The Care and Treatment Lead will responsible for provide strategic leadership and technical direction of a five-year CDC-funded HIV care and treatment project in South Sudan. This project aims to support the Republic of South Sudan (RSS) to provide quality HIV prevention, care and treatment and viral load services for families and other high-impact populations, supporting the MOH in strengthening the availability of sustainable and qualified RSS workforce, towards achievement of HIV epidemic control by 2030 in provinces where CDC is the primary clinical support partner. It will focus on expanding HTS through high yield testing approaches, improving access to ART services for PBFW, their partners, and children, strengthening pediatric HIV testing, care and treatment, and VLC within a family-centered approach, and advancing the development of a sustainable infrastructure for RSS’s workforce.
The Care and Treatment Lead will provide technical guidance in the development and implementation of comprehensive and evidence-based prevention, care, support and treatment services within HIV and TB facilities and communities. This position will provide guidance in the achievement of all project objectives, and in collaboration with the project team, MoH and stakeholders, communities and partners.
This position is contingent upon award from CDC. South Sudanese nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Leads the project’s care and treatment portfolio, collaborating with the RSS, CDC, implementing partners, CSOs and other key stakeholders
- Supports the Project Director in establishing relationships and working closely with senior level counterparts in the MOH and other government and non-governmental partners to advance care and treatment in the implementation focal counties and the health facilities and drop-in centers
- Ensures that the Project’s care and treatment are evidence-based, KP friendly and meet PEPFAR’s minimal requirements including, tuberculosis screening and prevention
- Trains, mentors and supervises Sr Technical Officers, Technical Officers, healthcare providers, peer navigators/educators, County-based health staff to address their attitudes and beliefs towards KPs, as well as improve the capacity of CSOs, providers and County staff to deliver care and treatment services
- Leads the operationalization of the 2020 comprehensive guidelines in the project supported sites
- Leads the design, piloting and implementation of PEPFAR minimum program requirements in-regards to HIV continuum of care including targeted HTS & linkage, same day ART initiation, differentiated service delivery approaches, TLD transition & optimized pediatric regimens, advance HIV disease, viral load monitoring, KP friendly services, and community-based initiation and distribution of ARVs, including MMD
- Leads design and implementation of strategies to support treatment continuation for targeted key populations meeting their needs
- Coordinates assessments, site strengthening, follow-up and supervision, advocacy, demand creation, policy support, capacity-building and SI across program sites as required by program activities
- Works with Monitoring and Evaluation (SI) staff to develop SI frameworks and use regularly data to guide program implementation, course correction and effectively track data/results
- Assists in the identification and dissemination of best practices and new technical strategies and approaches
- Provides technical input during the development of project work-plans, long-term strategies and reporting
- Represents the project in national and international technical, policy, management and strategic working groups and other platforms
- Provides technical leadership to revise or adapt job aids, SOPs, literacy materials and documents in the areas of HIV/AIDS care and treatment
- Assists with coordinating the necessary technical input from partners required for key activities and work closely with external stakeholders, consultants and experts as required to ensure that the continuum of prevention and care is strengthened
- Cultivates strategic relationships and alliances with other PEPFAR and GF partners
- Provides technical assistance on care and treatment to the various technical working groups at national level
- Ensures the dissemination of national policies, standards and guidelines on HIV programming
- Provides training, follow-up support and support supervision as necessary for activities
- Contributes to annual work planning
- Contributes/coordinates with project’s SI activities to ensure that the project meets set targets in accordance with national and PEPFAR standards
- Works with Strategic Information team to ensure quality and verified data
- Works collaboratively with other project team members to ensure necessary project planning, development, resource availability and management activities function smoothly and efficiently
- Promotes and supports the dissemination of project and country level best practices and lessons learned among the project team, key stakeholders (including the South Sudan AIDS Commission (SSAC) ), local partners, and PEPFAR collaborators
- Participates as requested in final review of technical and programmatic portions of documents
- Writes, co-authors and supports the documentation of project results in international conferences and through peer-reviewed journals and publications
- Motivates and mentors assigned staff and consultants
- Assists with identification of professional development needs for technical staff in the field
- Performs other duties are required by the project
- Supervise technical staff
- Manage technical contributions of sub-grantees, including providing scopes of work
- Maintain excellent relationships with MOH, CDC and in-country stakeholders and develop rapid responses to CDC/DC and Mission requests
- Work with partners and consultants as required
- Work closely with the PI on setting program priorities and directions, and responding to requests for support from local counterparts
- Work with Strategic Information Director and team, to design and implement a plan to track data/results at site, district and region level and monitor progress towards project targets and deliverables
- Provide technical leadership to the development of the project strategic plan, work plan, and program monitoring, in close collaboration with the MOH, CDC, and other stakeholders
- Ensure timely implementation of all program inputs including planning and implementing assessments, site strengthening, follow-up and supervision, advocacy, demand creation, policy support, capacity-building and M&E across program sites, in close collaboration with CDC, the MOH, and relevant stakeholders
- Assist in the preparation of donor reports and project reports, including technical reports and expenditure reports
- Oversee data collection, analysis and development of conclusions and recommendations to further strengthen program implementation
- Ensure availability of resources/facilitate the procurement of equipment and supplies required for project implementation
- Coordinate and monitor the efficiency and effectiveness of the work of short-term consultants as required.
- Holds a health degree (doctor, clinical officer or nurse)
- At least 3-4 years demonstrated experience working in one or more areas of HIV programming including: HIV counselling and testing including index testing, self-testing, PrEP, HIV care and treatment (required), linkage case management, PMTCT, TB/HIV, lab support or other applicable area.
- Strong skills in data use and interpretation
- Ability to perform at a senior policy level
- Demonstrated experience at a senior level participating or advising in high level MOH meetings/discussions/boards
- Demonstrated ability in monitoring similar programs and interpreting and utilizing national level data
- Experience leading and supervising teams and staff.
- Strong oral and written skills in English
- Demonstrated in-depth understanding of the South Sudan healthcare system or a similar context, particularly the public health system,
- Experience liaising with NGOs, FBOs, CBOs, the for-profit business community, and senior members of the donor community
- Proven track record managing a project team composed of several technical experts and fostering team work
- Ability to coach, mentor and develop technical capacity in national programs and technical staff in the areas
- Experience in providing technical support to a HIV prevention, HTS and care and treatment portfolio, including provision of clinical services (HIV/AIDS, PrEP, HTS, ART, PMTCT)
- Proven leadership skills, as well as skills in training, facilitation, team building and coordination
- Experience in managing a team of two (2) or more professional staff
- Excellent grasp of clinical issues and current literature on HIV/AIDS and TB
- Strong change management, results-oriented and decision-making skills
- Strong leadership and technical capacity to support service delivery, especially at the community level
- Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple tasks, short deadlines and intense pressure to perform
- Demonstrated in-depth understanding of South Sudan healthcare system, particularly the public health system, experience
- Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills in English
- Experience and understanding of PEPFAR-funded programs
- Experience in planning, developing, implementing and evaluating HIV public health programs
- Ability to travel nationally and internationally up to 40% of the time…
- Post-graduate degree in public health desirable
- At least 5 years demonstrated experience working in one or more areas of HIV programming including: HIV counselling and testing including index testing, self-testing, PrEP, HIV care and treatment (required), linkage case management, PMTCT, TB/HIV, lab support or other applicable area.
- Experience living and working in South Sudan preferred
- Familiarity with CDC or other USG administrative, management and reporting procedures and systems preferred
Jhpiego offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive employee benefits package.
Applicants must submit a single document for upload to include: cover letter, resume, and references.
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