USAID is recruiting a USAID Development Assistance Specialist (Community Care), to be based in Maputo, Mozambique

  • The Development Assistance Specialist (Community Care Advisor ) is one of two Community Care Advisors who are responsible for providing technical leadership, guidance and analysis for the Mission to plan, implement, monitor, coordinate the Mission’s HIV/AIDS community care and treatment activities for all sub-populations (children, youth, adults (males & females), & pregnant and lactating women)
  • The Community Care Advisor 2’s primary focus is ensuring that USG community care and treatment adherence and HIV viral load suppression goals are implemented in accordance with WHO and PEPFAR guidelines.  The Advisor’s counterpart (Community Care Advisor 1) within her/his team will focus on ensuring that USG community care and treatment retention and treatment uptake goals are implemented in accordance with WHO and PEPFAR guidelines
  • In support of the HIV/AIDS community care and treatment activities for all sub-populations in Mozambique, the Community Care Advisor 2 will carry out a range of responsibilities related to the design, implementation, coordination, and evaluation of a broad range of agency-funded activities with a focus on the community aspects of HIV service delivery and demand
  • The Community Care Advisor 2 will be the strategic leader and expert for USAID HIV treatment community based treatment adherence and viral load suppression activities, strategies and implementation monitoring
  • The Community Care Advisor 2 will focus on community and individual level barriers to HIV treatment adherence, creating an enabling environment, civil society engagement & capacity building for HIV community level service delivery, community level service delivery quality improvement efforts, HIV stigma reduction and behavior change activities as they relate to HIV treatment adherence, viral load suppression and health-seeking behaviors for all sub-populations
  • Serve as the primary liaison and thought leader on HIV community care and treatment with GRM and external counterparts with a focus on community based efforts related to HIV treatment adherence and HIV viral load suppression. Enhance coordination and alignment of USG HIV community based treatment, care and adherence activities with GRM through active engagement with high level and key Ministry of Health leaders and technical focal points, ensure USG participation in appropriate technical working groups, establish strong working partnerships at the national levels and sub-national levels with technical cooperating partners, implementing partners, and donors investing in HIV treatment in Mozambique
  • Participate and inform the development of national and subnational community based HIV treatment adherence and HIV viral load suppression strategies, guidelines, plans and technical priorities with GRM and other external partners, including donors, foundations, universities, and implementing partners to improve HIV adherence to bolster HIV treatment outcomes
  • Provide technical and policy level guidance to the USG PEPFAR interagency team based on engagement with GRM, technical expertise, and advanced knowledge of the country context to enhance the effectiveness of USG programming for HIV community care and treatment
  • Lead the HIV/AIDS Division and USG PEPFAR interagency investments to employ evidence-based community HIV treatment adherence approaches informing service delivery approaches, sub-national plans, quality of care in community based settings, community worker training guidelines, as well as community treatment and care modalities for various USAID-supported cooperative agreements and contracts that are implementing such activities across the IHO portfolio
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of HIV Community Care and Adherence Activities 20%
  • Provide technical direction and analysis by working closely with the Strategic Information Team and Project Management Team in the monitoring and evaluation of HIV treatment adherence and HIV viral load suppression activities. The Advisor will ensure that the monitoring and evaluation of activity outputs and impact are analyzed regularly and the data is used to support AORs/CORs and activity managers in guiding partner performance
  • Analyze program results against targets and provide recommendations for corrective action, if required assess and potential barriers to achievement of results; and recommend program modifications to address problems to AORs/CORs and activity managers
  • Conduct regular field visits to monitor the activities of implementing partners within her/his portfolio, and assess progress; identify implementation problems, and work with AOR/COR/activity managers to guide partners to make the most effective use of available program resources and adherence to best practices in HIV community care and treatment programming
  • Analyze, synthesize and disseminate key “lessons learned and best practices” from partner activities; apply findings to future program and project design, strategy, inform project management teams, and prepare reports documenting these findings, ensuring that these reports are effectively communicated and disseminated. This may include dissemination through peer-reviewed journals or technical conference abstracts
  • Supervisory Relationship: The Community Care Advisor is supervised by the HIV Technical Advisor in the HIV/AIDS Division. Desired results are outlined in broad terms. The incumbent has discretion and authority to adjust and plan daily work according to priorities and liaise with external organizations as needed.  The incumbent should require minimal supervision in carrying out routine responsibilities and only general guidance for most tasks. The scope and flexibility of the duties will demand a great deal of initiative to identify and test innovative approaches and solutions to complex situations and the ability to work independently
  • Supervisory Controls: None contemplated
  • A US-equivalent university degree in public health, nursing, social work, behavioral science, social sciences or a closely related field is required
  • Minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience in HIV programming (design, implementation, and management), of which at least three (3) years have been in a developing country context
  • Experience working in Mozambique and/or other parts of sub-Saharan Africa, particularly on HIV/AIDS care and treatment and/or community-based programming for HIV treatment adherence and viral load suppression
  • Level IV English(fluent) spoken and written required. Level IV Portuguese (spoken and written) is also required
  • Must have sound knowledge of HIV/AIDS care and treatment needs, community-based health service delivery, HIV/AIDS counseling and testing, and service delivery HIV treatment, as well as an understanding of the overall HIV/AIDS prevention, retention care and treatment contexts in sub-Saharan Africa; and an excellent understanding of Mozambican social, cultural and political contexts
  • The incumbent will have specialized knowledge and demonstrated expertise in the areas of HIV/AIDS prevention, including:
  • Technical knowledge of the behavioral aspects of HIV treatment adherence and viral load suppression, including strategies to improve the use of services, retention, and appropriate care
  • Understanding of community-based approaches to providing critical health services
  • Understanding service delivery aspects and community based structures to strengthen HIV treatment, adherence, and care
  • Understanding of the role and principles of HIV/AIDS treatment and care, with particular attention to linkages between HIV diagnosis and referrals to community and clinical resources
  • Understanding of the programmatic considerations for HIV treatment adherence of various sub-populations including differences among rural and urban populations, gender, and age
  • Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted
  • Send a cover letter in English with CV/Applicant Resume in English
  • Please note that USAID and the U.S. Government NEVER require payment of any money in connection with a job application
  • This position is open to all Mission employees and external candidates who meet the stated qualifications and are open to all Mozambican citizens and non-Mozambican citizens lawfully admitted for permanent residence in Mozambique


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