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Jhpiegeo: PMTCT Technical Director

Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University, is recruiting for a USAID health service delivery program in Juba, South Sudan.

Operating in the stable Central and Western Equatoria States of South Sudan, this program aims to improve coverage and quality of PMTCT services, in line with the newly issued 2013 WHO guidelines and the South Sudan national guidelines for the provision of antiretroviral therapy, emphasizing use of PMTCT option B+.

PMTCT Technical Director

Reporting to the Chief of Party, the PMTCT Technical Director will provide technical and program oversight and direction in PMTCT to a 5-year USAID-funded, primary health care for HIV services project in South Sudan.

Responsibilities of the PMTCT Technical Director include providing leadership and technical guidance in the development and implementation of relevant activities under the leadership of the Chief of Party and Jhpiego Technical Directors and utilizing and contributing to cross-cutting approaches, such as equity, quality and a gender sensitive approach.

This position will ensure the technical and methodological soundness of activities and, incollaboration with the project team and donor, support the design of service delivery strategies, based on sound and current scientific evidence.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide technical oversight, strategic direction and ensure appropriate support for the implementation of PMTCT program activities
  • Develop and/or review evidence-based clinical training materials, job aids, and curricula, supervisory systems and other training materials needed for implementation of PMTCT activities
  • Guide the integration of HIV services within the integrated package of primary health care services in South Sudan
  • Provide assistance, mentoring and capacity building in: improving continuity of care and follow-up for HIV-positive mothers and infants; ensuring the quality of rapid HIV testing and routine, confidential CT capacity; strengthening the relationships between the community and the health facilities; integrating couples counseling within PMTCT services;
  • Oversee the development of ANC as the main entry point for all PMTCT services and other RH activities
  • Coordinate assessments, site strengthening, follow-up and supervision, advocacy, demand creation, policy support, capacity-building and M&E across program sites as required by program activities
  • Actively participate in all Technical Advisory Group Meetings, and represent Jhpiego in professional forums by participating and presenting in pertinent meetings and conferences, as well as technical working groups
  • Formulate and test sustainable solutions to training, service delivery gaps, utilizing cross-cutting approaches such as performance and quality improvement and in-service training/pre-service education
  • Guide MOH, professional associations, other national stakeholders in the revision/development of evidenced-based standards for competency in PMTCT
  • Mobilize international level clinical/technical expertise to resolve clinical issues that shape or effect local public policy or program design.
  • Provide technical leadership to the development the project strategic plan, work plan, and program monitoring, in close collaboration with MOH, USAID, other stakeholders

Qualifications:

  • A clinical degree with at least 7 years’ experience specific to PMTCT
  • At least 5 years’ experience contributing technical leadership to projects of at least $5 million per year value, preferably in South Sudan or the East Africa region
  • Demonstrated skills in at least two or more of the following technical areas: strengthening service delivery programs, training, pre-service education, performance and quality improvement, monitoring and evaluation
  • Experience with a mix of practical technical skills in PMTCT necessary for service delivery at the regional, national, clinical and community-level
  • Ability to liaise with senior MOH officials and dignitaries, executives of NGOs, FBOs, CBOs, the for-profit business community, and senior members of the donor community
  • Demonstrated in-depth understanding of South Sudan’s healthcare system, particularly the public health system; experience living and working in South Sudan preferred
  • Strong oral, written communication and presentations skills in English; Strong skills in word processing and Excel spread sheets
  • Familiarity with USAID and PEPFAR administrative, management and reporting procedures and systems
  • Proven track record managing a project team composed of several technical experts and fostering team work
  • Ability to travel up to 50% of the time

For more information and to apply to this program slated to begin in February 2015, please visit: http://www.jobs-jhpiego.icims.com/

South Sudanese applicants strongly encouraged to apply

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