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Overview of Team:
Since 2002, CHAI has been a leader in expanding and accelerating access to HIV treatment, reducing the cost of drugs and diagnostic tests, and strengthening the capacity of governments to prevent and diagnose HIV and to initiate people living with HIV on life-saving treatment.
The Associate, HIV Testing Services (HTS), is a member of CHAI’s Global HIV Access Program, supporting the HTS team. The HTS program drives strategy development and execution of country and global activities to reach ambitious targets for identification of PLHIV and initiation on life-saving treatment. The global community faces the challenge of identifying, initiating, and retaining more than 7 million new people on treatment in the next few years. Identification and linkage are the primary limiting factors to ART scale-up. While current testing approaches have been effective at reaching certain populations, they are not reaching all those at risk and will not be sufficient to find the remaining PLHIV. National HIV programs need to be innovative to reach the populations being left behind within resource constrained environments. CHAI is supporting a comprehensive effort to support partner governments to address these challenges and reach their treatment scale-up targets.
Overview of Role:
This role will primarily support country-level implementation of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) funded grant Driving development of resilient and sustainable national HTS programs (Drive). Drive is a four-year grant, implemented in Malawi, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. It supports Ministries of Health to build stronger, more resilient, nationally owned HTS programs that have the capacity to develop, execute, and sustain evidence-based HTS strategies. CHAI works closely with Ministries and other partners to drive uptake of effective strategies, including innovative strategies like HIV self-testing, to find and link people living with HIV to care and to respond to an evolving epidemic.
As part of CHAI’s global HTS team, the Associate will work closely with the HTS Program Manager to support country teams in implementing this work, including technical and project management support. The Associate should have excellent problem solving and analytical skills and be able to work directly with country teams in driving quantitative and qualitative analyses. The Associate will need to build and maintain strong working relationships across CHAI country teams as well as with Ministries of Health and partners in country. This requires exceptional interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills. The Associate will also work with the Program Manager in supporting knowledge management, tracking progress against deliverables and objectives across program countries, and fulfilling grant reporting requirements.
Experience working and living in Eastern and Southern Africa will be an advantage. Knowledge of public health in low- and middle-income countries, in particular HIV and HIV testing, is preferred, but not required. There will be opportunity to grow in understanding of specific technical content. The ability to work in a fast-paced environment, balance competing priorities, and function independently are critical.
Program countries for the HIV Access team include Malawi, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Other countries in the region may be considered for a base location, pending country leadership approval.
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