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Technical Advisor for HIV Treatment and Care in the Ministry of Health, Malawi

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).  

 

Position Overview

 

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

 

Strategic Planning and Program Management (60%)

 Systems Strengthening and Capacity Building (30%)

 

 

Support Operations Research (10%)

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  1. Experience and knowledge of HIV and AIDS prevention, treatment and care activities especially in the Sub-Saharan Africa, and, ideally first-hand experience of rapid ART/PMTCT scale-up
  2. Experience and knowledge in HIV care and support interventions and capacity of health services delivery structure in a Sub-Saharan African setting (specific Malawi experience a plus)
  3. Clinical experience in HIV case management preferred
  4. A strong background in promoting the ‘public health approach’ for service delivery in extremely resource constrained settings.
  5. Working experience of HIV and AIDS and other public-health disease control programs in Africa and a record of working with and managing sizable teams
  6. Close professional links with partners and experts in relevant international agencies.
  7. A strong background in operational research and a proven track record of success in terms of implementing studies (as demonstrated by writing papers for peer-reviewed journals) and translating research into policy and practice
  8. Familiarity with the scientific literature on HIV prevention, treatment, Care and Support
  9. Self-starter with well-developed written and oral communication skills and the ability to work constructively and well in a multi-cultural multi-discipline setting with a wide array of experts in the field (proven experience in working in Malawi preferred)

 

 Qualifications and Experience

  1. Qualified physician.
  2. At least ten years post-qualification experience in infectious diseases of which at least five years should be in sub-Saharan Africa (or equivalent combination of education and experience), in the area of HIV treatment, care and support programs implementation.
  3. Incumbent must have the clinical and public health expertise and must have demonstrated practical experience in managing a large clinical program in a developing country context

 

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Application Process

 

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

                                                                                                 Lilongwe 3

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