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Consultant - Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (EMTCT); Paediatric and adolescent HIV & TB care services

Pretoria (South Africa)

Provide support to management of Strategic Information (SI) and monitoring for Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (EMTCT); Paediatric and adolescent HIV & TB care services

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Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

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Background

UNICEF worked with National Department of Health (NDOH) and relevant partners to review of routine programme and national laboratory data which showed that about 60% of HIV infections in children were coming from 14 districts (out of 52) in the country, across seven out of the nine provinces. UNICEF also worked with NDOH and relevant partners to develop a 5-year national "last mile" plan towards elimination of MTCT in South Africa, in line with the new 5-year National Strategic Plan (NSP) for HIV, TB and STIs. Among other things the plan aims to pay more attention (monitoring implementation and performance) to the high transmission districts (focus for impact) and at the same time monitoring the rest of the districts.

Scope of work - Tasks

  1. Assist to collate, analyse and report Strategic information (from DHIS, Laboratory, TIER.Net, ETR.Net, existing survey and study reports) for the purposes of monitoring national and district level EMTCT, paediatric and adolescent HIV / TB programme performance and supporting evidence based planning (quarterly in the 14 priority districts; and biannually for all the 52 districts)
  2. Assist to collate, analyse and report relevant strategic information on MNCH and SRH programme indicators directly linked to EMTCT, paediatric and adolescent HIV & TB programme priorities
  3. Assist with field monitoring and implementation of District Plans (focus on EMTCT, paediatric and adolescent HIV & TB) as well as building capacity of district teams to improve quality of programmatic data including analysis and reporting focusing in the 14 priority districts; documenting and reporting best practices and lessons learnt in data quality improvement
  4. Assist DOH, UNICEF and partners to design tools and roll out the cohort monitoring system to support longitudinal tracking of mothers and children including adolescent girls and young women on HIV

Desired competencies, technical background and experience

The applicant must have;

  1. EducationAn individual with any of the following - postgraduate degree in epidemiology, biostatics, public health, social and allied sciences
  2. Work Experience: a minimum of five years' experience in the public health sector.
  3. Competencies: The individual must have demonstrated ability, understanding and experience in managing complex Strategic Information for HIV, TB, SRH and MNCH. An understanding of the South African public health system, the different levels of health care service delivery, as well as prior experience with developing, implementing and monitoring results driven frameworks for public health programmes is required.  Experience in working with the South African Departments of Health (national, province and district) and close partners is an asset.
  4. Languages needed: English. Working knowledge of the languages spoken in South Africa is an added advantage.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates are requested to submit their application to the following link: https://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=XXXXXXX by XX February 2018. This notice will also appear on http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/, http://www.unicef.org/southafrica, UN Job List, UN Jobs.

Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in ZAR) to undertake the terms of reference above (including admin cost if applicable).  

Applications submitted without a fee rate will not be considered.

We invite you to watch a short video on the system on how to apply: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePgDIQ9RVYs&feature=youtu.be 

If you have not been contacted within 1.5 month of the closing date please accept that your application was unsuccessful.

Regret emails will be sent only to shortlisted/contacted candidates.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from South African nationals, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Pretoria (South Africa)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • HIV and AIDS
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Sexual and reproductive health
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date: 2018-02-24

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