• Technical Advisor, HIV Testing Services

    Location ZA
    Posted Date 1 week ago(5/17/2018 11:38 AM)
    Job ID
    2018-3190
    Category
    International Positions
  • Overview

    Technical Advisor, HIV Testing Services (HTS), will provide technical leadership and project oversight in the areas of HIV testing and linkage to care and treatment for clients testing HIV-positive under a U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC)-funded voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) project in South Africa. The project aims to make VMMC available to males aged 10-34 in KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape provinces in South Africa, and in alignment with local, provincial, and international normative standards, to ensure that all clients receiving HIV positive test results are offered immediate linkage to enrollment in care and treatment, as well as index testing of partners and family members, and that those lost to follow-up are routinely re-engaged. This position will also lead an initiative to strengthen HTS and linkage in VMMC services in selected districts.  Technical Advisor will operate under the leadership of the Project Director and Jhpiego’s senior management team, and will oversee and ensure the technical and methodological soundness of all HTS and linkage under the VMMC project. In collaboration with project team and partners, including CDC, the National/Provincial Departments of Health (N/PDOH), and District Health Management Teams (DHMTs), the position will support the design and implementation of service delivery strategies based on scientific evidence.  

     

     

     

    Responsibilities

    • Provide technical oversight, strategic direction and definition of appropriate project activities

    • Establish and implement a system to ensure technical quality of project activities
    • Develop and/or update evidence-based training materials, standards, job aids, and curricula, supervisory systems needed for implementation of the project to meet the needs of CDC and the Government of South Africa
    • Develop and/or update evidence-based training materials, quality standards, job aids, curricula, and other management systems needed for implementation of the project to meet the needs of USG, N/PDOH, DHMTs, and the Government of South Africa
    • Provide mentoring and capacity building at the individual and organizational level in specific areas of expertise including but not limited to:

      • Provision of quality HTS in accordance with national and international standards
      • Targeted index case HTS strategies (e.g., partner notification, self-testing)
      • Establishment and implementation of linkage and referral systems between health facilities, and between facilities and communities
      • Linkages between HTS and HIV prevention services, including VMMC and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)
      • Linkages between HTS and HIV care and treatment services, including antiretroviral therapy (ART) services
      • Monitoring and evaluation of HTS and prevention services
    • Provide intensive technical assistance for site assessments, site strengthening, referral systems strengthening, in-service education, and supportive supervision as required
    • Lead an initiative to strengthen HTS and linkage in VMMC services in selected districts in collaboration with other partners.
    • Coordinate “above site” policy support as required
    • Lead the formulation of innovative approaches for scale up of targeted HTS services and linking newly diagnosed HIV-positive persons with HIV care and treatment
    • Implement linkage case management model and community case management for HIV-positive VMMC clients, their partners, and their families
    • Strengthen facility-community linkages through engagement with CSOs, community health workers (CHWs), administrative community structures, and government organizational structures.
    • Conduct mapping exercises to identify referral services, including health facilities, social support services, nutritional support services and religious or other counseling/support.
    • Actively participate in relevant technical advisory/working groups, and represent Jhpiego in professional forums by participating and presenting in pertinent meetings and conferences
    • Work with health care providers, local authorities, community members and project team members to identify clinical and community-based service delivery issues that impede access to and uptake of services
    • Identify and implement appropriate facility- and community-based strategies to address service delivery gaps in HTS and linkage to HIV prevention, care, and treatment services
    • Identify training needs for clinical and community healthcare providers and assist in the design and implementation of measures to address those needs
    • Analyze potential HTS strategies and data within the context of the project to create buy-in, as necessary, to policymakers, funding agencies, project staff, and health institutions
    • Work closely with the Project Director 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 and linkage to inform adjustments in project implementation
    • Review project data regularly, in collaboration with M&E and other technical staff, and make adjustments to project directions as needed
    • 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 HTS and linkage with HIV prevention, care, and treatment services
    • Author/co-author abstracts, presentations, and articles for journals and conferences, as appropriate
    • Maintain excellent relationships with CDC and in-country stakeholders and develop rapid responses

     

    Required Qualifications

    • BA in clinical or social science field is required; Master of Public Health or a Medical Degree (doctor or nursing) is preferred
    • 5+ years’ experience implementing and/or providing technical assistance in HIV Testing
    • 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 South Africa
    • Demonstrated experience training clinical and community-based healthcare workers on HIV prevention, care and/or treatment, particularly HTS
    • Demonstrated experience providing capacity building assistance at individual and organizational levels
    • Demonstrated experience and practical technical skills in HIV testing services necessary for strengthening HIV care and treatment service delivery at the national, provincial, clinical and community-level
    • Skilled in at least two or more of the following technical areas: VMMC; strengthening service delivery projects; training; performance and quality improvement
    • Demonstrated in-depth understanding of South Africa healthcare system, particularly the public health system
    • Familiarity with CDC’s administrative, management and reporting procedures and systems
    • Excellent diplomacy skills and a proven ability to establish and maintain interpersonal and professional relationships with CDC, 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 and IsiZulu
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
    • Ability to travel nationally to project sites and other relevant meetings

     

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