USAID Kizazi Kipya HIV Officer Vacancy

Program summary;

IDYDC is working as a sub-grantee under Pact as well as in partnership with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation, the Aga Khan Foundation, Restless Development, Railway Children Africa, and the Ifakara Health Institute on a five-year (2016- 2021) USAID/PEPFAR funded project to enhance the strengths of families caring for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). The project, USAID Kizazi Kipya, builds off another successful Pact project in Tanzania, Pamoja Tuwalee, to work towards USAID’s President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) goal of 90-90-90, where 90% of people know their HIV status, 90% of those positive are receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) and 90% of those receiving ART achieve viral suppression.

Household empowerment happens through case management, economic strengthening and increasing the uptake of essential services, including HIV services to reduce the impact of HIV on households for families of reintegrated CLWS. Family Workers will work with families that are identified as most vulnerable and ensure HIV specific service referrals. IDYDC will be taking a child-focused and family-centered approach to strengthening the continuum of care for HIV+ children, adolescents and their families of reintegrated CLWS.

Position Summary

The HIV Officer serves as an active member of the CSOs program team for the implementation of the USAID Kizazi Kipya project. The HIV Officer will ensure technical cohesion and high quality implementation of the project’s health related initiatives as described below.

The HIV Officer will play a pivotal role in ensuring the following
1. Activities contribute to UNAIDS 90 90 90 targets
2. Functional bi-directional referral systems between communities, clinical services, and social service providers is established and supported.

The HIV Officer position requires a high degree of integrity, professionalism, flexibility and perseverance, as well as the ability to anticipate, identify and resolve problems in the field. Proficiency in dealing with HIV/AIDS, M&E, and community interventions are essential.

Specific Duties

The HIV officer responsibilities:

1. 90-90-90
• Support Street Workers and Youth Workers to conduct HIV risk assessments for CLWS/YLWS during case management; accompanies CLWS to VTC when they are ready or refer and link to HTC through bi-directional referral system as needed.
• Ensure close coordination with CTCs to ensure CLWS/YLWS and caregivers diagnosed as HIV+ initiated treatment.
• Support Street workers/Youth Workers to work with high pediatric volume CTCs to trace HIV+ CLWS who miss appointments, enroll them into Kizazi Kipya project, and link them back to CTCs
• Support Family Workers in HIV adherence to provide support during home visits to HIV+ CLWS and caregivers
• Provide support to Street workers/Youth Workers to refer HIV+ CLWS and caregivers to PLHIV support groups
• HIV officer Ensures advocacy for shared confidentiality between CTCs and CCWs is well performed and desired outcome is attained and maintained.
• Ensure reduced household economic barriers to access HIV testing, initiating treatment, and adhering to treatment
• Support CCWs to be able to strengthen capacity of caregivers to support HIV+ CLWS
• Ensure screening of HIV+ caregivers for depression and link to services
• Establish and maintain a strong relationship with all HIV testing and treatment services providers.
• Work with street workers to engage CLWS in intentional street based activities that support them to manage risks particularly health risks while on the street and transition from street life.
• HIV officer plays a vital roll ensuring increased awareness of HIV prevention, care and treatment of children/Youth/adolescent and caregivers through evidence based age appropriate interventions (e.g., Street Corner education, Sports & Games, e.t.c)
• Ensure medical services in emergence cases are provided to CLWS either by referral or escorting CLWS to government hospitals or any other appointed medical service providers
• Work with other staff to establish and maintain a strong working partnership with temporary and long term shelter providers, health provision centers, social welfare department, police gender desk and other NGOs in planning and delivering activities that engage CLWS in ways that ensure their protection against all forms of abuse.
• The HIV Officer will plan and deliver health sessions to children living and working on the street with the support of street workers
• Facilitate access of HIV Testing and treatment services to families of reunified CLWS

 

2. Bi-directional referral system;

• Support establishment of bi-directional referral system to monitor beneficiaries through the HIV continuum of care.
• Ensure functional bi-directional referral systems in CSO catchment area.
• Monitor success of the referral systems, and provide support to troubleshoot and problem-solve as needed;
• Coordinate activities between, CCWs, and health facility staff on bi-directional referral system.
• Coordinate with HIV Testing and Counseling providers on community outreach schedules;
• Coordinate quarterly district level quality improvement meetings with relevant bidirectional referrals stakeholders
• Work with the M&E officer to ensure all bi-directional referrals data are accurate and produced weekly; use data for decision-making including needed systematic follow up on cases of incomplete referrals.
• Report on referral systems on a monthly basis on key performance indicators on a monthly basis
3. HIV officer also ensures that memorandum of understanding (MOU) between USAID Kizazi Kipya project/CSO and council is observed and maintained.
4. Support CCWs to conduct nutritional interventions; Nutrition assessment, counselling and support (NACS)
5. HIV officer also supports participation of CSO in relevant meetings and workshops (health related) at CSO’s catchment area as appropriate.
6. Perform any other relevant duties as assigned by the CSO’s project manager

Minimum Requirements:

• Diploma or bachelor degree, preferably in one of the following areas: clinical medicine, nursing or any other health related diploma/degree.
• At least two years of experience in a field position with an organization in public health or OVC programming. HIV/AIDS program and experience in managing referral systems are preferred.
• Familiar with health systems at regional and council level.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills in Kiswahili and English, including report writing.
• M&E skills and experience in strategic information is desired.
• Training skills in working with adult learners, particularly at the community level; experience in an appreciative approach a plus.
• Able and willing to work flexible, as needed and without constant or close supervision.
• Demonstrated leadership and team-building skills.

Languages:
Strong Language capability in both Kiswahili and English

Contact:

If you believe you are the ideal person we are looking for, submit your application letter describing why you are the right candidate for this position and curriculum vitae detailing your experience with three referees to;

Human Resource
IDYDC
P.O Box 795
Iringa
Tanzania

Email: recruitment@idydc.or.tz

Closing date for applications: 07th November 2017 11:00 am (Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted)

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