Care and Treatment Lead at FHI360

FHI 360 (formerly Family Health International) is a nonprofit human development organization based in North Carolina. FHI 360 serves more than 70 countries and all U.S. states and territories

Project:  CDC: Supporting the Sustainable Implementation of Comprehensive High-Quality HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment Programs in Nairobi County/Western Region of Kenya under PEPFAR

Location:  Nairobi County/Western Region, Kenya

Reports to:  Co-Principal Investigator /Deputy Principal Investigator

Summary of Position:

The Care and Treatment Lead will provide overall technical leadership and support in the design, planning and implementation of all aspects of HIV care and treatment component of the program, including PMTCT and TB, as well as integration of the same with Reproductive Health (RH)/Family Planning (FP). This will include development of relevant technical strategies and innovations.  The incumbent will ensure that technical assistance leads to high quality services; increased coverage and uptake of HIV care and treatment, PMTCT, TB/HIV services, adherence support and retention for all populations, including key and priority populations. This position will collaborate closely with other program leads, technical officers from county and national governments, CDC, and other relevant stakeholders to lead capacity transfer strategies, achieve targets, utilize evaluation to inform program strategy and sustainably strengthen the health systems for HIV/TB/PMTCT services. The position will be based at the project’s main office with significant travel to supported counties, sub counties and health facilities. The Care and Treatment Lead will report to the Co-Principal Investigator.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Provide technical leadership and technical support related to clinical management of HIV/AIDS, PMTCT and its integration with Reproductive Health/Family Planning strategies.
  • Coordinate the design, planning and implementation of HIV clinical care/ART, PMTCT, RH/FP.
  • Provide technical assistance in non-ART clinical care including the management of opportunistic infections (OI) and TB; and by strengthening the capacity of field staff and health care workers.
  • Provide technical assistance in capacity building to strengthen capacity of program staff and facility staff, in collaboration with CDC, County Health Management Teams (CHMTs) and Sub County Health Management Teams (SCHMTs) to achieve program objectives and results, including achieving HIV epidemic control.
  • Develop guidelines, tools, standard operating procedures, and recommendations related to the implementation, evaluation of clinical management of HIV/AIDS, PMTCT and RH/FP.
  • Provide leadership in the development of lessons learned related to clinical management of HIV/AIDS, PMTCT, RH/FP and apply these lessons to improve the program.
  • Monitor and ensure that the program meets the milestones and targets set by the donor in accordance with the program work plan, ensures all activities are conducted in close coordination with the donor and County Governments, and are aligned with Government of the Kenya (GOK) standards, protocols and policies;
  • Use technical quality, leadership, and accountability (TQLA) as a central strategy to provide technical assistance to program staff to design, develop, implement, monitor, and evaluate strategies to effectively integrate various components of service delivery elements as appropriate.
  • Liaise with the Co-Principal Investigator and counterparts within the health system at national and county levels to ensure quality service provision in the high burden sub-counties/areas.
  • Stay abreast of latest technical developments in the field of care and treatment and support the CHMTs and SCHMTs to apply cutting edge strategies to the HIV programming.
  • Work closely with program staff in the field offices to ensure coordination in implementation of technical strategies.
  • Oversee the development of all regular and ad hoc care and treatment technical reports, as well as other deliverables; Represent the program on issues of clinical management of HIV/AIDS, PMTCT and RH/FP with external audiences at conferences and other fora as needed.
  • Support the Co-Principal Investigator in project management to achieve strategic goals.
  • Support performance management and professional development of direct reports, including ongoing feedback, coaching and career support; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Desired knowledge, skills, and attributes

  • Knowledge of health and development programs in Kenya.
  • In-depth knowledge of Kenyan public health sector and clinical settings, including governmental and non-governmental settings.
  • Clinical management and training experience and ability to understand full range of issues around the clinical management of HIV/AIDS, including provision of ART.
  • Advanced training in HIV Clinical Care/ART and/or CT/PMTCT.
  • Registered member of the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and ability to work well with others, including developing and maintaining compatibility among program staff, health care workers, county and sub-county officials, consultants, sub-awardees, program beneficiaries, other stakeholders; Demonstrated management and team-building skills, including relevant experience in direct supervision of professional staff;
  • Articulate and able to communicate in a clear, professional manner with clients and staff.
  • High degree of proficiency in written and spoken English communication, including presentation and training skills.
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences and understanding of the social, political ethical issues surrounding HIV infections.
  • Ability to manage tight deadlines and deliver high volumes of work with minimal supervision, and well-developed computer skills.

Minimum Requirements

  • MBChB/MB.BS/MD/ or similar degree with 10 years of relevant experience, and at least 5 years of progressive experience working in the health or development field in Kenya.
  • Possession of an MPH or post graduate degree in a related field is required.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in designing, implementing, managing, and leading HIV care and treatment programs (especially with ARV programs) for a large project involving multiple partners, stakeholders, and geographic target areas in Kenya.
  • Prior experience as a Technical Director/ Care & and Treatment Lead or senior leadership role at a similar level of a PEPFAR or CDC-funded project is required.
  • Strong knowledge and familiarity with cutting-edge HIV programmatic strategies and clinical expertise, with the ability to perform complex data analyses and make recommendations based on findings. Must also have the ability to articulate and disseminate information via multiple channels with clear communication in English.
  • Previous experience in providing technical assistance, strengthening health systems, and building capacity of program staff. Previous experience with TQLA will be an added advantage.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, manage a high-volume workflow, adhere to timelines, as well as to lead and work collaboratively with others. Must be able to develop and maintain sound professional relationships among project staff, partners, host government and other stakeholders.
  •  Proven experience in project development, planning and facilitating technical training.
  • Familiarity with Kenya public sector health system and NGOs is highly desirable; and
  • Ability to undertake extensive local travel, and limited international travel as assigned.

This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties.

This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

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