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HIV Care and Treatment Officer

The Catholic Relief Services (CRS) country program was established in 2000, and administers a varied and diversified portfolio of nutrition, health systems strengthening, food and security economic growth and livelihoods, orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), research, and HIV/AIDS programs. CRS services out the commitment of Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and the vulnerable overseas.

Background

  • Epidemic Control 90-90-90 (EpiC 3-90) supports the Ministry of Health (MOH) in targeted faith-based sites to achieve the UNAIDS Fast Track goals for epidemic control: 90% of all PLHIV know their status, 90% of those diagnosed receive sustained ART, 90% of all people receiving ART have viral suppression.
  • EpiC 3-90 supports comprehensive HIV/AIDS service delivery at supported faith-based facilities while building capacity and systems for sustainability through a three-pronged approach: 1) Support health facilities improve their delivery of HIV prevention, treatment and laboratory services; 2) Improve key health system functions and structures needed to deliver quality HIV services; and 3) Health information is strategically collected and utilized to improve HIV service delivery.
  • Through the course of the project, EpiC 3-90 will gradually decrease its involvement so that District and Provincial Health Offices (DHOs, PHOs) assume oversight of and technical assistance to supported facilities.
  • EpiC 3-90 is a consortium project of Churches Health Association of Zambia (CHAZ), Chreso Ministries and Catholic Relief Services (CRS), as a prime consortium member, CRS brings globally recognized expertise in grants management, health systems strengthening and sustainability, and top-notch HIV/AIDS service delivery.

Job Summary:

  • The HIV Care and Treatment Officer (CTO) will be responsible for providing HIV Care and Treatment including Pediatric Treatment to all project supported health facilities in Western Province.
  • S/he will support the District Coordinator in providing ART focused support to health facilities, planning and appropriate use of resources.
  • The CTO will also assist in identifying areas of concern within the project and work with the technical/clinical team to find viable solutions. S/he will assist in mentoring clinical teams in the EPIC3-90 supported sites.
  • S/he will work with the M&E team to analyze and utilize data timely for project improvements.
  • Job Responsibilities:
  • Provide ART technical/clinical support to EPIC 3-90 supported sites in the district/province
  • Document best practices from supported sites and support M&E team in continuous quality improvement.
  • Attend relevant meetings and represent the project’s Adult and Pediatric ART sections whenever needed.
  • Support capacity building at district level and training and mentorship of site level staff
  • Support the district Pediatric and general case identification, linkage, initiation and viral suppression whilst on ART
  • Support continuity of services from PMTCT, VMMC, MCH, TB and other HIV related services
  • Practical knowledge of site conversion, activation and integration into static ART sites
  • Support the scale up of differentiated models of service delivery to decongest clinics, increase ART retention, and improve quality with a focus particularly on children and adolescents
  • Support monitoring the retention of patients initiated on ART to identify and address losses to follow-up
  • Train, orient and mentor HIV providers for HIV services (for children and adults)

Background, Experience & Requirements:

  • Education and Experience
  • Medical Licentiate / Clinical Officer/ HIV Nurse Practitioner and master’s degree in Public Health is a plus
  • Clinical experience with antiretroviral therapy (ART) and understanding of Zambia Consolidated
  • Guidelines for Prevention and Treatment of HIV infection
  • Experience in HIV and AIDS programming in resource-poor settings at the field level and providing technical assistance to partner organizations.
  • Five years’ relevant post-qualification experience, familiarity with USG procedures.
  • Excellent analytical skills, self-guided, strong organizational and planning skills; Ability to work independently and under pressure
  • Excellent communication, coaching and facilitation skills
  • Proficient in MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information and budget management systems, knowledge-sharing networks.

Personal Skills

  • Excellent relationship management skills with ability to influence and get buy-in from people not under direct supervision and to work with individuals in diverse geographical and cultural settings.
  • Strong strategic, analytical, problem-solving and systems thinking skills with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgement
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong presentation, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills
  • Proactive, resourceful and results-oriented
  • Required/Desired Foreign Language:
  • Proficiency in English and any Zambian local language

Travel Required:

  • 70% travel

Key Working Relationships:

Internal:

  • District Coordinator, Provincial Coordinator, SI/ M&E Team, Clinical Lead

External:

  • GRZ agencies (PHO and DHOs), international and national non-governmental organizations

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff):

  • These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.
  • Serves with Integrity
  • Models Stewardship
  • Cultivates Constructive Relationships
  • Promotes Learning

Disclaimer:

  • This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

How to Apply

Please email a cover letter, and curriculum vitae which should include three references to:

Application deadline
21 Oct
Email applications to
crszambiajobs@crs.org
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Founded by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops in 1943, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has expert experience in managing complex, multi-year relief and development projects. The organisation has been operating in Zambia since 2000, with programs in 8 Zambian provinces, dealing with health, nutrition, agriculture, microfinance and capacity building.
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