HIV Testing and Prevention Advisor

1 month ago(12/19/2017 8:04 AM)
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The HIV Testing and Prevention Advisor will provide technical leadership and project oversight in the area of HIV testing and prevention for an upcoming U.S. government (USG) adolescent girls and young women and HIV focused program in Namibia. The Advisor will provide adolescent friendly, targeted HIV testing and prevention technical assistance at the national, regional, and district levels. This program aims to reduce HIV infection among adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) in HIV priority areas through youth friendly service delivery of HIV testing, sexual and reproductive health services, pre and post-exposure ARV prophylaxis and ART. Secondary project objectives include reduction of teenage pregnancies and instances of GBV. The project also has structural components focused on improving graduation rates economic opportunities for young people, particularly young women.  The project will operate over a five-year period.


The position will operate under the leadership of the Chief of Party and Jhpiego’s senior management team, and work closely with the global HIV, Malaria and Infectious Disease team. The position will oversee and ensure the technical quality and methodological soundness of all project activities. In collaboration with project team, Ministry of Health and Social Sciences (MOHSS), and partners, the position will support the design and implementation of adolescent friendly HIV testing and prevention service delivery strategies based on scientific evidence, innovations and best practices.


This position is contingent upon award from USG. Namibian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • Provide technical and quality oversight, strategic direction and definition of project activities leading to key outcomes
  • Establish, implement and oversee a system to ensure technical quality of project activities
  • Oversee integration of adolescent friendly standards in the projects HIV testing, prevention and treatment services
  • Develop and/or update evidence-based training materials, quality standards, job aids, and curricula, supervisory systems needed for implementation of the Project to meet the needs of USG and the Government of Namibia
  • Provide training facilitation, mentoring and capacity building at the individual and organizational level in specific areas of expertise including but not limited to:
    • HIV targeted testing strategies (e.g., partner notification, self-testing, network testing)
    • HIV prevention, including interventions such as PrEP, ART and VMMC
    • HIV care and treatment
    • Family Planning
    • Structural HIV prevention interventions;
    • Gender based violence;
    • Adolescent health/school health;
    • Strengthening service delivery projects;
    • Training;
    • Continuous quality improvement;
    • Pre-service and in-service education;
    • Performance and quality improvement;
    • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Oversee health care workers continuing professional development practices including the use of low dose high frequency strategies to maintain competence.
  • Ensure the collection of adolescent feedback and the integration of feedback into program design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Provide oversight and technical assistance for conducting site assessments and strengthening referral systems, in-service and/or pre-service education, and supportive supervision
  • Works with the adolescent advisory board on technical design
  • Coordinate advocacy, demand generation, and policy support, across project sites as required
  • Lead the formulation of innovative approaches for scale up of targeted HIV prevention and testing services
  • Actively participate in relevant technical advisory/working groups and professional forums representing Jhpiego
  • Work with health care providers, social workers, school faculty, local authorities, community members and project team members to identify community-based service delivery issues that impede access to care and uptake of services
  • Identify and implement appropriate facility, school and community-based strategies to address HIV testing and prevention service delivery gaps
  • Identify training needs for clinical and community healthcare providers and teachers/faculty and assist in the design and implementation of measures to address those needs
  • Work closely with the Chief of Party on setting project priorities and directions, and responding to requests for support from local counterparts
  • Work with M&E staff to design, implement a plan to track data/results related to HIV testing, prevention, and structural interventions to inform adjustments in project implementation
  • Monitor progress to project targets and their related outcomes and how they are contributing to national, PEPFAR and UNAIDs goals
  • Collaborate with all local stakeholders and implementing partners, especially the Ministry of Health and other US and international implementing partners, to ensure that all activities conform to the requirements and regulations
  • Document successes, lessons learned and challenges in implementation as well as reports of project activities and results to the project and donor, including routine quarterly and annual reports and other reporting requirements as requested
  • Document and maintain an inventory of successful tools and approaches for HIV testing, prevention and structural interventions
  • Author/co-author abstracts, presentations, and articles for journals and conferences
  • Supervise technical staff
  • Manage technical contributions of subgrantees, including defining scopes of work
  • Maintain excellent relationships with MOHSS, USG and in-country stakeholders and develop rapid responses
  • Provide technical leadership to the development the project strategic plan, work plan, and project monitoring, in close collaboration with MOHSS, USG, and other stakeholders to ensure timely implementation and compliance to the requirements and regulations of the award

Required Qualifications

  • Advanced (Masters minimum) degree in public health, international health or an advanced clinical degree in nursing or medicine
  • At least 5 years’ experience implementing and/or providing technical assistance in HIV Testing and Prevention
  • Experience in implementing structural interventions
  • At least 5 years’ experience in implementing and/or providing technical assistance of $5M per year in donor-funded projects and in the design and implementation of overseas health projects; preferably in the Namibia
  • Demonstrated experience training clinical or community-based healthcare workers on HIV testing and prevention
  • Demonstrated experience in adolescent health, specific to family planning and HIV testing, prevention, and care and treatment
  • Demonstrated experience providing capacity building assistance at individual and organizational levels
  • Skilled in at least two or more of the following technical areas: HIV care and treatment, HIV testing and counseling, family planning, adolescent health. strengthening service delivery projects; training; pre-service/inservice education; performance and quality improvement; monitoring and evaluation
  • Demonstrated experience with a mix of practical technical skills in HIV testing, prevention and care and treatment necessary for strengthening comprehensive, adolescent focused HIV service delivery at the regional, national, clinical and community-level
  • Demonstrated in-depth understanding of Namibia healthcare system, particularly the public health system, experience living and working in Namibia preferred
  • Familiarity with USG’s administrative, management and reporting procedures and systems
  • Proven track record managing a project team composed of several technical experts and fostering team work
  • Excellent diplomacy skills and a proven ability to establish and maintain interpersonal and professional relationships with USG, host-country counterparts and representatives from other key stakeholders such as NGOs, CSOs, and the private sector
  • Expertise in research to practice—identifying and adapting best practices to specific project contexts
  • Excellent verbal, written interpersonal and presentation skills in English
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Ability to travel nationally to project sites
  • Ability to travel internationally to present on project findings representing Jhpiego up to 30%


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