Management Sciences for Health

Outreach and Prevention Management Technical Advisor

Grade
J
Job ID
13-9742
Angola-Luanda
# of Positions
1
Group/Office
HPG
Dept/Unit
GEN (General)
Project/Program
A474 - Angola LINKAGES
Reports To
LINKAGES Program Manager

Overview

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) saves lives and improves health by helping public and private organizations throughout the world to effectively manage people, medicines, money, and information. Working from more than 35 country offices and our Arlington, Virginia and Cambridge, Massachusetts US headquarters, our staff from more than 74 nations is highly regarded for its technical expertise, integrity, and commitment to making a lasting difference in health. We live our mission to save lives and improve the health of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health.

 

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:

 

  • Result 1: Increased availability of comprehensive prevention, care and treatment services including reliable coverage across the continuum of care for key populations.
  • Result 2: Demand for comprehensive prevention, care and treatment services among key populations enhanced and sustained.
  • Result 3: Strengthened systems for planning, monitoring, evaluating and assuring the quality of programs for key populations.

 

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.

 

Overall Responsibilities:

 

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.

Specific Responsibilities

Technical Assistance- 90%

  • Lead the operationalization of the project’s differentiated care model for key populations. This should include the adaptation of concepts for the Angolan context and develop implementation guides, standards and protocols for how outreach and prevention activities should be conducted, what the content of behavior change communication messages should be and what competencies community teams should have to implement the model well.
  • Ensure that the outreach and prevention team has the competencies and tools they need to coach civil society teams, providers and KPs to implement the differentiated model to achieve results.
  • Maintain frequent contact with LINKAGES’ local CSO partners, providers and key populations to consult on key aspects of the model, assess gaps and strengths in its delivery and develop a capacity building plan based on the gaps.

      Specifically on GBV and female sex worker empowerment groups:

  • Assist in the development and delivery of trainings to use with the police and hot spot owners, especially regarding basic concept such as who are key populations, HIV and the effect on health seeking behaviors of structural barriers such as gender-based violence. This includes identifying local materials that can be used in training and assistance tailoring global LINKAGES documents to the context in Angola.
  • Adapt the Avahan model of GBV prevention and response community teams to the Angolan context (at hot spots especially) and referral (among legal, medical, and social services) for individuals who experience violence at hot spots, streets and health facilities primarily and help determine whether sensitization on working with FSWs and MSM is needed at each referral site.
  • Supervise a team of technical advisors, officers and associates. Support the development of their annual performance plans and provide supportive supervision aimed at achieving professional growth and project’s results.
  • Develop the project’s strategy of self-care to be promoted across partners, especially among peer educators, HIV counsellors and peer navigators who deal with the day to day trauma and struggles of KP patients in their case load.

Other Management Responsibilities- 10%

  • Contribute to the development of annual project work plans, quarterly technical reports in both English and Portuguese.
  • Represent the Project as necessary in meetings with USAID, UNDP, the Government of Angola when necessary.
  • Adhere to MSH, USAID and the Government of Angola’s rules and regulations for living and working in Angola.
  • Follow MSH’s administrative procedures to ensure a proper management of resources for the office and the project.

Qualifications and Experience

Education

Required

  • Graduate training in health (MD, MPH, or comparable)      

Preferred

  • Advanced degree in in public health or related field desirable                      

Experience

Required

  • At least 7 years of demonstrated experience working to address structural barriers that affect health seeking behaviors especially among minorities.
  • At least 5 years of demonstrated excellence in a technical advisor and leadership position, preferably in an international development context and with key populations.
  • At least 1 year of experience addressing gender-based violence (including sexual violence) against key populations and/or with HIV positive patients. Ideally, this will include provision of crisis-counseling, developing and delivering messages on violence, the development of safety plans in collaboration with providers, and collaboration with medical and legal systems.

Preferred

  • Previous experience in Africa is strongly preferred; Angola experience is advantageous.
  • Demonstrated experience working with civil society organizations to plan and implement health-related activities.
  • Demonstrated experience of proactively identifying risk, addressing issues and appropriately communicating these to the project staff and USAID.
  • Demonstrated experience of establishing strong working relationships with colleagues from different organizations and cultures.
  • Demonstrated experience identifying, strengthening, designing and brokering a range of partnerships including public-private partnerships.
  • Significant experience in working with abstract concepts and turning them into plans that can be implemented to achieve results.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Understands the HIV prevention, care and treatment-related needs of key population groups in Angola.
  • Applied understanding of addressing the structural barriers – including stigma and discrimination – that affect comprehensive HIV service uptake.
  • Proven skills in management, mentoring, leadership and networking.
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences and understanding of the political and ethical issues surrounding public health issues among key populations in Angola.
  • Excellent English oral and written communication; fluency in Portuguese is required.
  • Ability to travel within country or region and internationally if needed.
  • Demonstrated skills in communicating, working, and collaborating with donors, host country institutions, and international organizations.
  • Demonstrated computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite applications, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.

Job Specific Competencies

  • Capacity to work in a variety of cultural settings and complex environment.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and abilities, sound judgment, and high ethical standards.
  • Flexible and able to adapt to changing priorities and deadlines.
  • Proven ability to build strong relationships, work well as part of a team, and to incorporate views of other disciplines into his or her work.
  • Proven record of aligning diverse, multi-level teams with project mission and vision.
  • Desire to promote the human rights of FSWs, MSM and Transgender individuals.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and complete numerous tasks with a high degree of organization and limited resources.
  • Demonstrated ability to design, implement, and manage public health/international development programs funded by USAID.

Physical Demands

  • Willingness and ability to travel locally.

Background Information

Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a global health nonprofit organization, uses proven approaches developed over 40 years to help leaders, health managers, and communities in developing nations build stronger health systems for greater health impact. We work to save lives by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Since its founding in 1971, MSH has worked in over 150 countries with policy makers, health professionals, and health care consumers to improve the quality, availability and affordability of health services. Working with governments, donors, non governmental organizations, the private sector, and health agencies, MSH responds to priority health problems such as HIV & AIDS; tuberculosis; malaria; maternal, newborn and child health; family planning and reproductive health; and chronic non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and lung and heart disease. Through strengthening capacity, investing in health systems innovation, building the evidence base, and advocating for sound public health policy, MSH is committed to making a lasting difference in global health.

EEO Statement

Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.

Reports To

LINKAGES Program Manager

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