Medical Advisory Services-Prevention of Mother To Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV

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Category
Professional Services
Type
Regular Full-Time
Close Date
3/31/2018

Overview

The QED Group, LLC, is a full-service international consulting firm committed to solving complex global challenges through innovative solutions. We are determined to provide all our clients with best-value services so they increase their efficiency, learning capacity, and accountability to the public in an ever more complex and interconnected world. Through Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning and Knowledge Management practice areas, QED is working to maximize our clients' return on investment through accountability, continuous learning, and sound management.

 

The QED Group is seeking a Medical Advisory Services - Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) to provide high-quality technical assistance to the United States Government (USG) PEPFAR country team, the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS), technical workgroups, implementing partners, and Government of Namibia counterparts to ensure that the portfolio of program activities contributes to
the national HIV/AIDS strategic goals and targets.  The technical advisor assists MoHSS move toward the elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV, continuous improvement of HIV care, life-long treatment services and prevention of HIV among mothers and their HIV exposed infants. Technical Advisor will also provide technical assistance to the MoHSS and the PEPFAR Namibia Team for primary health care activities that improve Maternal and Child Health.

Responsibilities

  • Serves as a technical expert to senior and mid-level host government ministry officials, Global
    Fund partners, international and non-governmental organizations to coordinate outreach that raises
    awareness among civic and social organizations of HIV/AIDS issues and prevention programs
    available.
  • Provides technical assistance to ensure that PMTCT and primary health care activities are based
    on the latest, relevant science and that scientific knowledge is translated into guidelines, practices and
    program change.
  • Collaborates with external organizations engaged in related public health programs to
    adopt appropriate strategies for their program activities.
  • Supports the development of specific agency program goals and objectives for PMTCT and
    related health care initiatives. Incumbent prepares directives, memoranda, policy statements and
    proposals to introduce new initiatives and to recommend effective operations consistent with strategic
    objectives of the USG, CDC and MOHSS.
  • Ensures that agency PMTCT-supported activities conform to international and national guidelines
    and agency technical strategies concerning all aspects of PMTCT, including integration of PMTCT
    within existing public health programs, including Maternal and Child Health (MCH) and Reproductive
    Health services; ensures integration of PMTCT services in maternity settings, and the promotion of a
    family-based approach to service provision.
  • Fosters collaborative working relationships with the United Nations organizations such as UNICEF,
    WHO, UNFPA, UNAIDS and other international organizations working in Namibia.
    Strategic Planning, Program Management, and Evaluation.
  • Plans, coordinates, organizes, implements, and evaluates CDC Namibia public health program
    activities for PMTCT and assist in the development of the country operational plan (COP).
  • Serves as a consultant and advisor to host government and other national and international incountry
    partners in matters related to national activities aimed at preventing mother-to-child
    transmission of HIV.
  • Enhances collaboration between PMTCT and other relevant technical areas. These include
    but are not limited to: care and treatment (adult and pediatric), nutrition, laboratory, family planning
    and HIV Counseling and Testing (HCT) to ensure that collaborative service delivery networks
    include PMTCT.
  • Ensures data integrity and security of information specific to PMTCT data collection that
    may relate to HIV/AIDS infection (particularly as related to named individuals).
  • Works closely with CDC Namibia and MOHSS monitoring and evaluation staff to develop
    and implement evaluation of PMTCT services and to ensure that all necessary PEPFAR reporting
    with regards to PMTCT and EID indicators is complete, on time, and of highest quality.
  • In collaboration with CDC-technical leads and program managers in each partner organization,
    conduct site visits to monitor progress, outcome, and impact of HIV/AIDS activities; identify
    implementation achievements and challenges; and initiates appropriate actions in consultation with the
    Ministry of Health, implementing partners, and his/her supervisor.
  • Collaborates with the MoHSS and other associated ministries, obstetrics and gynecological
    hospitals, and provincial public health officials in developing health educational materials including
    pamphlets, brochures, and videos designed to raise awareness and foster increasing interest among
    women in participating in the PMTCT and related primary health care programs.
  • Responds to requests from NGOs, health care organizations and medical professionals for
    information and technical assistance on public health strategies for AIDS programmes and related
    public health care strategies and facilitates formal training within this context at the national and
    regional level.
  • Leads the dissemination of updated information on prevention measures for mother-to-child
    transmission by conducting informational briefings, facilitating regular seminars and symposia for
    staff, health care providers, and collaborators on PMTCT programs.
  • Provides regular and frequent oral and written reports to the country director, inter-agency USG
    committees and other interested parties on the progress of specific PMTCT and related program activities.
  • Summarizes, and writes up findings of research and other PMTCT program findings to be used
    for reports, proposals, publications and presentations at national and international meetings.
  • Provides advice and recommendations to chief of section and other agencies.
  • Provides advice and recommendations to chiefs of sections and other agency officials in
    interpreting data on health objectives and indicators related to HIV/AIDS, PMTCT and other public
    health programs.
  • Completes special projects as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Medical Degree from accredited institutions and 5 years of HIV/AIDs programmatic experience at country level with progressive responsibilities.
  • 5 or more years’ experience with international organization providing technical assistance to multiple countries including countries in Southern or Eastern Africa.
  • Willingness and Ability to effectively communicate in English (Reading, Writing, and Speaking) on a daily basis.

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