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Job Opportunity at SHDEPHA+ Kahama, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer


BACKGROUND

Service, Health and Development for people living with HIV /AIDS (SHDEPHA+) is a national non-governmental organization, registered on 21 November 1994 with registration number SO 8216, with the aim of mobilizing resources to help people living with HIV/AIDS and to fight the spread of the disease. Although originally focusing on people living with HIV/AIDS, over the years SHDEPHA+ has expanded beyond HIV/AIDS and related issues to other development interventions and now covers both infected and affected by HIV/AIDS with over 65 branches countrywide. Each branch of SHDEPHA+ works independently, developing, managing, and implementing its projects, though all branches share one constitution and registration.


SHDEPHA+ Kahama, based in Kahama Municipal, is among the 65 branches, was launched in 1999 and started independent operations in 2002 has been working with both international and national donors, the local and central government and other stakeholders to work toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The organization works with the poor, key, and vulnerable groups including women, children, youth, people with special needs; and it gives special attention to the underserved and marginalized populations such as PLHV, FSW, and VAGYW.


SHDEPHA+ VISION: A democratic community that is free of poverty, hunger, and diseases and enjoys a good quality of education, standards of living, and social well-being.

SHDEPHA+ MISSION: SHDEPHA+ is committed to reducing income and non-income poverty, hunger, human suffering, diseases, and the impact and spread of HIV/AIDS by empowering marginalized and vulnerable people, most at-risk populations, and communities in general to achieve Community-based and sustainable human development.

GOAL: Using SHDEPHA+ core values and mission to work toward the Millennium Development Goals to improve the lives of marginalized and vulnerable groups, most at-risk populations, and communities in general


A) ACHIEVE PROJECT


SHDEPHA+ has been awarded by PACT Tanzania to implement ACHIEVE project in Msalala DC, Ushetu DC and Kahama TC found in Shinyanga region, Tanzania. The Adolescents and Children HIV Incidence Reduction, Empowerment, and Virus Elimination (ACHIEVE) is a five-year global effort to reach and sustain HIV epidemic control among pregnant and breastfeeding women, adolescents, infants, and children. The project is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by a Pact led consortium of top global HIV/AIDS partners, including Jhpiego, Palladium, No Means No

Worldwide, and WI-HER. These core partners are supported by a network of global and local strategic resource partners. ACHIEVE focuses on priority PEPFAR countries across Africa and the Caribbean. The ACHIEVE consortium works with USAID Missions, national governments, and existing response partners to identify gaps in HIV prevention and treatment programming among target populations. Using best practices and expertise along with innovations, the project is addressing critical gaps to meet country-specific epidemic control goals. ACHIEVE is USAID’s flagship initiative to address the needs of children, young people, and breast-feeding women affected by HIV.

This includes supporting local organizations in serving these populations and ultimately building their capability to receive direct U.S. government funding for programs at scale. The project leverages the full strength of its consortia and related private and public sector stakeholders to support countries attain and sustain HIV epidemic control. In Tanzania, starting in October 2021, ACHIEVE expects to receive funding from USAID to support HIV prevention and support programs targeting orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and adolescent girls and young women, through the DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe) program.

The goal of ACHIEVE Tanzania is to strengthen local organizations and the national- and community- level social welfare systems, structures, and workforce to support and sustain OVC to access HIV-inclusive services that support their health and well-being.


ACHIEVE Tanzania program has three Strategic Objectives:

1. To strengthen the capacity of the national and community-level social welfare workforce, systems, and structures to ensure quality services for OVC, at-risk AGYW, and people living with HIV (PLHIV).

2. To build capacity of local organizations to manage and implement USAID/PEPFAR awards as prime implementing partners. ACHIEVE Tanzania Project will support the transition of prime funding and implementation to capable local partners to meet the PEPFAR goal of 70% of funding to local partners. 

3. To deliver high quality OVC services and DREAMS interventions for AGYW 9-14 years


ACHIEVE Tanzania anticipate to achieve the following outcomes:

1. OVC service delivery is transitioned to directly funded USAID local prime implementing partners.

2. Local partners are strengthened to manage and sustain family-centered, community based OVC and DREAMS service delivery.

3. Increased use of OVC platforms, for pediatric HIV case finding, linkage to treatment and viral suppression.

4. Increased access to HIV prevention and violence prevention services among OVC and youth

5. Improved social economic capacity of at risk AGYW and OVC caregivers


With this, SHDEPHA+ Kahama therefore is seeking for competent, experienced, dynamic, and qualified candidates to fill the position listed below:


POSITION: MONITORING AND EVALUATION OFFICER (1 Position)

LOCATION: MSALALA DC – SHINYANGA REGION

REPORTS TO: PROGRAM MANAGER


The purpose of this job is to strengthen the health information systems of EpiC project to ensure the maintenance of high-quality program data. This role is also responsible for capacity building of SHDEPHA+ Epic and supported health facility staff on data management.


Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the implementation of data management strategies to contribute towards the achievement of SHDEPHA+ strategic objectives.
  • Participate in the development and maintenance of the documentation and data management guidelines for SHDEPHA+ to avoid any breach of confidentiality and to ensure that safety to all information is observed.
  • Review and approve data ground rules and database design in accordance with the Standard Operating procedures and protocol of the programs and the data department.
  • Assist in the standardization of data management procedures to ensure all staff adhere to the same guidelines provided to them by SHDEPHA+.
  • Conduct data cleaning, back-up, design and programming of a clinical database to ensure system efficiency and effectiveness in the project sites.
  • Review, analyses, and validate program data through review of patient's files to ensure consistency, integrity, and accuracy based on project specific guidelines.
  • Carry out scheduled stress tests on the different databases that are in use at SHDEPHA+ to identify any loopholes that require to be addressed to ensure proper functionality.
  • Query data inconsistencies and revise case report forms in compliance with standard operating procedures, client guidelines and regulatory agency guidelines to ensure strict adherence from all staff.
  • Provide expertise in all areas of data management through weekly staff meetings, workshops and training to ensure all staff are updated on the current trends in data management and have the required skill to work on the system.
  • Conduct quarterly updates of the IT inventory from the facility level to ensure all facilities are adequately equipped with the necessary equipment to avoid any system downtime.
  • Train and build capacity of SHDEPHA+ program staff in the use of Data and database for the monitoring of site's performance and to address any issues that may arise from non-performance.
  • Review data collection tools used against the required reports and provide advice and assistance in the improvement of these tools to create efficiencies in the system.
  • Review monthly reports prepared by the data clerks to ensure information provided is of high quality and timely submission to the site coordinator.
  • Run frequent queries for extraction of data from CTC2 database as required for donor uses as well as SHDEPHA+ for program improvement.
  • Carry out quarterly data verification and collection activities, upload the data into systems and respond to urgent queries from staff, donors and partners.
  • Compile and prepare monthly and quarterly data reports for analysis and donor use and ensure that the information provided is accurate and of high quality.
  • Collaborate with Programme Officers Quality Improvement to conduct Quality Improvement performance measurement from data collection, data entry, and data verification to ensure data collected from the facilities is accurate and of the standard equired by the donors and management.


Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences, M&E, Communication, ICT or any related field
  • from a recognized institution
  • At least (2) years of relevant work experience
  • Technical and Behavioral Competencies
  • Knowledge of national laws and regulations governing pediatric AIDS services and operations.
  • Experience working with donor funded organizations requiring community level engagement.
  • Knowledge of relevant SHDEPHA+ donor requirements
  • Ability to produce comprehensive reports
  • Proficiency in the use of databases Skills in day to day activities
  • Good facilitation skills and ability to deliver training.
  • Discretion with confidential information
  • Ability to gather appropriate information for decision making
  • Ability to openly consult with colleagues
  • Ability to set priorities accordingly
  • Ability to speak up in the face of unreasonable requests
  • Ability to apply new changes
  • Ability to learn and retain new knowledge


HOW TO APPLY: 


If you meet the criteria given above and interested in the vacancies, please send an application letter and CV& Certificates combined in as one document indicating your present employer and position, daytime telephone contact, names and addresses of three referees.


To be considered, your application must be received by 15.30pm on Tuesday 12 th October 2021 the subject line of your job application email should mention the ‘Position Title and Project code/name-AS APPREAD IN ADVERTISMENT (EpiC OR ACHIEVE’) on the subject line of the e-mail.


All correspondences and applications should be emailed to: recruitments@shdepha.org


  1. SHDEPHA+ is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices based on, race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee Organization, or other non-merit factors.
  2. SHDEPHA+ is committed to the principles of safeguarding in workplace and will not tolerate any form of abuse, wherever it occurs or whoever is responsible”
  3. Any Applicant attempting or communicating to SHDEPHA+ Management or Staff through phone calls, SMS, text emails and other means will automatically be disqualified from this opportunity. All communications should be channelled to the provided official correspondence email above
  4. SHDEPHA+ regrets that only short-listed candidates will be contacted


For more information about the organization, please visit https://www.shdepha-kahama.com/

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