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Job Opportunity at HJFMRI-T, PMTCT and Pediatric Officer

PMTCT and Pediatric Officer 

Join us in our efforts to end the HIV epidemic in Tanzania. Be part of the winning team to advance global health and save the lives of people living with HIV.

About HJFMRI Tanzania Program

The Walter Reed Program Tanzania (WRP-T) is a collaborative effort that supports PEPFAR funded HIV prevention and treatment activities in the Southern Highlands and within the Tanzania People’s Defense Forces (TPDF). HJF Medical Research In­ternational, Inc. Tanzania (HJFMRI-T) is a local non-profit that has supported these efforts since 2004 for the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR). PEPFAR activities are conducted in close collaboration with the Tanzania Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children; and the President’s Office of the Regional Administration and Local Government (PORALG), through the Re­gional and Council Health Management Teams.

HJFMRI-T provides care and treatment to people affected by HIV/AIDS and has been actively involved in HIV and AIDS programming, providing resources, personnel, and services to the Southern Highlands Zone. The program has expanded from support­ing the Mbeya Zonal Referral Hospital to becoming a hub for anti-retroviral treatment in the zone; to community support through decentralized services, with the overall objective of implementing research, clinical HIV, prevention, care, and treatment ser­vices. HJFMRI-T currently operates in four regions in the Southern Highlands zone, which are Mbeya, Rukwa, Katavi, Songwe, and Ruvuma region for Voluntary Medi­cal Male Circumcision (VMMC) intervention. The program also supports TPDF in im­plementing comprehensive HIV prevention care and treatment programs in 21 sites throughout the country.

Employment opportunity:

HJF Medical Research International, Inc. Tanzania (HJFMRI-T) is seeking qualified candidates to fill the position listed below.

Job Title:  Regional    PMTCT and Pediatric Officer

Reports to: Regional    Technical Coordinator

Location:   Songwe,    Tanzania

To strengthen PMTCT, EID and Pediatric HIV services within the supported re­gion by HJFMRI. He/she will also facilitate HIV prevention, care, treatment and supported services for Pregnant/lactating women, children and adolescent in the region including improvement in Early Infant diagnosis of HIV (EID) among HIV exposed infants. S/he will be responsible to oversee HIV diagnosis in women and partners attending antenatal services (ANC), HIV exposed infants (EID), chil­dren and adolescent in the supported region. This entails HIV counselling and testing at all entry points including PITC and EID services, linkage and retention of Mother and Infant pairs, children and adolescents in the regional care and treatment program. On daily basis s/he will work with Regional Health Manage­ment team (RHMT) and Council Health Management Team (CHMT) to ensure quality and sustainable health services are provided along the PMTCT/EID/Pedi- atric and adolescents continuum of care.

Key responsibilities:

  • Ensure HIV testing services are routinely conducted at Reproductive and Child Health clinics (RCH) and other entry points to Pediatric and adoles­cent clients.
  • Work with Regional HJF Technical Manager and District Program Manage­ment Officers to ensure Newly diagnosed HIV positive Pregnant/Lactating women, Infants , children and adolescents are linked and retained into care and treatment services
  • Support the region to implement adherence strategies in health facilities and in collaboration with Regional program outreach coordinator ensure monthly tracking of Missed appointment and Lost to follow up of Mother baby pair, Pediatric and adolescent clients
  • Creatively implement efforts to support health facilities to increase viral load coverage and suppression rate among Pregnant/lactating and chil­dren under 15 years of age in care and treatment in the supported region
  • Work with regional technical manager and DPMOs and in collaboration with R/CHMT to plan for PMTCT/EID and Pediatric supportive supervision and mentorship activities
  • Maintain effective liaisons with Regional and District stake holders to en­sure achievement of PMTCT/EID and Pediatric targets
  • Ensure PMTCT/EID and Pediatric HIV activities are provided in accordance with Tanzania National Guidelines
  • Work with regional technical managers to disseminate materials related to PMTCT/EID and Pediatric HIV/AIDS care and Treatment, including clinical guidelines, protocols, Algorithms, Job Aids and other necessary tools
  • Ensure integration between TB and HIV services such that there is Inten­sified TB case Identification, Infection control in the CTC for all Pediatric clients
  • In collaboration with R/CHMT ensure quality data collection, verification and timely submission to relevant authorities
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by your supervisors

Preferred qualifications & Experience

  • Medical Doctor (MD) with at least 2 years of HIV clinical practice in a rec­ognized public health facility (including internship program)
  • Experience in PMTCT, Early Infant Diagnosis and Pediatric HIV care and Treatment services
  • Knowledge in Quality Improvement (Ql) methods Knowledge & skills required
  • Ability to communicate clearly in both written and Fluent English
  • Proficient computer/software skills, including a command of MS Word and Excel Knowledge, Skills and abilities
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with others in a National and local forums and other Implementing partners
  • Ability to travel domestically for IP monitoring up to 50% of the time.

Applications Instructions

Cover letters and resumes should be sent by mail through post/EMS/DHL/ or any re­liable Courier to Senior Manager, Human Resources, P.O. Box 6396, Mbeya, or sent through e-mail to recruitment@wrp.or.tz

NOTE: To be considered, applicants must put the TITLE OF THE JOB in the SUBJECT LINE. Applications that are hand-delivered will not be accepted. The deadline for applying is 3rd December 2021. As detailed in the job description(s) above, those who do not meet the minimum requirements will not be considered.

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