Technical Advisor, Pediatric and Adolescent HIV
Technical Advisor, Pediatric and Adolescent HIV
- South Africa
- Full Time
- Program (Division)
- Country Programs - South Africa
- Additional Location Description
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
CHAI is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to providing an environment of fairness, and mutual respect where all applicants have access to equal employment opportunities. CHAI values diversity and inclusion, and recognizes that our mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people with diverse experience, backgrounds, and culture.
CHAI approaches some of the most pressing issues in global health with a business-oriented strategy to fundamentally change the underlying economics. CHAI’s solution-oriented approach focuses on improving market dynamics for medicines and diagnostics; lowering prices for diagnosis and treatment; accelerating access to lifesaving technologies, and helping governments build the capacity required for high-quality care and treatment programs. By addressing global market failures and accelerating access to the most effective, high-quality health products at affordable and sustainable prices, CHAI helps patients access the care and treatment they need.
Over the last several decades, South Africa’s Department of Health (DOH) has made significant progress in moving towards achieving the UNAIDS 95-95-95 (95% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status, 95% of people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained ART and 95% of all people receiving ART are virally suppressed) for the pediatric and adolescent populations. However, gaps still exist. Due to South Africa’s high disease burden, South Africa falls short and does not meet the 95-95-95 targets. To address these challenges, the CHAI South African (CHAI SA) team is supporting the DOH, at national, provincial and district levels to implement a broad range of activities across the 95-95-95 matrix, including assessing and costing proven and/or new innovative intervention strategies focused on the identification, establishing strong linkage systems, improving pediatric and adolescent retention/viral suppression, and building an investment case for scale and sustainability. This work will be done through the provision of technical assistance to support the development and deployment of strategic interventions and operational plans, resource optimization in the short and long term and galvanizing key stakeholder coordination through a technical group of implementing partners
CHAI seeks a highly motivated individual with outstanding technical capabilities to play a key role in the Pediatric and Adolescent HIV Program. The Technical Advisor will support the strategy, provide technical input to the Pediatric and Adolescent HIV team. Additionally, s/he will work with a range of partners and subject matter experts within Pediatric and Adolescent HIV to coordinate workstreams. The Technical Advisor should have exceptional communication and analytical skills, be a strong strategic thinker and be able to adapt to differing program needs. CHAI places great value on a commitment to excellence, resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, flexibility, independence, energy, work ethic and humility. The Technical Advisor will be based at The NDoH in Pretoria, South Africa and report to CHAI SA Program Manager for Pediatric and Adolescent HIV and EPI (Expanded Program on Immunisation) and NDoH Pediatric HIV Program Manager.
Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
- To assist the pediatric and adolescent HIV program to reach the 95-95-95 targets through:
- Supporting the design, implementation and monitoring of key pediatric and adolescent interventions with an emphasis on identifying and addressing barriers to effective performance.
- Monitoring the implementation of key program activities at facility, district and provincial levels, and providing feedback regarding performance at each of these levels.
- Identifying, documenting and sharing good practices with a view to scaling-up of these practices.
- Supporting the design, implementation and monitoring of social mobilisation and demand creation activities aimed at increasing healthy behaviours and demand for HIV, TB and other pediatric and adolescent health services.
- Liaising with key stakeholders within and outside of the government health sector (including non-government institutions, academic institutions, civil society organisations) to strengthen HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and support services, and ensuring that they are integrated with other child, adolescent and school health programs.
- Proactively evaluate program effectiveness in relevant Sub-Saharan African countries and identify potential approaches or strategies to accelerate progress
- Preparing reports, presentations and other documents that support the work of the program.
- Performing any other duties as requested by the supervisor and person/s delegated by the NDOH.
- Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent qualification. A post-basic diploma or advanced degree in public health, public policy, economics, or other relevant discipline will be an advantage.
- 10-15+ years of experience in a relevant field (e.g. HIV program management, public health or health system strengthening) in the public or private sector with increasing responsibilities.
- Knowledge of the National Strategic Plan for HIV, TB and STIs as well as key MNCH interventions and strategies for preventing and treating HIV infection.
- Program or project management experience, including program design and execution as well as monitoring and evaluation.
- Strong strategic and problem-solving skills, including analytical and quantitative skills.
- Strong writer, facilitator and oral communicator able to explain complex concepts to a variety of audiences.
- Ability to work independently, self-motivated and propose new initiatives.
- Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and quickly adapt to changing priorities.
- Full proficiency in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, and working knowledge of Excel.
- Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to build relationships in a multicultural environment.
- Excellent verbal, written interpersonal and presentation skills in English.