Senior HIV Testing Advisor - DREAMS Malawi

  • Added Date: Friday, 09 August 2019
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 31 October 2019

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At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.

Department

Program Delivery (PDEL) - Pact exists to help create a world where those who are poor and marginalized exercise their voice, build their own solutions, and take ownership of their future. The Program Delivery Team, contributes to realizing this purpose by: Forging smart partnerships and treating all people with dignity and respect; Applying organizational policies and regulatory compliance appropriately and consistently; Facilitating team spirit among colleagues and promoting the organization through communications; Influencing decision makers through focused, relevant communications; Continually striving to learn and share knowledge and find small ways to make the workplace more enjoyable for all; Cultivating and harvesting innovation; Contributing to the organization’s ability to think and act strategically at all times; Inspiring and spreading our desired organizational culture across the global enterprise.

Position Overview

Pact is recruiting a Senior HIV Testing Advisor for an upcoming USAID-funded five-year DREAMS program. The program will: a) expand the use of high quality, integrated, sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and HIV prevention services by AGYW aged 10 to 24 in two districts; and, b) increase case-finding of undiagnosed HIV-positive individuals in four districts, through targeted outreach testing with robust linkages to ART. HIV case-finding will focus on adult men and young people aged 15-24, who constitute the majority of undiagnosed HIV-positive persons in Malawi. This position is contingent upon award.

Key Responsibilities

· Serve as the lead expert on all aspects of HIV testing;

· Provide expert guidance on appropriate technical and programmatic approaches to HIV case finding through targeted testing;

· Develop strong relationships with government and other implementing partners to ensure coordination, accuracy, integration, and capacity development;

· Recommend improvements in the delivery of HST and in targeting strategies and engage in mentoring of HIV testing staff; and

· Other tasks as required to achieve the Program Objectives and Expected Results.

Basic Requirements

· Medical degree preferred; nursing degree with clinical experience considered as an alternative. Master’s degree in health management, public health or related discipline also highly desired.

· Minimum 8 years professional experience with international health and HIV/AIDS programs, inclusive of at least 3 to 5 years in a technical leadership role in resource challenged settings

· At least 3 years of experience working with large-scale community-based HIV testing programs in ESA region.

· Demonstrated state-of-the-art expertise in HIV testing approaches in high prevalence settings, including in active index testing and HIVST.

· Prior experience with capacity building and clinical training of health personnel for improved service delivery in resource-challenged settings.

Preferred Qualifications

· Experience implementing PEPFAR funded programming around HIV testing and linking testing into the cascade of treatment.

Pact provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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