• VMMC Technical Advisor

    Location ET-Addis Ababa
    Posted Date 8 months ago(7/10/2018 10:26 AM)
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  • Overview


    The Technical Advisor will provide technical leadership and project oversight in the area of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) for a United States government (USG) PEPFAR funded project. The Technical Advisor will provide technical assistance to Ethiopia National Defense Force VMMC Sites and the Health Main Department and Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Department leadership. The program aims to reduce the number of new HIV infections and other sexually transmitted infections among members of the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF), their families, and the civilian communities served by the ENDF to increase the scale VMMC targeting 15 – 29 year olds. The project will operate over a four-year period.


    The position will operate under the leadership of the Program Director and Jhpiego’s senior management team, and will oversee and ensure the technical and methodological soundness of all project activities. In collaboration with project team and partners, the position will support the design and implementation of service delivery strategies based on scientific evidence


    This position is contingent upon award from USG/PEPFAR. Ethiopian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

    City location to be finalized upon award.


    • 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 supervisory systems needed for implementation of the Project to meet the needs of USG, the Ethiopia National Defense Force and the FMOH of Ethiopia
    • Provide mentoring and capacity building at the individual and organizational level in specific areas of expertise including but not limited to:
      • Ensure sufficient health care providers are trained in order to rapidly scale up quality VMMC services, including HTS and linkage to care.
      • Develop and Implement a quality assurance system that ensures the VMMC services provided under this project meet internationally recognized standards of quality.
      • Continuously monitor and manage the quality assurance of project
    • Provide technical assistance for conducting site assessments and strengthening referral systems, in-service and/or pre-service education, mentoring and supportive supervision.
    • Coordinate advocacy, demand generation, and policy support, across project sites as required.
    • Lead the formulation of innovative approaches for scale up of targeted VMMC services for both new recruits and active uncircumcised soldiers and their dependents.
    • Actively participate in national and/or ENDF VMMC technical working group, relevant advisory group and professional forums representing Jhpiego.
    • Work with the project team members, Health Main Department and Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Department of the ENDF and military VMMC providers, to identify clinical service delivery issues that impede access to care and uptake of comprehensive VMMC services.
    • Identify and implement appropriate facility- and department level strategies to address VMMC service delivery gaps.
    • Identify VMMC training needs of the new recruit training center and the respective command and division facilities and assist in the design and implementation of measures to address those needs.
    • Work closely with the Program Director on setting project priorities and directions, and responding to requests from USG, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Department and VMMC service providing sites.
    • Work with M&E staff to design, implement a plan to track data/results related to inform adjustments in project implementation.
    • Collaborate with all local stakeholders and implementing partners, especially the ENDF, USG and other 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 VMMC.
    • Author/co-author abstracts, presentations, and articles for journals and conferences.
    • Maintain excellent relationships with donor and in-country VMMC stakeholders and develop rapid responses.
    • Provide technical leadership to the development of the VMMC activities work plan and project monitoring, in close collaboration with ENDF, USG, and other stakeholders to ensure timely implementation and compliance to the requirements and regulations of the award.
    • Travel frequently to monitor VMMC activities to project sites and or regions.

    Required Qualifications

    • A Medical Degree (doctor, health officer or nursing), and Master of Public Health preferred.
    • Experience of at least five years’ in a clinical setting (especially in the operation theatre) and has some HIV prevention and control experience.
    • Demonstrated experience in providing clinical training, and VMMC training preferred.
    • Demonstrated experience providing capacity building assistance at individual and organizational levels.
    • Skilled in at least two or more of the following technical areas: strengthening service delivery projects; training; pre-service education; performance and quality improvement; monitoring and evaluation.
    • Demonstrated experience with a mix of practical technical skills in VMMC necessary for strengthening HIV service delivery at the regional, national, clinical and community-level.
    • Demonstrated in-depth understanding of Ethiopia’s healthcare system, particularly the public health system, experience living and working in Ethiopia preferred.
    • Familiarity with USG administrative, management and reporting procedures and systems.
    • Excellent diplomacy skills and a proven ability to establish and maintain interpersonal and professional relationships with ENDF, USG, DOD, FMOH and representatives from other key stakeholders.
    • Good problem solving skills
    • Ability to meet deadlines; work independently and cooperatively with team members.
    • Able to take initiative and work with minimal direct supervision.
    • Expertise in research to practice—identifying and adapting best practices to specific project contexts
    • Excellent verbal, written interpersonal and presentation skills in English and Amharic
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and use of internet.
    • Ability to travel nationally to project sites frequently


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