Senior Program Officer, Maternal Syphilis
- Organization: CHAI - Clinton Health Access Initiative
- Location: Lusaka
- Grade: Mid level - Associate Level - Open for both International and National Professionals
- Sexual and reproductive health
- Project and Programme Management
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Senior Program Officer, Maternal Syphilis
- Full Time
- Program (Division)
- Country Programs - Zambia
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’s Maternal Syphilis Program in Zambia
CHAI will be providing technical assistance to the Ministry of Health (“MOH”) to help implement the Maternal Syphilis Program in Zambia. The goal of this support to the Ministry of Health in Zambia is to increase syphilis screening, testing and treatment among pregnant women to prevent mother-to-child transmission of syphilis. Without effective and timely treatment, syphilis infections in pregnancy carry a significant risk of stillbirth, neonatal death, and cognitive and physical disability.
Specifically, CHAI will provide technical assistance to the National Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (“PMTCT”) Program and Laboratory Teams within the MOH in the following areas:
- Strengthening policy, program management, and coordination.
- Improving supply chain management, forecasting, and quantification of key commodities, specifically HIV/syphilis dual tests, syphilis-only tests, HIV-only tests, and benzathine penicillin
- Ensuring high quality training and technical supportive supervision of frontline healthcare providers as implemented through an MOH-led training-of-trainers cascade spanning central, provincial, and district trainers
- Strengthening data collection for data-driven decision making, and effective program monitoring.
- Supporting the government to identify and secure sustainable funding with a focus on continued procurement of dual HIV/Syphilis test kits and Benzathine penicillin
CHAI requires a dynamic, results-oriented individual with strong assimilation, understanding and coordination skills to provide program implementation support to the National Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (“PMTCT”) Program and Laboratory Teams. The applicant should have experience and a strong record of participating in health program management to take up the role of Senior Program Officer, Maternal Syphilis Program. This Senior Program Officer will be part of the Infectious and Non-infectious Diseases cluster working under the supervision of the Program Manager, Laboratory Systems.
CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities: resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, independence, energy and work.
- Participate in program strategy meetings with key government partners and support implementation of program activities.
- Support the revision of the national HIV and Syphilis testing guidelines to include key strategies on dual HIV/Syphilis testing implementation.
- Maintain an updated dual test adoption work plan / action plan / notes following the conclusion of each dual test working group meeting.
- Provide the Lab Team with technical support to maintain gains in syphilis screening and HIV testing in pregnant women.
- Facilitate product registration of cheaper and better performing WHO prequalified HIV/syphilis dual tests where applicable.
- Participate in annual national forecasting and quantification exercises for HIV/syphilis dual tests, syphilis-only rapid tests, HIV-only tests, and benzathine penicillin.
- Support inclusion oaf HIV/syphilis dual tests, syphilis-only rapid tests, and benzathine penicillin into national and donor support programs.
- Monitor the usage reports of HIV/syphilis tests from facilities to surface any challenges.
- Routinely assessing the stock status of HIV/syphilis dual tests, syphilis-only tests, HIV-only tests, and benzathine penicillin.
- Support the Lab Team to coordinate distribution of HIV/syphilis dual tests, syphilis-only rapid tests, HIV-only tests, and benzathine peicillin from ZAMMSA such that commodities are available in provinces and facilities
- Support the development of a comprehensive curriculum and related job aids covering both syphilis screening and treatment, as needed.
- Support the Lab Team to ensure dual HIV/Syphilis testing components are integrated into the National RTCQI (Rapid Test Continuous Quality Improvement) Program.
- Support the coordination of key performance indicator reporting from Provincial Focal Persons to the National PMTCT Team.
- Support the analysis of provincial reports for presentation in the monthly technical working group meetings.
- Ensure decision making in technical working groups is based on available data from the facilities.
- Document implementation successes and challenges and propose recommendations for improving the quality of the program.
- Perform other duties as assigned from time to time.
- Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences (Biomedical, Laboratory, Nursing) or Public Health, a Master’s Degree will be an added advantage
- At least 3-4 years of professional experience in demanding, results-oriented environments in the public sector and/or private sector
- Self-motivated and able to work independently as part of a multi-disciplinary country team
- Ability to adapt and work effectively in a high-pressure and fast-paced environment
- Experience implementing health related projects
- Experience extracting data from electronic health data systems.
- Experience in Microsoft office and data analysis using at least one statistical analysis package (Excel, SPSS, Epi-data, STATA)