Service, Health and Development for people living with HIV /AIDS (SHDEPHA+) is a national non-governmental organization, registered on 21 November 1994 with registration number SO 8216, with the aim of mobilizing resources to help people living with HIV/AIDS and to fight the spread of the disease. Although originally focusing on people living with HIV/AIDS, over the years SHDEPHA+ has expanded beyond HIV/AIDS and related issues to other development interventions and now covers both infected and affected by HIV/AIDS with over 65 branches countrywide. Each branch of SHDEPHA+ works independently, developing, managing, and implementing its projects, though all branches share one constitution and registration.
SHDEPHA+ Kahama, based in Kahama Municipal, is among the 65 branches, was launched in 1999 and started independent operations in 2002 has been working with both international and national donors, the local and central government and other stakeholders to work toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The organization works with the poor, key, and vulnerable groups including women, children, youth, people with special needs; and it gives special attention to the underserved and marginalized populations such as PLHV, FSW, and VAGYW.
SHDEPHA+ VISION: A democratic community that is free of poverty, hunger, and diseases and enjoys a good quality of education, standards of living, and social well-being.
SHDEPHA+ MISSION: SHDEPHA+ is committed to reducing income and non-income poverty, hunger, human suffering, diseases, and the impact and spread of HIV/AIDS by empowering marginalized and vulnerable people, most at-risk populations, and communities in general to achieve Community-based and sustainable human development.
GOAL: Using SHDEPHA+ core values and mission to work toward the Millennium Development Goals to improve the lives of marginalized and vulnerable groups, most at-risk populations, and communities in general
A) ACHIEVE PROJECT
SHDEPHA+ has been awarded by PACT Tanzania to implement ACHIEVE project in Msalala DC, Ushetu DC and Kahama TC found in Shinyanga region, Tanzania. The
Adolescents and Children HIV Incidence Reduction, Empowerment, and Virus Elimination (ACHIEVE) is a five-year global effort to reach and sustain HIV epidemic control among pregnant and breastfeeding women, adolescents, infants, and children. The project is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by a Pact led consortium of top global HIV/AIDS partners, including Jhpiego, Palladium, No Means No
Worldwide, and WI-HER. These core partners are supported by a network of global and local strategic resource partners. ACHIEVE focuses on priority PEPFAR countries across Africa and the Caribbean. The ACHIEVE consortium works with USAID Missions, national governments, and existing response partners to identify gaps in HIV prevention and treatment programming among target populations. Using best practices and expertise along with innovations, the project is addressing critical gaps to meet country-specific epidemic control goals. ACHIEVE is USAID’s flagship initiative to address the needs of children, young people, and breast-feeding women affected by HIV.
This includes supporting local organizations in serving these populations and ultimately building their capability to receive direct U.S. government funding for programs at scale. The project leverages the full strength of its consortia and related private and public sector stakeholders to support countries attain and sustain HIV epidemic control. In Tanzania, starting in October 2021, ACHIEVE expects to receive funding from USAID to support HIV prevention and support programs targeting orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and adolescent girls and young women, through the DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe) program.
The goal of ACHIEVE Tanzania is to strengthen local organizations and the national- and community- level social welfare systems, structures, and workforce to support and sustain OVC to access HIV-inclusive services that support their health and well-being.
ACHIEVE Tanzania program has three Strategic Objectives:
1. To strengthen the capacity of the national and community-level social welfare workforce, systems, and structures to ensure quality services for OVC, at-risk AGYW, and people living with HIV (PLHIV).
2. To build capacity of local organizations to manage and implement USAID/PEPFAR awards as prime implementing partners. ACHIEVE Tanzania Project will support the transition of prime funding and implementation to capable local partners to meet the PEPFAR goal of 70% of funding to local partners.
3. To deliver high quality OVC services and DREAMS interventions for AGYW 9-14 years
ACHIEVE Tanzania anticipate to achieve the following outcomes:
1. OVC service delivery is transitioned to directly funded USAID local prime implementing partners.
2. Local partners are strengthened to manage and sustain family-centered, community based OVC and DREAMS service delivery.
