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Health and Community Systems Strengthening Advisor

CVPeople Tanzania | Full time

Health and Community Systems Strengthening Advisor

Dodoma , Tanzania | Posted on 02/25/2021

Job Description

Office Location:Central Cluster - Dodoma, Tanzania

Reporting To:   Technical Director- System Strengthening

Position Contract Period:     Up until 30th September 2021, Renewable

Pact Overview:
At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow.  The promise of a healthy life.  Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities.  Now more than ever in its 42-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their own solutions and take ownership over their future.

Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.

Project Overview
ACHIEVE is a five-year, USAID-funded global cooperative agreement with the dual objectives of attaining and sustaining HIV epidemic control among at-risk and hard to reach pregnant and breastfeeding (PBF) women, infants, children, and youth, as well as to mitigate the impact of HIV/ AIDS and prevent HIV transmission among these populations; and supporting the transition of prime funding and implementation to capable local partners in order to meet the PEPFAR goal of 70% of funding to local partners.

ACHIEVE has been funded by USAID in Tanzania to implement a four-year activity which aims (1) to improve national- and community-level social welfare systems in order to sustain support for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and families affected by HIV; (2) to deliver high-quality services to OVC in assigned regions; and (3) to strengthen the capacity of local organizations to deliver OVC services. ACHIEVE began activities in Tanzania in October 2020.

Position Purpose:
The Health and Community Systems Strengthening (HCSS) Advisor, reporting to the Systems Strengthening Technical Director, and located in Dodoma, Tanzania, will support the project’s activities under strategic objective one and three with the focuses on supporting the government of Tanzania to strengthening the health and social welfare system to address the needs of orphans and vulnerable children including those infected and affected by HIV.  The overall objective of this position is to support coordination of activities for OVC under the departments of Social Welfare, Community Development and the Community-based Health program, among PORALG and MOHCDGEC.

Key Responsibilities:
The HCSS Advisor will support the following:

    Provide technical leadership for community social welfare and health activities related to capacity development activities, including the provision of technical assistance, coaching, and mentoring at national, regional, and council levels.
    Provide and/or facilitate the project’s technical assistance to PO-RALG, MoHCDGEC-HPS, and other project stakeholders to plan and implement activities related to Community-Based Health program.
     Work in collaboration with PO-RALG and MoHCDGEC/DSW to revive, organize, and convene quarterly National and regional MVC technical program review meetings to improve coordination among MVC partners.
    Through MOHCDGEC and PORALG, strengthen coordination and capacities of Community structures including MACs, VAWC, and Community based volunteers (CHW, CCW).
    Work with MOHCDGEC-HPS to support rollout and operationalization of the new CBHP guideline at regional and LGA level.
    Coordinate with ACHIEVE’s service delivery, CSOs capacity development, and M&E teams and with other system strengthening advisors to ensure all regional and LGA   activities are well coordinated, including involvement of other partners and stakeholders   to facilitate proper utilization of resources,  to facilitate  delivery of high-quality services to   OVC.
    Work closely with Kizazi Kipya Project up to December 2021, to ensure non interruption of services to beneficiaries  to the ACHIEVE project in year two
    Coordinate with other ACHIEVE and Pact personnel to provide technical support to the newly awarded local partners for the next generation project.
    Provide technical support and training to regions and Councils and participate in appropriate planning with respective ministries.

Program Management
    Lead the monthly, quarterly, and annual planning, monitoring, and reporting for all MVC and CBHP related activities.
    Coordinate to ensure the documentation and dissemination of best practices and lessons learned, capture timely, high quality information and utilize data to inform decisions and foster learning and innovation.
    Monitor and maintain relevant manuals, training materials, and reports for Community and health linkage activities
    Work with ACHIEVE’s Gender Advisor to ensure all community and Health activities are gender-sensitive and promote equitable programming.
     Identify emerging areas of challenge and participate in the modification of program approaches and/or materials to meet those needs.
     Ensure that program information is accurately and promptly communicated from and to the field.
    Regularly travel to project districts to provide health and community linkage technical support and mentorship for project counterparts.
    Contribute to work plans, quarterly and annual reports, and other reports and papers summarizing project results and evidence.
    Any other duties as assigned.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
    Masters’ degree in public health, public administration, social work, business administration, finance, or a related field.
    Minimum of 8 years of experience working in the social welfare/social services and health sectors  in Tanzania, including at least 5 years in a senior-level position.
    Demonstrated experience designing and implementing health, education, or social welfare system strengthening interventions in the areas of budgeting, financial management, policy development, coordination and management, capacity building or planning.
    Understanding of the Tanzania Health Sector HIV/AIDS epidemic response strategies, country structures for the provision of HIV services, and PEPFAR goals in Tanzania, with preference for experience in programming for children and families impacted by HIV.
    Extensive experience strengthening the capacity of Tanzania GOT counterparts at all levels.
    Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with senior-level colleagues, government agencies, NGOs, other cooperating agencies and donor organizations; and successfully bring together diverse groups of partners to achieve project goals.
    Excellent organizational, analytical, oral and written communication skills with the ability to conduct business in English and Swahili.

