Prevention and Linkage Advisor

  • Posted on 22 May 2019
  • Mbeya, Tanzania
  • Closing on 21 June 2019

Job Description

HJFMRI is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position. Cover letters and resumes should be sent by mail through post/EMS/DHL/ or any reliable courier to the Human Resources and Administration Manager, P.O. Box 6396, Mbeya, or transmitted by email to: recruitment@wrp-t.org.

NOTE: To be considered, applicants must put the TITLE OF THE JOB in the SUBJECT LINE. CVs should not include any reference to marital status, birthplace, or tribal and/or religious affiliations. Any CVs containing this information will not be considered for employment. Hand delivery applications will not be accepted. Those who do not meet the minimum requirements as detailed in the job description below will not be considered.

Position title: Prevention and Linkage Advisor (1 Position)

Reports to: Outreach Director

Location: Mbeya HQ

General Overview

The Prevention and Linkage Advisor will serve as the primary technical expert and contact for HJFMRI/MHRPHIV Prevention services and ensure improved community – facility levels linkage across all HJFMRI supported programs. The Advisor will facilitate the development, modification, and/or adaptation of appropriate Prevention and Linkage strategies, with the goal of improving targeted community access to and use of combination prevention (behavioral, biomedical and structural) services at both facility and community settings.

With the increased PEPFAR’s focus and emphasis on sustainable epidemic control, the Prevention and Linkage Advisor will strategically focus on key and priority populations in HIV hotspots where HIV and AIDS is prevalent. The advisor will ensure focused testing to key and vulnerable populations including finding and engaging men in services across the HIV continuum of prevention, care and treatment cascades. H/she will ensure that clients tested HIV positive are actively linked to CTCs. H/she will adopt evidence-based approaches such as combination prevention, linkage case management, use of peer education, hotspots mapping, social network (seeds model), and integrate innovative approaches such as index testing for KPs and their biological children and systematically elicit children of KPs and their sexual partners and link them for HIV testing and treatment services. The Advisor will be responsible for measuring linkage rates between prevention and treatment services.

The Advisor will ensure proper scale up of PrEP and HIV self-testing in high priorities districts of southern highlands of Tanzania. H/she will work very closely with the Program HTS Advisor and ensure that HIV self-testing outside facilities is integrated in HTS portfolio. H/she will ensure that HIV self-testing is provided to KPs, their sexual partners and drug using partners, other vulnerable populations including AGYW and their sexual partners, and at-risk men. The advisor will ensure that those who test HIV-negative are aware of, and linked to, HIV prevention services, while those confirmed as HIV-positive are immediately and actively linked to treatment. The advisor will address key barriers to uptake HIV and AIDS prevention and linkage services such as issues related to privacy and confidentiality, stigma and discrimination and limited access to services.

The Prevention and Linkage Advisor will tailor prevention programs for adolescents and young adults in non-DREAMS districts ensuring that prevention activities are evidence-based for both preventing HIV risk and reduce ongoing risks such as affective referrals to Voluntary medical male circumcision; condom distribution, user-relevant demand creation, use promotion; PrEP for at high risk of HIV acquisition; and link all eligible clients to HIV testing and treatment services for those diagnosed HIV positive and routinely link HIV negative tested clients to prevention services.

