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SHDEPHA+KAHAMA

Biomedical Technical Officer (BTO)

Job Summary

To Provide biomedical technical support and oversight to the KVP-HIV community program in Msalala DC.

  • Minimum Qualification: Bachelor
  • Experience Level: Management level
  • Experience Length: 2 years

Job Description

14/9/2020

Deadline: 24th Sept 2020 by 5:00pm


INTRODUCTION

  SHDEPHA+ is an acronym for Service, Health, and Development for People living with HIV/AIDS. It is a national non-governmental organisation, registered on 21 November 1994 with registration number SO 8216. SHDEPHA+ originated from the initiatives of fifteen people living with HIV/AIDS whose goal was to create a network and to mobilize resources to help people living with HIV/AIDS and to fight the spread of the disease. Although originally focusing on people living with HIV/AIDS, over the years SHDEPHA+ has expanded beyond HIV/AIDS and related issues to other development interventions and now covers both infected and affected by HIV/AIDS with over 65 branches countrywide. Each branch of SHDEPHA+ works independently, developing, managing and implementing its own projects; though all branches share one constitution and registration.

SHDEPHA+ Kahama branch, based in Kahama District, is among the 65 branches, was launched in 1999 and started independent operations in 2002. Since then, SHDEPHA+ Kahama branch has been working with both international and national donors, the local and central government, and other stakeholders in order to work toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.


PROJECT OVERVIEW:

SHDEPHA+ Is currently implementing EpiC project, The Meeting Targets and Maintaining Epidemic Control (EpiC) is a global project funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) which is dedicated to achieving and maintaining HIV epidemic control.  It is led by FHI 360 as prime and has a five-year period of performance from April 15, 2019 to April 14, 2024. EpiC provides strategic technical assistance (TA) and direct service delivery to break through barriers to 95-95-95 and improve HIV case-finding, prevention and linkage to treatment among key and priority populations (PP). In Msalala DC   the project is implemented by SHDEPHA+ to address critical gaps and bottlenecks in the response to HIV among key and vulnerable populations (KVP) and adolescent girls and young women (AGYW). The EpiC project works closely with the Government of Tanzania (GoT) at national and sub-national levels to deliver HIV and other services tailored to the needs of these groups.


1. Biomedical Technical Officer (BTO) Location:  MSALALA DC Reports to: Project Manager


Position Overview:


Biomedical Technical Officer (BTO) Providing technical support and oversight to the implementation of community-based activities for KVP and AGYW in the region, including the provision of biomedical services at community level, i.e. community-based HIV testing and counseling (CBHTC), pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), HIV self-testing (HIVST), linkage to care, family planning (FP), services for gender-based violence (GBV) victims, and sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening. Also overseeing and coordinating activities to reduce KVP and AGYW vulnerability and address structural drivers and contextual factors that place these groups at risk. Working closely with Districts Health Team Management to build their capacity to provide these services. Developing and maintaining relationships with regional GoT counterparts, service providers and other implementing partners in the Districts. Additionally, ensuring that activities in the Districts are implemented in line with GoT, USAID/PEPFAR and EpiC guidelines and standards



Roles and Responsibilities: 


Planning: 

  •  To participate in the Comprehensive Council Health Plans (CCHP) meetings and ensure USAID EPIC activities are included in the respective CCHP.
  • Liaise with Community Engagement Officers to map hotspots and develop a directory of all hotspots where beneficiaries are found at the council level. 
  • Conduct weekly review of the list of index developed by service providers and ensure all the providers conduct index testing services with fidelity (index sexual Partners/contacts elicitation and tracing)

Coordination and Supervision:

  • With support   from the Project Manager & DMO’s office, he/she will be responsible to liaise with DMOs office to secure Government biomedical providers who will provide biomedical services at the community level respectively.
  • Actively participate into development of monthly operation plans in close collaboration with community engagement officers for targeted and focused HTS outreaches to the mapped hotspot areas and reach KVPs
  • Assist in organizing training/orientation to biomedical providers to be engaged in USAID EPIC monthly operation plans and maintain the list of Service Providers working with USAID EPIC project.
  • Monitor and coordinate community-facility referral and linkages services for health-related services including care and treatment, Family planning, STI & TB screening and treatment, and GBV services
  • Liaise with DACC and the DMO office to obtain commodities, supplies and government M&E Tools for Biomedical services.
  • Supervise biomedical providers and ensure monthly planned activities are implemented and all Service Providers are reaching their allotted targets with fidelity .
  • Provide technical support and mentorship to the biomedical services providers within the assigned districts in order to ensure they meet standard of performance as per the government guidelines and project SOPs (including IQC/EQC and proficiency test).
  • Work closely with the CHMT members in performance monitoring, joint supportive field supervision at the site/council level and ensure the outcomes of the visits clearly documented and recommendations implemented.
  • Jointly work with facility implementing partners at the council level to develop a sound Bi-directional referral network but also quality of services is provided to KVPs.
  • Ensure all service providers properly fill all required National and Project M&E tools and timely submission of service reports appropriately, including monthly summary reports to the catchment health facilities.
  • Ensure council service providers are reporting their daily performance through WhatsApp groups and other agreed channels for real time data .
  • Develop and timely share daily/weekly updates and monthly reports for all biomedical services

 Qualification and experience

  • Clinical degree (nurse, physician) with 2 to 5 years in provision of community-based biomedical and demand generation services to KVP and AGYW
  • ·Knowledge of health and development programs in Tanzania including familiarity with relevant national guidelines, standards and protocols. Familiarity with the public health sector at regional, district and council level and experience working with these teams. 
  • Experience implementing HIV/AIDS programs at community level in Tanzania; familiarity and experience with USAID/PEPFAR-funded programs.
  • Experience in programs serving KVP and AGYW. Demonstrated cultural sensitivity and sound understanding of the needs of KVP and AGYW.
  • ·Ability to manage tight deadlines and deliver high volumes of work with minimal supervision.
  • ·High degree of proficiency in written and spoken English communication.
  • ·  Well-developed computer skills.


 Job application procedure

SHDEPHA+ is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of Age, race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.


How to Apply:

All suitably qualified and interested candidates who wish to join SHDEPHA+ are encouraged to apply via E-mail only be sending an updated CV and cover letter to: recruitmentskahamashdepha@gmail.com


For more information please visit our website www.shdepha-kahama.com

Salary scale 1.7M -  2M

Deadline: 24th Sept 2020 by 5:00pm

 

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