CONTEXT OF THE POST
Many achievements have been accomplished by MSF treating HIV and TB in resources-limited setting in the last 20 years demonstrating that providing care for PLWHA and TB is feasible and with good treatment outcomes.
In 2014 MSF movement confirmed its commitment towards HIV/TB and going beyond the so called vertical projects, proposing larger scale up of HIV/TB activities in regular programs with high priority in nutrition, paediatrics, pregnant women and unstable settings.
MSF OCBA has defined in the 2015-2017 HIV/TB Roadmap to guarantee integration and normalization of quality HIV and TB services within health care programming not necessarily related to HIV or TB prevalence, but to patient needs. MSF OCBA seeks to pursue integration of HIV/TB activities in unstable settings when relevant, SRH, Paediatric and Nutritional projects. Besides the Missions where those components have been already implemented, the roadmap foresees the integration in some key countries already running and that are among the lowest ART coverages in the world according to UNAIDS such as CAR, DRC, Niger, South Sudan and Guinea Bissau.
In July 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) released updated recommendations for ART initiation for all patients (Test & Treat all) regardless of clinical staging and CD4 level, which poses a golden opportunity to increase ART initiation in settings with very low ART coverage or during instability.
GENERAL OBJECTIVE OF THE POSITION
The HIV & TB mobile implementation officer position has been created to support missions and field teams to develop, implement, or improve existing, HIV & TB activities in the projects. The main responsibilities will be to visit prioritized missions, couch and train field teams, and support the implementation of effective program activities.
Placement within the Organisational Chart:
The HIV & TB MIO is hierarchically accountable to the Head of Operational Medical Unit (HOMU). S/he is functionally linked to the HIV & TB Referent Advisor of the Medical Department. S/he works closely with the correspondent Operational Cell-based Health Advisor (TESACO) when implementing work for /in specific missions. While in mission on the field, he/she works under the regular hierarchical and functional structures of the missions, by keeping its communication with the Medical Department as explained above.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND MAIN TASKS
- Ensuring implementation and supporting the field in specific HIV/TB program activities as a direct implementer and as part of the field team, in line with the projects operational objectives
- To visit the identified priority missions (Sudan, CAR, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, India)
- Capitalizing and sharing field experiences to improve HIV/TB health care practices whenever needed:
- Identify new cutting edge topics which might need further research, development and innovation
- Actively collaborate with the concerned transversal counterparts in the medical department
- To ensure constant update on MSF technical debates, medical seminars, working groups, international conferences. According agendas and relevance the MIO and/or the HIV/TB Referent could participate to them.
- Visit planning and specific TOR for the visits will be done by the Medical Teams of each Mission in collaboration with TESACOS, HOMU and HIV&TB Referent; it could include several of the tasks below or others according to identified need.
- Assist in identification of needs, gaps in existing programming (MoH, MSF, or other actors), formulation of proposal for intervention strategy of MSF-OCBA appropriate to specific context.
- Assist and support field teams in the practical implementation of program activities agreed by the Operational Cell; including formulation of medical and supply orders, HP and counselling needs and strategies, implementation of M&E systems, flow of patients, etc. and assisting MCT in interaction with local and national authorities, mapping of other players, etc.
- Provide trainings in the field (medical and non-medical, national, international, and MOH staff) concerning the implementation of the HIV/TB activities; with a strong focus on implementation procedures, diagnostic and treatment protocols, tools, correct and timely data collection, supervision and data collection and analysis.
- When requested, the HIV/TB MIO will mentor either a national or international staff that will be the focal person for this particular activity (PMR, Flying, etc) with the main objective of leaving a certain capacity to continue what has been implemented.
- Each Mission visit will be followed by an Implementation Report within the following 3 weeks maximum. Inside some indicators will be provided to facilitate the progress check-up of the status and quality of the integration of HIV/AIDS and TB component.
When the MIO is not working within a mission and after his/her rest and/or holiday periods, s/he may be asked to:
- Participate in training sessions (PPD/MMC/PMR and HoM/Medco co-days and others on request) and other national and international events as required.
- Participate in meetings at Medical department and service level as well as in other in-house discussion forums.
- Participate and/or animate thematic forums/collaborative platforms and medical seminars concerning chronic and infectious diseases.
Education and experience
- Required profile: Medical Doctor
- Field experience with MSF, or similar organization (at least 2 years)
- Practical field experience in the implementation of HIV & TB activities in developing countries, including training of personnel; experience in integrated programmes and unstable settings is an asset
- Familiar with MSF HIV & TB guidelines and standards of care
- Languages: Fluent in written and spoken English, high level of spoken and written French. Spanish and Portuguese are considered as an asset
- Good computer skills (Microsoft Office, HMIS, Epi data)
- Commitment to MSF’s Principles
- Cross-cultural Awareness
- Behavioural Flexibility
- Analytical Thinking
- Strategic Vision
- Results and Quality Orientation
- Service Orientation
- Initiative and Innovation
- Teamwork and Cooperation
- Availability to travel frequently and flexibility in terms of working hours.
- Based in home country with frequent travelling and supervisions to the projects (80% of his/her working time)
- Contract: determined period 9 months
- Full time work
- Annual gross salary: 26,981.33€ (divided into 12 monthly payments) + secondary benefits based on MSF OCBA Reward Policy.
- Practical working conditions while in the field are as per the MSF-OCBA guideline
- Starting date: February 2018
HOW TO APPLY
- To apply, all applicants should please send their CV and cover motivation letter under the reference “HIV/TB MIO” to email@example.com.
- Please submit your CV and cover letter in ONE file and name the file with your LAST NAME.
- Closing date: 15th of January 2018
- Replies will only be sent to short-listed candidates.
- Médecins Sans Frontieres, as a responsible employer, under article 38 of “Ley de Integración Social del Minusválido de 1982 (LISMI)” invite those persons with a recognized disability and with an interest in the humanitarian area to apply for the above mentioned position.
 MSF HIV/AIDS Strategic Framework 2014-2017