The prevention advisor is expected to collaborate across technical areas and work closely with HJFMRI technical leads, communities and local government authorities and both community and clinical partners to strengthen the continuum of response from HIV prevention, testing and linkage to care and Treatment services to achieve greatest impact.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide technical leadership in development and adoption of evidence-based approaches and strategies targeting key and vulnerable populations;
  • Provide technical leadership in development of integrated, innovative combination prevention and linkage strategies key and vulnerable population, their sexual partners and biological children;
  • Provide technical leadership in implementation and management of facility and community-based combination prevention and linkage strategies;
  • Work with HJFMRI Medical and Outreach teams and partners to design and integrate combination prevention, Linkage Case Management strategies and interventions where appropriate;
  • Liaise and consult regularly with the relevant authorities, partner organizations, community leaders and beneficiaries in relation to the planning, design and implementation of HJFMRI and partner HIV prevention activities;
  • Develop integrated, innovative and gender sensitive interventions for the provision of comprehensive HIV prevention for priority and key populations;
  • Provide technical advice and/or support on community-based MAT services, Prep and HIV self – testing, Mwanaume Jitambue (MJ) – Men’s initiative across HJFMRI coverage areas;
  • Build the capacity of the partner organizations and government technical staff to deliver high-quality HIV prevention services;
  • Provide on-going support through coaching, supervision visits and mentoring to partner organizations implementing prevention activities;
  • Document, consolidate and disseminate knowledge and information regarding best practices, lessons learned, and proven approaches both within and outside of HJFMRI;
  • Ensure quality implementation, reporting and achievement of results for activities within the HJFMRI program and within partner projects, and collaborate with other program departments to ensure effective teamwork;
  • Collaborate with partners to develop quality assurance (QA) mechanisms and ensure that QA mechanisms are in place and functional;
  • Facilitate the expansion of HIV counseling and testing services, provide overall leadership and sound advice at facility and community settings, and improve pre and post-test referrals and linkages of clients to the respective service delivery points;
  • Develop and adopt evidence-based stigma and discrimination strategies and increase access to HIV prevention, care and treatment services among vulnerable groups such as KPs, and PPs;
  • Develop annual work plans, budgets and reports for Prevention activities; and ensure integration of program activities into wider HJFMRI annual plans and the Outreach Department work plans;
  • Extend technical support to local partners in preparing and submitting timely weekly, monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual reports;
  • Liaise with the M&E Department to ensure that the HIV prevention components are functional (e.g. clarity of indicators, quality of M&E data collection tools, data quality and reporting);
  • Travel within the Southern Highlands for program management, continued service development, implementation and evaluation of service delivery;
  • Support Senior Management Team especially in identifying areas requiring policy influence and support implementation and development of long-term plan;
  • Participate as a member of the national Prevention Technical Working Groups, HIV USG Tanzania Team providing technical expertise in the area of HIV prevention and linkage activities ensuring programs are in line with the USG HIV and AIDS in-country strategy;
  • Develop and maintain good working relationships with other partners, governmental and non-governmental, within the five regions;
  • Provides weekly and monthly reports to the Outreach Director;
  • Provide technical assistance to other HJFMRI programs including HTS, CBHS, GBV, Medical, Lab & other projects as needed;
  • Perform any other assignment or duties that may be required to support the general program

Knowledge and Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Social or Behavioral Science (e.g. Public Health, Counseling, psychology, sociology, Social work, Nursing or other HIV and AIDS related disciplines);
  • Knowledge and skills in organizing health campaigns including prevention is desirable
  • At least ten years of progressive responsibilities in HIV program management and technical experience in clinic and community-based settings, preferably in an outreach context;
  • At least five years of experience with prevention and linkages programs;
  • Demonstrable experience in the current PEPFAR strategies to control the epidemic;
  • Knowledge of the current developments and best practices in the field of HIV and AIDS prevention, globally and in Tanzania;
  • Proven skills in analysis, communication, networking, advocacy and negotiation.
  • Fluency in English and Kiswahili required;
  • Ability to use standard software applications (Word, Power Point, Excel, etc.)
  • Good communication skills; ability to troubleshoot; ability to work independently and supervise others;
  • Must be diplomatic and culturally sensitive, with excellent communications skills;
  • 50% travel required

About the Organization

Henry Jackson Foundation Medical Research International (HJFMRI) is an international non-governmental research organization working in several countries providing care and treatment to people affected by HIV/AIDS and has been actively involved in HIV and AIDS programming for over 30 years.

HJFMRI implements PEPFAR-funded HIV prevention, care, and treatment activities in the Southern Highlands Zone, providing resources, personnel, and services to the Zone. The program has expanded from supporting the Mbeya Zonal Referral Hospital to becoming a hub for anti-retroviral treatment in the Southern Highlands Zone; to community support through decentralized services, with the overall objective of implementing research, clinical HIV, prevention, care, and treatment services in Mbeya, Rukwa, Katavi, Ruvuma, and Songwe regions in the Zone.

HJFMRI is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position. Cover letters and resumes should be sent by mail through post/EMS/DHL/ or any reliable courier to the Human Resources and Administration Manager, P.O. Box 6396, Mbeya, or transmitted by email to: recruitment@wrp-t.org.

NOTE: To be considered, applicants must put the TITLE OF THE JOB in the SUBJECT LINE. CVs should not include any reference to marital status, birthplace, or tribal and/or religious affiliations. Any CVs containing this information will not be considered for employment. Hand delivery applications will not be accepted. Those who do not meet the minimum requirements as detailed in the job description below will not be considered.

More information

HJFMRI Prevention and Linkage Advisor.pdf

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