District Program Lead

  • Full Time
  • Songwe, Mbeya
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The Henry M. Jackson Foundation

Job Description


Join the HJF Team!


The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine (HJF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing military medicine. We serve military, medical, academic and government clients by administering, managing and supporting preeminent scientific programs that benefit members of the armed forces and civilians alike. Since its founding in 1983, HJF has served as a vital link between the military medical community and its federal and private partners. HJF’s support and administrative capabilities allow military medical researchers and clinicians to maintain their scientific focus and accomplish their research goals.


This position will be in support of HJF Medical Research International, Inc. Tanzania (HJFMRI) program.


The District Program Lead oversees the implementation of the HJFMRI Tanzania PEPFAR HIV Program in the respective district council as guided by the PEPFAR Country Operational Plan, Tanzania Ministry of Health guidelines, HJFMRI policies, SOPS, and donor rules and regulations. The incumbent coordinates the provision of supportive supervision, mentorship, and coaching (for the clinical component) and assists in the development and oversees the implementation of remediation plans for gaps identified at the health facilities across all technical areas/domains in the respective district. The position takes the lead in determining gaps in capabilities among SHL Program supported facility staff in the respective district council, development, and implementation of various capacity-building programs to bridge the identified gaps in capabilities among facility staff to deliver quality HIV/AIDS services. The incumbent manages planning and implementation of various initiatives and activities to achieve specific goals and objectives set by HJFMRI Tanzania in their respective district or council, including conducting basic M&E activities to monitor HIV care and treatment programs. The position is based in Songwe and reports to the Regional Program Manager for Songwe region.


  • Manage the day-to-day implementation of the HJFMRI Tanzania PEPFAR HIV Program in the respective district council as guided by the PEPFAR Country Operational Plan, Tanzania Ministry of Health guidelines, HJFMRI policies, SOPs, in country and USG rules and regulations.
  • Develop annual work plans and objectives for the programs within the district considering the needs and priorities set by the organization in collaboration with R/CHMT.
  • Oversee the execution of HIV programs in the respective district or council, ensuring that resources, timelines, and budgets are appropriately allocated and utilized.
  • Monitor and track performance progress to assess effectiveness, data demand, and usage and make necessary adjustments for continuous improvement together with collaborating with the M&E team to ensure the availability of M&E tools and their correct use for data recording and reporting.
  • Coordinate regular program review meetings for the facility and community at the district level.
  • Ensure CHMT and facility staff establish CQI teams that meet regularly to identify service delivery challenges and improve on them based on the tested interventions. This includes the establishment of HIV care multi-disciplinary teams at the facility level.
  • Work with CHMT and facilities to identify clinical, infrastructure, and human resource needs for the quality implementation of HIV care and treatment services in the council.
  • Ensure the program targets are shared and owned by the council authorities, and facilities, and every effort is done to ensure targets are achieved at the end of the year.
  • Ensure coordination and support of the availability of HIV commodities through HJFMRI gap fillings and collaborations with the CHMT, SCMS, and MSD.
  • Collaborate with CHMTs to coordinate the implementation and monitoring of HTS, linkage, integrated HIV care and treatment services, RCH/PMTCT activities, early infant diagnosis (EID), TB/HIV collaborative activities, PrEP services at the facility and community, GBV, VMMC and CECAP services at the facility level and through outreach activities and ensure the services are delivered in accordance with the national guidelines.
  • Capacitate the healthcare workers and facilities by performing regular supportive supervision, mentorship, and technical assistance visits at HJFMRI supported Care and Treatment facilities in line with program objectives and MoH guidelines and cooperation with CHMTs and RHMTs.
  • Collaborate with the Regional Program Manager, Community Program Coordinators and Senior Technical Advisors to develop action plans to gaps identified in the HIV/AIDS continuum of care during supportive supervision and oversee the implementation and follow-up of said action plans.
  • Liaise with the District Data Manager and collaborate with CHMT to ensure proper documentation and reporting of all indicators and provide timely remediation of underperformance in the district.
  • Facilitate and coordinate Quality Improvement activities/initiatives with facility QI teams for sustainable performance improvement.
  • Liaise with District Pharmacist, District Lab Technologist and HJFMRI Supply Chain Management team to support supply chain management services and ensure uninterrupted availability of HIV commodities at all levels within the district.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor that are necessary to achieve the objectives of this position.


Education and Experience

  • Doctor of Medicine degree (MD) required. Postgraduate training in public health or related studies of internal medicine or infectious diseases preferred.
  • At least five (5) years’ relevant experience in HIV/AIDS clinical and prevention care programs in Africa.
  • PEPFAR (DoD, USAID, or CDC) and experience working with international NGOs in a cross-cultural setting preferred.


Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Good understanding of the health policies governing the HIV sector in Tanzania, knowledge of health systems and administrative structure from national to district level.
  • Demonstratable ability to write technical documents (proposals and reports), present complex information in a concise and easily comprehensible manner.
  • Analytical, problem-solving, and exceptional organizational skills.
  • Ability to travel up to 70% of the time to SHL Program supported health facilities in the respective district to undertake various activities aimed at fulfilling the objectives of this position.
  • Detail-oriented (attentive to details) and able to perform well in a high-pressure environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and relationship skills, including flexibility, diplomacy, intercultural communicative competence, and respect for colleagues.
  • Demonstrate high integrity and strong values, including confidentiality.
  • Ability to build and maintain sound relationships with multiple stakeholders; competence to build and effectively manage interpersonal relationships at all levels.
  • Proficient in MS Office applications.
  • Ability to meet and communicate schedules and deadlines.
  • Demonstrate exceptional professional judgment.
  • Ability to multitask and work under minimum supervision.
  • Fluent in both Kiswahili and English.

Work Environment

  • This position will take place primarily in a office setting.


Employment with HJF is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, which may include, but is not limited to, contacting your professional references, verification of previous employment, education and credentials, a criminal background check, and a department of motor vehicle (DMV) check if applicable. Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief Human Resources Officer. 


HJFMRI is an equal-opportunity Employer. Women are encouraged to Apply.

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