USAID/Southern Africa: Project Management Specialist - Clinical Integration

USAID/Southern Africa
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Tuesday, 28 November, 2017
Opportunity type: 
Employment
REF No.  674-17-1010B
Position / Salary Range Project Management Specialist - Clinical Integration
FSN-11 – R537, 121.00 to R751, 973.00 (Full performance – Basic Salary)
FSN-10 – R458, 541.00 to R641, 955.00 (Trainee level– Basic Salary)
Additional benefits include miscellaneous allowance, medical and pension fund subsidy, and dependents’ education assistance subject to qualification.
Open To All South African citizens and permanent resident permit holders
Location USAID/Southern Africa, Health Office (HO), Pretoria, South Africa
Opening TBD
Closing TBD
Work Hours Full-Time; 40 hours/week   

USAID/Southern Africa, an equal opportunity employer, seeks applicants for the above position.
 
English language fluency (Level IV English), both in oral and written communications, is a requirement for this position.  Interested applicants who do not meet this qualification SHOULD NOT apply as their applications will not be considered.
 
Basic Function of Position:
The USAID/South Africa (SA) Health Office (HO) manages one of the largest President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) programs in the world as well as Tuberculosis (TB) activities.  In order to achieve an AIDS-free generation, USAID supports facility-based services (e.g., HIV Testing Services [HTS]; Adult and Pediatric Treatment, Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission (EMTCT).  Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC), Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and TB Diagnosis and Treatment.
 
The Clinical Integration specialist will be responsible for the following:

  • Overseeing care and treatment, biomedical prevention interventions, and health systems strengthening (HSS) activities aimed at achieving epidemic control;
  • Providing technical support and leadership to USAID grantees and contractors and the South African government;        
  • Coordinating with other U.S. government agencies, the South African government, development partners, and the private sector.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:
The Clinical Integration Specialist is a critical member of the Health Office team and will play an important role in ensuring the effective and efficient use of the PEPFAR investment. The HO leadership will be looking to the Clinical Integration Specialist to quickly begin to add value in the following roles and responsibilities:

  • Project Management (40%)
    • Act as Contracting Officer’s Representative and/or Agreement Officer’s Representative for contracts and/or agreements in the USAID/Southern Africa health portfolio, including management of budgets as well as administrative, financial, and technical management and oversight of contracts and agreements;
    • Participate in the strategic design and procurement of care and treatment, biomedical prevention interventions (e.g., VMMC, PrEP), and HSS activities;
    • Lead the design of special studies and evaluations related to facility-based services.
    • Implement interventions to leverage technology and innovation to advance an AIDS-free generation;
    • Establish innovative partnerships and linkages with multilateral and bilateral donors, foundations, and/or corporations to strengthen programmatic linkages;
    • Oversee compliance of USAID/South Africa health and HIV programs with South African Government and U.S. Government policies and guidelines.
    • Participate and lead Site Improvement through Monitoring System (SIMS) visits to facility sites ensuring appropriate coordination with partners, local counterparts and officials, documentation, and analysis of findings.
  • Strategic and Technical Leadership (30%)
    • Act as a senior technical specialist and as a senior subject matter expert on issues of HIV prevention, care, and treatment in clinical settings, including South African priorities; e.g., HTS, Adult and Pediatric Treatment and Retention, Tuberculosis Diagnosis and Treatment, Integrated Chronic Services Management, Biomedical Prevention Interventions, and Health Management Information Systems (e.g., Tier.net, District Health Information System, National Health Laboratory Service Data Warehouse).
    • Coordinate USAID activities aligned with PEPFAR special initiatives (e.g., Dreams) at the provincial, district and sub-district levels as required;
    • Implement strategies to improve facility services within urban, peri-urban, rural, and informal contexts.
    • Implement strategies to improve facility-community referral and linkage systems.
    • Represent USAID to external organizations and audiences at key professional meetings and conferences as assigned; and
  • PEPFAR Technical Working Groups (30%)
    • Participate on the U.S. Government Inter-Agency Care and Treatment and Health Systems Strengthening Technical Working Groups.
    • Establish and maintain close working relationships and technically represent USAID to all levels of staff at relevant USAID operating units, implementing partners, U.S. Consulate General Durban, U.S. Embassy Pretoria, PEPFAR Coordination Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and other agencies. 

Required Qualifications
Education: A Master’s Degree in public health, medicine, or similar health related field.
 
Prior Work Experience: Minimum of seven years relevant work experience in program/project management, working with South African government, international donors, as well as developing work plans and performance monitoring systems.
 
