Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF)
Job Title: Community-Facility Liaison Technical Officer
Job openings: 01 (Littoral Region/Douala)
Reports to: Associate Project Director with dotted line to Technical Advisor for Adherence, Retention and Linkage
Contract Duration: Open-ended contract
Terms of Offer: This position is remunerated on local terms. (for local candidates only)
Start date: As soon as possible
The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation is a global leader in the fight against pediatric HIV and AIDS, working in 19 countries and at over 5,500 sites around the world to prevent the transmission of HIV to children, and to help those already infected. Today, because of the highly successful work of the Foundation and its partners, pediatric AIDS has been virtually eliminated in the United States. With a growing global staff of over 1,000—nine of 10 who work in the field—the Foundation’s global mission is to implement HIV prevention, care, and treatment programs; further advance innovative research; and to execute strategic and targeted global advocacy activities to bring dramatic change to the lives of millions of women, children, and families worldwide. For more information, please, visit our page: www.pedaids.org.
EGPAF works in partnership with the Ministry of Health NACC and the Regional and District Health Teams to support HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment and health systems strengthening services. EGPAF is mainly funded by PEPFAR through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Purpose of the Job
The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation is seeking to recruit one recruit 1 Community-Facility liaison Officer Retention, Adherence and Linkage Technical Officers to provide technical expertise, coordination and supervision of all community level HIV/ TB Care, Treatment and PMTCT activities within the assigned region. S/he will provide technical support and supervision to ensure that the community level HIV/TB Care, Treatment and PMTCT services Scope of Work for the project area assigned is, carried out fully and to the highest possible degree of quality. The Senior Technical Officer will provide technical support and supervision in collaboration with regional and district project management teams to ensure the successful planning and implementation of community level HIV/TB service delivery activities, including work planning, budgeting, support supervision, technical support and reporting in assigned areas. S/He will oversee activities of community sub-partners, strengthen demand creation for antenatal and postnatal services, and supervise community ART dispensation.
- Overall coordination with regional and district teams on implementation of community level HIV Care, Treatment and PMTCT service delivery work plans with focus on strengthening facility-community linkages and retention mechanisms and scale-up model of differentiated care in the community.
- Oversee activities of community ART dispensation and other activities implemented by sub-partners in liaison with the Adherence, Retention and Linkage officers;
- Support demand creation for antenatal and postnatal services in collaboration with the health facility, the district team, and the community partners;
- Provide overall administrative leadership for community HIV services in collaboration with the HTS, HIV/TB Care, Treatment and PMTCT teams to ensure effective coordination throughout the HIV continuum of care.
- Provide overall technical leadership in the implementation of the HIV community and linkage interventions including strengthening facility community linkages, scale-up adherence interventions both at facility and community levels, support for model of differentiated care at the community and strengthening retention mechanisms both at facility and community levels.
- Provide support to the Adherence, retention and linkage officers to strengthen the system for tracking of patients lost to follow-up and link them to care and treatment;
- Coordinate the development, implementation and monitoring of costed project work-plans.
- Work in close collaboration with project M&E team and the regional and district Health Management Teams (HMT) to implement community HIV interventions.
- Oversee the integration of the project's community HIV/ TB technical approaches for the achievement of successful project implementation using evidence informed, innovative and best practices
- Provide leadership in creating and strengthening linkages and referral networks between facility and community activities ensuring there is seamless implementation of activities leading to improved health outcomes.
- Take lead in the preparation of monthly, quarterly and other reports as may be required
- Provide leadership in weekly, monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual project performance reviews, assessing progress in an objective manner in collaboration with HMT
- Provide leadership on Quality Improvement/Quality Assurance interventions in community HIV services in collaboration with Health Management Team (HMT).
- Participate in the donor progress report writing, continuation application and quarterly review report writing and presentation
- Take lead in site preparation for supportive supervision and SIMS assessments and ensure recommendations are implemented at community/facility level by project team in collaboration with Health Management Team (HMT).
Required Qualification, competencies, skills and experience
- University Degree in Sociology (or equivalent qualification) with a minimum of 3 years' experience providing leadership in implementation of community level HIV services with specific experience in PEPFAR funded HIV/TB projects.
- MPH or other master's degree in a relevant field will be an added advantage.
- HIV/ TB Care, Treatment and PMTCT trainings will be a distinct advantage.
- Hands on experience in community level HIV service delivery and technical coordination
- Proven experience and familiarity with MOH/ Cameroon health systems.
- Excellent interpersonal and supervisory skills, capable of directing and managing change, effective delegation, inspiring teamwork and motivating staff and partners to achieve results.
- Computer literacy.
- Research experience, proposal and abstract writing will be a distinctive advantage.
- Ability to work in a complex project implementation environment with multiple tasks, short deadlines and intense pressure to perform.
- Ability to lead a multi-sectoral team and support collaboration with multiple stakeholders
- Ability and willingness to learn.
- Excellent facilitation, mentorship, team building and coordination skills.
- Experience in public speaking and professional presentations.
- Field oriented and comfortable with a team approach to programming.
- Proficiency in English and French
- Ability to communicate effectively in English and in French.
- Team Building – Team building is a person’s ability to inspire and foster team commitment, spirit, pride, and trust. He/she also facilitates cooperation and motivates team members to accomplish group goals.
- Customer Service – Customer service is a person’s ability to anticipate and meet the needs of internal and external customers while delivering high-quality products and services and being committed to continuous improvement.
- Decisiveness – Decisiveness is a person’s ability to make well-informed, effective, and timely decisions, even when data is limited, or solutions produce unpleasant consequences. He/she will also perceive the impact and implications of decisions
How to apply
Qualified candidates should submit a CV and cover letter through the following link: Community-Facility Liaison Technical Officer
Applications will be considered on or before 5th July 2019,
Please note that only short-listed applicants meeting the above requirements will be contacted.