JOB TITLE: PROJECT OFFICERS
Reports to: Project Manager
Supervises: Community Health workers, Peer educator and HCW
Contract Duration: 1 year (renewable)
Travel: Up to 70% in intervention regions
Overall Job Function:
In order to accelerate, expand, and improve the quality of HIV prevention, care, and treatment in order to meet UNAIDS 95-95-95 targets in intervention districts, The project offcer will be responsible to manage day-to-day field implementation of a Community-based HIV/TB prevention program targeting key and vulnerable populations (KVP). One of the primary roles will be to coordinate and supervise Community-based HIV/TB services for target beneficiaries. The project Officer will work closely with the Project manager, M&E officer and be the primary liaison with healthcare service providers from health facilities and CHW and peer educators from community.
Specific Responsibilities and Duties:
- Develop a work plan for day-to-day program implementation at the district level including supervision of field activities
- Represent the SHDEPHA+ and coordinate with the Council Health Management Team regarding HIV and health related activities
- Ensure Community-based HIV testing activities are implemented day-to-day according to the work plan, and facilitate coordination of logistics as needed
- Supervise the delivery of field-based HIV/TB prevention services to beneficiaries by community outreach volunteers, including scheduling and implementing day and moonlight mobile outreach campaigns.
- Support self-testing, index testing, HIV testing and pre- and post-test counselling with beneficiaries, and facilitate referrals for HIV positive clients.
- Mentor and supervise peer outreach volunteers regularly and frequently during outreach sessions and lead monthly outreach CHW and Peer educator’s meetings
- Ensure adequate supplies of commodities and tools to outreach volunteers and healthcare workers
- Organize healthcare workers who are engaged from health facilities to provide services in mobile/Community-based activities via on-site supportive supervision and mentoring.
- Support the identification/screening, recruitment, and training of community outreach volunteers from peer groups to implement the outreach services.
- Regularly conduct routine mapping/re-mapping of hot spots and size estimation where targeted populations are found.
- Participate in the training/orientation of healthcare workers in the selected health facilities on the Community-based program
- Ensure adequate data collection, timely, complete and clean data from community, facility to the regional team
- Liaise with regional stakeholders and local government authorities on the program progress, supportive supervision, data review, data entry and data quality assessments to ensure all FIKIA+ project data are updated in government system as per National Guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures.
- Develop regional work plans and implementing program interventions (such as community based HTC, linkage/referral to health facilities, retention, GBV & gender norms, STI/TB screening, condoms distribution and family planning) according to the work plan, targets, national guidelines/policy, and program SOPs.
- Perform any other duties as assigned by the supervisor.
Required Qualification, Knowledge and skills:
- Required Education: Medically trained personnel (nurse, clinical officer, laboratory technician, MD, social science etc) who have current qualifications and training in phlebotomy and HIV testing duties.
- Bachelor’s degree or higher in medicine or nursing will be an added advantage.
- Master’s Degree in any professional field will be added as an advantage
- Required Experience: Minimum of 3 years’ experience providing HIV testing and counselling services including at least one-year experience supervising other staff, with demonstrated familiarity with MOH systems, tools and procedures for HIV testing and care management.
- Preference given to those who have additional experience with Community-based HIV /TB programs targeting KVP.
- Excellent speaking, reading, and writing skills in English and Kiswahili
- Excellent computer skills, at minimum with Microsoft Office packages.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality regarding clients’ health status and sensitive information contained in data sources.
- Flexibility to work after normal working hours and weekends at informal gatherings and entertainment centres and travel extensively to remote areas, including islands.
- Ability to interact well with all targeted groups and peer outreach workers by facilitating a non-judgmental, non-discriminatory, and non-stigmatizing environment in the program, to welcome all key and vulnerable population beneficiaries regardless of their background.
- Must be a Tanzanian Citizen