Job Opportunity : Care and Treatment specialist

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LocalisationLocalisation :douala-region-littoral-cameroun Date de publication sur minajobs EmploisDate de publication :10/09/2023   Catégorie : Temps complet Salaire : A negocier
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JOB ADVERSEMENT - CHP CARE and Health Program Cameroon :  Care and Treatment specialist

A-    BACKGROUND

Cameroon has among the highest burden of HIV in West and Central Africa (2.7% among average risk reproductive age adults – DHS 2018). High HIV prevalence is associated with high-risk sexual behaviors such as inconsistent use of condoms and lubricants and a high rate of sexually transmitted infections (STI). Stigma and discrimination have further marginalized key populations limiting their access to life-saving services such as anti-retroviral therapy (ART) and reducing the country’s ability to control the HIV epidemic

The national response is led by the National AIDS Control Committee (NACC), which coordinates implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategic Plan 2021-2023. This policy aims to reduce HIV and STI-related morbidity and mortality and alleviate its socioeconomic impact on the development of Cameroon. Among strategic approaches, the plan stresses improved access to prevention, care and treatment for key populations.

The USAID-funded Community HIV/AIDS Investments for Longer and healthier Lives (CHILL) has the following objectives: (1) HIV testing for Key and Priority populations (KPs & PP); (2) ART uptake for KPs and PPs by ensuring that those who test positive are actively linked to treatment as soon as possible; and (3) improving retention in treatment through improved linkages between facility and community-based services, and reinforced community-based support for adherence and client follow-up.
Care and Health Program (CHP) will be the CHILL prime and will lead the program in partnership with fifteen local community-based organizations (CBO). The consortium is collaborating with the Ministry of Public Health (MOH), NACC and other stakeholders to build the capacity of the national, regional and community response.
These efforts will expand service coverage in five focus regions and generate data for evidence-based programming through the implementation of evidence-based prevention, care and treatment services to key and priority populations in Cameroon.

In the context of this project, CHP is recruiting a Care and Treatment specialist with the following criteria:

CONTRACT PERIOD: 1 year, beginning from October 02nd 2023

PROJECT PERIOD: 5 years

PLACE: Douala

CONTRACT TYPE: CDD

TRIAL PERIOD: 03 Month Renewable after evaluation.

B-POSITION DESCRIPTION:    

The Care and Treatment Specialist will be a member of the CHILL team based at the Care and health Program office in Yaoundé. The Incumbent will report to the Care and Treatment Technical Advisor.

C. BASIC FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES.

Technical assistance (70%)
The Care and Treatment Specialist (CTS) provides technical assistance in partnership with local community-based organizations (CBOs) and public sector facilities to develop, implement, and improve client-friendly care and treatment services for key populations. He/she acts as a resource in all matters pertaining to HIV/AIDS care and treatment, including, but not limited to: HIV testing and counseling, referral and linkage to and from community- and facility-based services, antiretroviral treatment, adherence counseling, client tracking, case management, peer navigation, retention in care, clinical care including treatment of opportunistic infections, sexually-transmitted infections (STIs), HIV diagnostics, psychosocial care and support, pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis, and care and support for victims of gender-based violence.
The CTS:
    Provides primarily on-site supervision, guidance and support to CBO and government partners in the implementation of comprehensive care and treatment for HIV.
    Assists Care and Treatment Technical Advisor (CTTA) with training providers on client-friendly service provision for key populations.
    Ensures that two-way referral mechanisms between community-based programs and clinical facilities are functional and that clients are effectively linked to, and retained in care.
    Supports CBO and facility partners to provide appropriate diagnostic and clinical services to ensure that clients adhere to their treatment, assess viral load, and are virally suppressed.
    Provides support to CTTA in the development and or review of standard operating procedures (SOPs), client flow algorithms, and job aides to ensure that stakeholders have clarity on how clients navigate through the services network, clear roles and responsibilities, and tools needed to ensure linkage and retention.
    Supports CTTA to organize regular coordination meetings between implementing partners and partner health facilities.
    Supervises meetings and debriefing with relay counselors (Peer navigators).
    Liaises with all relevant team members to ensure integration and coordination of care and treatment activities with other program areas (i.e. prevention, enrollment, tracking, etc.).
    Supports with CTTA rollout of training for providers and CBO staff.

Program management, quality improvement, and coordination (30%)
•    Under the supervision of the Care and Treatment Technical Advisor (CTTA), the CTS oversees and coordinates HIV care and treatment activities in Douala, Kribi and Bamenda.
•    She/he helps partners develop strategies to achieve program-related goals, providing direction and capacity strengthening, reaching agreement on follow-up actions, and following through to ensure they are effectively carried out.
•    S/he ensures that all implementing partners HIV care and treatment activities are evidence-based, best practice or theory-driven, and incorporate the latest evidence-based guidance.
•    She/he, under the lead of CTTA, assists implementing partners to comply with all relevant Cameroon, WHO, USAID and PEPFAR regulations and procedures.
•    Conducts regular site visits and supervises consultants to monitor the implementation of care and treatment programs; communicates findings and recommendations for strengthening care and treatment activities to the care and treatment Technical Advisor, as appropriate to the team.
•    Assists with development of the annual work plans, the HIV care and treatment component of quarterly, semi-annual and annual reports.
•    Collaborates with the consultants of Bamenda and Kribi to serve as the care and treatment team lead on all relevant quality assurance and improvement initiatives.
•    Supports partners to assess progress against standards, identify gaps in performance, solve problems, test solutions, and scale them accordingly


D-    DOCUMENTS REQUIRED AND APPLICATION

If you are interested in pursuing any of these opportunities, please submit a resume A CV, a cover letter including contacts of at least 03 references, a copy of the certificates/diplomas and ID card will be submitted by the 25th September 2023 in our offices located behind the « center regional office of taxation at Omnisport » or send by email to chp@carehealthprogram.org.

OTHER INFORMATION
•    Female candidates are encouraged;
•    Please specify your preferred town for the position;
•    Only selected candidates will be called.


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