciplinary team.

Position Title                      Cervical Cancer Prevention Field Officer (CCP – FO) 1 position

Reports to                         Regional Program Manager

Location                           Shinyanga Region

Overall Job Function: The CCP-FO will assist the THPS Cervical Cancer Prevention unit in overseeing the planning, implementation and monitoring the MoHCDGEC and CDC cervical cancer prevention program in Shinyanga region and ensure that the program achieves its goals in all THPS supported health facilities. The CCP-FO will work with the THPS program teams to ensure that the program follows national protocols and standards. S/he is expected to cover extensive travel to all THPS supported facilities within the region.

Specific duties and responsibilities

  • Liaise closely with the Regional and District health authorities in implementation of the cervical cancer screening program in the region.
  • Build working relationship and provide technical support to Shinyanga Regional and Council Health Management Teams (RHMT and CHMTs) in planning, coordination and supervision of cervical cancer screening activities in the region.
  • Build capacity of the health facility staff to ensure the necessary equipment and supplies including C02 and 5% vinegar are available.
  • Orient PEs and auxiliary staff on cervical cancer screening in order to mobilize women.
  • Work with available community support structures/authorities to mobilize and sensitize the communities in the region to participate in the program.
  • Organize and facilitate training of health care providers on cervical cancer screening and cryotherapy.
  • Organize stake holder’s meetings/joint supportive supervision biannually.
  • Organize and coordinate outreach services to needy communities to reach the desired prevention goal of cervical cancer
  • Explore the integration of cervical cancer screening in postpartum care,Family planning, PMTCT, HT, CTC STI services and outreach services
  • Work with other programs within THPS such as PMTCT, HTS/EID, CTC and APSC to mobilize and sensitize clients and integrate the cervical screening and treatment services within the existing programs.
  • Supervise and mentor health care worker providers at sites implementing Cervical Cancer Prevention program.
  • Track and document lessons leant and best practices during the implementation of the program.
  • Build the capacity of service providers in documentation, data collection and analysis
  • Provide reports to regional team leader/coordinator, regularly at required intervals
  • Ensure DHIS data of all supported sites and outreach sites reports monthly timely in collaboration with DRCHCos and DHIS focal persons within the districts and RRCHCo and RHIMs
  • Carry out other relevant tasks as assigned by supervisor
  • Prepare weekly, monthly progress reports, budgets, and work plans, particularly those pertaining to CCP
  • Provide data and a summary report on a timely basis for preparation of monthly, quarterly and annually reports.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by supervisor

Qualifications & Experience 

  • Degree in Medicine, or Nursing or equivalent from recognized Universities. *
  • At least 3 years’ experience in cervical cancer screening.
  • Experience in LEEP services, VIA TOT, CCS, HTS and PMTCT-EID program is added advantage
  • Experience in community sensitization and mobilization.
  • Experience in data management, monitoring and supervision.
  • Strong communication and team building skills.
  • Ability to work independently with strong problem-solving skills.
  • A good understanding of public functions and operations in government and/or NGO services.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills in English and Kiswahili
  • Good intellectual and human skill capacity to engage and work with individuals with different characters

Job Title : Adherence, Psychosocial Support and Retention Field Officer (APSR FO) (3 positions)

Reports to : Regional Program Manager

Location : Shinyanga, with extensive tavel of up to 80%

Job Summary:

S/He will be a lead of all activities related to adherence and retention of PLHIV to ART and psychosocial support, including establishment/strengthen facility-community partnership/linkage mechanism in the assigned districts/cluster. S/he will receive technical assistance and guidance from the APSR Technical Advisor (APSR TA) and will be responsible for providing technical guidance and support to Health Care Providers (HCPs), clinical trackers, Peer Educators (PEs) and other community volunteers in enhancing adherence and treatment continuity of PLHIV on treatment. Establish/strengthen internal referral system between various service units within the Health Facilities (HFs) and conduct supportive supervision and mentorship on APSR services in Shinyanga Region. The job entails extensive travel up to 80% within all districts of Shinyanga Region. The incumbent will be a member of the Adult and Paediatric care and treatment, team and will provide day to day oversight of the following areas:

