Locally known as the Walter Reed Southern Highlands AIDS Program, the Henry Jackson Foundation Medical Research International(HJFMRI) is an international non-governmental organization working in several countries conducting research studies and providing care and treatment to people affected by HIV/AIDS. HJFMRI is funded by the Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief PEPFAR. In collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHSW), HJFMRI has been leading a comprehensive HIV/AIDS care and treatment program in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania since 2004 with support from the President's Emergency Plans for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The program is based in the Mbeya and has since extended to more than 100 health facilities in Mbeya, Rukwa and Ruvuma regions, which collectively represent a catchment area of about 6 million people. Mbeya region is one of high prevalence regions in Tanzania and expansion of HIV care and treatment programs is critical. Walter Reed Program is seeking qualified candidate to fill the positions below.
Job Title Continuous Quality Improvement Officers (3 Positions) Reports to: Regional Program Manager/ CQI Location Regional Offices (Mbeya, Ruvuma, Rukwa/Katavi)
General Overview: Under the supervision of the Regional Program Manager, the CQI Officer will ensure that quality improvement initiatives are carried out across the region, making certain that activities are based on gaps and challenges identified through ongoing supportive supervision visits and other assessments of HIV services, while adhering to the Tanzanian Quality Improve- ment Framework in Health Care. The Continuous Quality Improvement Officer will be part of the regional team at HJFMRI, with close links to the CQI advisors and other technical staff and with the main focus on improving the quality of HIV services provided by the organization, as well as HIV services provided by supported health facilities and outreach partners. Quality of program activities will be measured and analyzed and feedback to his/her direct supervisor on a regular basis is expected. She/he will be based at one of the three regional offices (Mbeya, Buvuma or Rukwa/Katavi) with frequent (50%) travels to the districts and occasional travel to Mbeya and Dar Es Salaam for different program activities.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities • Coordinate HIV related Quality Improvement (QI) activities within the region amongst health facility staff, program staff and R/ CHMTs, Work in close collaboration with CQI coordinators at the Regional Medical Office, and assure consistency of HIV care and treatment services in supported sites as per established national guidelines • Collaborate with HJFMRI technical leads and regional teams, as well as R/ CHMTs to implement and maintain an effective and' coordinated approach to supportive supervision • Effectively collaborate with field based WRP/HJFMRI clinical team and health facilities CQI teams to analyze gaps and challenges identified during supportive supervision visits and subsequently provide technical assistance for remediation/action plans • Support the coordination and implementation of supportive super- vision, mentorship and remediation visits at regional and district level, in close collaboration with the Regional Program Manager, the CQI Advisor and the Remediation and Mentorship Advisor • Monitor the activities of CQI teams at health facility and outreach partner level and communicate with the teams on a regular basis • Receive QI reports from facility based and outreach partners with QI teams on a regular basis, analyze the reports and provide feedback to the direct supervisor and the CQI team. • Facilitate and participate in site visits to assess the progress in CQI implementation at partner level and identify ways forward to deal with challenges • Work with field based clinical teams to provide on-site QI consultations and coaching to supported sites, using information gathered during assessments, so that results are used to effect changes in • HIV clinic practice. • Any other duties to support the program as assigned from time to time • Secondary Responsibilities: • Support the regional HJFMRI technical team to include CQI in their day to day .activities and monitor the implementation of these activities. • Ensure that the regional and district HJFMRI teams include quality improvement activities on program, R/CHMT and facility/out- reach partner levels • Ensure availability and use of the national and international policies, guidelines, training manuals, recording and reporting tools and information, education and communication materials that relate to the Quality Improvement Program/Initiative • Periodically measure and improve the quality of HIV/AIDS and related care, be it through supportive supervision and / or other available means • Be involved in the development of clinical program quality indicators and track them over time, using the results for remediation of gaps and challenges • Support the facilitation of QI meetings at regional and district levels, notably for program staff and representatives of medical and outreach partners • Collaborate with RHMT and CHMT to identify CQI implementation gaps and support the development of evidence based interventions to rectify and maintain quality HIV &AIDS services. • Communicate best practices and updates to ensure consistency in the program application and to maximize effectiveness in overall program implementation and management • Participate in QI meetings at local and national level
Required Skills, Knowledge & Experience • MD or equivalent • At least 1 year of experience in clinical medicine • Previous exposure to the planning and implementing HIV/AIDS care and treatment programs is an added advantage • Prior experience in CQI or mentorship activities is an added advantage. ' • Clear understanding of Tanzanian health structure and system • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills • Fluency in the English language • Computer skills in basic applications such as Microsoft Office • Basic understanding of monitoring and evaluation and data analysis is an added advantage
Cover letters and resumes should be sent to the Human Resources
P.O. Box 6396,
NOTE: to be considered, applicants must put the TITLE OF THE JOB in the SUBJECT LINE.
Deadline for submission of the application is April 20th 2016. Those who do not meet the minimum requirements as detailed below should not submit applications.