Saturday, 25 May 2013

Counseling and Testing Manager Jobs in Tanzania at Walter Reed Southern Highlands HIV Program

Job Title: Counseling and Testing Manager
Reports to: Outreach Director
Location: Mbeya
Contract Duration: Two years, Renewable

Position Overview:
The Counseling and Testing Manager is responsible for management of community based programming supporting Voluntary Counseling and Testing and other related services under the Walter Reed Southern Highlands HIV Program, Tanzania. Services include, but are not limited to Training of Counseling and testing service providers, and execution and promotion of CT services across the zone and supervision of all CT activities to ensure quality service delivery.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Work with the Outreach Director to assess capabilities of local organizations (community based, non-government and faith based) within the Southern Highlands, identifying those who will participate under the Walter Reed Southern Highlands HIV Program either through direct funding and/or provision of technical assistance.
Coordinate Counseling and testing services expansion and implementation with other aspects of the Walter Reed Southern Highlands HIV Program as well as other USG and bilateral donors/partners active in the region, ensuring development of a comprehensive prevention interventions and counseling and testing program.
Facilitate development of organizational partners and their staff through provision of resources and technical assistance.
Assist partners in capacity building by establishing structures, tools and mechanisms to improve services including enhanced data collection and fiscal accounting and analysis and application of findings towards program planning.
Travel within the Southern Highlands for the purpose of program management, continued service development, implementation and evaluation of service delivery.
Promote referral linkage to CTC for those eligible and organize CT campaigns for HIV Networks/NGOs in the zone
Work with partners to ensure the collection of quality data within relevant areas of funding and the reporting of this data for semi-annual and annual submissions.
Participates as a member of the HIV USG Tanzania Team providing technical expertise in the area of CT and prevention activities ensuring programs are in line with the USG HIV/AIDS in-country strategy.  
Prepares funding documents and written reports as may be required.
Develop and maintain good working relationships with other partners, governmental and non-governmental, within the three regions.
Provide monthly reports to Community Outreach Director.
Provide technical assistance to other HJFMRI programs including HBC, OVC, Prevention, Lab &other projects as needed.
Bachelor degree in Nursing, Counseling or related discipline with Postgraduate training in Public Health or equivalent
Knowledge and skills in organizing health campaigns including VCT is a must
At least five (5) years of related community outreach experience related to one or more in the areas of counseling and testing, and prevention services
Knowledge about HIV disease, transmission and prevention based upon training or experience.
Knowledge and experience regarding community based programs for HIV prevention and supportive care and treatment
Experience in counseling in relation to death and dying
Extensive experience with care of hospice patients and hospice programs
Program management experience and training in international settings, in particular, within a developing country situation
Position may require working evenings and weekends; will include working with groups focusing on various aspects of HIV prevention and care and treatment; will require working with various faith/church groups
Good communication skills; ability to troubleshoot; ability to work independently and supervise others.
Must be diplomatic and culturally sensitive, with excellent communications skills.
Position: HIV Study Physician
Reports to: Research Coordinator
Location: Mbeya
Contract Duration: Two years, Renewable

Position Overview:

The Walter Reed Program of the Southern Highlands together with the NIMR-Mbeya Medical Research Center (MMRC); the University of Munich and the Mbeya Referral Hospital (MRH), aim to improve treatment and care of HIV infected patients through clinical research tightly integrated into the routine implementation of the national ART Program. Projects conducted in the collaborative setting focus on treatment experienced HIV infected patients, the management of HIV associated diseases such as Cervical Carcinoma and Tuberculosis and program evaluation of the PEPFAR funded ART program in the southern highlands of Tanzania, integrating research activities into the routine patient care, capacity building and infrastructure development. In this context, the collaboration aims to implement the AFRICOS Study, a cohort study following up to 500 HIV positive patients on Care at MRH and 100 HIV negative participants over a long period of time.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Support the Principal Investigator (PI) and the different Heads of Departments to ensure that clinical research and related activities of AFRICOS are performed in accordance with federal regulations, partners and sponsoring agency policies and Good Clinical Practice and principles of ethical research and other requirements that apply;
Assists the PI in all responsibilities as stipulated by ICG-GCP including development of study document materials and tools necessary to implement and document all phases of the AFRICOS Study, including but not limited to budgets, protocols amendments, training materials, checklists, study logs and IRB submission;
Support, coordinate and facilitate all phases of study implementation including but not limited to patient selection, recruitment and Informed Consent Process, Patient enrollment and follow up, clinical management and reporting of Adverse Events and Serious Adverse Events, management of study specific training and study close out;
Obtain and Manage the Site investigator file containing essential documents for the study according to ICG GCP;
Other Clinical duties as assigned by the Study P.I.
Hold an advanced degree in the medical field or comparable qualification
Have at least three years of experience in Clinical Research in Africa as Sub-Investigator.
Have documented Ethical and GCP training including CITI.
The person should have extensive experience in dealing with IRB Approvals, Review of Protocols and conversant with Codes of Ethics of Clinical Research.
Further formal training in HIV (e.g. counseling, treatment literacy, PMTCT, PITC) is an added advantage.
Knowledge of English required
Personal Skills:
High degree of commitment
Developed Communication skills
Results orientation – ability to meet deadlines with competing priorities.
Willing to work independently in a multidisciplinary team.

How to Apply:
 Cover letters and resumes should be sent to the Human Resources Manager, P.O. Box 6396, Mbeya or e-mailed to;  NOTE:  to be considered, applicants must put the TITLE OF THE JOB in the SUBJECT LINE. Deadline for submission of the application is May 30th, 2013. Those who do not meet the minimum requirements as detailed below should not submit applications.