ELIZABETH GLASER PEDIATRIC AIDS FOUNDATION (EGPAF)
Technical Advisor – Community Engagement Advisor
Job Title : Technical Advisor – Community Engagement
Job openings : 01
Locations : Douala
Reports to : Associate Project Director
Start date : October 1, 2019
The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation is a global leader in the fight against pediatric HIV and AIDS, working in 19 countries and at over 5,500 sites around the world to prevent the transmission of HIV to children, and to help those already infected. Today, because of the highly successful work of the Foundation and its partners, pediatric AIDS has been virtually eliminated in the United States. With a growing global staff of over 1,000—nine of 10 who work in the field—the Foundation’s global mission is to implement HIV prevention, care, and treatment programs; further advance innovative research; and to execute strategic and targeted global advocacy activities to bring dramatic change to the lives of millions of women, children, and families worldwide. For more information, please, visit our page: www.pedaids.org .
With funding from CDC/PEPFAR Cameroon for the Atteindre95 project, EGPAF is supporting the Ministry of Public Health and the Government of Cameroon to scale-up HIV Testing Services (HTS) to ensure that 95% of people living with HIV know their status, that 95% of them are initiated on ART, and that 95% of those on ART are virally suppressed. EGPAF is also supported by other donors such as Unitaid to implement innovative approaches for Early Infant Diagnosis of HIV and catalysing Pediatric Tuberculosis services.
Attain 95% retention of all patients on HIV Treatment, and at least 95% viral suppression of all patients on HIV Treatment.
Reporting to the Associate Project Director, the Community Engagement Technical Advisor is responsible for the design and technical oversight of all technical strategies and activities to increase uptake and improve quality of HIV/AIDS prevention and community service provision in EGPAF supported Regions. H/she will monitor the technical performance of community-based partners and provide capacity building to improve community outreach, strengthen linkages between community and health facilities and improve overall outcomes for comprehensive HIV services through community engagement. This position will be critical for the development of quality and evidence-based approaches for HIV prevention, testing (community-based Index Case Testing strategy), linkage, bidirectional referrals between facility and community (for community ART dispensation, OVC program, KP program, and prevention programs), ANC/PMTCT, adherence to treatment and retention in care, Viral load uptake and suppression. S/he will liaise with the various departments of the Ministry of Health, the National Aids Control Committee (NACC), the National and regional community stakeholders and other counterparts involved in the strengthening of the community-health facility interface. S/He will supervise the community engagement officer in both the Littoral and South Region. S/he will coordinate all quality improvement activities and technical reports on HIV Prevention and Community Engagement.
- Provide overall technical leadership, capacity building and day to day management of the HIV prevention services and community engagement activities within the project;
· Provide technical guidance and regular supervision/monitoring to community partners with clear metrics on performance monitoring ;
- Collaborate with MOH/NACC and EGPAF national/regional teams and EGPAF national technical teams to develop strategies, guidelines, SOPs, patient educational materials for implementing HIV prevention and community-based interventions for HIV services in accordance with the MOH national guidelines;
- Regularly review, develop and disseminate SOPs for HIV prevention and community engagement activities undertaken at EGPAF supported sites and districts/communities;
- Work in close collaboration with Community Engagement Officers and other project technical advisors to ensure an effective continuum of care between the health facility and the community as well as an adequate demand creation for HIV prevention and care and treatment services offered alongside the 95-95-95 cascade;
- Design and rollout a model for demand creation for Antenatal care, PMTCT, postnatal care, and Family Planning (FP) for pregnant and breastfeeding women and HIV Exposed Infants (HEI);
- Design/strengthen various approaches to support the rollout of Index Case testing uptake at community level and monitor their implementation;
- Work in collaboration with partners and donors supporting reproductive health activities to strengthen the provision of family planning services for PLHIV in supported sites and community settings, including the availability of related commodities;
- Work in collaboration with community partners involved in HIV prevention services to strengthen their availability both at facility and community settings in program areas supported by EGPAF;
- Work in collaboration with the OVC program to design and/or strengthen and monitor the bidirectional referrals between all the supported sites and the OVC programs;
- Work in collaboration with the KP partner to design and/or strengthen and monitor the bidirectional referrals between all the supported sites and the KP programs through a handshake model and the provision of KP friendly services alongside the cascade at all supported sites;
- Will keep abreast of emerging data concerning HIV prevention, referrals, community facility linkage, and will provide guidance and advice to program officers and MOH/NACC staff and partners;
- In collaboration with the MOH and Community partners, strengthen the integration of health dialogue structures in community-based prevention and demand creation activities for HIV services;
- In liaison with the MOH/NACC and the community partner, design a strong model to strengthen community-based ART dispensation program in supported regions and in alignment with the national guidelines;
- In liaison with the HIV prevention partners, identify and avail resources, including educational materials, at all supported sites and community settings, and monitor their utilization;
- Provide strategic guidance and necessary tools for the rollout of the GBV services in all supported sites;
- In liaison with community partners, strengthen the awareness on GBV in supported communities, reinforce the identification of survivors of GBV in the community and their referral to health facilities, and strengthen bidirectional referral between health facilities, social services and forensic department;
- Identify best practices, document, recommend, implement and disseminate effective and innovative approaches to HIV prevention, Community-based index case testing, community - facility linkage and stigma reduction at each supported site;
- Facilitates documentation of QI interventions for community engagement activities;
- Represent EGPAF in relevant meetings with the MOH/NACC, the donor and other key stakeholders;
- Make summary reports to higher administrative levels along with recommendations to improve program performance.
· Support documentation of program experiences in HIV care and treatment as well as enhanced knowledge sharing to internal and external audiences around EGPAF's program experiences including publishing in peer-review journals.
Degree in Medicine, Clinical Psychology, Counseling psychology, Social sciences or other equivalent qualifications in social sciences and/or Public Health. At least seven (7) years project management experience working in demand creation, and community engagement in HIV care and treatment/PMTCT. A Master’s degree in Public health will be an added advantage. Fluency in French is required. Working knowledge of English is an advantage.
Required competencies, skills and experience
· Proficiency in computer packages (Ms Word, Ms Excel, Ms Power Point);
· Familiar with and experience working with Government bodies particularly MOH/NACC and other MOH departments;
· Familiar with HIV community programs and facility retention programs including peer education.
· Possess adequate facilitation, mentoring and counseling skills;
· Must understand PEPFAR /CDC/NACC Technical guidance requirements
for HIV Care & Treatment particularly on Adherence;
· Dedicated team player with excellent organizational, interpersonal, communication, report writing and analytical skills details oriented.
· Creativity/Innovation – Develops new insights into situations; questions conventional approaches; encourages new ideas and innovations; designs and implements new or cutting-edge programs/processes.
· Developing Others – Developing others is a person’s ability to perform and contribute to the organization by providing ongoing feedback and by providing opportunities to learn through formal and informal methods.
How to Apply:
Qualified candidates should submit a CV and cover letter through the following link: https://chj.tbe.taleo.net/chj05/ats/careers/searchResults.jsp?org=PEDAIDS&cws=1
Screening of applications will be on a rolling basis. Please note that only shortlisted applicants meeting the above requirements will be contacted.
Applications are only acceptable through the above link.
This position is subject to donor funding.
The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, EGPAF complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the Foundation has facilities.