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The FIKIA Project(TNZ-1)
June 1, Length: 5-6 Months
ICAP in Tanzania is implementing a PEPFAR CDC-funded community-based HIV prevention project in nine regions of Tanzania, including Mwanza, Kagera, Dar es Salaam, Pwani, Tanga, Kigoma, Mara, Simiyu and Geita. This project, called the FIKIA project, entails non-research program implementation, following national guidelines for service delivery. FIKIA is a community-based project that provides behavioural and biomedical HIV prevention interventions for targeted KVP. The project delivers a comprehensive HIV prevention package to key populations such as female sex workers, people who inject drugs and men having sex with men. Additionally, the FIKIA project reaches a wider group of vulnerable populations, such as adolescent girls and young women, and other targeted populations relevant to the context, including fisher folk, miners, long-distance truck drivers, orphans and vulnerable children, and others through expanded community-based HIV testing and counselling (CBHTC) services.
FIKIA facilitates HIV testing and counselling for KVP through community-based HIV prevention services as outlined in the National Guidelines, and provides linkage to care through facility outreach HIV care and treatment services as permitted by the Tanzanian Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children. ICAP also supports quality assurance and quality improvement in routine data collection and monitoring as well as capacity building among health care workers in both facilities and community through joint supportive supervision of health care services with district Council Health Management Teams (CHMTs).
The Government of TZ (GoT) has worked with multiple implementing partners to control the epidemic resulting in a progressive decline in HIV prevalence among adults aged 15-49 from 7.9% in 2000 to 5.3% in 2014. As part of this prevention effort, the Tanzania National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) has called a Technical Working Group to inform the Ministry of Health on the implementation of PrEP. This will be achieved through a demonstration project planned across various regions in Tanzania.
The PrEP demonstration project aims to offer HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to approximately 12,000 key and vulnerable populations (KVP) in Tanzania, of which 5,648 will be in ICAP implementing regions. The project will describe PrEP uptake, adherence, and retention in care for clients at continued substantial risk by collecting individual-level program data for aggregate analysis. A National Protocol is being prepared by the NACP that will be submitted to the National IRB in October for expedited review prior to project implementation.
Scope of Work:
The student will work closely with the FIKIA team to support project implementation, including but not limited to the following:
- Develop a progress report on PrEP services implementation, educational sessions delivered, persons indicating interest in PrEP, and persons screened for PrEP through FIKIA project efforts
- Perform other related duties as assigned
- Excellent oral/written communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
- Flexible, open-minded, and able to easily adapt to new challenges
- Proficient in MS Office
- Experience living in sub-Saharan Africa or other resource limited settings
- Background in international or U.S.-based M&E and/or implementation research
- Experience working on TB- and HIV-related issues in resource-limited settings is highly desired
- Experience with data management and analysis software and creation of reports