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  • Pediatric Treatment & Adherence Advisor at HIFASS

  • Posted on: 25 April, 2019 Deadline: 3 May, 2019
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  • Health Initiatives for Safety and Stability in Africa (HIFASS), is a non-profit, non-governmental organization registered in 2007 with a core objective of expanding quality health care and treatment in Africa. HIFASS is committed to enhancing the quality of lives of the vulnerable population including women, children and disabled persons in Nigeria. We provide local driven solutions to advance better development outcome in health, education and other social services.

    HIFASS in partnership with other development organizations implement donor-funded community Orphans & Vulnerable Children (OVC) and Pediatric ART Saturation Support programs Cross River, Akwa Ibom & Kano States.

    Pediatric Treatment & Adherence Advisor

     

    Locations: Calabar, Akwa Ibom & Kano
    Report to: Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP)
    Job Type: Full Time
    Slot: 3 Openings

    Position Summary

    • Pediatric HIV Treatment & Adherence Advisor (PTAA) will report to the Deputy Chief of Party and will be responsible for leading the design and implementation of community service delivery components of the Pediatric ART Saturation Strategy (PASS).
    • He/she will lead the implementation of the program design to ensure quality service delivery consistent with the national and international standards and guidelines.
    • S/he will be the technical lead in care & treatment services for HIV infected and/or affected children, 0 - 17 years enrolled on the program.
    • S/he will lead in the use of household/community generated data for program improvement; promote shared learning and knowledge exchange of best practices and lessons learnt,
    • S/he will support all technical program staff and will manage any pediatric clinical and community related issues in the program.

    Principal Responsibilities

    • Lead technical design, oversight, and monitoring of activities for pediatric HIV prevention, care and treatment services in communities and household levels.
    • Provide technical leadership in the area of demand creation and service uptake for children (0 - 17 years) to maximize HIV testing and counselling services, create linkages and provide assisted referral services to health facilities.
    • Responsible for leading community engagement with Caregivers groups, households, CLHIV, support groups, religious leaders, spiritual homes, youth organizations, households and involvement of males, to expand knowledge on HIV and referral for treatment and care services in facilities.
    • Responsible for strengthening community and health facility linkages among Children Living with HIV (CLHIV) to optimize ARl eligibility and retention in care and treatment.
    • Regular case management review of CLHIV including viral load monitoring, to ensure viral suppression.
    • Contribute detailed and accurate technical deliverables and reports to PASS and OVC care and support services that fulfil USAID reporting requirements.
    • Supervise teams of community case managers and contribute to implementation of annual program work plan and expected deliverables.

    Minimum Requirements

    • First degree in Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing or Public health is required. Postgraduate degree in Epidemiology, Public/Community Health, Health Management and/or a related discipline will be added advantage.
    • At least five years working experience in the designing and implementing Public Health programs especially HIV/AIDS, TB and Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH) within the local context of Nigeria. In- depth technical knowledge and experience in all components of HIV/AIDS program including Prevention, Treatment, Care & Support, TB, TB/HI V, OVCs are desirable.
    • Experience with the current PEPFAR goal of 95.95.95 as it relates to CLHIV and OVC programs is required.
    • Significant experience in relevant program management or technical advisory roles in complex health projects in Nigeria.
    • Knowledge of community-level challenges impacting care and treatment delivery. Previous experience working with community based care givers and community support groups.
    • Demonstrated ability to design and implement strategies that employ evidence-based approaches to meet project targets, especially under rigorous timelines.
    • Must have experience working and collaborating with diverse sets of stakeholders, such as local and international NGOs, government officials and USAID Nigeria.
    • Proven leadership, inter-personal and cross-cultural skills, and ability to build and motivate diverse teams.
    • Excellent English oral and written communication skills.
    • Proficiency in donor-funded report writing skills is required.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified candidates should send their Curriculum Vitae and Cover Letter in only one attachment (PDF Format), explaining suitability for the job to: hifass_lopin3@hifass-hfi.org Please indicate the title of the position and choice of location as the subject of the mail.

    Note

    • Only shortlisted applicant will be invited for interview
    • HIFASS will not cover any cost for invited shortlisted candidates.

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