Management Sciences for Health

Testing, Care and Treatment Assistant

Grade
A
Job ID
13-9778
Angola-Luanda
# of Positions
1
Group/Office
HPG
Dept/Unit
GEN (General)
Project/Program
A474 - Angola LINKAGES
Reports To
Care and Positive Living Technical Officer

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 is a four-year 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 Testing, Care and Treatment Technical Assistant will work as part of a team to ensure that CSO partners improve their ability to offer HIV counselling and testing regularly to KP members as well as link HIV+ patients to care and treatment. As part of the Testing, Care and Treatment technical team, the Assistant will contribute to ensuring national clinical standards are followed by teams and that they are knowledgeable and competent to offer clinical services in the community. MSH encourages former Sex Workers and members of the LGBTI community to apply.

 

Specific Responsibilities

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist with the development, implementation and monitoring of a differentiated model of care for KPs with staff and technical experts in line with the project work plan and their needs.
  • At the direction of the Testing, Care and Treatment Sr. Technical Advisor, contribute to the reproduction and utilization of tools and job aids in line with national protocols for how pre and pos- counselling, linkage to care and treatment should be performed in the community.
  • Be a role mode to CSO partners’ HTC counsellors and peer navigators supervisors in providing supportive supervision of community teams, during outreach and prevention activities at hot spots. Provide constructive feedback on how to do risk-reduction counselling and positive living talks in group and individual counselling sessions.
  • Work with the HIS and organizational development teams to conduct microplanning, and monitoring and evaluation of progress against targets with CSO community teams.
  • Contribute to organizing and ensuring CSO participation at case management meetings held at target ART facilities.
  • Support the organizing of advocacy meetings with the police and hot spot owners in order to avoid night arrests and work disruptions for community teams.
  • Support the organizing and record keeping of weekly peer navigator meetings to discuss cases needing linkage to treatment, clinical monitoring and viral load testing.
  • Assist in documenting project results and impacts in various forms, including interviewing peers, conducting client satisfaction surveys and contributing to regular quarterly and annual reporting.
  • Support the team with setting up logistics during proficiency testing meetings.
  • Provide support to HTC counsellor supervisors at CSOs with proper biological waste disposal.
  • Keep patient and colleagues’ information confidential
  • Perform other duties as directed by the supervisor.

Other Management Responsibilities:

  • Scan documents and print files and prepare HIV prevention kits when needed
  • Respond to queries for information and access relevant files
  • Contribute to the development of annual project workplans, quarterly technical reports in Portuguese.
  • Follow MSH’s administrative procedures to ensure a proper management of resources for the office and the project.

Qualifications and Experience

Education

Required:

  • Primary level or the ability to read and write in Portuguese. 

Experience

Required: 

  • At least one-year experience providing HTC services to key populations in the community in Luanda  province.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Demonstrated ability to respect the confidentiality of KPs and colleagues in the program.
  • Demonstrated experience speaking in public on topics of KP needs, HIV related services and/or introducing the project to institutional stakeholders such as the National HIV and AIDS Institute (INLS) and provincial health office.
  • Articulate, professional, and able to communicate in a clear, positive manner.
  • Ability to inspire peer educators and Trans women.
  • Ability to de-escalate conflicts among peers.
  • Basic abilities with the use of a computer and smart phone including surfing the web a plus.
  • Ability to work effectively, both independently and in a team unit.

Competencies

  • 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.
  • Ability to past proficiency testing.
  • 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 senior staff.
  • Demonstrated experience of establishing strong working relationships with colleagues from different organizations and cultures.
  • Ability to meet deadlines with strong attention to consistency, detail, and quality.

Physical Demands

  • Keyboard use, pulling drawers, lifting papers <10 lbs.
  • Willingness and ability to travel within up to 50% of his/her time as required.

 

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

Care and Positive Living Technical Officer
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