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Job Opportunity at THPS, Quality Improvement/Gender Program Officer

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Quality Improvement/Gender Program Officer  

USAID Police and Prisons Activity

Tanzania Health Promotion Support (THPS) is an indigenous NGO established under nongovernmental organization act No 24 of 2002 in 2011. THPS works in partnership with the Ministries of Health Community Development Gender Elderly and Children (MoHCDGEC) and Presidents Office – Regional Administration and Local Governments (PORALG) and Ministry of Health in Zanzibar with a goal of ensuring accessible high-quality health care services to Tanzanians; through strengthening of health systems for quality health services. THPS is currently implementing projects in comprehensive  HIV/AIDS  Prevention,  Care,  Support  and Treatment among general populations in Pwani and Kigoma regions; key and vulnerable populations across 25 district councils across 13 mainland Tanzania regions, Tuberculosis and Family Planning Activity in Kigoma, Rukwa, Songwe and Katavi regions, and Health laboratory services strengthening in all mainland regions and Zanzibar. Additionally, THPS implements research and evaluations across health programs to generate evidence that informs public health interventions.

THPS has been awarded a five years USAID Cooperative Agreement number 72062120CA00005 – USAID Police and Prison Activity, aimed at ensuring Health status of Tanzanians are improved through provision of appropriate interventions and sustainable delivery of health services to Police and Prison staffs, their families, and surrounding communities. The Activity will be implemented across 26 regions of Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar. THPS therefore is seeking competent, experienced, dynamic and qualified candidates to fill the positions listed below.

Job Title: Quality Improvement/Gender Program Officer (1 Position)

Reports to: Technical Manager

Position Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Overall Job Summary:

The Quality Improvement/Gender Program Officer (QI/G PO) is responsible for ensuring smooth running of multiple continuous quality improvement and gender efforts and initiatives. QI/G PO is responsible for capacity building, and coordinating implementation of quality improvement and gender activities for better health outcomes at supported Police and Prison health facilities. She/he will integrate both quality improvement (QI) and gender approaches in HIV care and treatment, prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT), HIV early infant diagnosis (EID), adherence and psychosocial support and TB interventions. She/he will be responsible to take leadership in addressing gender dynamics that affect uptake of HIV and TB services in police and prisons health facilities. Also She/he will be providing technical support to zonal teams and health facilities on implementation and addressing prevention of gender-based violence (GBV) and violence against children (VAC) and facilitate continuum of care for GBV, IPV and VAC survivors among PLHIV and TB clients. QI/G PO will ensure national standards, guidelines and policies on QI, GBV are followed and standard operating procedures and job aids developed to enhance program performance.

She/he will be the focal point to link with community partners and stakeholders including the law enforcement – police, judiciary; social welfare to facilitate continuum of care for GBV, IPV and VAC survivors. She/he will provide oversight to ensure national standards, guidelines and policies on GBV and VAC are followed and standard operating procedures and job aids developed to enhance program performance. She/he will work with zonal teams and police and prisons health facility management teams to identify training needs, organize and conduct trainings to healthcare providers and joint supportive supervision and mentorship for quality assurance. She/he is overall responsible to promote a positive profile of gender integrated program among other stakeholders for sustainability.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Quality Improvement:

  • Work with technical manager/team to develop specific quality management plan and ensure QI goals and objectives are
  • Provide relevant support for effective implementation of QI strategies for HIV and TB prevention, care, treatment and support services across supported
  • Support needs-based continuous quality improvement training and mentor zonal and health facility management teams as well as health care providers for integration of QI methods and best practices into routine facility
  • Conduct routine site visits to support quality improvement activities and build site capacity to implement quality management activities, working in collaboration with established QI teams.
  • Ensure supported sites have national quality improvement guidelines and planned activities are in line with priority quality of care
  • Conduct supportive supervision to QI teams and ensure functionality of those teams including documentation of QI teams’ regular meetings and follow up of action
  • Work with monitoring and evaluation team to establish performance monitoring system for tracking priority QI indicators across supported sites to demonstrate improvement in processes of care
  • Provide technical assistance to improve the competency and capacity of health providers by strengthening quality training programs, including advocacy for quality improvement in the supported sites.
  • Work with program team in identifying and communicating best practices and success in HIV and TB service delivery through progress reports, on the job training and coaching sessions


  • Facilitate and oversee the planning and implementation of GBV and VAC activities across HIV and TB interventions, and ensure availability of national GBV and VAC guidelines
  • Provides technical and programmatic support for GBV and VAC-related
  • Plan, organize and facilitate trainings and coaching for GBV and VAC according to MoHCDGEC approved
  • Provides technical support to strategize and design interventions for male friendly services at supported heath
  • Ensures screening services for intimate partner violence and linkages to appropriate
  • Conduct field monitoring and supportive supervision to provide feedback and guidance to staff to improve the services provided in screening, identification, counseling, referrals, linkages and management of GBV and VAC cases among PLHIV and TB
  • Conducts regular joint supportive supervision and mentorship to health care providers and peer educators to improve quality of services as per national guidelines on GBV and
  • Prepare monthly summary report and provide periodic progress reports and input for the preparation of the quarterly
  • Lead monthly and Quarterly performance review of health facilities and zones on programmatic GBV
  • Identify and document lessons learned and best practices for scale up across HIV and TB interventions.
  • Perform any other duties as may be required by supervisor

Qualification, Experience and Skills required;

  • Degree in public health, Nursing, social work, or other relevant area
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience providing Technical Assistance in developing and strengthening Quality Improvement in Tanzania, including assessment of HIV and TB care practices at health facilities,
  • Experience in development of QI plans, and QI capacity building programs
  • Professional work experience in programmatic and technical experience in addressing gender dynamics while implementing HIV and TB
  • Demonstrated experience developing CQI frameworks, strategies, plans, guidelines, tools in the Tanzania health sector context
  • Experience developing or implementing QI data management systems is added
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience in planning, implementation and monitoring of gender programing to prevent GBV among PLHIV and TB clients
  • Experience facilitating gender trainings and workshops with focus on GBV;
  • Demonstrated excellent English and Swahili language skills (both written and oral)

How to apply:

Interested applicants should send their application cover letter one-page maximum and CV four pages’ maximum to by (10th November 2020) with a subject line of ‘USAID Police and Prisons Activity’. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Please do not attach any certificates when submitting online.

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

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