Roles and Responsibilities:

Peer Education in HIV Care and Treatment Clinics (CTC) settings

  • Facilitate selection of PEs and APSR trainings for TOTs, HCW and PEs in Shinyanga region.
  • Establish/strengthen facility-community partnership/linkage in Shinyanga region.
  • Conduct supportive supervision (SS), mentorship, CMEs and OJT on APSR services.
  • Support the implementation of peer education program in Care and Treatment settings by ensuring PE’s trace defaulters; provide testimonials, link positive clients into care and treatment services and all other PE responsibilities.
  • Work with both DACC and CHAC to develop inventory for community-based support services (CBHS) within Shinyanga Region and strengthen community mobilization activities and linkages with community-based organizations
  • Work with CHAC to establish, register and support PLHIV support groups in Shinyanga region.
  • Work closely with the CHMT and HMTs to design and establish site specific psychosocial activities to improve retention (continuity of treatment) to adolescent and young adults,

Clinical adherence support

  • Provide technical assistance to HCWs on care and treatment sites to implement protocols on adherence support for clients on antiretroviral care and treatment.
  • Assist in the assessment of APSR specific standards of care (SOC) in assigned districts.
  • Conduct SS and CMEs on clinical adherence support to HCPs as per guidelines.
  • Maintain the relationship with RHMT and CHMT, CSO and Faith based organizations responsible for APSR services in Shinyanga region.
  • Take part in the integration of other programs (Pediatric, PHDR TB/HIV units within APSR) in the region through training and implementation.
  • Provide technical support to HCPs, PEs, clinical trackers and other relevant actors in assigned districts to implement facility-based HIV initiatives for PLHIV on treatment.
  • Develop and facilitate innovative strategies to reduce treatment interruptions.
  • Design retention interventions targeting different sub populations on treatment continuity.
  • Take leadership in design, training and distribution of relevant job aides and materials related to adherence counselling and treatment continuity in assigned districts.
  • Collaborate with Community IR HCPs, PEs, LCs and sub granted NGOs to conduct SS and mentorship in order to improve quality of services.
  • Ensure formation of active Adolescent and youth groups/clubs and other initiatives to improve adolescents’ adherence, retention and viral suppression across facilities and promote HIV knowledge and psychosocial support to this age group.
  • Strengthen multi-sectorial collaboration with CHACs and other partners including linkages with community-based organizations.
  • Provide technical support and best approaches on how to improve reminders, referrals and follow-up of clients in the facility to prevent clients missing appointments and tracing clients with treatment interruptions.
  • To prepare daily, weekly, and monthly summary report and provide periodic progress reports and provide input for the preparation of the quarterly reports.
  • Any other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Qualifications, Experience & Skills required:

  • Degree in BA sociology or nursing or related discipline with extensive field experience.
  • Minimum 5 years’ work experience in HIV field with a donor-funded organization, including demonstrated experience and knowledge working with facility-based HIV prevention programs. Must have experience with PEPFAR-funded HIV programs, preferably with CDC.
  • Familiarity with district-level health care systems in Tanzania is highly desired.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with fluency in English required.
  • Strong computer skills (MS Excel, Access, Word, and PowerPoint at minimum;
  • Ability to provide high quality technical support to HCPs, clinical trackers and volunteers
  • Ability to lead and work with diverse teams.
  • Flexibility to work after normal working hours and on weekends with significant travel.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and strong problem-solving skills.

How to apply;

Interested applicants should send an email recruitment@thps.or.tz attaching their application cover letter one page maximum and CV four pages maximum by November 28th 2021 with a position title as a subject line, for example:”Medically Assisted Therapy (MAT) Program Officer“.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted. Please do not attach any certificates when submitting online.

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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