Jhpiego is an international, non-profit health organization affiliated with The Johns Hopkins University. For 40 years in East and Southern Africa, Jhpiego has empowered front-line health workers by designing and implementing effective, low-cost, hands-on solutions that strengthen the delivery of health care services, following the household-to-hospital continuum of care. Jhpiego partners with organizations from the community to the national levels, building sustainable, local capacity through advocacy, policy development, human resources for health and quality and performance improvement approaches. For further information about Jhpiego, please visit our website at www.jhpiego.org.
Jhpiego invites applications for the following positions for an upcoming Department of Defence (DOD) funded HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment project. The project’s goal is to achieve HIV epidemic control by supporting the Defense Force of Zambia (DFZ) to achieve and sustain UNAIDS 95-95-95 targets and at least 90% VMMC coverage for members of the DFZ, their families and the civilian communities they serve.
All successful candidates selected for these positions will be subject to a pre-employment background check. Jhpiego is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity.
Reports to: Project Director
The Pediatric HIV and eMTCT Technical Officer will work in collaboration with the Care and Treatment and HTS officers, and provide technical expertise in the areas of Pediatric Care and Treatment and PMTCT for the DFZ staff and community lay workers on the Department of Defense (DOD) – funded HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment project.
- Provide leadership with DFZ facilities to provide Holistic Clinical Care in Pediatric Care and Treatment and PMTCT
- To provide technical support to the Site Care and Treatment Provider, DFZ staff and community lay workers in PMTCT and pediatric ART
- Provide support for diagnosis and management of Opportunistic Infections in HIV positive children and ensure that all children who are eligible for CTX prophylaxis are provided with the service
- Provide support for monitoring children on ART for drug resistance
- Provide support to staff working on the project and community lay workers in tracking mother baby pairs, and ensuring adherence and retention in pediatric ART
- Ensure that diagnosis of HIV in infants below 18 months is confirmed through DNA PCR
- Ensure all children living with HIV are linked to care and treatment
- Provide technical support in viral load testing, monitoring and coverage for children on ART
- Participate in MOH Technical Working Groups (TWGs)
- Participate in clinical seminars to discuss pediatric HIV/AIDS issues, including rapid scale up strategies, early infant diagnosis (DBS, PCR), treatment and care
- Facilitate trainings in: PMTCT, Pediatric ART, TB/HIV co-infection
- Provide DFZ staff with all the latest information on PMTCT, Pediatric ART, including updates on new national guidelines.
- Contribute to development and sharing of lessons learned and best practices in Pediatric Care and Treatment and PMTCT
- Work with the M&E officer and program officers to follow-up on daily and monthly ART data and the use of SmartCare
- Degree/ Diploma in Clinical/Medical Sciences, Medical Licentiate OR Nurse Practitioner
- 5-6 years in public health, including HIV/AIDS programs
- Membership in Health Professions Council of Zambia or General Nursing Council of Zambia with Valid practicing license
- Familiarity with PEPFAR programs, policies and regulations is desirable
- Experience in care and support for HIV/AIDS at the clinical level, with experience in management of eMTCT and pediatric HIV care/ART
- Sound understanding of HIV/AIDS technical areas
- Familiarity with Zambian public-sector health system and NGOs and CBOs desirable
- Strong interpersonal communication skills
- Ability to work in a team
Method of Application
Please send your application letter and curriculum vitae only in a single document, stating the position and location e.g. (Field HIV Care and Treatment Technical Officer – Kasama) in the subject line to the Human Resources Manager: Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.