HIV and Health Officer – (ACHIEVE PROJECT) Job Opportunity at Rafiki SDO

Job Overview

Title: HIV and Health Officer – (ACHIEVE PROJECT)  Job Opportunity at Rafiki SDO

Introduction

Rafiki Social Development Organization is a development and advocacy non-Governmental and non-profit sharing Organization working with Children, Youth, Marginalized and Vulnerable groups, families and their communities to reach their full potential by advocating for their rights and tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. The Organization was established in January 2005 and registered under the NGO Act of 2002, issued with a registration number No.00NGO/00006336 to operate in Tanzania Mainland.

Currently Rafiki-SDO is implementing projects in 5 regions and 14 Councils in Tanzania mainland including Shinyanga ,Geita ,Kigoma, Rukwa, and Mara regions and funded by different donors.

Rafiki-SDO in partnership with PACT implement the USAID Adolescents and Children HIV Incidence Reduction, Empowerment and Virus Elimination project (ACHIEVE). ACHIEVE is a five-year global effort to reach and sustain HIV epidemic control among pregnant and breastfeeding women, adolescents, infants and children. The project is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and implemented by a Pact-led consortium of top global HIV/AIDS partners. The ACHIEVE consortium works with USAID Missions, national governments and existing response partners to identify gaps in HIV prevention and treatment programming among target populations. As part of its strategy, ACHIEVE is working to prevent and respond to gender-based violence and to empower youth to own their own future.

To facilitate smooth implementation of this project, RAFIKI-SDO wishes to recruit qualified, experienced, motivated and dynamic individuals in the following positions available;

Job Title: HIV and Health Officer – (ACHIEVE PROJECT) Job Opportunity at Rafiki SDO (1 POST)

Office location: Mara Region

Work station: Serengeti DC

Reporting to: Project Manager

Duration: 12 Months / Renewable (full time)

Salary: Attractive package Position Summary:

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), DREAMS 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; proactively 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 Education:

  • MUST be Diploma holder in Clinical Medicine or Nursing.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in medicine or nursing will be an added advantage.
    Skills:
  • 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.

Experience:

  • At least two (2) 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.

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HOW TO APPLY:

If you believe you are the ideal person we are looking for, please submit your application letter to Executive Director, Rafiki-SDO, P.O.BOX 177, MUSOMA. Describing why you are the right candidate for this position, curriculum vitae detailing your experience, copy of educational certificates and three (3) professional referees from previous and current place of employment. Please send the application to [email protected], via Postal or by hand at Rafiki-SDO Musoma office located at Bweri near Maduka Tisa.

NOTE: For those who applying through email, should indicate the position title in email subject line. Rafiki-SDO will review the applications sent to the official e-mail address, Postal and application which will be submitted to Rafiki-SDO office. The closing date for the applications will be on Monday, 19th September 2022, 17:00 Hrs

Rafiki-SDO will not refund any costs incurred by any applicant in preparation for this application. This includes, but is not limited to, cost for submitting an application and other communications related to the application. Rafiki-SDO will inform only those successful, if you do not hear back from Rafiki-SDO two weeks from the date of release of this job advert consider yourself as unsuccessful, Thank you for your interest in Rafiki-SDO work in Tanzania and for supporting national initiatives to saving lives and improve health for people affected by poverty or disaster so they can reach their full potential.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

Website: https://www.rafikisdo.or.tz/

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