Program Officer, HIV/HCV Area, Serving Life Ukraine (8577)

Ukraine
Apply by 30 December 2017
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 30 November 2017

Job Description

PATH is currently recruiting for an HIV/HCV Program Officer to work with and provide program support to the Serving Life project team. The current employment period is funded through September 26, 2018 with the potential extension through September 26, 2022 subject to the availability of funds.

PATH is an international organization that drives transformative innovation to save lives and improve health, especially among women and children. We accelerate innovation across five platforms-vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, devices, and system and service innovations-that harness our entrepreneurial insight, scientific and public health expertise, and passion for health equity. By mobilizing partners around the world, we take innovation to scale, working alongside countries primarily in Africa and Asia to tackle their greatest health needs. Together, we deliver measurable results that disrupt the cycle of poor health.

PATH has been providing technical assistance to Ukraine in the area of the socially dangerous diseases since 1996. Our innovative approaches have resulted in building the capacity of local, oblast, and national health care experts and providers, and strengthening the health care system – for sustainable results. In close collaboration with local, national, and international partners, we are expanding the reach of HIV and TB detection, care and treatment, increasing services for people with TB and HIV and reducing the stigma and discrimination surrounding these conditions.

The overall goal of the five-year Serving Life activity funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is to reduce HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and Hepatitis C (HCV) transmission through detection, care, and treatment for people living with HIV, TB, DR-TB and HCV in pre-trial detention centers, prisons, and post-prison settings in Ukraine. The activity will increase case detection and enhance linkage, retention in care, and treatment for detainees, prisoners, and ex-prisoners living with HIV, TB and HCV. The activity will be implemented in close cooperation with and in support of the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Ukraine.

The Program Officer will support efforts for improvement HIV and Hepatitis C program management in pre-trial detention and prison settings in Ukraine and for released prisoners who are on probation. This position is pivotal in the development of sound, responsive, and compelling strategy and plans for improvement situation in Ukraine’s penal system and ensuring the proper continuum of care for those in transition to civil health system services. S/he will represent PATH in external meetings and fora, and will foster strategic partnerships and effective Ukrainian local partners and stakeholders relationships. The position will assist in establishment and utilization of international and Ukrainian national standards of medical care for HIV and HCV patients, tools, and templates for quality of care improvement, effective monitoring and evaluation. Duties may require domestic and international travel up to 45% time and a flexible work schedule to permit for either early morning or late evening teleconference calls or assignments.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop overall strategy and lead implementation of HIV and HCV activities as part of the “Serving Life” project in accordance with the national HIV/AIDS and HCV elimination strategies, international recommendations, annual project work plans and monitoring and evaluation plans.
  • Conduct desk reviews, interviews, and site visits to determine main barriers, gaps, and needs affecting implementation of an HIV and HCV service package in penal settings.
  • Continually assess status of HIV and HCV policies, mechanisms for collaboration, and services in target oblasts, undertaking surveys and interviews with patients, providers, and health authorities, as required.
  • Develop and implement action plans and identify specific mechanisms at oblast level to promote collaboration between existing vertical services to reduce fragmentation of care.
  • Facilitate implementation of reforms through Task Forces and oblast coordination councils to combat HIV and HCV in order to strengthen collaboration between programs and civil and penitentiary systems; monitor progress.
  • Develop and implement social mobilization activities of the project by collaborating with local NGOs to develop and/or expand interventions to support HIV diagnosis and treatment among prisoners and released prisoners at all stages of transition.
  • Lead implementation of the training program to promote expansion of quality HIV and HCV prevention and case management, including the curricular development, conducting training events, and on-job mentoring.
  • Contribute to developing the HIV, TB and HCV screening pilot protocol and pilot implementation monitoring.
  • Represent PATH and actively participate in the Ministry of Health’s working groups on the national HIV program development and hepatitis virus elimination as well as the national prison health working group meetings.
  • Contribute to and implement monitoring and supervision plan to ensure the proper coverage and high-quality, timely implementation of reforms and interventions and good communication with key stakeholders at all levels.
  • Contribute to preparing annual work plans for implementation of HIV and HCV activities, as well as quarterly and annual reports.
  • Actively participate in project advocacy and results dissemination through meetings, conferences, webinars, roundtables, publications, etc.
  • Travel to program sites as requested.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned.

Required skills and experience:

  • Master’s degree in public health, health administration, social work, business administration or relevant discipline required.
  • More than 5-year experience in a similar role with a minimum 3 years directly with program management of HIV and HCV programs.
  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills across the implementation effective approaches to HIV and HCV program and case management. The candidate must have demonstrated knowledge of international approaches to HIV and HCV program and case management.
  • Strong planning, organization, and time management skills.
  • Knowledge of PEPFAR requirements, regulations and monitoring required.
  • Strong skills in development and conduction of training’s events, meetings and other project-related activities.
  • Strong skills in development of innovative approaches to HIV program management, including Fast Track implementation to reach 90-90-90 targets, activities to reduce stigma and discrimination, understanding the basics of social medicine and the ability to develop plans based on the monitoring and evaluation data analysis.
  • Strong skills in development of frameworks for effective monitoring and evaluation events, tools for monitoring and evaluation relevant to Project goal and objectives.
  • Ability to develop and implement the advocacy strategy for support implementation of Project goal and objectives.
  • The candidate must have experience in implementation of international projects activities in HIV and HCV area.
  • Skills and experience organizing teams to produce high-quality materials, project documents, reports and analytical reviews on planned deadlines is necessary, along with experience in monitoring and evaluation of implemented programs in HIV and HCV.
  • Excellent interpersonal, problem solving, and communication skills including good public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Ability to sustain interpersonal and professional relationships with internal colleagues and external partners and stakeholders.
  • Ability to problem-solve difficult issues. Strong negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
  • Ability to multitask with ease, adapting to frequently changing priorities.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively presenting complex ideas to diverse audiences.
  • Experience with the penitentiary system is a plus.
  • English language fluency required.
  • Ukrainian language fluency required.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally, up to 50%.

Must have legal authorization to work in Ukraine.

PATH is dedicated to building an inclusive workforce where diversity is valued.

PATH is an equal opportunity employer. Every qualified applicant will be considered for employment. PATH does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or orientation, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

About the Organization

PATH is an international organization that drives transformative innovation to save lives and improve health, especially among women and children. We accelerate innovation across five platforms—vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, devices, and system and service innovations—that harness our entrepreneurial insight, scientific and public health expertise, and passion for health equity. By mobilizing partners around the world, we take innovation to scale, working alongside countries primarily in Africa and Asia to tackle their greatest health needs. Together, we deliver measurable results that disrupt the cycle of poor health.

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