Technical Officer – DREAMS / Cervical Cancer (Internal Advert)

Title

Technical Officer - DREAMS / Cervical Cancer (Internal Advert)

Location

Harare

Type of Contract

Fixed Term Contract

Deadline

23/09/2022 (Expired)

About

Zimbabwe Health Interventions (ZHI) is a not-for-profit human development organisation which is registered as a Trust under the Zimbabwe Deeds Registries Act (Chapter 20:05). ZHI’s mission is to develop and deliver innovative and sustainable high impact integrated health interventions with local communities while working with and strengthening existing institutions.

The Accelerated and Comprehensive HIV Care for Epidemic Control in Zimbabwe (ACCE) project's objective is to complement the government of Zimbabwe (GOZ)’s efforts towards epidemic control by targeting testing to efficiently identify PLHIV, ensuring all newly diagnosed PLHIV are immediately linked to treatment, and all PLHIV on treatment have ready access to antiretroviral therapy (ART), are retained on treatment, and remain virally suppressed. The program is being implemented in 9 districts in Midlands (Gweru, Kwekwe, Mberengwa and Gokwe South) and in Manicaland (Makoni, Mutare, Chipinge, Mutasa and Buhera).


Basic Function

In close liaison with Senior Technical Officer, the Technical Officer (TO) provides technical leadership to the project in implementing high quality integrated DREAMS clinical services to ensure that all eligible adolescents, girls and young women (AGYW) receive the DREAMS secondary package as appropriate; In addition the TO is also responsible for providing technical leadership for the Cervical cancer screening and treatment program and he/she will ensure the implementation of high-quality cervical cancer screening and treatment services for women living with HIV across all project sites; The project has a special focus on increasing access to screening and treatment services and ensuring technical efficacy of all screening strategies of the project.


Job Description

Cervical cancer screening coordination; Provides technical support related to cervical cancer screening and approaches to improve access to these services; Coordinate the scale up of innovative methods for cervical cancer screening (HPV DNA PCR and treatment through a hub-and-spoke model for WLHIV; Facilitate education awareness and demand generation within facilities and communities for cervical cancer screening and treatment; Ensure expansion of same day/fast track cervical cancer screening and treatment of pre- invasive lesion services in high volume antiretroviral treatment clinics in alignment with the algorithm for cervical cancer screening approach; Establish referral and accountability systems to link and track all WLHIV to cervical cancer screening services, and link clients with unknown HIV status who present with cervical cancer to HIV testing services and follow-on care and treatment if positive for HIV; Contributes to the development of guidelines, tools and recommendations related to the implementation and evaluation of cervical cancer screening activities within the project; Ensure appropriate program monitoring and accurate financial and programmatic reporting to the national office; Contribute to strengthening a standardized monitoring and evaluation system in support of the continuum of care for cervical cancer screening activities in the project; Undertakes regular frequent monitoring visits to project sites as necessary; Coordinates all capacity building and external quality assurance activities for ZHI staff at district levels; Review periodic reports (programmatic and financial) submitted by all ACCE Zimbabwe Health Interventions (ZHI) is a not-for-profit human development organisation which is registered as a Trust under the Zimbabwe Deeds Registries Act (Chapter 20:05). ZHI’s mission is to develop and deliver innovative and sustainable high impact integrated health interventions with local communities while working with and strengthening existing institutions.

The Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, and Safe women (DREAMS) Program aims to prevent new HIV infections and reduce vulnerability among OVC, OVC caregivers and Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) in Zimbabwe. The DREAMS program is being implemented in priority high HIV burden districts in Zimbabwe. ZHI’s primary role is to deliver a comprehensive curriculum on HIV prevention, gender norms and social asset building targeted at AGYW in school, out of school and their sexual partners at community level. ZHI’s core thrust in the DREAMS Program is to keep girls and young women HIV Free through supporting them to; Stay in school; Prevent early pregnancies; Prevent sexual violence; Access Post violence care; Reduce child marriage. DREAMS provides a comprehensive, multi-sectoral package of core interventions to address key factors that make girls and young women particularly vulnerable to HIV. These include structural factors, such as gender-based violence, exclusion from economic opportunities, and a lack of access to secondary school. DREAMS layers multiple interventions at once so that AGYW are surrounded with critical support to keep them safe from HIV and other risks.
staff at the district level; Liaise with MOHCC procurement and supply chain management unit to ensure availability of cervical cancer screening commodities to all project sites; DREAMS Program Coordination; Design and coordinate implementation of DREAMS and ASRH program activities (for both facility and community); Forge enduring relationships with MOHCC to ensure easy access to health facilities and a synergistic effort in implementing DREAMS and ASRH programs; Ensures the adoption of national DREAMS and ASRH strategies into district level implementation plans; Participate in strategic meetings and share program updates, progress on implementation plans and challenges that need the attention; Provide technical support to the Provincial Program Managers (PPM) in adopting a data driven approach to resolving district level challenges affecting the DREAMS and ASRH program; Support the coordination of all partners working on DREAMS programs; DREAMS and Cervical Cancer Prevention Program Monitoring and Evaluations ; Contributes to development of lessons learned from the project and other relevant projects that are related to cervical cancer screening and DREAMS clinical services and apply these lessons to modify and improve the project; Work closely with the national office Technical team to develop and monitor district annual work plans and budget; Ensures that all ZHI assets and other resources are effectively managed; Ensure achievement of the programme set targets for the site which are reviewed on a weekly, month quarterly basis.


Knowledge, Skills and abilities

Good knowledge of HIV/AIDS prevention care and treatment in Zimbabwe; Experience in designing and implementing of public health/international development programs funded by US government or other international donors; Extensive knowledge of health and development programming in a developing country; Working knowledge of major donor policies (USAID, Global Fund) as well as international not-for- profit organizations; Demonstrated management, supervision, networking and leadership skills working with large, complex programs; Demonstrated knowledge of strategic planning, administrative, and financial management systems; Excellent written, oral communication and interpersonal skills as well as demonstrated ability to manage a team; Ability to manage tight deadlines and deliver high volumes of work with minimal supervision; Well-developed computer skills; Ability and willingness to undertake frequent in-country travel - minimum of 50%.


Qualifications and experience

RGN or equivalent; Possession of an MPH or post graduate degree in a related field is an added advantage; Familiarity with Zimbabwe health systems and NGOs is highly desirable; A minimum of 4-5 years’ relevant experience with international development programs which include 2 years’ experience with HIV/AIDS program planning and implementation at the community, facility and provincial level working with NGO sectors; A minimum of 3 years’ experience in Adolescent and Sexual Reproductive Health including Cervical Cancer screening and treatment is a must; A minimum of 3 years working at mid-level management in the public sector or NGO sector; Valid registration with the relevant professional body.


Application Procedures

Step 1: click here to complete the job application form.
Step 2: Submit your CV and application letter via email to recruitment@zhi.co.zw clearly indicating the position you are applying for on the subject of the email.


During the application process, ZHI will not charge any fee nor will it require any payment for an application to be considered. ZHI is an equal opportunity employer and employs personnel without regard to race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, language, citizenship, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, physical handicap or financial ability.