Senior Technical Advisor

FHI 360, Pretoria, South Africa

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
26th December, 2017

Job Description

FHI 360 is seeking applications for a Senior Technical Advisor, Key Populations for an anticipated USAID-funded Key Populations Activity in South Africa which will build on current investments made by USAID to reduce risk of HIV transmission among key populations – female sex workers (FSW), men who have sex with men (MSM), and transgender persons (TG), and improve their enrollment and retention in care and treatment across the HIV cascade. This project will accelerate the ability of governments, key population leaders, organizations working with key populations, and private-sector providers to plan and implement services that reduce HIV transmission among key populations and their sexual partners and extend the lives of those already living with HIV.

The Senior Technical Advisor, Key Populations will provide technical and management leadership to the FHI 360 component of this project. The primary responsibility of the Senior Technical Advisor is to ensure successful implementation of the work plan and achievement of the project’s targets and goals. The Senior Technical Advisor will provide technical oversight and assistance to the project in the clinical aspects of the 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 program 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, condoms and lubricants distribution, peer outreach and navigation activities for key populations including MSM, FSW and TG persons.

The position will be based in Pretoria, South Africa, and will report to the Chief of Party. South African nationals and candidates currently based in the region are encouraged to apply. Recruitment is contingent upon USAID release of Request for Applications/Request for Proposals and subsequent successful award of the project to FHI 360. In addition, the selection of the final applicant is subject to USAID approval.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the development, implementation and oversight of technical activities in the annual work plans
  • Supervise and provide technical guidance and mentorship to the project team providing technical assistance on project implementation
  • Provide technical and programmatic expertise in HIV prevention, care and treatment activities for key populations including community-based outreach, peer education/navigation, health clinic/hospital/other public and private facility service provision, behavior change communication, treatment and care and referrals for HIV, STI, GBV, and FP services
  • Oversee production of timely and accurate technical reports
  • Coordinate advocacy work with key population groups for universal access to HIV leveraging other USG and donor funding to address the legal framework to overcome structural barriers
  • Ensure quality work on standard operating procedures contextualized to the South Africa environment assuring confidentiality and mitigation if required for key population groups
  • Identify 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
  • Assist on assuring that commodities such as STI test kits, STI drugs, ARVs, HTC test kits, condoms and lubricants are available on a consistent basis at all clinical service provision facilities
  • Work with the South African Government (SAG) to ensure quality of clinical care and services for FSW, MSM and TG persons
  • Work with community organizations, local health centers and SAG to increase the uptake of HTC at the clinical level by increasing capacity and providing technical assistance
  • Work with SAG and local health facilities to ensure all clinical care providers have been trained in discrimination and stigma-free provision of services for FSW, MSM and TG persons
  • Contribute 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
  • Contribute 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
  • Contribute to the development of Scopes of Work (SOW), memorandums of understanding (MOUs), technical management of activities for consultants and local institutions to ensure that activity timeframes and budgets are met and deliverables are of high quality

Minimum Qualifications

  • Proven skills in the implementation of HIV prevention, care, and treatment programs for female sex workers, and/or men who have sex with men, and transgender persons in South Africa or other countries in the region
  • Knowledge of processes for developing and implementing HIV prevention, care, and treatment programs with key population groups in South Africa
  • Understands the HIV-related needs of key population groups in South Africa, including female sex workers, and/or men who have sex with men, and transgender individuals and experience supporting and implementing 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 South Africa
  • 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 the country or region and internationally if needed
  • Knowledge of PEPFAR programming and reporting

Minimum Requirements

  • Masters level degree in Public Health or related field or equivalent
  • 7-9 years of demonstrated key populations technical expertise, with substantial HIV prevention, care, and treatment experience with female sex workers, and/or men who have sex with men, and/or transgender individuals
  • At least 5 years of demonstrated excellence in a senior-level technical 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
  • Previous experience in Sub-Saharan Africa is strongly preferred; South Africa experience is a plus


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