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  • Senior Advisor Clinical Integration for HIV Care and Treatment

    Job Locations ZA-Pretoria
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(5/8/2018 12:32 PM)
    ID
    2018-1248
    # of Openings
    1
    Category
    Subject Matter Expert
  • Overview

    The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is at the forefront of the U.S. government (USG) response in the fight against HIV and AIDS. USAID is a key partner in the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and works closely with other USG agencies on this initiative in more than 90 countries. South Africa has one of the largest PEPFAR portfolios in the world and is primarily implemented through USAID, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the State Department, and Peace Corps. USAID/Southern Africa is one of the Agency's largest missions and the Health Office (HO), the Mission’s largest technical office is responsible for implementation of the bilateral PEPFAR portfolio and a bilateral Tuberculosis (TB) portfolio. The HO oversees a comprehensive portfolio of HIV prevention, care, and treatment, health systems strengthening, strategic information, orphans and vulnerable children activities.

     

    The Senior Advisor Clinical Integration for HIV Care and Treatment will provide a leadership role in areas of HIV/TB treatment program integration (including pediatric, adolescent, pregnant women, adult and service integration), HIV testing and counseling (HTC) and care and support within USAID and for the PEPFAR interagency team. The Advisor will serve as the subject matter expert within USAID/Southern Africa for the HIV/TB integration and HIV clinical continuum including community and facility-based HIV testing, linkage, and treatment services. The Advisor will also provide significant technical assistance across age ranges and building strong linkages between HIV treatment and other clinical services. The Advisor will assist in the design, integration and implementation of HIV and AIDS care and support programs. The Advisor will participate in the review and evaluation of existing policies on pediatric, adolescent and adult HIV treatment, care and support, including related service platforms and associated policies. The Senior Advisor will provide technical support toward the design and improvement of programs in line with USAID and PEPFAR strategies and objectives.

    Responsibilities

    The Senior Advisor Clinical Integration for HIV Care and Treatment is a critical member of the HO team and will play an important role in ensuring the effective and efficient use of the PEPFAR investment. The Advisor will serve as the subject matter expert within USAID/Southern Africa for the HIV/TB integration and HIV clinical continuum including community and facility-based HIV testing, linkage, and treatment services. S/he will provide programmatic guidance and advice on the implementation and program integration of pediatric, adolescent, and adult treatment, care and support with a focus on USAID/PEPFAR supported districts. The HO leadership will be looking to the Clinical Integration Advisor to quickly begin to add value in the following roles and responsibilities: 

    • Provide on-going technical assistance, training, and consultation to the HO, interagency PEPFAR team, the Government of South Africa (GoSA), and implementing partners on the development and implementation of HIV and AIDS programs within the continuum of HIV clinical and support services and program integration
    • Act as a senior technical specialist and as a senior subject matter expert on issues of HIV prevention, care, and treatment, including South African priorities; e.g., HTS, Adult and Pediatric Treatment and Retention, Tuberculosis Diagnosis and Treatment, Integrated Chronic Services Management, Biomedical Prevention Interventions, and Health Management Information Systems (e.g., Tier.net, District Health Information System, National Health Laboratory Service Data Warehouse)
    • Support the management of contracts and/or agreements in the USAID/Southern Africa health portfolio, including supporting the management of budgets as well as administrative, financial, and technical aspects of contracts and agreements
    • Participate in the strategic design of care and treatment, biomedical prevention interventions (e.g., voluntary medical male circumcision, PrEP), and HSS activities
    • Initiate and provide expert advise in the design of special studies and evaluations related to facility-based services
    • Recommend and support the implementation of interventions to leverage technology and innovation to advance achievement of the UNAIDS and PEPFAR 95-95-95 goals
    • Establish innovative partnerships and linkages with multilateral and bilateral donors, foundations, and/or corporations to strengthen programmatic linkages
    • Participate and lead Site Improvement though Monitoring System (SIMS) visits to facility sites ensuring appropriate coordination with partners, local counterparts and officials, documentation, and analysis of findings
    • Provide expert technical advice on issues within the continuum of HIV clinical and support services and service integration
    • Implement strategies to leverage the capabilities of the public, private, and non-governmental organization sectors to improve the South African health system
    • Implement strategies to improve facility services across urban, peri-urban, rural, and informal contexts
    • Implement strategies to improve facility-community referral and linkage systems
    • Present to external organizations and audiences at key professional meetings and conferences as assigned
    • Serve on relevant PEPFAR and/or National Working Groups and participate in other related collaborations within USAID and the interagency
    • Provide technical guidance on care and treatment integration, particularly across the age spectrum and between ANC, MNCH, and PMTCT platforms
    • Review the technical quality of projects in the field by conducting site visits, meeting with program planners and managers in the field, providing expert technical assistance, monitoring progress, and reviewing and analyzing results
    • Provide research and programmatic recommendations to the HO and partner organizations, including advice on design and methodology of new research areas; guidance on project design; and guidance on best practices related to the treatment and care and support continuum
    • Search for and address emerging issues in need of USAID support and guidance along the HIV clinical continuum, and for all ages
    • Participate in international conferences and workshops dealing with HIV and AIDS prevention, care and treatment
    • Analyze, synthesize and disseminate key research findings and best practices to the Mission and its partners
    • Develop and deliver relevant presentations, reference materials, speeches and prepare reports and other documents as required
    • Develop collaborations with counterparts in USG and international agencies
    • Provide leadership and technical oversight on the design and publication of USAID materials related to the continuum of HIV clinical services
    • Provide guidance and recommendations on USAID’s strategic approach to the continuum of HIV clinical services
    • Participate in the review and evaluation of existing policies on continuum of HIV clinical services and other relevant policies, provide recommendations to existing policies or the creation of new policies to support and/or enhance USAID HIV activities
    • Assist USAID/Southern Africa and its partner organizations with the development of work plans for implementing HIV care & treatment, including TB/HIV, activities
    • Make recommendations to the HIV Care & Treatment, including TB/HIV, program for future project design, strategy, project management and measure of impact to assist with program planning and Country Operation Plan development

    Qualifications

    The contractor must have:

    • Experience in providing clinical care to HIV/AIDS patients and service/program integration
    • Master’s degree in public health, medicine, or similar health related field
    • Minimum seven to ten (7-10) years relevant work experience. Relevant work experience for this position is experience in program/project management, experience working with South African government and/or experience working with international donors.
    • Demonstrate experience developing work plans and performance monitoring systems
    • Experience in Southern Africa preferred
    • Ability to develop and monitor clinical components of HIV strategic plans
    • Knowledge of and familiarity with international treatment initiatives and organizations and the ability to interact successfully with senior level representatives and high level government officials of international and host country governmental and nongovernmental agencies, multilateral and bilateral organizations
    • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work cross-culturally with diverse teams
    • Ability to work in a fast-pace environment
    • Excellent analytical written and oral communication skills
    • High degree of judgment, maturity, ingenuity and originality to interpret strategy, to analyze, develop and present work and to monitor and evaluate implementation of programs
    • Willingness to travel approximately 30% of the time
    • Computer literacy in Word, Excel and PowerPoint
    • South African/Host Country Nationals or Third Country Nationals are eligible to apply
    • Ability to obtain Facility Access Security Clearance
    • TCN with existing work permits or residency for South Africa may apply

    How to apply:

    Interested and qualified applicants should submit by May 31, 2018 the following materials: (1) a one-page cover letter indicating interest and fit for the position; (2) a résumé, including 2-3 references, and (3) a portfolio, highlighting examples of work. Please apply to this position online at www.socialsolutions.biz . 

     

    Social Solutions is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by law.

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