• Senior Program Officer, Pediatric and Adolescent HIV

    Country
    Zambia
    City
    Lusaka
    Type
    Full Time
    Program (Division)
    Country Programs - Country Teams
  • Overview

    The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org

     

    Since 2015, CHAI has been is supporting the Government of Zambia (GRZ) in closing the HIV treatment gap for infants and children with funding from the ELMA Foundation. The Pediatric HIV program is supporting the Ministry of Health to achieve the UNAIDS 90/90/90 goals on HIV for the pediatric population by working in target priority facilities to institutionalize proven testing strategies, establish strong linkage to care systems and identifying effective strategies to improve pediatric retention and viral suppression.

    To supplement efforts in addressing the key gaps in the Child and Adolescent HIV treatment cascade and catalyze more rapid progress towards the 90-90-90 targets, CHAI with supplementary funding from a consortium of parts will be implementing the “Faith-Based Action for Scaling up Testing and Treatment for the Epidemic Response” (FASTER)initiative. Under the FASTER, program CHAI will leverage on the successes of the current pediatric HIV program, its close and longstanding relationship with the Zambia Ministry of Health and global expertise to work closely with the Ministry and in-country implementing partners in accelerating progress towards the 90-90-90 targets utilizing ‘smart’ strategies for scale-up of child and adolescent HIV care and treatment services for Zambia.

     

    CHAI seeks a full-time Senior Program Officer, Pediatric and Adolescent HIV, to work with the broader FASTER Initiative team to be based in Lusaka, Zambia.

     

    Organizational Setting: The Senior Program Officer, Pediatric and Adolescent HIV will work under the direct supervision of the Program Manager, Pediatric HIV.

    Responsibilities

    • Assist in the programmatic design of strategies to scale up pediatric and adolescent HIV case identification, linkage to ART and retention
    • Support pediatric and adolescent ART implementation activities including trainings, supervision, quality assessments and mentoring at selected facilities.
    • Develop and implement effective interventions for pediatric and adolescent HIV care scale up,.
    • Identify and suggest interventions to overcome any remaining bottlenecks to optimal implementation of pediatric and adolescent HIV interventions.
    • Lead the process to develop content, design and scale up of job aids designed to assist MOH staff to operationalize guidelines on adolescent and pediatric HIV and associated services
    • Provide implementation support and technical guidance to MoH national and subnational teams for efficient operationalization of HIV and adolescent guidelines and policies.
    • Drafting of policy briefs or implementation plans to outline scale up of workable pediatric and adolescent interventions
    • Contribute to program monitoring, evaluation and assessment of program impact
    • Participate in proposal development and other fundraising processes for follow on funds for the FASTER program.
    • Lead efforts to ensure that pediatric and adolescent strategies prioritized in the FASTER program are achieved and monitored as necessary
    • Under the leadership of the Program Manager, maintain communication with eMTCT/Peds global team and contribute to global project reporting as necessary
    • Provide support to the HIV program team to ensure that the objectives and deliverables of the CHAI Zambia Pediatric HIV Program are met
    • Meet all CHAI internal reporting requirements
    • Perform any other duties as assigned by senior leadership

    Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s Degree in social sciences or public health
    • Minimum of three years’ work experience in public health
    • Project management experience, including
    • Experience working in diverse teams, managing budgets and financial reporting, engaging in procurement processes, and effective work planning
    • Proven ability to operate independently, multitasking, setting and achieving ambitious targets with limited guidance
    • Able to develop planning tools such as budgets, gant-charts, and work plans
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and strong interpersonal capabilities
    • Strong analytical skills (quantitative and qualitative) and proficiency with MS Word, Excel, and PowerPointAbility to coordinate meetings, meet deadlines, generate data driven reports and work in a fast-paced environment with maximum efficiency and impact
    • Flexible and willing to travel as required
    • Knowledge and/or experience of the health sector in Zambia in general, is an added advantage

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