WHYS 2024 HIV Services Linkage Officer at Tanzania Health Promotion Support
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Tanzania Health Promotion Support (THPS) is an indigenous NGO established under non-governmental organization act No 24 of 2002 in 2011. THPS works in partnership with the Government of Tanzania (GOT) through Ministries of Health (MOH) in Mainland and Zanzibar; Ministry Community Development Gender Women and Special Groups; Presidents’ Office – Regional Administration and Local Government (PO-RALG), and the Ministry of Home Affairs with a goal of ensuring accessible high-quality health care services to Tanzanians; through the strengthening of health and community systems.
In FY24 year the Government of Tanzania (GOT) under the leadership of the Ministry of Community Development, Gender, Women and Special Groups and Ministry of Community Development and Gender in Zanzibar; in collaboration with stakeholders through funding from the US Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)/US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will conduct the second Welfare and Health of Youth and Children Survey (WHYS 24).
The WHYS2024 is based on the broader work that has been done through the Together for Girls (TfG) partnership and through funding from the US Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)/US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Through data, nationally led action, and advocacy, the survey aims to raise awareness, promote evidence-based solutions, and galvanize coordinated action across sectors to end violence against boys and girls, with a special focus on sexual violence against girls. WHYS2024 data are intended to inform a comprehensive, national multi-sector policy and programmatic response to the issue of violence against girls and boys.
WHYS 2024 will be conducted with support from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and technical assistance through the U.S. CDC, CDC, Tanzania Office, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Tanzania Health Promotion Support (THPS) – the lead implementing partner. Data collection will be done by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in Tanzania mainland, The Office of the Chief Government Statistician (OCGS) in Zanzibar, and Survey will be implemented in collaboration with multisectoral partners including, the National Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), the Zanzibar Institute of Health Research (ZAHRI), and Ministries of Health through national Public Health Laboratories, the National AIDS Control Program (NACP), and the Zanzibar Integrated HIV, Hepatitis, Tuberculosis and Leprosy Program (ZIHHTLP). THPS will work with NBS and OCGS as subgrantees. The number of completed survey will be 9,144, targeting 500 primary sampling units with the objective of reaching 12469 households (HH) in mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar targeting children (boys and girls) and youth aged 13 – 24 years.
THPS is therefore seeking to recruit qualified and competent candidates to fill the following positions:
WHYS 2024 HIV Services Linkage Officer (2 positions)
Position Title: WHYS 2024 HIV Services Linkage Officer (2 positions)
Reports to: Directly to WHYS Survey Coordinator and indirectly to Senior WHYS Advisor
Employment Type: Full time
Job Location: Dar es Salaam
Travel: Up to 80% in intervention districts outside of job location
Overall Job Function:
The WHYS 2024 Linkage Officers will be responsible for ensuring day-to-day operations related to tracking referrals to HIV Prevention and Services through existing systems. This position reports to the Survey Coordinator
Specific Responsibilities and Duties:
• Facilitate the linkage of HIV positive participants to care and treatment services as per the WHYS referral to care SOPs
• Support MOH and/or partner organizations with communicating to facilities of participants’ preference and obtaining the collected information from those facilities.
• Support health facilities by verifying enrollment in care status of HIV-positive survey participants.
• Understand and adhere to the study protocol, relevant SOPs, and other appropriate regulations, procedures and policies.
• Maintain confidentiality of study participants and adhere to principles of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and ethics of human subjects’ research.
• Validate referral forms and SMS notifications against results and communicate with respective health care providers.
• Participate in stakeholder meetings at district level.
• Work with ICT and Data Manager in providing regular reports and updates on referrals and outcomes, including feedback from partner organizations and facilities on a weekly basis.
• Perform any other tasks assigned by the supervisor.
• Required Education: Formal training in Medicine, or Nursing, other clinical discipline from a reputable academic institution
• Preferred: Experience in clinical and HIV referral
• Required Technical Experience:
✓ Minimum 2 years’ experience with HIV pre/post-test counselling and explanation of laboratory results.
✓ Familiarity with HTS and ART national M&E tools
✓ Excellent written and verbal communication skills with fluency in English required.
✓ Knowledge of linkage mode for HIV Prevention and treatment Services.
✓ Strong computer skills (MS Excel, Access, Word, and PowerPoint at minimum; preferred proficiency with statistical Software such as SAS and SPSS).
✓ Ability to lead and work with a diverse team
✓ Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and strong problem-solving skills.
✓ Flexible to work after normal working hours and on weekends with significant travel outside of duty station.
✓ Familiar with Tanzanian context; fluency in Kiswahili required
How to apply:
Interested applicants should send an email email@example.com attaching their application cover
letter one page maximum and CV four pages maximum by 26/11/2023 with a position title as a subject
line, for example: “WHYS Field Supervisors”. 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.