Job Title: Health / HIV Specialist
Number of positions: 01
Employer: NECC (KIDSS Project)
Supervisor: Head of Program Quality
City/Country: Yaoundé, Cameroon
Expected start date: 02/01/2021
Contract Duration: 09 months renewable
Funded by the President of America’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has been the prime implementing partner for the Key Interventions to Develop Systems and Services for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (KIDSS) Project in Cameroon since 2014.
Following the 3 – year transition funding just received by CRS (until March 2023), the National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon (NECC) has been chosen as a potential localization prime partner for the implementation of the USAID / PEPFAR OVC program in Cameroon beyond March 2023. Under the shadows of CRS, NECC will progressively take control of the KIDSS project.
The KIDSS project aims to provide holistic and sustainable care for orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC) by strengthening the capacities of the Government of the Republic of Cameroon (GRC), civil society organizations, communities and households to provide quality care and support to children and their families infected and affected by HIV.
KIDSS currently partners /collaborates with 24 local implementing partners, the Government of Cameroon and other stakeholders to reach OVC and their families in 32 health districts across nine regions of Cameroon. The program includes prevention and case finding activities for OVC, community support to enable linkage to care of infected children and adolescents, as well as to improve retention of children and adolescents living with HIV who have been enrolled into care and treatment.
NECC therefore seeks to recruit qualified personnel to serve as the Health / HIV Specialist. The details of the job description is as seen below.
TERMS OF REFERENCE
The Health / HIV Specialist is responsible for ensuring that all services required in the Health technical domain of the KIDSS project are planned, implemented and reported.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
Project Coordination and Quality Implementation
- Provide guidance to program teams and partner/s to help prioritize Health and HIV/AIDS technical and organizational capacity strengthening needs.
- Assist technical colleagues to review existing HIV/AIDS training resources and materials and develop an HIV/AIDS curriculum that is tailored to partners’ needs and contexts, as identified through a collaborative capacity assessment process.
- Assist program managers with the planning and facilitation, as needed, of workshops with partner/s.
- Provide guidance and support to program staff to support the partner/s to foster clinical linkages (this may include initiating discussions about how the partner/s can best support facilities’ and communities/families’ engagement in HIV/AIDS prevention and the continuum of care).
- Coordinate with NECC and her partner/s to share best practices and solutions to challenges during meetings with partner/s and in internal and external communities of practices.
- Ensure funding management compliance with donor regulations and fidelity to project proposal.
- Maintain up-to-date documentation related to project approval, monitoring and implementation. Ensure that complete documents are maintained in project folders.
- In coordination with technical support team, facilitate reviews of project progress including the review of work plans, progress on benchmarks and partner capacity-building plans.
- Conduct site monitoring visits to ensure program quality meets national and international standards for provision of HIV/AIDS services to children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
- Provide technical assistance to CSOs in key areas of OVC programming, provision of pediatric services to HIV-positive children, and impact mitigation
- Provide technical support to partners to conduct comprehensive HIV testing and counseling services (HTC) to OVC which include family counseling to facilitate disclosure and client education.
- Provide health assistance that includes facilitating access to HIV/AIDS services such as testing and counselling, treatment, care and support;
- Monitor and regularly review with CSOs the services provided to OVC
- Participate in the planning and facilitation of technical workshops for capacity building in OVC programming, referral, HIV, HTC, AB and ART
- Ensure that referral system for OVC is strengthened and improved to support health care and support of all OVC.
- Provide nutritional support including food supplements for treatment of HIV positive OVC with clinical malnutrition.
- Represent the agency in HIV and OVC Referrals forums
- Participate in developing and managing an effective system to track and refer OVC loss-to-follow-up (LTFU).
- Monitor and report on the implementation of the project
- Participate in project evaluations and assessments
Growth and Business development
- Provide technical support to the program in identifying and pursuing future growth opportunities in Health and HIV programming.
- Research, track and analyze new business opportunities, competitive intelligence, and NECC’s competitive positioning within the health/HIV sector.
- Support senior management’s cultivation and strengthening of institutional relationships with donors, partner organizations, and other collaborators in the Health/HIV sector.
- Support and guide the identification of partners and negotiation of NECC’s role on proposal consortia, ensuring a competitive position for NECC that adheres to the church’s partnership principles and strategic directions.
