Management Sciences for Health: HIV Prevention Advisor

Management Sciences for Health
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Tuesday, 23 April, 2013
Opportunity type: 
Employment

The Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is a nonprofit international health organisation that works to save lives and improve the health of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health.

The Building Local Capacity (BLC) for Delivery of HIV Services in Southern Africa Project of Management Sciences for Health is a five-year project (2010-2015), implemented by the Management Sciences for Health (MSH), to contribute to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Regional HIV/AIDS Program (RHAP) goal to strengthen the overall sustainability, quality, and reach of HIV/AIDS interventions in the region. BLC builds the capacity of government and civil society entities in Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland to implement policies and health services for those infected with and affected by HIV and AIDS. The five key program areas include institutional capacity building, HIV Prevention, care and support for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) and community-based care services, strengthening Global Fund principal recipients and coordination in addition to continuous quality improvement of health facilities.

Management Sciences for Health seeks to appoint a HIV Prevention Advisor, based in Pretoria.

The objective of the HIV Prevention Advisor position is to provide cutting edge HIV prevention expertise to the BLC project and its partners.  The officer will proactively interact with and influence peers in the SADC countries to advance evidence-based HIV prevention strategies that will move the HIV epidemic towards zero infections.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with the HIV prevention advisor to develop an evidence-based BLC HIV prevention strategy and plan addressing individual SADC region country-specific epidemics.
  • Provide technical expertise in the development and management of the HIV prevention program; i.e., work planning, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation in conformity with the project performance measurement plan (PMP) 
  • Build capacity of implementing organizations to deliver high impact HIV prevention interventions and create synergies between them to establish a combination HIV prevention program.
  • Be a technical resource in HIV prevention for all BLC programs
  • Conduct and/or participate in operations research to generate evidence for effective implementation of combination HIV prevention interventions and move the HIV incidence towards zero infections.
  • Provide technical inputs into the MSH BLC monitoring and evaluation system; utilize information for decision-making; and ensure timely reporting
  • Conduct evidence-based advocacy with governments, SADC, and donor community to influence HIV prevention programming locally and internationally.
  • Document and communicate lessons and best practices in local and international forums. 

Requirements:

  • Master’s in public health or /post graduate degree in health education and/or  social sciences degree with at least five years’ experience in  implementation of HIV prevention programs;
  • Dynamic and motivated individual with significant understanding of HIV/AIDS in the Southern African region;
  • Experience in  implementation of HIV prevention interventions, especially bio-medical and social and behaviour change interventions, including sexual and reproductive health and HIV,  or other related programs in sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Minimum of three years’ experience in the development  and facilitation of outcomes based training curricula  and facilitating participatory training in the social services sector;
  • Ability to travel in the Southern African region;
  • Ability to use standard computer and software applications: Advanced Microsoft Word, Advanced Power Point;
  • Interpersonal and relationship-building competencies coupled with strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Fluent in written/spoken English required. Fluency in Portuguese, Spanish , or other major language desirable.

To apply, refer to www.msh.org.

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