3. Increased use of OVC platforms, for pediatric HIV case finding, linkage to treatment and viral suppression.
4. Increased access to HIV prevention and violence prevention services among OVC and youth
5. Improved social economic capacity of at risk AGYW and OVC caregivers
With this, SHDEPHA+ Kahama therefore is seeking for competent, experienced, dynamic, and qualified candidates to fill the position listed below:
POSITION: YOUTH INTERVENTIONS OFFICER (1 Position)
LOCATION: KAHAMA MUNICIPAL
REPORTS TO: PROGRAM MANAGER
LINE MANAGE: ASSISTANT YOUTH INTERVENTIONS OFFICER
CONTRACT DURATION: 12 MONTHS (RENEWABLE)
The Youth Interventions Officer will serve as an active member of the CSO program team for the implementation of ACHIEVE. This position will lead the implementation of DREAMS and Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) preventive activities and any other youth HIV prevention activities in respective Council under the ACHIEVE Project for one-year contract (October 2021-September 2022).
Roles and Responsibilities
- Oversee Assistant Youth Interventions officers and provide overall leadership for DREAMS and OVC Preventive activities.
- Work closely with ACHIEVE Youth Interventions officer (Cluster/Zone Office), Local Government Authorities (LGAs), school heads to ensure DREAMS and OVC Preventive interventions are well understood and supported
- Provide technical support and guidance to Assistant Youth intervention Officers to ensure they all have required tools and skills to support implementation of interventions including conducting coordinated monitoring of activities.
- Provide continuous supportive supervision and assisting Assistant Youth intervention Officers to provide technical support to HURU teachers, mentors and CIBIM Coaches to ensure quality delivery of DREAMS and OVC preventive services to Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) and Boys enrolled into the project.
- Conduct verification visits to schools implementing DREAMS and OVC Preventive interventions to ensure quality delivery and address technical gaps to teachers through mentorship and coaching.
- Work with the ACHIEVE Youth Intervention Officer and Master Trainers to facilitate necessitated trainings to HURU teachers, Coaches and Mentors.
- Organize and facilitate monthly meetings with CBIM coaches and No Means No Worldwide Mentors, document and share proceedings with ACHIEVE Youth Intervention Officer (Cluster office)
- Organize and conduct council-level joint supportive supervision visits with Pact Cluster/zone office and LGAs to monitor and learn on the DREAMS and OVC Preventive interventions progress.
- Work with CSO Case Management Officer and Case Management Coordinators to follow up on services provisions to AGYW referred for secondary package services and those enrolled to comprehensive package services.
- Work with Assistant Youth intervention Officers, Project Manager and Pact Cluster Office
- to develop activities implementation schedule and monitor its implementation progress.
- Conduct thoroughly review and verification of DREAMS and OVC Preventive items (procured by Pact) and delivered to CSO, communicate with Project Manager issues related to received consignments.
- Collect and document lessons learned, best practices and success stories related to DREAMS and OVC preventive interventions for experience sharing to Pact, LGAs and other stakeholders.
- Monitor data entry exercise to ensure all collected beneficiaries’ information (enrolment forms) and sessions (HURU, CBIM and No Means No Worldwide sessions, financial literacy, Furaha, distribution forms) also pre and post-test have been entered into the system i.e., Commcare and DHIS2
- Prepare and share regular activities implementation updates and reports (weekly, Monthly and quarterly)
- Perform any other relevant duties as assigned by the Project Manager.
- Bachelor’s degree in social work, Community development or another related field
- At least 3 years of experience working in youth programming and community development.
- Knowledgeable in evidence-based youth programming for HIV prevention and
- responding to Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Violence Against Children (VAC)
- incidence (gender issues);
- Positive communication and organisation skills;
- Self-management and Teamwork: ability to work independently and as a member of
- the team.
- Strong Language capability in both Swahili and English.
- SHDEPHA+ is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices based on, race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee Organization, or other non-merit factors.
- SHDEPHA+ is committed to the principles of safeguarding in workplace and will not tolerate any form of abuse, wherever it occurs or whoever is responsible”
- Any Applicant attempting or communicating to SHDEPHA+ Management or Staff through phone calls, SMS, text emails and other means will automatically be disqualified from this opportunity. All communications should be channelled to the provided official correspondence email above
- SHDEPHA+ regrets that only short-listed candidates will be contacted