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FHI360 Zambia under its two Department of Defense (DOD) projects- Zambia Defense Force Care and Treatment (ZDFCT) and Zambia Defense Force Prevention Cross Cutting (ZDFPCC), is inviting applications from interested persons who meet the minimum requirements to fill the positions below that are vacant:
Position Title: Technical Officer – Pediatric HIV – 1 Position
Reports to: Technical Advisor, Care and Treatment
Working in collaboration with other care and treatment and TB/HIV technical officers, provide comprehensive pediatric HIV/AIDS management according to the national guidelines.
Duties and responsibilities Provides technical support related to clinical management of HIV/AIDS; strategies and approaches related to implementation of programs at health facility level. Under the supervision of the Technical Advisor, develop and support implementation of new technical strategies in Pediatric HIV care and treatment in targeted provincial sites. Responsible for coordinating the Pediatric ART Programme at facility level, ensuring that the children’s wards, MCH, TB corners, OPD and ART clinics are effectively linked with smooth patient flow and well-coordinated intra-facility referral system. Will support and internalize routine or provider-initiated CT in the respective facility, ensuring that all children seen at the facility are offered this service. Will provide support for diagnosis and management of Opportunistic Infections in HIV positive children and ensure that all children who are eligible for CTX prophylaxis are provided with the service. Will ensure that diagnosis of HIV in infants below 18 months is confirmed through DNA PCR. Will ensure timely initiation of ART in those infants and children who are HIV positive and eligible for ART. In addition, the officer will ensure that children on ART are appropriately followed up and monitored according to the national guidelines. Will utilize every opportunity available to mentor hands-on all the relevant health care workers in the management of pediatric HIV/AIDS. Will participate in clinical seminars to discuss pediatric HIV/AIDS issues, including rapid scale up strategies, early infant diagnosis (DBS, PCR), treatment and care. Contributes to development of lessons learned from the activities in the health facility related to HIV clinical care and treatment and apply these lessons to modify and improve existing strategies. Work with the M&E officer and program officers to follow-up on the daily and monthly ART data and the use of SmartCare. Provide support to the provincial care and treatment officers when need arises, for example during trainings. Perform other duties as assigned by supervisors
Qualifications and requirements MBChB or Clinical Officer, 5 to 8 years in public health, including HIV/AIDS/TB programs Experience in care and support for HIV/AIDS at the clinical level, with some experience in management of pediatric HIV care/ART. Sound understanding of HIV/AIDS technical areas Experience with ARV programs would greatly enhance the application Familiarity with Zambian public-sector health system and NGOs and CBOs highly desirable