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Djibouti: Technical Advisor I, LINKAGES

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: FHI 360
Country: Djibouti
Closing date: 11 Aug 2017

We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of the LINKAGES Technical Advisor I for the USAID-funded project, Linkages Across the Continuum of HIV Services for Key Populations Affected by HIV (LINKAGES), under the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program. LINKAGES is implemented by FHI 360 in partnership with Pact, IntraHealth International and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and conducts a range of activities to reduce HIV transmission among key populations (KP) and improve their enrollment and retention in care and treatment across the HIV cascade. LINKAGES accelerates the ability of governments, key population leaders, organizations working with key populations, and private-sector providers to plan and implement services that reduce HIV transmission among key populations and their sexual partners and extend the lives of those already living with HIV. The key elements of the FHI 360-led team’s strategic and technical approach are:

  • Identifying key populations and locales and comprehensively assessing risk,
  • Diagnosing “leaks” and revealing access barriers within the HIV services cascade,
  • Scaling up “what works” while innovating to ensure the most strategic use of resources and access to newly emerging technologies,
  • Addressing structural barriers and transforming local KP organizations,
  • Ensuring interventions are sustainable over the long term, and
  • Supporting the mainstreaming of human rights, gender and competency and capacity development.

The LINKAGES Senior Technical Advisor (STA) for HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment will provide technical and management leadership to the LINKAGES project in Djibouti. The STA will work collaboratively with key stakeholders including with the Government of Djibouti health and HIV authorities, with Community Based Organizations (CBO) implementing partners and other relevant stakeholders. The STA will design and implement quality programming, with a focus on social and behavior change communications interventions and the implementation of strategies so strengthen linkage to care and treatment. The position will be based in Djibouti City, Djibouti. Djibouti nationals and candidates currently based in the region are encouraged to apply. Suitably qualified candidates openly living with HIV and/or who are representative of the key populations affected by HIV are also encouraged to apply.

Position Responsibilities

  • Provides technical assistance, implements, and monitors systems, services, and staff to achieve programmatic goals.
  • Responsible for the implementation and oversight of technical activities in the LINKAGES work plan.
  • Oversee and facilitate the training of health care workers for stigma-free service provision for key populations.
  • Provides technical and programmatic expertise in HIV prevention, care and treatment activities for multiple key populations including drop-in centers, mobile outreach, health clinic, hospital, and private facility service provision.
  • Works collaboratively with the entire LINKAGES team in Djibouti and ensures strong coordination among team partners on the implementation of technical activities.
  • Contributes to the achievement of high quality results in accordance with the targets identified in the work plan and Performance Monitoring Plan.
  • Contributes to program quality per FHI 360 standards including quality assurance and quality improvement initiatives.
  • Contributes to the production of timely and accurate technical reports to FHI 360 and USAID as required.
  • Coordinates and meets with, as appropriate, USAID, the Ministry of Health, and local and international partners and other stakeholders in Djibouti.
  • Contributes to work plan activities; ensures appropriate levels of technical assistance in program operations; coordinates partner efforts in program implementation including assisting in the provision of technical assistance and capacity development to each grant partner for the provision of high quality services; ensure appropriate program monitoring and reporting.
  • Contributes to the development of Scopes of Work (SOW), memorandums of understanding (MOUs), technical management of activities for consultants and local institutions partnering with LINKAGES to ensure that activity timeframes and budgets are met and products are reviewed and finalized.
  • Reports regularly to the LINKAGES Country Representative/Djibouti on progress and status of LINKAGES activities in Djibouti.

Skills and Experience

  • Proven skills in the implementation of HIV prevention, care, and treatment projects for key populations in Djibouti or other countries in the region.
  • Demonstrated strengths in implementing health and prevention interventions (with key populations a plus)
  • Knowledge of processes for developing and implementing HIV prevention, care, and treatment programs with key population groups in Djibouti.
  • Understands the HIV-related needs of key population groups in Djibouti and has worked to support and implement activities to reduce stigma and discrimination.
  • Design, implementation, and management of HIV public health/international development programs funded by USAID.
  • Proven skills in mentoring, leadership and networking.
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences and understanding of the political and ethical issues surrounding public health issues among key populations.
  • Ability to manage and complete numerous tasks with a high degree of organization and limited resources.
  • Experience working with civil society organizations to plan and implement HIV and/or health-related activities.
  • Experience of proactively identifying risk, addressing issues and appropriately communicating these to the project staff and USAID.
  • Experience of establishing strong working relationships with colleagues from different organizations and cultures.
  • Experience identifying, designing and brokering public-private partnerships.
  • Ability to meet deadlines with strong attention to consistency, detail, and quality.
  • Ability to travel within country or region and internationally if needed.

  • Master’s Degree or its International Equivalent - Knowledge/Information Services, Communications, Education, Environment, Health, Behavioral, Life/Social Sciences International Development, Human Development or Related Field.

  • 5-8 Years of relevant experience in management of large projects and/or programs.

  • Has ability to manage projects, set realistic priorities, and plan for the successful implementation of activities.

  • Proficient writing and verbal communication skills.

  • Relevant computer software skills (including, at a minimum, the standard applications in MS Office).

  • Must be able to read, write and speak fluent English; fluent in host country language.

  • Experience in specialized technical/medical field of study.

Additional Preferred Requirements:

  • At least 5 years of demonstrated key population group technical expertise, with substantial HIV prevention, care, and treatment experience with individuals in key populations.
  • At least 5 years of demonstrated excellence in a senior level technical advisor and leadership position, preferably in an international development context and working with key population groups.
  • Experience with U.S. government rules and regulations and experience working in an international NGO/PVO environment desirable.
  • Previous experience in Djibouti is strongly preferred; Experience in other East African countries a plus.
  • Fluent in English and French.

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 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.

We offer competitive compensation and an outstanding benefit package. Please click here to visit FHI 360's Career Center for a list of all open positions.
FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. FHI 360 is an equal employment and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other status or characteristic protected under applicable law.

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