Technical Director, HIV/AIDS - Blantyre

Project Concern International (PCI), Blantyre, Malawi

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
31st March, 2019


Job Description

PCI is currently seeking an HIV/AIDS Technical Director for an anticipated Department of Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program (DHAPP) in Malawi. Funded by PEPFAR through the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), the program serves members of the Malawi Defense Force (MDF) and the surrounding communities who use the MDF health services. The program contributes towards reaching the HIV epidemic control within the target population through focused case-finding, scale-up of interventions along the continuum of care and treatment for those infected with HIV, as well as close collaboration with the MDF to prevent new HIV infections among members of the Malawi Defense Force (MDF).

The HIV/AIDS Technical Director will be an experienced HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment professional who will drive thought leadership, technical vision, and implementation of innovative HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment interventions at MDF units in collaboration with MDF personnel.

The Technical Director’s primary responsibilities are to lead the development of technical strategies and work plans, and to manage programmatic performance to ensure effective and timely implementation of DHAPP objectives. S/he will analyze programmatic data and project reports to identify and address problems and lead the development of interventions to support the program’s continuous quality improvement processes. S/he will work closely with the DHAPP Program Director, will mentor, coach, and supervise the technical team, and will coordinate activities with MDF partners. S/he will have overall responsible for coordinating project partners, managing, writing reports, and working with the project M&E team to establish appropriate monitoring and evaluation systems.

Key Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provide strategic guidance for the development and implementation of evidence-based HIV/AIDS interventions ensuring conformity with global trends, PEPFAR guidance, Malawi MOH guidelines, and MDF policies.
  • Provide ongoing technical oversight and management support by mentoring and coaching PCI and MDF technical teams, ensuring adherence to targets, timelines, budgets, and achievement of objectives, and to strengthen technical capacity in MDF HIV programs and technical staff.
  • Develop, review and/or adapt state -of -the art HIV training materials, job aids, and curricula, supervisory systems and other tools needed for effective implementation of HIV prevention, care and treatment activities.
  • Provide the technical team with adequate, up-to-date, and documented technical guidelines, standard operating procedures, quality standards, evidence-based models, and other technical tools related to HIV case-finding, ART adherence, and viral load monitoring.
  • Develop and implement a results-based supportive supervision system with the MDF, build capacity of technical team to analyze and use data for quality improvement at site level.
  • Ensure that quality improvement activities at each site are targeted to improve the quality of care and treatment provided and to ensure retention on ART.
  • Work with M&E team to design and implement a plan to track data/results related to HIV prevention, care and treatment activities, and develop reporting and feedback structures to inform program improvement.
  • Identify and provide guidance for the implementation of appropriate facility- and community linkages to ensure that HIV-positive clients initiate and remain on treatment to achieve viral suppression.
  • Develop guidance, tools, case studies, models, and other materials related to HIV/AIDS programming to promote learning across PCI offices, and to share PCI’s expertise with external stakeholders.
  • Oversee implementation of facility and community activities, work planning and performance management.
  • Identify issues and risks related to project implementation in a timely manner and make appropriate program adjustments.
  • Formulate and test sustainable solutions to service delivery gaps, utilizing cross-cutting approaches such as performance and quality improvement.
  • Develop quality donor reports and project reports.
  • Participate in periodic, structured programmatic reviews to guide course correction and adaptive management.
  • Document, write and/or review project’s lessons learned, best practices, successful approaches, and other technical materials for publications to different audiences, including the government of Malawi, Malawi Defense Force, donors and national/international conferences.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • A medical or master’s degree in public health or a related field
  • At least five years of recent, demonstrated experience in leading HIV service delivery programming
  • At least 10 years of experience in HIV technical activities in the context of a developing country, with at least five in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Proven expertise in HIV prevention, care, and treatment services, as well as use of program data for quality improvement
  • Proven expertise in leading a project to achieve targets and outcomes
  • HIV clinical experience strongly preferred; laboratory experience a plus
  • Strong ability to collaborate and build partnerships with host country governments, U.S. government agencies, donor agencies, and international organizations
  • DoD/ DHAPP experience preferred
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and writing skills
  • Proven track record managing a project team composed of several technical experts
  • Fluency (verbal and written) in English; Chichewa a plus

Interested Parties: Please submit your application through PCI’s online portal. Only finalists will be contacted. PCI is an equal opportunity employer.

About Project Concern International:

Founded in 1961, PCI is an international non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing health, ending hunger, overcoming hardship and advancing women and girls worldwide. PCI is headquartered in San Diego, CA, with an office in Washington, DC and currently operates in 16 countries in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Sectoral focus areas include: health and nutrition; water and sanitation; food and livelihood security; humanitarian assistance and disaster risk management; and disease prevention and mitigation.

Job Location

Blantyre, Malawi

Position Type

Full-Time/Regular


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