HIV Prevention Specialist, South Africa

from Pact
Closing date: 31 Oct 2017

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Department Overview
Pact seeks an HIV Prevention Specialist for an anticipated, PEPFAR-funded Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) and HIV Prevention program in South Africa. The five-year program will accelerate and sustain HIV epidemic control through the delivery of high-impact HIV prevention, care and support services. The principal focus is to improve the health and well-being of children and adolescents who are living with affected by and vulnerable to HIV prevent new HIV infections among priority populations; by scaling up effective violence prevention interventions which aim to increase livelihoods, quality service delivery and address violence and harmful power relations in communities.
Position Purpose
Reporting to the Chief of Party, the HIV Prevention Specialist will provide technical leadership to ensure high-quality, evidence-based HIV prevention programming and service delivery targeted to the unique needs of adolescents and young women. The HIV Prevention Specialist will also ensure that project partners have the capacity to deliver evidence-based, high quality prevention interventions that target adolescents in line with global best practices.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide technical leadership in applying global best practices and designing interventions to improve the quality and responsiveness of combination HIV prevention programming targeting adolescents and youth and their unique needs
  • Ensure the project’s prevention interventions are gender and age sensitive, address cultural norms, and are appropriate for multiple populations and age groups
  • Lead on development of strategy and interventions to reach South Africa’s most vulnerable adolescent girls and young women (AGYW), including risk avoidance strategies for young adolescents (10-14 years)
  • Provide technical assistance including training and mentorship to CSOs to implement the project’s HIV prevention strategy, as needed.
  • Oversee the development, implementation, and monitoring of HIV prevention quality improvement activities.
  • Ensure the program establishes and maintains linkages across the clinical cascade and that the interventions support the unique needs of HIV positive adolescents.
  • Monitor and report on HIV prevention quality assessment, improvement, and assurance activities and monitor the latest advancements in HIV and STI prevention efforts for adolescents in South Africa.
  • Facilitate problem solving and action planning among CSO and Government stakeholders to address critical challenges and barriers to improving HIV prevention programming and service delivery for adolescents.
  • Contribute to program research and learning agendas related to HIV prevention and support the analysis, interpretation, and use of HIV prevention data to inform decision-making and programmatic adjustments.
  • Oversee communications/program material development for SBCC, IEC, VMMC targeting adolescents and young adults.
  • Perform any other prevention duties as required.
    Basic Requirements

  • Master’s degree in Public Health (with a focus on HIV/AIDS), Social Sciences, or related field.

  • At least 5-8 years of experience managing and providing technical leadership on HIV prevention and service delivery programming in the Southern Africa region, including SBCC as well as combination prevention approaches.

  • Extensive experience working with adolescent and youth populations on HIV prevention programs.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of the health context and structural issues in South Africa including socioeconomic, institutional and policy issues that are related to essential services in HIV prevention, and adolescent health.
  • Demonstrated leadership and technical skills in HIV prevention, applying new prevention technologies, and utilizing effective health promotion approaches.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of PEPFAR DREAMS programs required and work experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience facilitating HIV prevention quality improvement with CSOs and Government entities at all levels.
  • Demonstrated experience in the design and use of training curricula.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in SBCC activity design and implementation.
  • Strong written and oral communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Fluency in written/spoken English.
    Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience living and working in South Africa; South African Nationals preferred. Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.