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FHI360 Technical Advisor (Clinical Services) in Manila, Philippines

EpiC Philippines Project Description:

Meeting Targets and Maintaining Epidemic Control (EpiC) is a five-year global project funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). EpiC is dedicated to achieving and maintaining HIV epidemic control and the project provides strategic technical assistance (TA) and direct service delivery (DSD) to break through barriers to 95-95-95 and promote self-reliant management of national HIV programs by improving HIV case-finding, prevention, and treatment programming. FHI 360 through EpiC is launching a new multi-year project in Philippines. EpiC will focus on expanding HIV case finding in the community, expansion of PrEP and treatment initiation, adherence, and retention support for people living with HIV (PLHIV), with a focus on select key population groups.

Job Description

The EpiC Technical Advisor (Clinical Services) is a senior member of the EpiC staff in Philippines and will provide technical leadership to the Philippines EpiC project. The primary responsibility of the Technical Advisor is to ensure successful implementation of the clinical elements of the EpiC work plan and achievement of the project’s targets and goals. The EpiC Technical Advisor provides technical oversight and assistance to the project in the clinical aspects of the EpiC program as well as provide technical support for all aspects through the HIV cascade. He/she will ensure that clinical efforts are evidence-based, community-driven and will contribute to the deliverables in the annual EpiC implementation plan. This position is critical for the development of quality and evidence-based approaches for the clinical support of HIV and STI testing and counselling, referrals, peer outreach, treatment initiation and retention activities for MSM and TG persons. This position will report to the Senior Technical Advisor who will have oversight of all technical components of the work plan.

Position Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the development, implementation and oversight of technical activities in the annual EpiC work plans.

  • Supervises and provide technical guidance and mentorship to the EpiC team providing technical assistance on project implementation.

  • Provides technical and programmatic expertise in HIV prevention, care and treatment activities for men who have sex with men, and transgender people including community-based outreach, peer education/navigation, health clinic/hospital/other public and private facility service provision, behavior change communication, treatment and retention.

  • Oversees production of timely and accurate technical reports to FHI 360 and USAID as required.

  • Ensure quality work on standard operating procedures contextualized to the Philippines environment assuring confidentiality and mitigation if required for key population groups

  • Identifies structural barriers to the uptake of HIV clinical services for key population groups and ways to address those structural barriers working with civil society, private businesses and government.

  • Assists in assuring that commodities such as STI test kits, STI drugs, ARVs, HTS test kits, condoms and lubricants are available on a consistent basis at all clinical service provision facilities.

  • Works with the Government of Philippines (GOP) to ensure quality of clinical care and services for MSM and TG persons.

  • Works with community organizations, local health centers and the GOP to increase the uptake of HTC at the clinical level by increasing capacity and providing technical assistance.

  • Works with GOP and local health facilities to ensure all clinical care providers have been trained in discrimination and stigma-free provision of services for MSM and TG persons.

  • Contributes to the achievement of high-quality results in accordance with the targets identified in the work plan and Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Plan.

  • Contribute to program quality according to FHI 360 standards including quality assurance and quality improvement initiatives.

  • 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 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 EpiC to ensure that activity timeframes and budgets are met, and products are reviewed and finalized.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s level degree in Public Health or related field or equivalent, Masters preferred.

  • At least 5 years or more of demonstrated key population group technical expertise, with substantial HIV prevention, care, and treatment experience with men who have sex with men, and/or transgender individuals.

  • At least 5 years or more of demonstrated excellence in a 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.

  • Proven skills in the implementation of HIV prevention, care, and treatment programs for men who have sex with men and transgender persons in Philippines or other countries in the region.

  • Knowledge of processes for developing and implementing HIV prevention, care, and treatment programs with key population groups in Philippines.

  • Understands the HIV-related needs of key population groups in Philippines and have worked to support and implement activities to reduce stigma and discrimination.

  • Design, implementation, and management of 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 in Philippines.

  • 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 clinical HIV programs.

  • 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.

  • Knowledge of PEPFAR programming and reporting

The position will be based in Manila, Philippines and work out of the FHI 360 Country office. Preference is for Filipino national candidates.

Suitably qualified candidates openly living with HIV and/or who are representative of the key populations affected by HIV are also actively encouraged to apply.

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.

FHI 360 is an equal opportunity 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, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.FHI 360 fosters the strength and health of its workforce through a competitive benefits package, professional development and policies and programs that support a healthy work/life balance. Join our global workforce to make a positive difference for others — and yourself.

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