Technical Lead, Key Populations

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The Technical Lead, Key Populations will provide technical oversight and direction for an upcoming CDC-funded HIV testing services (HTS) for men and key populations project in Malawi.  The KP Technical Lead will lead the overall design of technical interventions to increase utilization and yield of HTS, including strengthening linkage to care and treatment services in line with Malawi National Strategic Plan Goals and PEPFAR 95-95-95 goals. The KP Technical Lead will lead the KP team to implement targeted and high-quality interventions that achieve project goals, objectives and project targets. S/he will identify opportunities for innovation and address bottlenecks. S/He will ensure that KP-friendly, innovative services are provided that meet the target population. S/he will use project data to inform development and adaptation of best practices. S/he will work in close collaboration with CDC/Malawi, MOH/HIV & AIDS Department, other relevant ministries, PEPFAR implementing partners and other stakeholders working in HIV in Malawi. S/he will be responsible for representing the KP program interventions in donor, partner and MoH meetings; for ensuring alignment with their priorities and guidance.  This position is contingent upon award by the donor. Malawian national are encouraged to apply. 





• Provide strategic leadership, technical oversight and management for the CDC Men and Key Population project to ensure that implementation of activities are in accordance with work plans designed to meet targets and deliverables;
• Provide technical assistance, capacity building, support and supervision to district and partner staff on KP activities
• Work closely with local sub grantees, monitor their performance, provide timely feedback, and support them to meet targets and deliverables. Inform Project leadership of any gaps and challenges the sub-partner is facing that impedes their ability to perform
• Work with district teams to map and identify key populations in selected districts.
• Develop strategies to improve linkage and referral of key populations for services at both facility and community level.
• Refine evidence-based training materials & curricula, job aids, SOP’s, supervisory systems and other training materials to meet the needs of the project.
• Together with KP provider partner, build the capacity of health facilities to provide services for HIV cascade to all KPs and improve linkages and referral to support networks.
• Manage the KP activity budget and ensure staff adhere to budget lines. Coordinate with the project manager to ensure prompt reporting on expenditure, and resource gaps;
• Track key performance indicators and strategies to determine progress in achievement of targets and innovations across supported districts
• Oversee recruitment and training of Peer Educators (PEs) to ensure implementation of activities related to HIV/AIDS, TB, SRH, STI management and PMTCT.
• Together with KP service partners, conduct targeted site supervision visits to supported health units in the district to provide technical assistance, capacity building and mentorship of health worker
• Ensure that supplies and commodities for the KPs are available at all times, and reports submitted timely. Spearhead strategies to address condom and lubricant accessibility and acceptability.
• Critically analyze data and modify implementation approaches and modalities, and scale up and replicate modalities that are working effectively;
• Promote strategies that improve adherence, retention and viral load suppression among KPs
• Identify and address bottlenecks that impact on access to health services by KP
• Mobilize international level clinical/technical expertise to resolve clinical issues that shape or effect local public policy or project design.
• Support networks of people living with HIV among the KP
• Work closely with the Project Manager, Finance and Admin staff, and HR team to ensure compliance with financial, HR and administrative procedures, and ensure efficient use of project resources;
• Manage staff performance and coordinate closely with the HR team to address performance gaps as well as recognizing high performers;
• Work closely with the district team to ensure effective utilization of the budget and coordinate with the district team leader to ensure prompt reporting on expenditure, and resource gaps;
• Ensure compliance with financial, HR and administrative procedures, and ensure efficient use of resources.
• Ensure compliance with CDC operational policies and regulations.
• Comply with Jhpiego policies, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.
• All staff irrespective of their position are expected to comply with and follow Jhpiego operational procedures and policies, and codes of conduct.
• Represent project progress, achievements and lessons learned to CDC and PEPFAR, coordinating with the CDC Malawi KP focal person;
• Maintain excellent relationships with the donor, MOH, partners and stakeholders;
• Maintain effective internal communications to ensure that all relevant departments functions are kept informed of strategies;
• Document successes, lessons learned and challenges in implementation,
• Support drafting of project reports and results to the donor, including routine monthly, quarterly, annual and other reporting requirements as requested; and ensure sharing of information and knowledge with other country programs, and with the donor, to contribute to systems that support knowledge management;
• Author/co-author abstracts presentations, manuscripts, and success stories; collaborate with the communications specialist to develop stories for internal/ external use, and work with the communications specialist to deliver on the project’s communication plan, and ensure consistent utilization of the organization’s brand.

Required Qualifications


• Master’s in Public Health, Nursing, Gender and or related advanced degree with at least three years’ experience in programming, preferably HIV/AIDS programs, with increasing responsibilities;
• Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Nursing, Gender, plus a minimum of 7 years’ experience working in HIV/Programming with at least 2 of these in programs with key and priority populations
• Understanding of KP programming and evidence based approaches; awareness of prevention packages and MOH priorities in this area
• Sensitive to needs of special populations and a commitment and passion for working with KP
• Familiarity with the administrative structures and knowledge of who comprises the key stakeholders in a community
• Strong understanding of PEPFAR and Malawian Government HIV priorities, and familiarity with MOH guidelines, policies and strategic priorities
• Excellent diplomacy skills and a proven ability to establish and sustain interpersonal and professional relationships with CDC missions, host-country counterparts and representatives from other key stakeholders such as NGOs, PVOs, the private sector and other donors.
• Able to demonstrate innovative thinking in programming and understanding of evidence-based programming
• Articulate in written and spoken English with effective communication skills, and excellent interpersonal and written and oral presentation skills;
• Ability to meet work plan deadlines and targets, at times under pressure
• Able to coach and mentor others and share skills within the team
• Excellent organizational skills and able to work independently with strong problem-solving skills.


Preferred Qualifications


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