Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Adherence and Psychosocial Support Field Officer~Tanzania Health Promotion Support

Deadline: Jul 27, 2012

Position Description:
Direct Report:Senior Clinical Advisor
Key Responsibilities:
The incumbent will be a member of the Adherence and Psychosocial support and Community linkages and will provide a day to day oversight of the following areas:
Psychosocial support groups in PMTCT
Manage and roll out psychosocial support groups for HIV positive mothers enrolled in the PMTCT care at THPS supported health facilities.
Facilitate the sub-granted NGO working in THPS supported area to manage and administer the monthly PSG meetings.
Facilitate close linkages, networks and referral mechanisms between the facility-based PSGs and various community based support services including the PLHIV support groups
Work closely with the PMTCT team at regional level to ensure high quality services
Work with districts and the sub-contracted NGO (WAMA) to conduct PMTCT sensitization activities to raise awareness of PMTCT in the communities
Coordinate and link PSG members to other community support services:
Assist in preparations of Regional semi-annual PSG meetings on six monthly basis Peer Education in both PMTCT and CTC
Assist in conducting selection, training and supportive supervision of Peer educators
Support the implementation of peer education program in PMTCT and Care and Treatment settings by ensuring PEs trace defaulters, mobilize ANC/PNC HIV infected women to join support groups and assist in conducting PSG meetings, providing testimonials and linking positive mothers into care and treatment services.
Work with both DACC and CHAC to develop inventory for community-based support services within the Pwani region and Strengthen community mobilization activities and linkages with community based organizations
Work with District councils and the NGO responsible for the PE program to ensure establishment, registration and support is provided to the PE support groups
Clinical adherence support
Work with APSC PO to provide technical assistance to HCWs on care and treatment sites to implement protocols on adherence support for clients on antiretroviral care and treatment
Assist in the assessment of APSC specific standards of care (SOC) at the THPS supported health facilities.
Conduct supportive supervision and CMEs on clinical adherence support to HCWs as per THPS site support guidelines
Distribute to facilities the relevant job aids and materials related to adherence counseling and assessment
Maintain the relationship with RHMT and CHMI and Faith based organizations responsible for APSC services in the region.
Take part in the integration of other programs, PMTCT, Pediatric, PHDP, cervical cancer screening and TB/HIV units within APSC in the region through training and implementation.
To prepare monthly summary report and provide periodic progress reports and provide input for the preparation of the quarterly reports.
Performs other related duties as assigned
Essential qualifications
Diploma or Advanced Diploma in Nursing/Medicine
Certificate in National ART training and/or PMTCT care spectrum counseling
Work experience in HIV and AIDS care and treatment / PMTCT settings
Work experience/training in the National VCT/PITC counseling is an added advantage
Work experience with community-based PLHIV groups or PLHIV post-test groups is an added advantage
Familiarity with district-level health care systems in Tanzania is highly desired
Strong supervisory and management skills
Ability to work independently with strong problem-solving skills
Good verbal and written communication skills
Application Instructions:
Interested applicants should send their application letter one page maximum and CV four pages maximum by 27th July, 2012 through email with a subject line of the position you are applying for e.g: Technical Director to
Only short listed applicants will be contacted. Please do not attach any certificates when submitting online.

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