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TESTING, CARE AND TREATMENT ASSISTANT-ID-13-9778

Luanda (Angola)

Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a global health nonprofit organization, uses proven approaches developed over 40 years to help leaders, health managers, and communities in developing nations build stronger health systems for greater health impact. We work to save lives by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. For more information please visit our website www.msh.org.

MSH Angola seeks to recruit highly-motivated and result-oriented individuals for a four-year LINKAGES Program which aims to accelerate the ability of governments, key populations (KPs), organizations and private sector providers to collaboratively plan, deliver, and optimize services that reduce HIV transmission among KPs - sex workers (SW), men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender (TG) persons and people who inject drugs (PWIDs) – and their sexual partners and extend life for those who are HIV-positive.

The Testing, Care and Treatment Technical Assistant will work as part of a team to ensure that CSO partners improve their ability to offer HIV counseling and testing regularly to KP members as well as link HIV+ patients to care and treatment. As part of the Testing, Care and Treatment technical team, the Assistant will contribute to ensuring national clinical standards are followed by teams and that they are knowledgeable and competent to offer clinical services in the community. MSH encourages former Sex Workers and members of the LGBTI community to apply.

Under the guidance of the Care and Positive Living Technical Officer, the Technical assistant will;

  • Assist in the development, implementation and monitoring of a differentiated model of care for KPs with staff and technical experts in line with the project work plan and their needs.

  • At the direction of the Testing, Care and Treatment Sr. Technical Advisor, contribute to the reproduction and utilization of tools and job aids in line with national protocols on how pre- and post-counseling linkage to care and treatment should be performed in the community.

  • Be a role model to CSO partners’ HTC counselors and peer navigator supervisors in providing supportive supervision to community teams during outreach and prevention activities at hot spots.

  • Work with the HIS and organizational development teams to conduct micro-planning and monitoring and evaluation of progress against targets among CSO community teams.

  • Contribute to organizing and ensuring CSO participation at case management meetings held at target ART facilities.

  • Support the organizing of advocacy meetings with the police and hot spot owners in order to avoid night arrests and work disruptions for community teams.

  • Support the organizing and record keeping of weekly peer navigator meetings to discuss cases needing linkage to treatment, clinical monitoring and viral load testing.

  • Assist in documenting project results and impacts in various forms, including interviewing peers, conducting client satisfaction surveys and contributing to regular quarterly and annual reporting.

  • Support the team with setting up logistics during proficiency testing meetings.

  • Provide support to HTC counselor supervisors at CSOs with proper biological waste disposal.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience

The ideal candidate should have Primary level schooling or the ability to read and write in Portuguese. S/he should possess the following;

  • At least one-year experience providing HIV counseling and testing (HTC) services to key populations in the community in Luanda province.
  • Demonstrated ability to respect the confidentiality of key populations (KPs) and colleagues in the program.
  • Demonstrated experience speaking in public on topics of KP needs HIV-related services and/or introducing the project to institutional stakeholders such as the National HIV and AIDS Institute (INLS) and provincial health office.

  • Desire to promote the human rights of female sex workers (FSWs), men who have sex with men (MSM) and Transgender (TG) individuals

  • Proven ability to manage and complete numerous tasks with a high degree of organization and limited resources.

  • Strong experience working with civil society organizations to plan and implement health-related activities.

  • Experience in proactively identifying risk, addressing issues, and appropriately communicating these to the project senior staff.

  • Remarkable experience in establishing strong working relationships with colleagues from different organizations and cultures.

The candidate will be articulate, professional, and able to communicate in a clear, positive manner; able to inspire peer educators; able to de-escalate conflicts among peers; able to work effectively, both independently and in a team unit; and possess basic abilities in the use of a computer and smart phone including surfing the web. Willingness and ability to travel within up to 50% of his/her time as required.

For further detail and to apply for the position, please visit the Employment Opportunities section of our website at www.jobs-msh.icims.com by November 10, 2017. If you cannot apply online, or have difficulty doing so, please email an explanation of your problem to iRecruiterproblem@msh.org. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: MSH - Management Sciences for Health
  • Location: Luanda (Angola)
  • Grade: Administrative Services and Support - Generally no need for Higher Education - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Administrative support
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2017-11-10

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