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LINKAGES is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) under the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and implemented by FHI 360 in partnership with Pact, IntraHealth International and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). In Angola, MSH is LINKAGES’ operating partner. The project aims to accelerate the ability of governments, key population (KP) organizations and private sector providers to collaboratively plan, deliver, and optimize services that reduce HIV transmission among KPs – sex workers (SW), men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender (TG) persons and people who inject drugs (PWIDs) – and their sexual partners and extend life for those who are HIV-positive. The project goal will be achieved through the following results:
The LINKAGES Angola program tasked with strengthening the Government of the Republic of Angola (GRA) and community responses to KP to help reduce HIV transmission among FSW, MSM, and TG, and to improve capacity and systems required to enroll and maintain KP in care. LINKAGES will work with the Ministry of Health, National Institute for the Fight Against AIDS (INLS in Portuguese) to accelerate emerging GRA programming toward KP. The objective is to strengthen the care cascade for KP and leveraging other PEPFAR programs in high impact sites of priority provinces. LINKAGES will then reach KP through scaling up proven peer interventions, testing, and strengthened facility, community and GRA outreach, with specific focus on minimizing stigma and discrimination.
The Outreach and Prevention Management Technical Advisor will lead LINKAGES Angola efforts to operationalize the differentiated care model approach through which KPs come into the program. The differentiated care model has been thought out to address the structural barriers that affect good health seeking behaviors among disempowered groups, of which often KPs are a part of. The operationalization of the model will include creating demand for existing but “newer” services the program is supporting such as legal counsel, psychosocial support, medical check-ups as well as maintaining high demand for other prevention and outreach services. The Advisor will work closely with LINKAGES HQ and the Angola Senior HIV Technical Advisor, to ensure best practices and approaches developed for KPs are carefully considered and adapted to the Angolan context. Demand creation approaches will look at both content and method of delivery to ensure that they fit the realities of a diverse pool of KPs (i.e., users of technology and social media vs not). While all services will require attention, better structuring psychosocial support and female sex worker empowerment services will be given special attention as these areas appear to create the most vulnerability among KPs (although they do not know it as such yet, hence the need to create demand). Formative assessments from the project indicate so.
Technical Assistance- 90%
Specifically on GBV and female sex worker empowerment groups:
Other Management Responsibilities- 10%
Knowledge and Skills
Job Specific Competencies