Community Engagement Officers (4 Positions) at TAHEA September, 2020

Background

 

Tanzania Home Economics Association (TAHEA) is a national professional organization of nutritionist, home economics, agriculturists and other related social science professions.

 

TAHEA envisions ‘A democratic society with better livingConditions’; with the Mission to improve the socio-economic conditions of the society through advocacy and capacity building on agriculture, food and nutrition, health and environment in collaboration with other stakeholders.

 

TAHEA implements the ‘Meeting Targets and Maintaining Epidemic Control (EpiC) project in Dodoma and Iringa region. EpiC is a 5 years’ global project funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), dedicated to achieving and maintaining HIV epidemic control. The project provides strategic technical assistance and direct service delivery to break through barriers to 95-95-95 and promote self-reliant management of national HIV programs by improving HIV case-finding, prevention, and treatment programming. In Tanzania, EpiC will be implementing an HIV service delivery project among key and priority populations, adolescent girls and young women; and orphans and vulnerable children which aims to reduce HIV infections in pursuit of reaching 95-95-95 goals. To achieve this goal, the program will support targeted prevention and case finding strategies at community level amongst the targeted populations. TAHEA is implementing partners that is implementing the project in Dodoma region and Iringa Regions.

 

TAHEA is seeking for qualified candidates to fill the following vacancies in Dodoma (Dodoma city, Kondoa & Chemba) and Iringa(Mufindi):-

 

Community Engagement Officers (4 Positions)

The Community Engagement Officer under TAHEA will work in collaboration with Biomedical technical officer at regional levels and community in respective Council to implement HIV prevention program targeting population at risk, Vulnerable Adolescent Girls and Young women, female sex workers and MSM, s/he will monitor the implementation of the SBCC, structural and gender activities in compliance with the overall regional work plan. S/he will play a key role in ensuring that the Community activities (SBCC, structural and gender activities) are conducted according to the National standards and EpiC standard operating procedures, and that beneficiaries receive quality services; s/he will also play a crucial role in supervising and building the capacity of Peer Educators, Navigators and mobilizers for effective and efficiently implementation of activities during outreach activities (mobile testing and moonlight approaches) for HTS provision. She will be managing all community activities through conducting progress review meetings in monthly basis with all peers (educators, mobilizers, navigators) and health care providers. She/he will be coordinating the case management team with health facilities and community for continuum of care. Also, will be responsible in monitoring Gender based/Intimate partners Violence cases includes status of referral and linkages. The Community Engagement Officer will report to the Program Manager.

 

Main Accountabilities and Responsibilities

Community Engagement

  • Supervising and Managing all peers (educators, mobilizers, navigators), by making sure community activities are well planned and implemented to facilitate Comprehensive HIV service provision (HTS, PrEP, HIVST, TB, GBV and Family planning)
  • Supervision of HTS service including mobile testing, self-testing and index testing to reach key population
  • Supporting AGYW/FSW/MSM Peer (Educators mobilizers, navigators) to roll out SBCC Training among AGYW/FSW/MSM in respective community
  • Supporting Peer (educators, mobilizers, navigators) during Community works including demand creation, group education, individual education, outreach services for bot moonlight and mobile testing and client’s referrals and linkages
  • Supervising and supporting formation of PrEP groups in the project by making sure groups are managed by the team members for sustainability in working
  • Supervising and monitoring community activities includes SBCC activities to ensure Peer(educators, mobilizers, navigators) have all required tools
  • Work in collaborative with LGAs in managing community engagement portfolio
  • Coordinate and support the Peers (educators, mobilizers, navigators) to implement and monitor the timely implementation of comprehensive HIV services and provision of friendly services to all KVP clients
  • Manage peer educators and peer navigator to ensure proper planning and implementation of community engagement related activities like demand creation, group, and individual education sessions
  • Support PEs to ensure that vulnerability index tool administered and filed for all AGYW enrolled in the
  • Support establishment of case management team in conjunction with health facility
  • Work with project and district officials to facilitate community engagement trainings to, peer educators and navigators and other relevant training required
  • Support integration of HTS with other biomedical and behavioral intervention to key population

Networking

  • Establish effective work relationship with other stakeholders and CHMT partners on program activities
  • Work with Peers (educators, mobilizers, navigators) to identify and link KVP clients to other implementing partners for psychosocial

 

  • Work collaboratively with other project team members to ensure necessary program planning, development, and management activities function smoothly and efficiently and in an integrated manner

 

Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning, and Reporting

  • Prepare monthly and weekly route plan for the project to reach targeted population. Prepare document experiences, briefs, and success stories
  • Monitor Peers (educators, mobilizers, navigators) and Providers implement plans and progress of community engagement portfolio as per project targets
    • Provide weekly update and monthly report to Program
    • Conducting weekly performance for Peer (educators, mobilizers, navigators) to assess performance and share area of improvement
  • Working closely with the Data Manager to evaluate data and program
  • Conducting monthly meetings with Providers, Peer (educators, mobilizers, navigators) to share progress in a specific month and plan for the next month

 

Qualifications and other requirements specific to the role

  • Medical degree holders with 3 to 5 years of relevant experience working with KVP groups at the community level; or Bachelor’ degree in public health, social work or other related degree required, 3 to 5 years of relevant experience working with KVP at the community
  • Knowledge of health and development programs in Tanzania including familiarity with the national KVP, youth and gender guidelines, standards and
  • Experience in programs serving KVP and addressing gender norms. Demonstrated cultural sensitivity and sound understanding of the needs of KVP and other vulnerable
  • Experience in working with LGA, NGOs, CBOs and health facilities to implement public health projects , especially those working with vulnerable
  • Ability to manage tight deadlines and deliver high volumes of work with minimal
  • High degree of proficiency in written and spoken English
  • Well-developed computer

 

Method of Application

 

Application are to be lodged through email: [email protected]

 

Candidates are required to mention the ‘Position Title’ on the subject line of the e-mail. All applicants MUST attach cover letter and their updated Curriculum Vitae with certified copies of academic certificates as supporting documents to their applications.

 

All applications should be submitted not later than 16:00 HRS on Saturday, 10th October, 2020

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