Program Officer at Tanzania Health Promotion Support (THPS)

Plot 254, 3rd floor, Coco Plaza Building , Toure Drive, Masaki, Dar es Salaam Tanzania, East Africa P.O Box 32605 Dar es Salaam, Tel +255-22-2923107/+255 689 103 046 Fax+255 22 2923108. 

THPS is an indigenous NGO established under nongovernmental organization act No 24 of 2002 as part of partnership framework implementation plan between the USG and the Government of Tanzania which calls for an uninterrupted transition of PEPFAR funded HIV and AIDS programs into local entities. THPS works in partnership with the Ministries of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children and Regional Administration and local government (PMORALG) with a  goal of ensuring accessible high quality health care services to Tanzania's through establishment and strengthening of comprehensive family focused HIV/AIDS Prevention, Care and  Treatment services in Pwani, Kigoma, Mtwara regions and Zanzibar. This is a continuation of the PEPFAR funded broader US Government HIV/AIDS initiatives through Centre for Disease Control Tanzania (CDC) in Tanzania. 

As CDC prime awardee; THPS is currently seeking committed and motivated Tanzanians to fill in the following position in Kigoma.

POSITION TITLE:              Adherence & Psychosocial Support (APSC) Program Officer
REPORTS TO: Regional Manager
LOCATION:   Regional Office Kigoma (with frequent field travel of up to 75%)

The APSC PO will serve as the THPS focal point for all activities relating to: adherence support for clients initiated antiretroviral treatment (ART) and PMTCT care spectrum, psychosocial support for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) enrolled into care, coordination of care within sites providing ART and between health facilities, and the development of linkages between ART facilities and community-based systems support. S/he receives technical assistance and guidance from the Central APSC Technical Advisor and team, and will be responsible for providing technical guidance and support to the sub-grantee which implements some elements of the APSC-peer education program in the region. S/he will also be the focal person for implementation of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) program at THPS supported sites in Kigoma. This also includes identification and referrals  of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in Kigoma-Ujiji Municipal. 

This position is part of a multidisciplinary, cohesive team and requires excellent communication and problem solving skills with travel up to 75% to sites.

Support Health Care Providers (HCPs), Peer Educators (PE) and other relevant actors in Kigoma region to implement protocols on adherence support for clients on HIV care and treatment program. 
To take the lead in implementation of GBV and OVC program in Kigoma-Ujiji municipal council. 
Conduct  quarterly assessment of APSC standards of care (SOC) in THPS supported health facilities in Kigoma region.
Conduct supportive supervision and mentorship to HCPs, LCs, PEs  by applying mentorship skills and methods in order to improve quality of services as per National site support guidelines and new PEPFAR guidance for sites support 
Take part in design, training and distribution of relevant job aides and materials related to  adherence counselling and assessment.
Maintain relationship with Regional and Council Health Management Teams (R/CHMTs) and Faith based organizations responsible for APSC services in the region.
Take part in the integration of other programs (PMTCT, Pediatric, PHDP, Cervical Cancer Screening and TB/HIV etc) within APSC from central to regional level.
Prepare monthly summary report and provide periodic progress reports and input for the preparation of the quarterly reports.
Strengthen multi-sectoral collaboration with Council HIV and AIDS Coordinators (CHAC) and other partners including linkages with community based organizations
To work hand in hand with  APSC subgrantee and ensuring that the program is well implemented as per agreed scope of work. 
Review Scope of Work for APSC sub-grantees
Review technical reports and plans of sub-grantees on quarterly basis
Review progress of performance of the sub-grantees as per indicators on quarterly basis
Provide technical support to sub grantees.
Conduct regular joint supportive supervision to sub grantees in region.
Follow up with sub grantees on the establishment and registration of PLHIV support groups
Provide technical assistance to the MoHSW in developing tools, materials, SOPs related to APSC.
Performs other related duties as assigned.

Advanced Diploma or Degree in Nursing/Medicine/Social Work.
Training on HIV care and treatment, PMTCT, HIV/AIDS counseling and community-based PLHIV support groups.
At least three years working experience in HIV and AIDS care and treatment program including HIV care and treatment, PMTCT and HIV/AIDS counseling.
Experience in working with community-based PLHIV groups or PLHIV post-test groups.
Familiarity with regional and district health care systems in Tanzania is highly desired.
Strong supervisory and management skills.
Ability to work independently with strong problem-solving skills. 
Good verbal and written communication skills.

How to apply:
Interested applicants should apply through THPS website( using vacancy link located under career opportunities, attaching their application cover letter one page maximum and CV four pages maximum by May 31st 2016 with a subject line for example: Adherence & Psychosocial Support (APSC) 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 and people living with HIV/AIDS are encouraged to apply.

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