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  • Posted: Mar 22, 2022
    Deadline: Apr 5, 2022
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    Senior Advisor - HIV Prevention

    Reports To: State Team Lead
    Career Category: Program/Project Management
    Theme: HIV/Aids

    Position Overview

    • Senior Advisor- HIV Prevention will be responsible for developing and leading the overall prevention strategies and monitoring the implementation of the integrated prevention services to drive saturation and epidemic control in Niger and Kwara in line with national requirements and standards.
    • This position 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.

    Responsibilities

    • Provide overall strategic guidance to ACE case finding and PrEP optimization efforts as well as drive strategies that will expedite saturation and epidemic control across supported states, optimizing and integrating prevention services with collaboration with treatment and care services.
    • Support capacity building and coordination of National and State- level recency surveillance response in collaboration with National and state response teams to ensure timely collaborative intervention.
    • Organize, promote and facilitate Quality Improvements (QI) on PrEP activities and research as well as work with individuals to assess needs, develop care plans and coordinate PrEP-related services through advocacy, education, support, empowerment and coaching.
    • Support training facilitation of health care providers on cervical cancer prevention program and to build the capacity of the health facility staffs to ensure the necessary equipment and supplies are available;
    • Lead in the coordination of both facility and community-based HTS for the target population of interest with critical consideration for state peculiarities.
    • Work to establish and strengthen effective referral linkage between community outreach services and care and treatment facilities.
    • Collaborate with reference laboratories to implement proficiency testing and other diagnostic quality assurance.
    • Liaise with State Supply chain unit to ensure PrEP/RTK/consumable Stock availability and re-distribution with demands and Saturation.
    • Assist in developing M&E tools related to HIV testing and other diagnostic services of the project at different levels.
    • Produce and ensure timely submission of monthly program activity and M&E reports to the M&E unit of the project.
    • S/he provides HIV testing to priority populations according to the national HIV testing protocols and guidelines
    • Participate in joint HTS supportive supervision visits together with the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders
    • S/he establishes and strengthens good working relationships with other implementing partners and stakeholders.
    • S/he ensures that HIV testing quality assurance practices are always performed at all times according to the national requirements.
    • Conduct monthly HTS data analysis and compile timely reports to ensure real-time data use for decision making at facility level and progress towards project targets.
    • Conduct ongoing training needs assessment and facilitation of the various HTS training
    • Develop and monitor the implementation of the capacity building plan (in terms of training, mentorship and coaching) at supported health facilities
    • Ensure facilities do have adequate HTS Standard Operating procedures and algorithms
    • Document successes, lessons learned, and challenges in implementation through routine monthly, quarterly, and/or annual reports to Jhpiego and the donor, and other reporting requirements as requested.

    Required Qualifications / Experience

    • Ten(10) years of international experience with progressive responsibility in national HIV/AIDS programs.
    • Experience in design and implementation of monitoring, evaluation and research of international experience with progressive responsibility in national HIV/AIDS programs.
    • Experience in driving SURGE-level access to HTS including rapid HIV testing, “provider-initiated” testing and testing (PITC) in medical settings, and facility- and community-based HTS, including targeted index testing, HIV Self Testing and recency testing.
    • Ability to work with technical and program management staff from Ministries of Health. Ability to work effectively on multi-disciplinary public health teams, particularly of USG agencies.
    • Advanced computer skills in Excel, Word processing, Database management, SPSS or other statistical packages
    • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills.
    • Good strategic and analytical thinking and ability to interpret public health and epidemiological data
    • Demonstrated experience working with USAID/PEPFAR programs
    • Computer proficient skills in Excel, Word processing.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified candidates should send their updated CV to: ng-recruitment@jhpiego.org using the job title and Location as the subject of the email.

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