Associate, HIV Self-Screening

Country
South Africa
City
Pretoria
Type
Full Time
Program (Division)
Country Programs - Country Teams

Overview

Founded in 2002, by President William J. Clinton and Ira C. Magaziner, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. ("CHAI") is a global health organization committed to saving lives, reducing the burden of disease and strengthening integrated health systems in the developing world.

 

CHAI is currently expanding the focus of its HIV/AIDS access work and applying the techniques it has used successfully to improve access to HIV/AIDS and malaria treatment in developing countries to achieve the same for HIV Self-Screening. By the end of 2017, South Africa had an estimated 7.1 million people living with HIV (PLWH), with about 4.2 million of them already initiated on antiretroviral therapy (ART). Nearly 270,000 people in South Africa were newly infected in 2016, with a prevalence rate of approximately about 12.8% among the entire population. The UN set bold new targets, calling on the global community to ensure that by 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status, 90% of all people diagnosed with HIV will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy and 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have durable viral suppression. Gaps in knowledge of HIV status are often largest among young people and men. At the same time adolescent girls and young women are at unacceptable high risk of HIV infection. HIV Self Screening (HIVSS) plays an important role in accelerating progress in closing this testing gap through increased coverage and scale-up that can reach individuals with undiagnosed HIV and at high ongoing HIV risk.

 

In South Africa, CHAI is supporting the Department of Health in HIV programmes. The Associate will assist CHAI with the execution of HIV Self-Screening strategy development and implementation across the country. CHAI is seeking a dynamic, results-oriented individual with strong quantitative and analytical skills. Candidates must have excellent communication and writing skills, be able to function independently, be extremely self-motivated and have a strong commitment to excellence. The Associate will provide support both strategically and analytically.

 

The Associate will be based in Pretoria and will report to the HIV Self-Screening Programme Manager.

Responsibilities

  • Support development and management of HIV self-testing monitoring and evaluation (M&E) processes, including oversight of routine data collection, analysis, and reporting/presentation internally, to government and other partners, and donors
  • Support NDoH in all aspects of self-testing strategy and planning and implementation, including policy and guideline development and review
  • Engage with NDoH and other CHAI teams on related programmes and initiatives, as it relates to self-testing implementation
  • Support NDoH in the preparation of workplan(s) and budget(s) for self-testing implementation, including identification of funding gaps and additional resources via various modeling outputs
  • Participate in working group(s) to support evidence generation for implementation of self-testing among identified populations so that NDoH can make evidence-based decisions
  • Ensure that the annual CHAI work plan and all quarterly and routine reports are delivered on time and with high quality
  • Represent the programme in meetings and workshops
  • Perform other tasks as necessary

Qualifications

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree
  • A minimum of 3-5 years professional experience in a private or public sector setting with increasing levels of responsibility and experience
  • Strong analytical skills and technical proficiency with MS Excel and PowerPoint (analytical skills and proficiency levels will be evaluated during recruiting process)
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task, be effective in high-pressure situations and adapt to fast-paced and changing environments with a strong commitment to excellence, both internally and externally, and with limited structural support
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently on complex projects and solve challenging problems with limited structural or operational support
  • Strategically minded, able to think creatively around long-term programme objectives and the detailed steps necessary to achieve these goals
  • Excellent organisational and problem solving skills
  • Excellent verbal, visual and written communication skills
  • English language fluency, both written and verbal

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