WHYS HTS Supervisors at Tanzania Health Promotion Support

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Background
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 HTS Supervisors (6 positions)

Position Title: WHYS HTS Supervisors (6 positions)
Reports to: Directly to WHYS Survey Coordinator and Indirectly to WHYS HTS Advisor
Supervises: WHYS Field Testers
Employment Type: Full-time
Job Location: Dar es Salaam
Travel:
Up to 80% in intervention districts outside of job location
Duration: six (6) months from January to June 2023

Overall Job Function:
Reporting directly to the WHYS Survey Coordinator and indirectly to WHYS HTS Advisor, the WHYS HTS Supervisors will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of field biomarker activities. Through supervision and spot checks, the WHYS HTS Supervisors will ensure that household HIV Rapid tests are conducted in line with SOPs as well as QA/QC procedures for point of care HIV rapid testing. In addition, HTS Supervisors will be responsible for overseeing HTS supplies as well as be responsible for dealing and resolving all non-conforming events (NCEs) relating to the field biomarker component of the survey.

Specific Responsibilities and Duties:
• Monitor and supervise field teams on household HIV rapid testing.
• Ensure all field biomarker activities are in accordance with SOPs.
• Oversee ground level supply chain including submitting timely requests, recording receipt.
• Ensuring correct storage of all necessary survey implementation materials.
• Collaborate with the survey coordinator and HTS Advisor and other central supplies team to ensure all necessary materials are available when needed for ground level survey implementation activities.
• Ensure smooth transitioning of field teams from one region to the next by collaboratively working with WHYS Field supervisor.
• Manage documentation of biomarkers weekly field implementation activities.
• Ensure timely submission of field reports (weekly, monthly, quarterly & project) as requested.
• Coordinate the supply, elution and aliquoting of QC materials for field teams.
• Coordinate once per monthly QC and periodic PT Panels administration and execute corrective action where necessary.
• Mentor field teams on proper waste management and disposal.
• Responsible for all NCEs arising from field biomarker activities.
• Responsible for retraining testers on all biomarker activities.
• Ensure adherence of proper pre and post-test procedures and safety of the participant.
• Submit weekly reports on field biomarker activities to survey coordinator and HTS Advisor.
• Perform any other tasks assigned by the supervisor

Qualifications, Knowledge, and Skills:
• Required Education:

  • Degree in Medicine, Nurse, biomedical or laboratory sciences or equivalent from a reputable academic institution

• Required Technical Experience:

  • Minimum 2 years working experience in a medical laboratory or health facility with HIV testing.

• Preferred: Experience in HIV serology
• Required Managerial Experience:
✓ Minimum 1 years supervising staff in a laboratory or health facility setting
✓ Excellent written and verbal communication skills with fluency in English and Kiswahili required.
✓ Strong computer skills (MS Excel, Access, Word, and PowerPoint at minimum; preferred proficiency with statistical Software such as SAS and SPSS).
✓ Attention to detail and high accuracy.
✓ Ability to maintain confidentiality at all times
✓ 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 preferred

How to apply:
Interested applicants should send an email recruitment@thps.or.tz 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.

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