PMTCT and APSC Program Officer – THPS

THPS is an indigenous NGO established under nongovernmental organisation act No 24 of 2002
as part of partnership framework implementation plan between the USG and the Government of
Tanzania which calls for an uninterrupted transition of PEPFAR funded HIV and AIDS
programs into local entities. THPS works in partnership with the Ministries of Health
Community Development Gender Elderly and Children (MoHCDGEC) and Regional
Administration and Local Governments (PORALG) with a goal of ensuring accessible high
quality health care services to Tanzania’s through establishment and strengthening of
comprehensive family focused HIV/AIDS Prevention, Care and Treatment services in Pwani,
Kigoma regions and Zanzibar. This is a continuation of the PEPFAR funded broader US
Government HIV/AIDS initiatives through Centre for Disease Control Tanzania (CDC) in
Tanzania.

As CDC prime awardee; THPS is currently seeking highly experienced, committed and
motivated Tanzanians to fill in the HTS, PMTCT and APSC Program Officer in Zanzibar. Find
below the job description:

POSITION TITLE: HTS, PMTCT and APSC Clinical Program Officer in Zanzibar
REPORTING TO: Program Manager
LOCATION: Zanzibar with frequent field travel of up to 75%

OVERALL JOB FUNCTION: The HTS, PMTCT and APSC Program Officer will ensure
sustainable, high quality and client focused HIV Counselling and Testing services are provided,
oversee the implementation and monitoring of PMTCT and EID and serve as the focal point in
the implementation of APSC-related activities in Zanzibar. The position holder will oversee
HTC service provision by providing technical support to ZIHTLP, HCPs, ZAYEDESA, ZAPHA
and ZYF in the implementation of quality HIV Testing and counselling services in health
facilities and communities across Unguja and Pemba and ensure that the PMTCT and EID
program follows national protocols and strong linkages with the HIV/AIDS care and treatment
services are established. S/he will ensure un-interrupted supply of commodities and develop
strategies to strengthen referrals between HIV Testing and Counseling points and the relevant
healthcare facilities for appropriate referral of clients. He/She will work closely with THPS
regional and central team on issues related to clinical adherence and psychosocial support in all
HIV/AIDS program areas supported by THPS

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:
 Conduct supportive supervision, mentorship and on the job training to all HTC & PMTCT
staff in partner organizations and health facilities including identification capacity gaps and
address them.
 Ensure the optimal standard of counselling is achieved by ensuring the use of national
guidelines and protocols. Ensure proper documentation of activities using appropriate
national HTC, PMTCT/EID data collection tools for accurate record keeping and timely
reporting.
 Review partners’ reports and develop quarterly reports and submit to central offices for
further proceedings.
 Establish and maintain a strong relationship with Zanzibar stakeholders including ZIHHTLP,
site staff and others successful support in implementing PMTCT/EID, HTS and APSC
programs.
 Work with ZIHTLP and Hospital Management Teams (HMT) to design and implement
innovative strategies for improving the quality of HTC, PMTCT and EID services
 Assist in the development of community linkages and support groups for HIV positive
mothers and their families to ensure a network of quality care.
 Work closely with THPS M&E team to ensure monthly reporting of APSC, PMTCT and EID
indicators.
 Write regular program reports as required by THPS central office and donors.
 Travel to the sites to oversee program implementation (expected to travel to the field up to
75% of the time)
 Collaborate with other THPS staff and other stakeholders to develop strategies for
strengthening referrals and linkages to Care and treatment clinics and ensure the continuum
of care for clients.
 Facilitate establishment/strengthening adequate outreaches or mobile HTC service whenever
needed.
 In collaboration with Pharmacy and laboratory teams facilitate monitoring and supportive
supervision on logistics management
 Support Health Care Providers (HCPs), Peer Educators (PE) and other relevant actors in
region to implement protocols on adherence support for clients on HIV care and treatment
program
 Conduct periodic assessment of APSC standards of care (SOC) in THPS supported health
facilities in Zanzibar.
 Take part in design, training and distribution of relevant job aides and materials related to
PMTCT, HTC and APSC.
 Review sub-grantees’ APCS scope of work, plans and progress of performance on quarterly
basis
 Provide technical support to sub grantees.
 Perform other duties as assigned

QUALIIFICATION, EXPERIENCE & SKILLS REQUIRED
 Degree in Medicine, Social Work / Assistant Medical Officer or Degree in Nursing/
Advanced Diploma.
 Training on HIV care and treatment, PMTCT, HIV/AIDS counseling and community-based
PLHIV groups.
 At least one year working experience in HIV and AIDS care and treatment program
including HIV care and treatment, PMTCT and HIV/AIDS counseling.
 Experience in working with community-based PLHIV groups or PLHIV post-test groups.
 Familiarity with health systems in Zanzibar is highly desired.
 Strong supervisory and management skills.
 Ability to work independently with strong problem-solving skills.
 Computer literacy in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are required
 Excellent oral communication and writing skills, interpersonal skills, and the ability to work
in a team setting
 Willingness and preparedness to travel domestically for at least 75% of the time

How to apply:
Send an email to hr.thps@gmail.com attaching application cover letter one page maximum and
CV four pages maximum by October 19th 2017 with a subject line for example: HTS, PMTCT
and APSC Clinical Program Officer in Zanzibar. Only short listed applicants will be
contacted. Please do not attach any certificates when submitting online.

THPS is an equal opportunity employer; women and people living with HIV/AIDS are
encouraged to apply.

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