Position Title: National Technical Pediatric Advisor
Agency: Friends in Global Health (FGH), Mozambique
Salary Range: negotiable based on experience
Open Period: July 16 through August 5, 2021
Position Duration: Full-time contract with opportunity for renewal
Location: Maputo, Mozambique
Candidate must have a Medical Degree (MD), with training in Pediatrics, with preference given to those who also have a Master's in Public Health (MPH); must have a minimum of 5 years of experience working in Pediatric HIV Care & Treatment in a developing country context; must have a minimum of 2 years of experience working in Lusophone Africa; must possess strong planning and program implementation skills, with preference given to prior experience with PEPFAR funded programs. Fluency in Portuguese and advanced knowledge of English is required. Mozambique experience is preferred.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and its affiliate organization Friends in Global Health (FGH) supports the Mozambican Ministry of Health in the implementation of service, training, and research programs. In FY21 VUMC/FGH programs in Mozambique had an annual budget over $40 million and a team of over 2,300 employees based in multiple provinces across the country.
The National Technical Pediatric Advisor will serve as a clinical expert for FGH and will lead the implementation of Pediatric HIV Care & Treatment strategies within FGH's clinical program.
Objectives of this position include:
Expanding the availability of Pediatric HIV-related clinical services within FGH supported Health Facilities in Zambezia Province;
Increasing and improving clinical knowledge and skills among Health Professionals at the health facility, district, and provincial levels to provide quality Pediatric HIV care in Zambezia;
Strengthen links between communities and the health sector in order to increase consultations and retention of Pediatric patients living with HIV;
Provide direct technical support to the Mozambican Ministry of Health for the development of MCH and HIV health policies. This position will require regular travel to FGH supported provinces/districts in Mozambique. (up to 50% of the time).
Areas of Responsibility:
Provide technical assistance to FGH and the Provincial Health Directorate (DPS) in identifying appropriate strategies for scaling up National Pediatric HIV protocols in Zambezia Province;
In coordination with the National Technical Director and Clinical Implementation Director, provide technical assistance to National and Provincial level Technical Working Groups and to committees for issues related to MOH and funding priorities in the areas of Pediatric HIV Care &Treatment.
Participate in the process of developing proposals for applying for funding as they relate to Pediatric HIV, writing programmatic performance reports, planning and project progress reports;
In coordination with the National Technical Director and Clinical Implementation Director, provide provincial and district level technical assistance to FGH supported Pediatric HIV interventions and provide guidance to FGH provincial and district clinical teams on the following:
In coordination with the National Prevention Manager, support the development of strategies to improve the identification of children living with HIV at the Health Facility and Community levels;
Support the transition process to optimized Pediatric ART regimens;
In coordination with the National Care and Treatment and Psychosocial Support Advisers, support the implementation of interventions to improve Pediatric ART retention including the implementation of the Mentor Mothers program, Differentiated Models of Care, preventive and reintegration visits, among other activities;
Support the operationalization of patient flow at the Health Facility level for effective implementation of standard operating procedures including: establishing routine patient flows, referral to other support services, and establishing community linkages;
In coordination with the National Laboratory Manager, support the connections, use and quality of specific laboratory techniques for the implementation of laboratory tests that support pediatric clinical follow-up, such as: CD4 count, hematology, biochemical and viral load tests;
In coordination with the M&E and HIS Directors, identify and support adequate systems for documenting Pediatric HIV interventions at sites;
Identify the main barriers to improving follow-up care and treatment for Pediatric HIV, its causes, and develop and implement interventions to improve performance.
Application: Please submit CV/resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 5, 2021 Applications must reference "National Technical Pediatric Advisor" in the subject line of the email.
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