Project Name: Achieving & Maintaining Epidemic Control through Comprehensive HIV PCT Services in DRC
Type: Regular/Full Time
Reports to: HIV Service Delivery Lead
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The CDC-funded Achieving and Maintaining Epidemic Control through Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Prevention, Care and Treatment Services in the Kinshasa Region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) under the Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) project will work to increase population access to comprehensive HIV/AIDS services in order to decrease HIV/AIDS associated morbidity and mortality and contribute to successful epidemic control in the Kinshasa Region of the DRC. The project will focus on expanding existing prevention interventions, including prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV and HIV prevention among key populations; care and treatment (C&T), including TB/HIV and sexual and gender-based violence services; HIV laboratory and related diagnostic services; and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and quality improvement (QI) activities.
The Counseling & Testing Lead will work to achieve primary prevention of HIV infection through activities such as expanding confidential counseling and testing programs linked with evidence based behavioral change and building programs to reduce mother-to-child transmission. S/he will assist with rapid scale-up. Recruitment is contingent upon successful award of the project and the selection of final applicant is subject to CDC approval.
- Strengthen the disclosure and counseling in males and adolescents;
- Lead the discussion on providing family planning acceptors comprehensive information about the health benefits and risks of chosen methods, including providing information in accordance with medical practices and standards and health conditions specific to the DRC;
- Oversee methods for implementing counseling delivery, including sessions, brochures, posters, and package inserts;
- Coordinate linkages between community stakeholders and healthcare workers to increase the counseling services and testing program utilization for TB, HIV, and sexual and gender-based violence services;
- Assist in the development of clinical and programmatic standards and procedures for HIV and HIV/TB programs integrated health services, as related to the expansion of confidential counseling;
- Design and implement behavior change communication strategy, from design, provision of training and technical assistance to support behavior change interventions;
- Assist facility and sub-district level HIV and TB/HIV teams in developing communication and monitoring strategies to improve the quality and compliance with the implementation of the various strategies to improve provider compliance and patient adherence with treatment regimens;
- Work closely with other partners working on expanding confidential counseling and testing programs within HIV and TB/HIV programs including other PEPFAR partners;
- Support the development of Policies and Guidelines for the implementation of HIV and TB/HIV activities;
- Support the monitoring and evaluation of all HIV and TB/HIV programs related activities;
- Supervise and manage health officers; and
- Any other duties as assigned
Required Experience & Qualifications:
- Minimum of a Masters degree in Public Health, Nursing or related field; OR a Bachelors degree in a similar field to those mentioned above and a minimum of 10 years of professional work experience in the field of Public health and HIV;
- Minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in technically designing and managing programs related to key populations and HIV testing, and counseling, preferably in West Africa;
- A minimum of five (5) years of experience in providing technical contributions to a PEPFAR-funded activity, including program planning, implementation, data use, monitoring and reporting;
- Demonstrated experience in behavior change communication strategy, from design, provision of training and technical assistance, to monitoring and evaluation;
- Demonstrated experience in public awareness and community-based dialogue, mobilization, and campaigns addressing HIV testing and counseling, preferably in West Africa;
- Experience demonstrating organizational capacity to address the requirements in the following areas:
- Capacity in West Africa to ensure VL scale up
- Experience in rapid scale-up in C&T service delivery;
- Demonstrated ability through previous experience leading a technical activity through evidence and data driven decision making;
- Demonstrated experience in designing and implementing family-centered and community-based HIV and TB/HIV programs services
- Experience and knowledge of CDC or other international donor policies and procedures and management of donor funding and projects; and
- Fluency in English and French is essential.
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