Applications are invited from interested and suitably qualified graduates for Health Initiatives for Safety and Stability in Africa (HIFASS) Recruitments. The Application deadline is 3rd May 2019.
Health Initiatives for Safety and Stability in Africa (HIFASS) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization registered in 2007 with a core objective of expanding quality health care and treatment in Africa. HIFASS is committed to enhancing the quality of lives of the vulnerable population including women, children and disabled persons in Nigeria. We provide locally driven solutions to advance better development outcome in health, education and other social services.
HIFASS in partnership with other development organizations implement donor-funded community Orphans & Vulnerable Children (OVC) and Pediatric ART Saturation Support programs Cross River, Akwa Ibom & Kano States.
We are recruiting to fill the following positions below:
Job Title: Community Case Manager
Locations: Calabar, Akwa Ibom & Kano
Report to: Technical Advisors
Job Type: Local
Slot: 12 Openings
- Community Case Manager will provide a technical and programmatic implementation of community OVC interventions and Pediatric ART Saturation Support (PASS) at households and community levels.
- CCM are expected to strengthen community and health facility linkages so as to optimize care, treatment and support services to vulnerable children infected or affected by HIV.
- In addition, support treatment adherence, retention in care and viral load monitoring.
- The position will build networks with other implementing partners, health facility staff CBO partners, laboratory, communities, and caregivers.
- Ensure community demand creation for HTS and coherent delivery of high-quality OVC services at LGA, community and household levels.
- Engage with SMWASD, SACA, SPHCDA, and relevant partners to implement OVC case management services in line with national policy guidelines and strategies.
- Ensure community entry, engagement and mapping of local resources within the communities of focus LGAs.
- Provide assisted referral services and linkage to care and treatment services for test indicated children.
- Support Index case testing and contact tracing at household and community levels.
- Conduct regular community outreach services and door to door campaigns for demand creation, HIV prevention and referral services.
- Address individual community-focused HIV-related stigma and discrimination concerns limiting disclosure and access to treatment
- Develop and roll out mentoring, coaching and supportive supervision program for community volunteers at it relates to OVC service delivery and pediatric ease findings at community level.
- A first degree in Health or Social Work related field.
- At least three years of working experience in health, HIV & AIDS, OVC, Malaria or RMNCH program in Nigeria.
- Previous experience working will be added advantage.
- Demonstrated capacity to collaborate with LGA social welfare unit, health facilities, LACA and other field-based implementing partners to achieve better results is desirable.
- Proven programmatic, technical and managerial expertise in working collaboratively with facility staff, CVs and other Expert case managers.
- Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
- Proven computer appreciation skills and experience.
- Good verbal and written communication skills.
- Conversant with the local working environment in Akwa Ibom or Kano States
- Demonstrated strategic agility, diplomacy, conflict management, team building, and interpersonal skills to ensure internal coherence among diverse team members and sub-partners, as well as external relations with the State Ministry of Health, civil society, private sector and other stakeholders.
Job Title: Pediatric Treatment & Adherence Advisor
Locations: Calabar, Akwa Ibom & Kano
Report to: Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP)
Job Type: Full Time
Slot: 3 Openings
- Pediatric HIV Treatment & Adherence Advisor (PTAA) will report to the Deputy Chief of Party and will be responsible for leading the design and implementation of community service delivery components of the Pediatric ART Saturation Strategy (PASS).
- He/she will lead the implementation of the program design to ensure quality service delivery consistent with the national and international standards and guidelines.
- S/he will be the technical lead in care & treatment services for HIV infected and/or affected children, 0 – 17 years enrolled on the program.
- S/he will lead in the use of household/community generated data for program improvement; promote shared learning and knowledge exchange of best practices and lessons learned,
- S/he will support all technical program staff and will manage any pediatric clinical and community-related issues in the program.
- Lead technical design, oversight, and monitoring of activities for pediatric HIV prevention, care and treatment services in communities and household levels.
- Provide technical leadership in the area of demand creation and service uptake for children (0 – 17 years) to maximize HIV testing and counseling services, create linkages and provide assisted referral services to health facilities.
- Responsible for leading community engagement with Caregivers groups, households, CLHIV, support groups, religious leaders, spiritual homes, youth organizations, households and involvement of males, to expand knowledge on HIV and referral for treatment and care services in facilities.
- Responsible for strengthening community and health facility linkages among Children Living with HIV (CLHIV) to optimize ARl eligibility and retention in care and treatment.
- Regular case management review of CLHIV including viral load monitoring, to ensure viral suppression.
- Contribute detailed and accurate technical deliverables and reports to PASS and OVC care and support services that fulfil USAID reporting requirements.
- Supervise teams of community case managers and contribute to implementation of annual program work plan and expected deliverables.
- First degree in Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing or Public health is required. Postgraduate degree in Epidemiology, Public/Community Health, Health Management and/or a related discipline will be added advantage.
- At least five years working experience in the designing and implementing Public Health programs especially HIV/AIDS, TB and Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH) within the local context of Nigeria. In- depth technical knowledge and experience in all components of HIV/AIDS program including Prevention, Treatment, Care & Support, TB, TB/HI V, OVCs are desirable.
- Experience with the current PEPFAR goal of 95.95.95 as it relates to CLHIV and OVC programs is required.
- Significant experience in relevant program management or technical advisory roles in complex health projects in Nigeria.
- Knowledge of community-level challenges impacting care and treatment delivery. Previous experience working with community-based caregivers and community support groups.
- Demonstrated ability to design and implement strategies that employ evidence-based approaches to meet project targets, especially under rigorous timelines.
- Must have experience working and collaborating with diverse sets of stakeholders, such as local and international NGOs, government officials and USAID Nigeria.
- Proven leadership, interpersonal and cross-cultural skills, and ability to build and motivate diverse teams.
- Excellent English oral and written communication skills.
- Proficiency in donor-funded report writing skills is required.
How To Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their Curriculum Vitae and Cover Letter in only one attachment (PDF Format), explaining suitability for the job to: Please indicate the title of the position and choice of location as the subject of the mail.
Application Deadline 3rd May 2019.
- Only shortlisted applicant will be invited for interview
- HIFASS will not cover any cost for invited shortlisted candidates.