• Technical Director

    Location US-MD-Baltimore
    Posted Date 2 months ago(10/2/2018 1:30 PM)
    Job ID
    2018-3347
    Experience (Years)
    10
    Category
    US Based Positions
  • Overview

    The Technical Director will provide technical leadership and project oversight in the areas of HIV prevention, care and treatment to a global upcoming $300 million USAID-funded project. The Technical Director will provide technical assistance at Cross-national, national, provincial and district levels per request from USAID, as well as to implementing partners in the countries selected. This project aims to address prevention, care, and treatment gaps across the HIV and AIDS clinical cascade with a focus on key populations men, women, and families through technical assistance (TA) extension and field support; strengthening local response to the epidemic. The project will operate over a 5 year period.

     

    The position 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 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 USAID.

    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 USAID and the Governments of selected countries
    • Provide mentoring and capacity building at the individual and organizational level (i.e local CBOs, associations, networks, implementing partners), in specific areas of expertise including but not limited to:
    • HIV Prevention Services (DREAMS, VMMC, PrEP)
    • HIV Testing Services, including HIV self-testing, partner-notification testing, index testing (facility and community), retesting during pregnancy, provider-initiated testing and counseling, linkage to care and treatment and implementation/roll-out of recency testing
    • HIV Care and Treatment services, including viral load testing, adherence and retention and integration with TB
    • Targeting approaches for specific sub-populations (i.e. MSM, FSW, pregnant women, men, adolescents)
    • Provide technical assistance for conducting site assessments and strengthening referral systems, in-service and/or pre-service education, and supportive supervision
    • Coordinate advocacy, demand generation, and policy support, across project sites and with governments as required
    • Lead the formulation of innovative approaches for scale up of targeted evidence-based HIV approaches across the clinical cascade and with various sub-populations
    • Actively participate in relevant technical advisory/working groups and professional forums representing Jhpiego
    • Work with health care providers, local authorities, community members and project team members to identify service delivery issues that impede access to care and uptake of services across the clinical cascade
    • Identify and implement appropriate facility- and community-based strategies to address HIV prevention, care and treatment service delivery gaps
    • Identify training needs for clinical and community healthcare providers and assist in the design and implementation of measures to address those needs
    • 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 prevention, care and treatment to inform adjustments in project implementation
    • 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 prevention, care and treatment
    • 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 USAID 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 ministries of health in selected countries, USAID and other stakeholders to ensure timely implementation and compliance to the requirements and regulations of the award

    Required Qualifications

    • A Medical Degree (doctor or nursing), and Master of Public Health preferred
    • At least 10 years’ experience implementing and/or providing technical assistance in HIV prevention, care and treatment programs, with preferably 4 years providing technical assistance to local organizations
    • At least 10 years’ experience in implementing and/or providing technical assistance of $10 million per year in donor-funded projects and in the design and implementation of PEPFAR funded project in sub-Saharan Africa and/or Asia; preferably with at least one year providing technical assistance to a global project
    • Demonstrated experience training clinical and community-based healthcare workers on HIV prevention, care and treatment
    • Demonstrated experience providing capacity building assistance at individual and organizational levels, particularly to local implementing partners
    • 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; and building local organization capacity
    • Demonstrated experience with a mix of practical technical skills in HIV prevention, care and treatment necessary for strengthening service delivery at the regional, national, clinical and community-level
    • Experience with tools that enable real-time use of data for program decision making (i.e. GIS, CommCare)
    • Demonstrated in-depth understanding of PEPFAR-funded countries’ healthcare systems, particularly the public health system, experience living and working in PEPFAR-funded countries preferred
    • Familiarity with USAID’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 USAID, host-country counterparts and representatives from other key stakeholders such as other HIV-funding agencies (WHO, GFATM, BMGF, EJAF, etc), 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 one local PEPFAR-funded country language preferred
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
    • Ability to travel internationally and nationally to project sites

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