Enhancing NECC’s Understanding of and Capacity for Work with Partners
- Work with program staff to facilitate agency cross-learning about how NECC can work most effectively on capacity strengthening and Health and HIV/AIDS programming with Government and other partner/s
- Work with NECC’s Human Resources and the partnership team to ensure integration of information specifically related to work with partner into existing training modules.
- Work with colleagues to establish effective systems for reviewing the quality of NECC’s partnerships with the partner/s under the KIDSS project.
- Develop materials and support program staff to organize workshops for all staff in target areas focusing on the mission, service, structures, motivations, and approaches of the program
Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL)
- Work with technical colleagues including from the MEAL area to support country program staff in discussions with partner/s on the appropriate methodology for measuring project success, including determining criteria for assessing the sustainability of the HIV/AIDS capacity and institutional strengthening approaches, as well as measuring changes in partner/s program implementation and networking capacity.
- Ensure programs document and share project successes and lessons learned for sharing with the donor and other stakeholders.
- Manage reporting and review of regular partner/s reports, including: compiling and disseminating for technical review; facilitating a process to identify issues, challenges and innovative responses highlighted in reports; and organizing and sharing compiled feedback for improvements in project quality and partner/s support.
- Collaborate with the MEAL team and other program staff on the preparation, review, and finalization of quarterly, yearly and/or final KIDSS project report.
- Collaborate with MEAL team and other program staff on participatory planning and implementation of a final evaluation process to capture learning and results from the life of the KIDSS project.
Education and Experience
- Medical doctor with a Master’s degree in the Social Sciences, MPH/Epidemiology preferred.
- At least 5 years of experience in clinical management of HIV and HIV projects or other health projects;
- Experience in OVC programs is a distinct advantage.
- Training in advanced management of HIV or any diploma in HIV will be a plus.
- Experience in basic M&E concepts;
- Experience in data collection, aggregation, analysis, and report writing;
- Experience in institutional capacity strengthening and Quality Improvement Concepts;
- Experience with NGOs
- PEPFAR experience
- Proactive, results-oriented and service-oriented.
- Good communication and interpersonal skills.
- Good planning and organizational skills.
- Good ability to transmit knowledge.
Required / Desired Language: Must be bilingual with a working knowledge of English and French.
Travel required: 30% of trips within Cameroon.
KEY WORKING RELATIONSHIPS
Supervisor: The Head of Program Quality
Internal: Leads of the other technical (Safe, Stable and Schooled) domains, the MEAL staff, the finance staff and the National Project Coordinator of the KIDSS Project.
External: :Technical counterparts within U.S. Government agencies (implementing PEPFAR-funded projects, including USAID); Cameroonian government ministries that manage activities in the areas of OVC, Health (particularly HIV/AIDS) and provision of social services; Community leaders, including faith based associations/organizations; health facilities (particular HIV/AIDS Approved Treatment Centers) staff and leadership of other grantees of KIDSS’ donors; other foundations and donors which support OVC HIV work in Africa.
NECC-wide skills (for all NECC staff):
These are rooted in NECC's mission, values and guiding principles and are used by each staff member to fulfill their responsibilities and achieve the desired results. These are:
- Trust in all relationships
- Professional growth
- Accountability and stewardship
- Strategic mindset
Disclaimer: This job description does not constitute an exhaustive list of the skills, efforts, tasks and responsibilities associated with the position.
NECC's talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protect children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.
NECC is an equal opportunity employer.
Application files MUST include:
- Cover letter;
- CV indicating among other things at least 03 references one of which should be a leader of a religious/faith-based community;
- Proof of relevant academic / professional diplomas
- Proof of work experiences.
Apply online by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org specifying HIV /Health Specialist, KIDSS Project in the email subject line.
Deadline: December 08th, 2020 at 5 pm Cameroon time.
Incomplete applications or applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
NB: By applying for this job, the candidate should understand that NECC protects human life at all cost and will require the candidate to do the same if recruited. NECC also requires its staff to treat all people with dignity and respect and to actively prevent harassment, abuse, exploitation and human trafficking.
Successful candidates at this stage will be subjected to a practical test and an oral interview. A comprehensive background check will be done to the retained candidate.