FOCUS (Faith-based Organization Capacity Strengthening for Universal HIV Services) is a five-year CDC funded Cooperative Agreement supporting the provision of technical support and capacity building to faith-based organizations in the HIV response. Within FOCUS, CRS implements two separately funded project components a) FASTER (Faith-Based Action for Scaling up Testing and Treatment for the Epidemic Response), and b) the South Africa Treatment Surge.
FASTER’s overall goal is to ensure that all children and adolescents living with HIV know their status, enroll in treatment, and attain viral load suppression. It works above site in Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania, and Zambia addressing critical policy, guidance, and operational gaps hindering HIV program goal attainment, providing an enabling environment for case finding, testing, linkage to care and treatment, and adherence support. The South Africa Treatment Surge works with the National Department of Health (NDOH) and local FBOs to reach men and adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) with HIV treatment.
As Technical Lead you will provide overall technical leadership to the FOCUS program teams, with a primary responsibility in pediatric and adolescent HIV. Your management and technical expertise will ensure the delivery of high-quality HIV programming, and that FOCUS contributes to thought leadership in the global response. The Technical Lead will be responsible for overseeing the programmatic management of the project, including the quality of programmatic implementation. You will operate within the organizational structure of CRS while coordinating the activities of technical staff from partner organizations in the implementation of the program interventions. You will also serve as Deputy to the FOCUS Project Director, acting on their behalf as needed, including global representation to the donor and other stakeholders.
1 Oversee the project’s technical assistance and capacity building activities through the management and direction of FOCUS technical experts and advisors, ensuring the technical quality, timeliness, efficiency, and impact of FOCUS’ technical assistance
2 Develop, coordinate, and rollout technical guidance and standards.
3 Coordinate planning of project activities and set high quality performance targets ensuring adherence to CDC’s programmatic and financial rules and regulations, including the timely submission of annual work plans, PMPs, reports and other project deliverables
4 Lead piloting of initiatives and scale up of successful pilot projects and ensure that the best practices and lessons learned generated by the project are documented and shared through effective global channels. Help establish and fulfill strategic goals by gathering pertinent global and country-specific information; e.g. by identifying and evaluating trends and options; choosing an appropriate course of action; defining objectives; evaluating outcomes.
5 Establish and maintain productive working relationships with USG donor representatives, FOCUS partners, national level government ministries, UN agency offices (particularly UNICEF and WHO), academic institutions, and other key stakeholders, technical experts, and senior-level advisors working in the area of Pediatric AIDS and OVC.
* MD or MA/MS/MPH
* 10 years of work experience in HIV and AIDS, preferably in Pediatric AIDS, with progressive responsibilities, ideally with an international NGO;
* Senior-level management and supervisory experience of at least five years as a technical advisor and/or program manager of an HIV and AIDS and/or multi-sectoral project with an HIV and AIDS component
* Experience designing, implementing and managing complex, country level initiatives with multiple objectives in HIV and AIDS
* Knowledge and experience with HIV policy, pediatric treatment guidelines, and pediatric ARV drug formulations
* Experience living and working in sub-Saharan Africa preferred
* Experience working positively with PEPFAR and USG Agencies (CDC and USAID)
Language: Fluency in written and spoken English
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CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.
About the Organization
Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS's Agriculture and Livelihoods team supports farming communities using our Pathway to Prosperity approach, which enables rural families to increase their productivity within sustainable landscapes, achieve a living income and build more resilient communities.