Tanzania Health Promotion Support (THPS) is an indigenous NGO established under nongovernmental organization act No 24 of 2002 in 2011. THPS works in partnership with the Ministries of Health Community Development Gender Elderly and Children (MoHCDGEC) Regional Administration and Local Governments (PORALG), Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) and Ministry of Health in Zanzibar. THPS’ goal is to ensure accessible high-quality health care services to Tanzanians; through strengthening of health systems.
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.
|Position Title:||Community Services Field Officers (17 Positions)|
|Reports to:||Regional Program Manger|
|Location:||Pwani, Kigoma and Shinyanga with field travel of up to 75%|
Support and coordinate community services at the district level that foster identification, linkages and retention of new PLHIV including reaching priority, vulnerable and key populations. Provide leadership in community initiatives that support effective referrals and follow-up of clients between community settings and HFs while working with sub granted NGOs. The position includes monitoring all community outreach services, community-based ART refill for newly diagnosed and stable eligible HIV clients, follow up of clients with treatment interruptions, linkage case management initiatives, viral load and sputum sample collection, transportation and to ensure clients with high viral loads attains viral suppression. Also, coordinates linkages to other services including MAT for people who inject drugs, and social services to victims of gender-based violence (GBV)/violence against children (VAC).
Roles and Responsibilities:
- Work with HCPs and expert clients/volunteers to manage community outreach activities for HTS, ART refills, HVL coverage as per required standards of care to ensure treatment continuity adherence support, psychosocial support groups.
- Ensure HFs, volunteers and HCPs participating in community-based services are appropriately trained and oriented on initiatives strategies to ensure continuum of care
- Ensure all newly diagnosed clients are enrolled into HIV treatment and attached to Peer Educators/Community Outreach Workers (COWs) as ‘Wateja Marafiki’ and are known to the multidisciplinary team for treatment continuity.
- Participate in development of district level work plans for implementation of community HIV identification, linkage and retention activities.
- Ensure linkage and retention including community-based ART services are provided in line with WHO, national, donor and THPS working
- Collaborate with facility staff to coordinate activities, share data and work plans to strengthen continuum of care across community and facility
- Work closely with the existing district systems (CHACC and DACC) to establish and strengthen facility-community partnership at all levels.
- Provide technical support in best approaches for improving referrals and follow-up of clients in the community.
- Facilitate identification of static community refill points to assist priority and key populations maintain good ART adherence
- Support facility and community to establish referral and linkage system between facility and community
- Work with KVP led sub granted NGO to ensure all PWID are linked to MAT services
- Conduct routine site visits for technical support and improvement of performance
- To monitor progress of community-based services through, data collection, reporting and monthly/quarterly/annual quarterly meetings
- Conduct joint supportive supervision, mentorship and CMEs with RHMT/CHMT and other program staff to improve quality of adherence support provided to clients receiving HIV care and treatment.
- Support sites to establish appointment systems that include mechanisms for tracking and tracing defaulters in care and treatment setting and in the
- Perform any other duties as assigned by the supervisor
Qualifications, Knowledge, and Skills:
- Social Scientist or Nurse with degree or equivalent from recognized
- At least three years’ working experience in working with community-based
- Training in advanced adherence counseling
- Ability to work independently, document best practices and write analytical
- Strong problem-solving
- Fluent in English and Swahili with good verbal and written communication
- Excellent computer skills especially on Ms Word, power point and
How to apply:
Interested applicants should send an email email@example.com attaching their application cover letter one page maximum and CV four pages maximum by September 23rd 2021 with a position title as a subject line, for example: “Community Service Technical Advisor’’.
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.