Post Entry Training:  The incumbent will be required to undergo USAID training in Programing Foreign Assistance, Project Design and Management, COR/AOR certification as well as PEPFAR specific training in DHIS2 and SIMS.
 
Language & Communications Proficiency:  Excellent English (minimum of a Level IV (fluent)) writing, speaking and listening ability is required.
 
Job Knowledge:  Knowledge of South African government priorities (e.g., District Implementation Plans, Integrated Chronic Services Management, Health Management Information Systems). Knowledge of HIV epidemiology and clinical services (e.g., HTS, HIV Treatment and Retention, Tuberculosis Diagnosis and Treatment, Biomedical Prevention Interventions).
 
Skills and Abilities:  The ability to operate independently with limited direct supervision of day-to-day activities is required. Strong analytic and quantitative skills. Strong analytic and quantitative skills. Strong computer software skills.  Strong interpersonal communication and excellent oral presentation and writing skills.  Ability to work within diverse teams.  Strong diplomacy and negotiation skills.  Ability to travel is required.
 
How the Selection will be made:
The successful candidate will be selected based upon the following:

  • a preliminary review of the applicant's submitted package (which includes the cover letter and CV) to establish that minimum educational, work experience and English writing fluency requirements are met;
  • tests to include English writing skills, and Microsoft Office proficiency that might include any of the following: Word, Excel, PowerPoint; and any technical skill test that might be deemed appropriate; 
  • a personal face to face interview; and
  • reference checks.
  • USAID/SA’s Human Resources Section will perform the preliminary review (Step 1 above) to eliminate those applications that do not meet the minimum educational and written English language requirements before forwarding the rest to the Technical Office or Technical Evaluation Committee (TEC) for further review and assessment. 
  • The Technical Evaluation Committee will review each of the forwarded applications against the established evaluation criteria to develop a shortlist of applicants to be tested and possibly interviewed.  Applicants will be contacted for testing (Step 2) and interviews.  Based on the results of the tests, however, an applicant otherwise identified for interview could be dropped from the interview list.
  • Following the interview (Step 3) during which the applicant will be evaluated against the established criteria, the TEC will make a preliminary determination of candidates to be considered for employment and forward that list to HR. The TEC will conduct and document reference checks. (Step 4) prior to advising the TEC of the results of these checks. Please note that references may be solicited from current as well as former supervisors in addition to the references you provide in your application package. References will only be solicited for those interviewed applicants who are being considered for ranking. 
  • Based on this final input, the TEC will make its final decision on which candidates to rank order, prepare a selection memo for the review and approval of the Contracting Officer, after which an offer of employment will be made to the successful candidate. Unsuccessful candidates who were interviewed will be contacted and advised of their non-selection. 
  • As positive medical and security clearances are a condition of employment, the selected candidate will undergo stringent investigation prior to employment with USAID/SA.

USAID/SA reserves the right to hire an applicant who does not meet the required experience level at a trainee level. However, an applicant who does not meet the minimum educational and English language requirements cannot be hired at either a trainee or full performance level.
 
Applicability:
This position is open to all South African citizens and South African permanent resident permit holders. USAID/SA management will consider nepotism/conflict of interest, budget, section need for continuity and residency status in determining successful applications. Current USG employees on probationary status (i.e., within their first year of employment) are not eligible to apply.
 
Compensation:
The Project Management Specialist (Clinical Integration) will be compensated in accordance with the U.S. Mission to South Africa’s Local Compensation Plan (LCP). The plan includes basic salary, miscellaneous allowance, pension fund and medical aid subsidy. Subject to qualification, compensation for dependents’ education assistance is also available.  The successful candidate’s salary level will be based on prior job-related experience and salary history.
 
To Apply:
All interested and eligible candidates should visit  USAID.pnet.co.za to apply for this position. Applicants with pnet accounts can log-in from the above website to apply and first time users will be required to register  on the site before they can apply.  For an application to be considered complete, include a high quality cover letter, (with the advert reference number and position title) explaining why you are qualified for the position, and a CV of no more than 4 pages.
 
Failure to comply with these instructions may result in your application being considered “non- responsive” and eliminated from further consideration.
 
Only short-listed candidates will be acknowledged.
 
Point of Contact:
Lavinia Denation, Telephone: (012) 452-2054
Paula Vernon, Telephone: (012) 452-2028
 
The U.S. Mission in South Africa provides opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status or sexual orientation. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) also strives to further equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing enhancement programs.
 
The EEO complaint procedure is not available to individuals who believe they have been denied equal opportunity based upon marital status or political affiliation. Individuals with such complaints should avail themselves of the appropriate grievance procedures, remedies for prohibited personnel practices, and/or courts for relief.

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Pretoria

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