The U.S. Embassy Maseru is looking for eligible and qualified applicants for the position of HIV Testing and Counseling Advisor, to be based under the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
The Public Health Specialist (HTs) works under the supervision of the CDC country director, providing technical guidance on HIV prevention activities, to assist in the planning, implementation and evaluation of a national prevention program including HIV testing and counselling (HTC); behavioral and structural interventions; as well as prevention activities for People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The incumbent provides technical assistance and oversight to external partners in implementing the program’s activities in Lesotho. The incumbent serves as a primary CDC contact for external partners for issues related to CDC-supported testing and counselling and other combination HIV prevention activities and serves as the Activity Manager for multiple CDC-supported cooperative agreements in Lesotho. The job holder contributes to the planning, development, and review of key prevention program components of the annual Country Operational Plan (COP) for Lesotho. The incumbent ensures collaboration among PEPFAR Lesotho partners and the use of internationally-recognized best practices to establish tight linkages between HTC and other areas of the clinical cascade with PEPFAR-sponsored programs in Lesotho. The incumbent identifies training needs and participates in the development and implementation of training courses for partner organizations.
Qualifications and Evaluations
Graduation from an accredited university with a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral or Social Sciences, Health Education or related discipline is required.
A minimum of five years of work experience in HIV counseling and testing, and care and support for PLWHA activities, including program planning, implementation, and evaluation. Experience with the national and/or district HIV/AIDS program is an added advantage. Past experience will include experience in HIV counseling and testing and behavioral change programs that indicates the ability to consult and collaborate effectively with all levels both within and outside the agency. Experience with supply chain management (quantification, forecasting, and utilization) is desirable. Evaluations:
Level IV English (fluency in both written and oral) is required. Level IV Sesotho (fluency in both written and oral) is required.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Skill in providing oversight and technical expertise in the management and evaluation of public health programs. This includes the development of evaluation designs, use of reliable and valid instruments, and methods for data collection, analysis and reports. Ability to develop effective working relationships with national and international working partners. The incumbent will be expected to exercise considerable ingenuity in applying guidelines to unique and different settings; as the work is highly complex and can be threatening to stakeholders. As a program HIV/AIDS prevention representative for CDC DGHA Lesotho/MoH, the incumbent will also be expected to exercise considerable innovation during his/her attempts to influence other collaborative organizations engaged in HIV/AIDS prevention programs to adopt appropriate strategies for their program activities. Incumbent must have basic computer skills with experience/training for word processing, basic statistical analysis and spreadsheets.
All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications.
The U.S. Mission in Lesotho provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation. The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs.
Applications must be submitted via email at [email protected], or hand delivered to the U.S. Embassy at 254 Kingsway Avenue, Maseru, by Friday, June 28, 2019, at 13:00.