The Pediatric Advisor will provide technical leadership and support in the planning and implementation of pediatric HIV services under the MSH ProACT project in collaboration with the Ministry of Health. He/she will supervise field based clinical teams and will report to the Deputy Project Director. In addition he/she will be responsible for the planning, coordination and providing overall strategic direction for the Pediatric HIV Care and Treatment programming as well as providing strong leadership to a multidisciplinary team of clinicians working in supported health facilities.
- Spearheading the strategic design and implementation of Pediatric HIV services under the ProACT project in Nigeria and this will also include integrating pediatric HIV services within existing MNCH services in supported health facilities
- Member of the Project Management Team that is responsible for overall project performance
- Provides technical guidance and clinical expertise in the provision of ProACT project pediatric HIV care and treatment services
- Work closely with the technical unit to provide technical assistance to partners and guide the development of innovative pediatric initiatives of partners to support facility level program operations including pediatric HIV testing, care and treatment of HIV infected infants, children and adolescents.
- Provide technical assistance in the training and supportive supervision of site clinicians providing pediatric palliative care, antiretroviral treatment, counseling and adherence support.
- Provide on-going technical support and supervision to field based clinical teams who will in turn provide technical support to facilities in the implementation of pediatric activities.
- Participate in the PMTCT/Pediatric technical working group meetings hosted by the Ministry of health, National AIDS and STI Control Program (NASCP)
- Develop a standard package of Pediatric HIV care services and ensure its implementation in MSH supported facilities.
- Liaise and network with relevant ProACT partners and collaborators to improve MSH’s visibility, coordination of activities and promotion of shared advocacy agenda for pediatric HIV.
- Take responsibility for monitoring, evaluation and reporting of pediatric care and treatment services within the project PMP framework
- Provide clear documentation of programmatic achievements and keep MSH ProACT senior management informed on monthly, quarterly and annual basis.
- Work with ProACT senior management to document and publish best practices.
Supervision: Works independently with authority from the Project Director, within strategy and policy guidelines.
Decision Making: Makes decisions with regards to work responsibilities and is accountable for them.
Responsibility over data or information: Has access to information within project, and is responsible for guiding pediatric program data generation and management.
- Medical Degree (MD) and appropriate licenses and registration with the Nigerian Medical and Dental Council
- Specialist degree in Pediatrics with a graduate degree in public health preferred.
- At least 5 years experience in clinical management of pediatrics HIV cases would be a distinct advantage.
- At least 5 years experience with PMTCT, HIV/AIDS care and treatment programs supported by bilateral agencies such as USAID, CDC and international agencies such as WHO and World Bank preferred.
- Excellent grasp of clinical issues and current literature in PMTCT/pediatric HIV/AIDS treatment.
- Experience in developing country health care programs.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills and fluency in English.
- Ability to work independently with strong problem-solving skills and ability to foresee problems and initiate appropriate action;
- Strong working competency in computer applications to carry out management and statistical analysis required;
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