Preferred Qualifications
    Prior experience on US Government funded or other donor-funded programs supporting strengthening of social services systems in Tanzania.
    Prior experience providing technical assistance to government agencies in developing and strengthening social welfare or human resources for health systems in Tanzania.
    Demonstrated experience in the design and work with community and health structures such as MACS, PLHIV clusters, CHW in Tanzania.


Technical Services Coordinator-Bi-Directional Referrals and Linkages

 CVPeople Tanzania | Full time

 Dar es Salaam , Tanzania | Posted on 02/25/2021

Job Description

Title:   Technical Services Coordinator-Bi-Directional Referrals and Linkages

Reporting to:   Cluster Technical Manager

Locations:  Coast Cluster -Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.    

Position Contract Period:     Up until 30th September 2021, non- renewable

Position Summary
Technical Services Coordinator Bi-Directional Referral and Linkages (TSC-BDRL) will play a pivotal role in ensuring enrolment of Children Living with HIV (CLHIV) from facilities, implementation of 95 95 95 strategies, functional bi-directional referrals systems between communities, clinical partners, and social services providers.

The position of TSC-BDRL 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 M&E is essential as is expertise in referral system.

Specific Duties
The TSC-BDRL must develop a close working relationship with the sub grantees. The coordinator will be responsible for:

    Oversea the implementation of USAID Kizazi Kipya 95 95 95 strategies.
    Ensure functional referral system in perspective. Monitor successes and challenges of the referrals system and provide technical support and advise to trouble shoot and solve problems as needed.
    Conduct technical assistance, coaching and mentoring with partner, CSOs CCWs and health facilities staff on Bi-Directional directional referral and linkages.
     Collaborate with Care and Treatment partners to coordinate and conduct community-based HIV testing, and other community outreach activities and schedules.
    Coordinate quarterly district level quality improvement meetings with relevant staff.
    Collaborate with M&E to ensure all bidirectional referrals and linkages data are produced weekly and accurately. Use data for decision making and ensure partners are using data to conduct needed follow up for systematic follow up of cases of incomplete referrals.
     Monitor and track performance of key performance indicators.
    Strengthen collaboration and networking with clinical partners in all six regions of coast cluster.
    Build good relationship with LGAs staff especially in priority CTCs, high volume CTCs and low volume CTC.
    Ensure program information are accurate and prompt communicated from and to the field.
    Ensure a spirit of motivated teamwork and opened communication is maintained throughout the project sites
    Collaborate with TSC Case management to support CSOs during enrolment of new beneficiaries from CTCs (CLHIV) and RCH (HEI).
    Monitor implementation of Children Living with HIV (CLHIV) services package.
    Support CSOs to monitor implementation under USAID Kizazi Kipya Project Result 2 and all intermediate result areas and activities under result 2.
    Identifying and documenting best practices for presentation and possible integration to existing SOPs.
    Promoting, documenting, and presenting shared learnings across technical partner and other actors
    Submit written health and HIV updates to the cluster technical manager for inclusion in the quarterly, semi-annual, and annual reports.
     Perform any other relevant duties as assigned by the Technical Integration Cluster Manager or cluster technical manager.

 Minimum Qualifications
    Bachelor’s Degree or higher, preferably in one of the following: Medicine, Nursing, Social Science, Public Health studies an advantage.
     Strong M&E skills and experience in strategic information
    At least five years expense in a field position with an organization in public health or OVC programming experience in developing and management of referral system preferably.
    Experienced with PEPFAR 3.0 funded project in Tanzania.
    Excellent written and oral communication skills in Swahili and English including
    Excellent training skills in working with adult learner leaners, particularly at the community level.
    Experience in an appreciative approach
    Able and willing to work flexible hours as needed without constantly or close supervision.
     Demonstrate leadership and team building skills.
     Experience implementing program and donor regulations, systems, and procedures.
    Diplomacy and negotiation skills that demonstrate ability to collaborate coordinate with a range of stakeholders and complex priorities.


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