Technical Director x1
Lusaka, Zambia, Full Time Competitive
JSI Research & Training Institute Limited
JSI Research and Training Institute, Inc. (JSI) is public health organization that is committed to improving the health and well-being of underserved and vulnerable people and communities throughout the world, and to providing an environment where people of passion and commitment can pursue this cause. JSI seeks highly qualified and accomplished public health leaders and staff for its United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-supported District Coverage of Health Services (USAID DISCOVER-Health) Project. The USAID DISCOVER-Health project aims to improve the lives of Zambians by ensuring equitable access to and use of high-quality HIV, maternal new-born and child health (MNCH), family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) services and products at the district and community levels. The project utilizes and sustains a health model that maximizes the relative strengths of the public and private sectors to deliver health products and services that reach all beneficiaries and consumer markets.
Position: Technical Director – X1
Category: Full Time
Reporting: Deputy Project Director – Clinical Services
The Technical Director – will provide leadership for USAID DISCOVER-Health in the area of Clinical services, including HTS, HIV/TB management and COVID-19 prevention. He/she is expected to have significant HIV, TB, and COVID-19 technical expertise and clinical experience, and to have a good understanding of HIV, TB, and the deployment of COVID-19 vaccines in Zambia or in a similar setting. Reporting to the Deputy Project Director- Clinical Services, the Technical Director – is one of the lead HIV care and treatment and COVID-19 resource persons within USAID DISCOVER-Health, ensuring HIV and TB care and treatment programs, and COVID-19 vaccination programs are clinically sound, evidence-based, and aligned with the priorities of the Ministry of Health, USAID, PEPFAR, and program beneficiaries.
Provide strategic and technical leadership for USAID DISCOVER-Health adult and pediatric HIV clinical services, TB/HIV services, PrEP and COVID-19 program;
Support innovative approaches to test, initiate, retain and attain viral suppression for patients enrolled in the USAID DISCOVER-Health program;
Provide technical assistance, training, and mentorship to USAID DISCOVER-Health site teams in HIV clinical care, TB/HIV co-infection, and COVID-19 programming in the Project supported districts;
Develop/source, disseminate, and ensure operationalization of national/international training materials and systematically update technical and other staff on HIV clinical care, TB/HIV co-infection, and COVID-19;
Lead the Project’s efforts in capacity building around HIV testing including index case testing and partner notification services, recency testing, HIV treatment, viral load suppression, PrEP and COVID-19 programming
Lead the continued improvement in client retention, and quality of care indicators including viral load coverage and treatment of latent tuberculosis (TPT) within Project sites
Provide technical input and expertise in shaping sustainable HIV and TB/HIV service provision to the target populations through networking and forging strategic partnerships;
Coordinate work planning for achieving USAID DISCOVER-Health’s HIV and TB/HIV, and COVID-19 objectives and provide leadership and supervision to ensure set targets are met;
Lead HIV clinical care, TB/HIV, and COVID-19 program performance review to inform further programming;
Support documentation of program experiences in HIV/TB clinical care and COVID-19 programming, and contribute to knowledge sharing with internal and external audiences around USAID DISCOVER-Health’s programs, including publishing in peer-reviewed journals;
Represents USAID DISCOVER-Health in local, national, and international meetings and events related to HIV/TB clinical care and COVID-19 as appropriate.
Required Qualifications and Skills
MBChB, MBBS or equivalent, with training in HIV clinical care and TB/HIV;
Master’s degree in public health or other related field; infectious diseases’ training an added advantage;
At least five (5) years’ experience in the area of HIV or TB service provision;
Ability to lead a team and interact effectively with other Project staff, GRZ and other counterparts, and other players involved in HIV clinical care and TB/HIV and in broader public health;
Excellent analytical, written, and oral communication skills;
Computer proficiency in Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
Ability to travel regularly to monitor regional and site level HIV clinical care and TB/HIV services.
Ability to support facilitation of learning
Ability to lead a dynamic team involved in health service delivery at Site level
Sound clinical, analytical, written, and oral communication skills
Computer literate in Word, Excel and PowerPoint
Strong conceptual and analytical skills to be able to quickly grasp and translate new concepts into operational plans and results
Your application should be sent in one e-mail document consisting of a cover letter and a detailed CV, including daytime contact telephone number/s, and also give names and contact details of three referees. Please send your applications addressed to the “Project Director” USAID DISCOVER-Health Project, Stand 45/D/REM-3-A/377, Warthog Road, Kabulonga, and Lusaka, Zambia.
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The closing date for receipt of submission of the applications is Monday 28th February 2022, at 17:00hrs.
Only short listed candidates will be contacted.