Associate Director, Community

Other District Other Location

Reports To: Chief of Party and Program Director

Location: Mbeya

Duration: One year, with option (s) to renew

Basic tasks:

  • S/he will also promote effective linkages across Organization program supported areas, and provide strategic and technical leadership to a diverse team of professional staff. In collaboration with other program teams and partners, S/he will ensure that there are strong retention measures for those clients enrolled into the program, identification of all lost to follow up clients (LTFUs), sharing the LFTUs list with community and facility stakeholders, including CBHS teams and Expert Clients to facilitate tracking of LTFUs and bring them back to the program, those found alive facilitate strategies for conducting effective adherence counseling in order to ensure strong retention of enrolled clients to the program.

  • S/he will lead interventions targeting key and vulnerable populations including but not limited to Adolescent and Young Adults (AYAs), at high risk men (Men how have sex with other men, long truck drivers, fishermen, miners, etc.), Female Sex workers, and People Who Use Drugs including Drug Injectors in order to control HIV and AIDS epidemic in Organization Regions of Coverage (Mbeya, Songwe,Rukwa and Katavi Regions) With a special focus in HIV hotspots and in high volume facilities.

  • S/he will serve as the primary technical expert and contact person for Organization’s Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-Free, Mentored, and Safe (DREAMS) for adolescent girls and young women (AGYWs) and GBV interventions in Organization areas of coverage. This will include provision of comprehensive services to GBV and ensuring HIV Testing services are offered and those found positive are physically connected to Care and Treatment Centers for Continuum of services. This will include coordination and liaising with Other DREAMS and GBV USG Tanzania IPs working in Southern Highlands of Tanzania.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Access capabilities of local civil society organizations (community based, non-governmental and faith based) within the Southern Highlands, identifying those who will participate under the Organization Southern Highlands HIV Program either through direct funding and / or provision of technical assistance.
  • Work with in-country partners in designing, implementing and monitoring a strategic plan for the expansion of HIV community focused services in the Southern Highlands in line with the Tanzania Government bodies and Ministry of Health Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MoHCDGEC) and President Office Regional Administration and Local Government (PORALG) directives.
  • Coordinate service expansion and implementation with other aspects of the Organization Southern Highlands HIV Program as well as other USG and bilateral donors/partners active in the region, ensuring development of a comprehensive intervention program.
  • Lead the planning of program activities and set high quality performance targets ensuring adherence to technical standards, best practices and PEPFAR and Government of Tanzania (GOT) guidelines.
  • Provide guidance and technical support to partners in developing work plans; track progress on work plans provide recommendations on challenges that arise during implementation.
  • Use appropriate program management tools to plan, review and track progress on program implementation as well as on the utilization of program resources.
  • Facilitate the 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 physical 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.
  • Work with partners to ensure collection of quality data within relevant areas of funding and the reporting of the data for semi-annual and annual submissions.
  • Participate as a member of the HIV USG Tanzania Team providing technical expertise in the area of CBHS, GBV, DREAMS, OVC, Prevention and HIV testing services to ensure programs are in line with the USG HIV/AIDS in-country strategy.
  • Assist in-country partners, Senior Technical and the Executive Director of Organization Program Tanzania in submission of annual funding requests for the continued support of prevention, care and treatment activities.
  • Identify and solicit funding from other sources as needed.
  • Initiate and design new initiatives that focus on HIV epidemic control
  • Facilitate and lead the roll out of PrEP and HIV self-testing interventions
  • Facilitate and lead the roll out of Mwanaume Jitambue (MJ) Men’s initiative in Mbeya, Rukwa, Songwe and Katavi Regions
  • Oversee the attachment of Community service providers in high volume health facilities to facilitate linkage and enrollment of HIV positive clients into care and treatment services
  • Provide leadership in provision of MAT services
  • Provide collaborative assistance to other research sites that require the incumbent’s expertise.
  • Prepare funding documents and written reports.
  • Develop and maintain good working relationships with other partners, government and non- governmental organizations within the five regions.
  • Incumbent will be expected to travel frequently within Tanzania.
  • Position may require working evening 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.
  • The incumbent will be required to lead Community Services team and encourage teamwork spirit
  • Provide technical assistance to other Organization programs including medical, lab and M&E as needed.
  • Provide on-going support through coaching and mentoring, supervision visits and mentoring to partner organizations and Organization staff in implementing activities;
  • Perform any other assignment or duties that may be required to support the general program.


  • Master’s degree in Public Health is a must;
  • Bachelor's degree in MD, Nursing, sociology, psychology, social work, or a related field;
  • At least eight (8) years of relevant Community Services experience related to one or more in the following areas: Community Based HIV and AIDS Services (CBHS), Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Services, HIV Testing and prevention services;
  • Experience in working with PEPFAR funded programs is must;
  • Thorough knowledge and experience in Community Based Programs for HIV prevention and supportive care;
  • Program management experience and training in international settings, in particular, within a developing country situation;
  • Ability to troubleshoot, work independently and supervise others;
  • Must be diplomatic and culturally sensitive, with excellent communication skills;
  • Effective communications skills and the ability to and enthusiasm for connecting with people from a variety of different backgrounds;
  • Excellent presentation, writing, and instructional skills;
  • A high level of integrity, professionalism, and a creative, responsive style with strong attention to detail and follow through, and the ability to work independently and as a team player;
  • Ability to manage multiple projects.

The Associate Director, Community Services will serve as the overall team leader for the Community Services team and primary contact person for Organization community services. S/he is responsible for the overall management of all the community based programming components supporting HIV related services under the Organization Southern Highlands HIV Program,Tanzania. Services include but not limited to Community Based HIV and AIDS Services (CBHS), Gender Based Violence (GBV), Community HIV Testing Services (HTS), HIV prevention services, Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) and Determined-Resilient- Empowered- AIDS-Free- Mentored-and Safe (DREAMS) interventions and other related initiatives. The incumbent will be responsible for liaising with Ministry of Health Community Development, Gender Elderly and Children (MoHCDGEC), President Office Regional Administration and Local Government (PORALG), local and national organizations, including faith based organizations to facilitate the provision of quality services at the health facility level and in the community settings. The Director Community Services will build the capacity of local partner organizations and staff to deliver high-quality services in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania.

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