HIV Specialist

  • Full Time
  • Lilongwe
  • Applications have closed

I-TECH Malawi

The International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) is a center in the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health that works in partnership with the University of California, San Francisco. I-TECH has projects in more than 20 countries, and its worldwide staff work with local ministries of health, universities, non-governmental organizations, medical facilities, and other partners to support efficient, well-ordered health care systems that provide high quality care to all citizens.  I-TECH Malawi provides technical assistance to the Malawi Ministry of Health and its partners to support human resource development, health systems strengthening, HIV care and treatment, and HIV surveillance for epidemic control.

I-TECH has been privileged to provide technical support to the Government of Malawi Ministry of Health (MoH), since 2008, through seconded senior Technical Assistants, Program Officers and Public Health Fellows.  The International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) was established in 2002 at the University of Washington in Seattle.  I-TECH is funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Global HIV and TB (CDC-DGHT) under the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

I-TECH Malawi wishes to recruit highly qualified and experienced person to fill the following position

HIV Specialist at Lighthouse Trust in Lilongwe, Malawi

Position Overview

The HIV Specialist serves as the clinical expert for Integrated HIV care at Lighthouse. The Specialist works with all management members and staff to strengthen Lighthouse’s technical leadership and technical guidance for delivering integrated HIV services with high quality standards that can be adopted at other facilities in similar settings nationwide. The Specialist will assist to develop a comprehensive approach for integrated HIV care to enhance the impact of Lighthouse programs through the expansion of evidence-based interventions and models of care to reduce morbidity and mortality in PLHIV.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Program Management and Capacity building (50 %)

Provide evidence-based support on ART, HIV and TB care at the Lighthouse in line with relevant National guidelines and develop future strategies for the Lighthouse

  • Serve as Lighthouse point of contact for complicated HIV care issues
  • Develop a set of referral pathways for patients from peripheral Lighthouse supported clinics to the central referral units. These should ensure effective referral from clinics to district hospitals as well as from district hospitals to central HIV care units.
  • Establish and pilot referral pathways within Kamuzu Central Hospital and Queen Elisabeth Central Hospital as well as in the Lighthouse supported clinics in the Northern and Central districts so that they serve as a model for the National ART program.
  • Ensure understanding of Lighthouse concepts in referral hospitals (especially in KCH and QECH) through intensive cooperation with the Departments of Medicine
  • Participate and expand telemedicine teaching and consulting possibilities at Lighthouse like e.g. Lighthouse ECHO, WhatsApp groups and others

Provide technical training, and mentoring to support Lighthouse on ART, HIV and TB care and expand the Capacity Building role of the Lighthouse

  • Develop state-of-the-art training materials and systematically update technical and other staff on HIV medicine
  • Support the pre-service training (medical students, clinical officer students, nursing students) and post-graduate trainings (e.g. Diploma in HIV medicine) of Malawian HCW in HIV related topics through lectures and presentations
  • Establish, organize and conduct an advanced HIV/TB care training for Lighthouse clinical staff as well as national and potentially international participants to strengthen the role of Lighthouse as a teaching and training organization nationally and internationally

Assist in developing and maintaining key programmatic partnerships in ART, HIV and TB care

  • With the Executive Director, develop collaborative partnerships with other service providers. Working pro-actively with Lighthouse national and international partners towards fulfilment of Lighthouse’ mission and contribute to Lighthouse financial stability
  • Represent Lighthouse in external meetings, working groups related to HIV and ART care

Management and Oversight (30 %)

  • Oversee the operations to ensure smooth running of clinic operations at Lighthouse Centers of Excellence in Lilongwe (Kamuzu Central Hospital and Martin Preuss Centre), Blantyre (Umodzi Family Centre), Zomba (Tisungane Clinic and Mzuzu (Rainbow Clinic), working with the clinic managers to ensure service quality, including mentoring and supporting clinicians to manage complications of HIV infections and antiretroviral treatment (ART) such as ART failure, toxicity and co- treatment for other communicable and non-communicable diseases
  • Ensure in cooperation with the Executive Management the availability of relevant resources to work towards Lighthouse mission and strategic direction, which includes:
    • ensuring appropriate staffing levels
    • ensuring drug and consumable security
    • ensuring required laboratory commodities
    • ensuring quality clinical care and monitoring patient satisfaction
  • Oversee the clinician’s activities, motivate, and develop their professional skills through on-site support. Participate in Annual Performance and Development reviews. Discuss the results of this exercise with the Lighthouse Executive Director and Management.

Implementation Science (20 %)

  • Support Lighthouse team in the design and implementation of new ART, HIV and TB care interventions and strengthen components in current programs
  • Consult on and support evaluation and operations research activities to document the outcomes and impact of HIV programs, as well as in the identification of priority research and evaluation questions.
  • Contribute to documentation of program experiences in HIV care as well as enhanced knowledge sharing to internal and external audiences around Lighthouse program experiences including publishing in peer-review journals
  • Participate in various time-bound and standing internal technical/programmatic working groups as assigned

REQUIREMENTS:

  • MBBS / MD with post graduate training either in internal medicine, family medicine or infectious diseases
  • Education in HIV management with at least 5 years of relevant work experience
  • At least 3 years’ programmatic experience in resource-limited settings working in the area of HIV care and treatment
  • Self-motivated and demonstrated success in managing and innovating programs in resource-limited settings
  • Strong experience in providing mentorship and technical assistance

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

DESIRED EXPERIENCE

  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • Excellent collaboration and partnering skills in a teamwork environment
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and projects while working as part of a team
  • Experience in Epidemiology training
  • Experience in managing TB (including MDR-TB)
  • Imaging (ultrasound, CXR) and image-guided biopsy skills

WORKING ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS

This full-time position is based at the Lighthouse offices in Malawi. The HIV Specialist requires up to 10% travel to places that often lack adequate public health and safety infrastructure. Travelers must be prepared to follow the UW and US government recommended precautions and prophylaxis for travel safety and disease prevention. The HIV Specialist requires frequent participation in early morning and late evening telephone conference calls in order to accommodate time zone differences between Seattle and its country project sites.  I-TECH operates within a grant-funded environment.   Due to this, the total amount of this position’s FTE may fluctuate based on program funding and needs.

COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY

The Department of Global Health recognizes that disparities in health around the globe stem from inequity. The Department encourages and supports the multiple identities of staff, faculty and students including, but not limited to, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, language, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, culture, spiritual practice, geography, mental and physical disability and age. The Department strives to become a local, national, and international leader in developing and maintaining increased representation and recognition of each of these dimensions of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students.

Application Process:

The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your “My Jobs” page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

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