HIV Expert Consultant

Palladium

Company Overview

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact – the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved – and is committed to continuing to improve – economies, societies and most importantly, people’s lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

Project Overview and Role

Organization Overview

Palladium develops and delivers solutions that create positive impact for communities, businesses, societies and economies. Palladium implements the USAID-funded Health Policy Plus (HP+) Project. HP+ works with key stakeholders to advance health policy and financing for family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH), HIV, and maternal and child health at national and subnational levels. The project aims to improve the enabling environment for equitable and sustainable health services, supplies, and delivery systems through policy development and implementation, with an emphasis on voluntary, rights-based health programs, and by strengthening in-country partners’ capacity for effective policy design, implementation, and financing.

Assignment Overview

PEPFAR’s priorities include engaging communities of faith to improve their understanding of the HIV epidemic, leveraging faith-based institutions to raise community awareness of HIV issues, and bringing critical prevention and treatment interventions to and through communities of faith, especially in support of boys and men, and in preventing and responding to sexual violence against children. In Malawi, HP+ is supporting six faith-based organizations (FBOs) representing the primary religions in Malawi, including Muslims, Catholics, and several Christian Protestant groups, to develop and disseminate messages focused on improving HIV testing uptake, treatment initiation, and adherence of men and boys. HP+ will assess and strengthen the capacity of these FBOs to effectively communicate these messages throughout their organizations and their communities.

HP+ is seeking a consultant with HIV expertise to support HP+’s engagement with FBOs in Malawi and its capacity assessment and strengthening efforts. In addition to HIV clinical and programmatic experience, the consultant should have experience with social and behaviour change communication. The consultant will work with in-country and headquarters-based HP+ project staff to implement this activity. The consultancy is estimated to be approximately 50 days between July 2019 through Sept 2019, with a possibility of up to a one-year, full-time extension, pending new funding for expansion of this activity.

Responsibilities

Responsibilities:

  • Lead engagement with FBOs, NAC, the Malawi Interfaith [HIV and] AIDs Association, and other HIV partners on behalf of HP+.
  • Contribute to organizational capacity assessments of select FBOs as needed
  • Provide technical leadership and support to FBOs in the delivery of HIV messages within their communities.
  • Collect and collate feedback and lessons learned from the FBO pilots, to inform finalization of HIV communication materials.
  • Work with HP+ HQ team to finalize an HIV messaging booklet.
  • Provide technical support to the development of a training-of-trainers curriculum for religious leaders, focused on HIV treatment and viral load literacy and , effective communication to increase male (men and boys) uptake of HIV testing, treatment initiation and viral load suppression
  • Act as a liaison between HP+ and USG clinical partners to inform HP+ FBO mandate
  • Participate in organizational capacity assessments to determine technical capacity in HIV (as part of an assessment team).
  • As needed, assist in the review of applications from local faith-based organizations to receive grants for program implementation.
  • Support consultations with the Ministry of Gender and UNICEF around child protection.
  • Accurately and thoroughly document meetings and other activities, sharing updates through regular calls with HP+ HQ team

Requirements

Education and experience required/desired

  • Bachelor’s degree (BS/BA) strongly preferred and advanced degree preferred.
  • In-depth understanding of the HIV epidemic in Malawi, including familiarity with:
  • current HIV policy issues,
  • service delivery guidelines and best practices,
  • social and behavior change best practices,
  • gender norms and HIV, child protection issues
  • Adolescent and adult issue related to HIV care
  • Well-developed analytic, written and oral communication skills in English required. A writing test may be administered as part of the selection process.
  • Experience working with faith-based organizations preferred.
  • Familiarity with PEPFAR and USAID priorities, requirements, and reporting preferred.
  • Expertise in gender-based violence and/or child protection programming preferred.
  • Experience interacting successfully with the leadership and management of local organizations (including faith-based groups), staff of international organizations, and representatives at USAID or other major donors preferred.
  • Computer literacy in Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills and the ability to work cross-culturally with diverse teams highly desirable.
  • Legal ability to work in Malawi required.

Availability to work full time between July and September 2019.

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