Job Title : Senior Technical Specialist - Pediatric HIV Care & Treatment
Job Ref Code : SPT11119
Location : Lagos
Reports to : Zonal Coordinator
Department : Programs / FASTERSalary
FASTER (Faith-based Action for Scaling up Testing and Treatment for the Epidemic Response) project is designed as a new component of the global FOCUS (Faith-based Organization Capacity Strengthening for Universal HIV Services) project.
Funded by the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), FOCUS was developed with the intent of building PEPFAR Implementing partners and FBO network capacity, assisting FBOs to contribute to HIV multi-sector planning for expanded service delivery, and documenting successful approaches.
Led by CRS, FOCUS builds understanding of how to leverage the faith-based community’s contributions at sub-national and national levels, reinforcing mutual responsibility and country-driven leadership.
FASTER takes FOCUS’ objectives to the next level by creating an enabling environment in Nigeria where government, civil society, the private sector, and FBOs can accelerate normative pediatric and adolescents’ HIV case finding,testing, linkage to care and treatment, and adherence support by strengthening and streamlining joint coordination and provision of pediatric HIV service delivery.
The Senior Technical Specialist - HIV Care & Treatment will provide technical coordination and for quality assurance for the FASTER Nigeria pediatric and adolescents HIV Care and Treatment strategies and ensure that FASTER adheres to national and international evidence based technical assistance strategies for Pediatric HIV Careand Treatment Programs.
The Senior Technical Specialist HIV Care & Treatment will facilitate technical collaboration between FASTER project HIV Care and Treatment team and HIV technical teams of Government coordinating structures and PEPFAR HIV Care and Treatment Implementing partners.
S / he will oversee the Pediatric and adolescents’ HIV technical strategies of FASTER along the priority actions providing technical leadership and trainings for implementing and monitoring project deliverables and outcomes and ensure project outputs are provided as per the agreed work plan.
Roles and Key Responsibilities
Program Quality and Technical Coordination :
Project focal point for strategies towards strengthening State Coordination platforms for effective pediatric and adolescents’ HIV service delivery to improve Pediatric case identification, bridge Pediatric enrollment gaps and increase number of CLHIV on treatment.
Support State government and PERFARs efforts to scale up the use of optimal ARV regimens inchildren and adolescents
Strengthen active collaboration with OVC partners including their involvement in case finding efforts using HIV risk screening tools and linkage to HTS
Support Implementing partners to conduct pediatric and adolescent ART-specific supportive supervision, mentorship or coaching visits to closely monitor implementation, optimization and transition of eligible children and adolescents to TLD.
Strengthen / Establish system to support MMD & MSD for children and adolescents on ART
Support the training and capacity building of HCWs and Caregivers on age-appropriate HIV status disclosure among children and adolescents living with HIV Support the training / capacity building of HCWs on how to deliver Enhanced Adherence Counselling (EAC) to children and adolescents with unsuppressed VL
Support the development of SOPs, job aids and guidelines on pediatric and adolescents ART for government and faith-based institutions
Champion strategies to strengthen inter / intra-facility linkages towards improved health systems for pediatric ART with focus on service delivery, optimize health workforce (including guidelines / SOPs on task shifting), procurement / supply chain management of essential medicines and health
Support innovative approach to creatingdemand for increased uptake of Pediatric and adolescent HIV services
Provide oversight to ensure the achievement of FASTER project Pediatric HIV Care and Treatment objectives in the various implementing states within the catchment zone.
Support capacity building of HIV service providers to support adolescent friendly services and generate trust.
Support the development of effective strategies for linkage to care and treatment of children living with HIV.
Support the development and rapid evaluation of better screening tools to strategically identify children and adolescents in need of HIV testing.
Support the roll out of Differentiated Service Delivery (DSD) models to improve ART uptake and treatment retention amongst children and adolescents in Faith based and Non Faith based settings.
Support the scale-up of OTZ initiatives across Comprehensive Care and Treatment (CCT) sites within the catchment zone.
Representation and Learning :
In consultation with the Technical Advisor HIV Care and Treatment, represent the FASTER Project on relevant state level technical forums and government engagement as required.
Ensure necessary technical assistance and training is provided to partners to develop capacity to implement HIV / AIDS support activities as per the project requirement.
Provide high level technical support for program innovation and learning; foster regular discussions with key stakeholders as appropriate;
to facilitate cross sector learning on Pediatric HIV, OVC and adolescent programs.
Support the FASTER project to develop success stories and innovative that work in Pediatric HIV Care and Treatment.
Qualifications and Skills
A primary medical qualification (MBBS) plus a Master's Degree in Public Health or its equivalent
Minimum 5 years of experience in HIV / AIDS programming
Minimum 3 years' experience in project management positions with progressive technical and management responsibilities.
Experience working in PEPFAR funded comprehensiveHIV and OVC projects.
Strong background in program implementation; experience in supervising and providing technical assistance for roll-out of evidence-based HIV and OVC programming strategies.
Familiarity with the National HIV Care and Treatment guidelines (Pediatric & Adult) and experience working with the Ministry of Health and other relevant entities.
Ability to work both in a team and independently and ability to transfer knowledge through formal and informal training.