Technical Advisor, HTS (HIV Testing Services) – Ref: TA/HT/06/12/17


Application Deadline: unavailable

Reports to the Clinical Care Specialist – Prevention. The Technical Advisor HTS will actively participate in the development, modification, and/or adaptation of appropriate technical strategies and tailored approaches for improving access to HTS including rapid HIV testing, “provider-initiated” testing and testing (PITC) in medical settings, and facility- and community-based HTS, including targeted index testing. S/he will provide technical support to the Head of Community and Clinical Teams as required in providing high quality HTS which comply with the national guidelines.

Main duties

Technically oversee the implementation of HTS services in CIDRZ-supported facilities. Ensure quality HTS service delivery. Advise the ACHIEVE Programme on referral and linkage of HIV positive clients to HIV care and treatment services. Design/ redesign novel HTS service delivery strategies. Develop indicators and tools for tracking outcomes and ensure data collection and utilisation by teams. Support the development, dissemination and use of quality assurance protocols and SOPs. Ensure adherence of HTS service delivery with the Ministry of Health National Guidelines. Mentor health care providers rendering static and outreach HTS services in CIDRZ-supported sites. Work closely with the Clinical Teams teams to ensure service integration. Provide leadership in ensuring clinical service delivery of HIV related services are performed in accordance with standard operating procedures and in compliance with MOH rules and regulations and national guidelines. Work closely with government stakeholders to ensure quality standards are met, and resolve issues related to quality service delivery promptly and effectively. Follow-up accessibility of service and the service uptake to the beneficiaries of the ACHIEVE Programmes. Maximize the service provision vis-a-vis the target and the cost that goes to the HTS activities directly and indirectly. In consultation with Laboratory Services Department, schedule proficiency testing at supported health facilities and ensure that corrective measures are taken in time. Collaborate with all local stakeholders and implementing partners, especially the Ministry of Health and other US and international implementing partners, to ensure that all activities conform to the requirements and regulations. Conduct regular reporting to the Project Director, and project and technical staff, of successes, challenges and lessons learned in implementation related to areas of technical expertise.

Qualifications and experience

Bachelor of science in nursing or social sciences. Master’s Degree in Public Health or social sciences as added advantage. Minimum of five (5) years of progressive professional-level experience in HIV/AIDS prevention activities, particularly related to behaviour change communication and sexual prevention. In depth knowledge and expertise in HIV testing services. Demonstrated experience working with local governments and organizations, particularly at the community level. Demonstrated program design, strategic planning, and programme management and implementation experience. Comprehensive knowledge of the main technical issues related to HIV prevention and community-based health initiatives. Familiarity with CDC/PEPFAR programmes, policies and regulations is highly desirable. Good negotiation skills at all levels of healthcare. Basic proficiency in computer skills (MS Office).

Suitably qualified candidates are invited to apply; however only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Please send application letter quoting the reference number above, relevant academic and professional certificates, and detailed CV with day-time telephone number(s) to: CIDRZ Human Resources Director, PO Box 34681, LUSAKA or email: jobs@cidrz.org

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