Senior Technical Advisory Services - HIV Testing Services

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Category
Professional Services
Type
Regular Full-Time
Close Date
3/30/2018

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 Senior Technical Advisory Services - HIV Testing Services. The Senior Technical Advisor in this position will be the primary technical expert and point-of-contact for CDC/Namibia on all HIV Counselling and Testing Services (HTS) activities. This will require active participation in the development, modification, and/or adaptation of appropriate technical strategies and tailored approaches for improving access to HIV Testing Services. Such services include rapid HIV testing, Provider-Initiated Testing and Counselling (PITC), as well as Index-Partner Testing in medical settings, and facility- and community based HTS. The Senior Technical Advisor will make recommendations to the USG and Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) counterparts on approaches to enhancing and improving HTS to enable the 90:90:90 goals as per the National and UNAIDS strategy to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic by the end of 2030.

 

The Senior Technical Advisory Services - HIV Testing Services works in partnership with Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS), Directorate of Special Programmes (DSP) and other in-country CDC Supported partners (including community-based HTS partners) to assist with planning and implementation of CDC Namibia’s HTS programmatic activities. In addition, the Senior Technical Advisor serves as the technical lead for HTS activities within the MOHSS to establish priorities, policies and targeted strategic plans for HTS delivery.

Responsibilities

Leadership and Technical Assistance

  • Serve as the technical expert in HIV Testing Services methods, standards, protocols and national testing guidelines
  • Provide technical support on HTS issues at technical, policy and strategic planning meetings, including meetings with collaborators and donors.
  • Provide expert technical assistance and support to implementing partners in the development of HTS delivery (e.g. facilities, staffing, client confidentiality, reporting and record keeping procedures, outreach efforts etc.) as well as associated care and follow-up services
  • Assist in development and implementation of standard algorithms for rapid HIV resting and protocols for counselling individuals and couples receiving HIV testing services.
  • Ensure that counselling protocols include strong HIV prevention messages for both HIV-positive and HIV-negative clients. The incumbent will ensure that appropriate linkages and networks are established between CT services and other clinical services including ART, TB, STI, Family Planning and comprehensive HIV services.
  • Identify technical assistance needs and organize technical assistance visits from CDC DGHT HQ and/or other sources of technical assistance for implementing partners.
  • Foster collaborative working relationships with United Nations organizations such as UNCEF, WHO, UNFPA,UNAIDS and other international organizations working in Namibia
  • Responsible for writing the M&E section of the agency's annual submission for funding – Country Operational Plan.
  • Prepare and occasionally present briefings for Executive delegations, industry leaders and other high-level visitors; participate in making arrangements for visits and serve as spokesperson as required.
  • Recommend revisions to the M&E policies and guidelines (as needed).
  • Foster collaborative working relationships with the United Nations organizations such as UNICEF, WHO, UNFPA, UNAIDS and other international organizations working in Namibia.
  • Assist in the development of Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) targeted to PEPFAR implementing Partners

 

Strategic Planning, Program Management, and Evaluation

  • Assist MoHSS and collaborating partners through participation on technical working groups and committees, including but not limited to the Prevention Technical Working Group, Treatment Technical Advisory Committee and others to expand access to HTS services and assure that the current guidelines remain updated and maintained
  • Assist in the development of the annual PEPFAR Country Operational Plan (COP) and the quarterly PEPFAR Oversight Accountability Response Team (POART) reports
  • Supports the MoHSS and other in-country partners in implementing, monitoring and evaluating comprehensive counselling and testing services.
  • 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 initiate appropriate actions in consultation with the MOHSS, implementing partners and his/her supervisor.
  • Initiate and maintain collaborative relationships with other USG agencies, donors and partners working on HIV/AIDS in Namibia.
  • Work with Monitoring and Evaluation Staff to design and update various instruments for data collection and reporting to document progress. The incumbent designs and implements public health evaluations relating to counselling and testing as well as other HIV-related program activities (such as ART and HIV Drug Resistance Surveillance).

Staffing and Training

  • Participate in developing scopes of work for long- and short-term personnel needed to accomplish counselling and testing program activities.
  • Work with MoHSS HTS Program Unit and other HIV Program divisions to ensure training sessions for USG staff and implementing partners on issues related to the HTS program implementation
  • Arrange for MOHSS HTS staff to attend appropriate workshops, seminars, conferences and trainings to continuously enhance their skills and knowledge in planning and implanting HTS activities.

 

Scientific Research

  • Coordinate with other USG agencies and implementing partners to develop, oversee preparation of, and disseminate the results of evaluations of public health services, including demographic and health surveys, number receiving treatment, AIDS indicator surveys, behavior change surveillance, HIV Drug Resistance Surveillance etc.
  • Take the lead on additional research-related projects, such as study coordination and data analysis and interpretation, as assigned.

 

Advocacy and Dissemination of Counselling and testing Program Activity Information

  • Work with the USG, MoHSS and other relevant partner organizations to develop strategies to overcome barriers affecting the utilization of HIV Testing Services.
  • Support the dissemination of information on CT activities to assist program planning by host government ministries, other HIV/AIDS prevention and control organizations and to inform the public.
  • In collaboration with national counterparts and locally employed staff, writes reports and manuscripts relating to HTS and prepares presentations at national and international meetings
  • Assist the Ministry of Health (MOHSS) in preparing and disseminating white papers,
  • presentations and peer-reviewed journal articles as well as writing national policy documents.
  • Prepare verbal briefings, presentations and written reports for agency leadership and staff as well as other interested parties on the progress of Namibia's USG-funded HTS program activities.

Qualifications

  • Advanced Degree in Public Health or Epidemiology
  • 5-7 years of international experience with progressive responsibility in national HIV/AIDS programs in sub-Saharan Africa or comparable resource-limited settings.
  • Demonstrated experience in Monitoring and Evaluation, Surveillance, Surveys and Operational Research in the area of HIV/AIDS, including TB/HIV.
  • Experience with Cooperative Agreement Management.
  • Experience with PEPFAR programs, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Willingness and ability to effectively communicate in English {Speaking, Writing, and Reading) on a daily basis with various groups.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with technical and program management staff from Ministries of Health in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively on multi-disciplinary public health teams, particularly of USG agencies.
  • Demonstrated history of abstract presentation at international scientific conferences and manuscript publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

How to Apply

To apply for this position please follow the following steps:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Attach your resume.
  3. Click on the link: Biodata AID1420-17, fill out the form, sign it, and attach/upload it to your application. You may also include other documents such as cover letter and/or a work sample.
  4. Submit your application, resume, completed biodata, and any additional documents.

Please note that applications submitted by other means; or without resume and/or biodata will not be considered.

Only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls please.

 

Reasonable accommodation requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The QED Group, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply. AA//V/D.

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