Supporting Public Sector Workplace Programmes in Tanzania

Overall objectives:

To support to ten ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) in building capacity for the establishment and implementation of comprehensive workplace programmes (HIV and chronic diseases).

Specific objectives of the current phase:

(1) Technical support to public sector workplace programmes on HIV in ten selected MDAs.

(2) Roll out of workplace interventions on HIV and AIDS to regional and council levels. The target is to cover the workforce in three Regional Administrative Secretary’s (RAS) offices and 20 councils in Tanga, Mtwara and Lindi regions.

(3) To cooperate with the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) and other stakeholders in developing, piloting and documenting a workplace health package that includes promotion, prevention and screening services in two MDAs and two districts, in line with the Public Private Partnership (PPP) agreement between GIZ and NHIF.


In close cooperation with the Tanzania Public Service College (TPSC) in the President’s Office Public Service Management, the project provided technical support to implement workplace interventions on HIV&AIDS to ten MDAs, as well as to the Tanga RAS office and the Lushoto District Council. The chosen approach is rights-based, emphasizing the rights of public servants to a safe working environment and to non-discrimination and support for HIV-positive employees. In order to reach as many public servants as possible at local government (council) level, a “campaign” approach is adopted, with mobile teams visiting each ward to conduct information and skills building seminars and to provide HIV-testing and counselling services for the public servants who work in that ward. The first phase of the project was implemented from July 2007 to March 2010, as part of the “Tanzanian - German Programme to Support Health” (TGPSH) aiming at improving the health status of selected high-risk and disadvantaged groups. The current phase runs from April 2010 to December 2012 and is part of the “Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and HIV&AIDS Component” of the Health Programme of the German International Cooperation.

  • Selection, mobilisation and supervision of international and national long-term and short-term experts;
  • Implementation of activities in close collaboration with key stakeholders and partner institutions (KAP study, situation analysis, workshops, trainings, collaboration with GIZ’s HIV Mainstreaming Focal Point);
  • Operational research, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) to enhance evidence-based strategic and operational decision-making.
  • Project administration, monitoring and supervision in line with the GIZ instruments (including local subsidy contract management);
  • Coordination with GIZ;
  • Technical backstopping of the project;
  • Contribution to GIZ’s Knowledge management (Collating project experience and best practice examples);
  • Regular reporting to the client and partners.