Welcome to the Department of HIV and AIDS (DHA) in the Ministry of Health.
The DHA was established in 2001, initially as a unit in the Department of Clinical Services, to coordinate the biomedical HIV Program in Malawi. A few years after its establishment, the HIV and AIDS Department was further given the national responsibility of coordinating management of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and prevention of mother to child transmission(PMTCT) of HIV by the MOH Senior Management. Lately, the HIV and AIDS Department has also been given the responsibility of coordinating implementation of the national Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) program which Malawi has adopted as a complementary strategy to strengthen HIV prevention in the country. All these HIV program sub-sections are linked to one robust monitoring and evaluation sub-section in the HIV and AIDS Department which technically operates under the Central Monitoring and Evaluation Department (CMED) of the Ministry of Health.
Amazing successes in spite of many constraints
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Free ART has profoundly mitigated the impact of the HIV epidemic
I-TECH Malawi is seeking to recruit a highly qualified and experienced HIV Medical Expert to work for the Department for HIV and AIDS, Ministry of Health (MOH).
This is a unique opportunity for a seasoned international HIV expert to contribute to Malawi’s renowned HIV Care & Treatment Program. The Technical Advisor will work under the leadership of the Department Director, and join a dedicated team of around 30 program staff. This team has earned a global reputation for cutting-edge public health program leadership and many innovations that have shaped international policy, such as Option B+ for the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV.
I-TECH has been privileged to provide direct technical support to the Government of Malawi, Ministry of Health (MoH), since 2008, through seconded senior technical assistants, program officers and public health fellows. The International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) was established in 2002 at the University of Washington in Seattle. I-TECH is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Global HIV and AIDS (CDC-DGHA) under the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
The primary purpose of the position is to strengthen the treatment, care and support component of the national HIV programs in the MOH in Malawi. The TA will assist the Department for HIV and AIDS in the development and implementation of treatment, care and support services for HIV and AIDS aligned with the 90-90-90 framework and the 5-year National Strategic Plan (NSP) for HIV 2015-2020. This will include: providing national level technical assistance to improve policies, strategies and guidelines that are evidence-based and maximise impact of the national HIV program; monitor programmatic performance on the HIV care cascade for adults, children and Option B+ women, from enrolment to ART initiation, adherence and retention in care; and submit recommendations on programmatic refinement to the Director and Program Managers in the HIV and AIDS department in a responsive manner. Specific areas include providing technical guidance to (1) improve the quality of care for prevention and management of HIV associated conditions; (2) strengthen basic packages of HIV care and support, diagnostic support and interventions that are appropriate to the type/ category of HIV care clinic; (3) address health systems bottlenecks that impact on the quality of clinical care, retention and attainment of viral suppression; (4) strengthen linkages between HIV care and support and other HIV prevention services. The TA will interact with and provide support to stakeholders, MOH staff and service providers in the public and private sector. Training and mentoring of Malawian counterparts (fellows and MOH staff) involved in HIV/TB Treatment and Care will be among major components of the TA’s functions. The TA will contribute biomedical and programmatic expertise tailored to Malawi’s health system context, and support dissemination of data and knowledge from Malawi’s progress in scaling-up treatment, care and support programs.
Duties and Responsibilities
Support Operations Research (10%)
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Qualifications and Experience
Applications with Curriculum Vitae (CV), three traceable referees and relevant copy certificates should be sent or emailed to the following address:
Director of Operations and Compliance
International Training and Education Centre for Health-(I-TECH-Malawi)
ARWA House, City Centre
P.O. Box 30369
For more information about I-TECH, visit our website: http://www.go2itech.org/
Department of HIV and Aids
Ministry of Health
P.O. Box 30377
Tel: +265 1 711 999
Fax: +265 1 711 277