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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:            Maternal, Child and Reproductive Health Manager

Reports to:                                    Technical Director

Location:                    Dar es Salaam with 50% travel to Pwani, Kigoma and Shinyanga

Job Summary:

To provide technical support and oversee implementation of prevention/elimination of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) and ensure the program achieves its goals in supported regions. Specifically, S/He will be responsible for design, planning and coordination of PMTCT activities including early infant diagnosis (EID). As Tanzania embarks on elimination of mother to child transmission (eMTCT) through life long antiretroviral therapy to pregnant and lactating women S/He will lead the PMTCT program and field officers in ensuring national guidelines, standards and protocols are followed across supported health facilities. The successful candidate will also represent THPS in national technical meetings addressing PMTCT related issues.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Provide technical support to PMTCT field officers and regional teams in the planning, initiation and implementation of PMTCT and EID services
  • Work with regional teams to strengthen the capacity of regional and council health management team (R/CHMTs) for delivery of quality PMTCT services
  • Lead in development of PMTCT standard operating procedures (SOPs), targeted continuous medical education (CME) packages and other relevant materials for improving and advancing PMTCT services in supported regions.
  • Work with field officers and health providers at facilities to design and implement innovative strategies for improving the quality of early infant HIV diagnosis in collaboration with the (R/CHMTs) and Hospital Management Teams (HMTs)
  • Oversee capacity building; supportive supervision, mentoring, and formal training activities of PMTCT interventions in supported
  • Work with the monitoring and evaluation team in monthly analysis and reporting of PMTCT program data and recommend innovations for addressing identified gaps
  • Work close with field staff and ME team to ensure PMTCT data are triangulated with all source documents prior to reporting to ensure data quality
  • Coordinate with regional and district teams to ensure all HIV exposed infants have graduated with their HIV final status documented in the CTC2 database.
  • Oversee correct PMTCT data entry into national reporting system (DHIS2) PMTCT by field officers and health providers
  • Oversee quality dried blood spot (DBS) samples taking by RCH staff to avoid rejections
  • Provide onsite mentorship on PMTCT documentation according to national guidelines and standard operating procedures
  • Work as part of the multi-disciplinary technical team to provide technical guidance to the THPS regional teams in planning program activities, ensuring close linkages between PMTCT, EID, TB/HIV and pediatric HIV and AIDS
  • Collaborate with MoHCDGEC other partners to ensure the functionality of support services including availability of adequate stocks of supplies for PMTCT/EID and improve on turnaround time (TAT) for HIV results of exposed infants.
  • Provide support to health providers in addressing challenges arising from management of clinical cases

Qualifications, Experience & |Skills required:

  • MD or equivalent with Master’s degree in Obstetrics and Gynaecology from recognized University
  • Master’s Degree in Public health or related fields is an advantage
  • At least five (5) years’ experience and skills in implementing Maternal, child and reproductive public health programs including PMTCT/EID programs
  • Knowledge and skills in implementing PEPFAR supported PMTCT/EID program is an advantage
  • Documented experience of use of PMTCT/EID documentation tools including MC Cohort registers and reporting tools
  • Ability to work under minimum supervision
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Kiswahili
  • Basic computer skills in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and excel

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 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.

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