Early Infant Diagnosis Project Manager – based in Khayelitsha

MSF has been providing TB/HIV services in South Africa since 1999 and in Lesotho since 2006. MSF has been working in Khayelitsha, Western Cape for the last ten years initially focusing on access to affordable and safe ARV treatment and later piloting innovative models of care in both decentralised HIV and DR-TB management.  In 2013, the project placed an additional emphasis on paediatric HIV care, with identification of the need to diagnose and treat HIV positive infants at the earliest possible time after birth.

Job title: Early Infant Diagnosis (EID) Project Manager

Place of mission: Khayelitsha-Cape Town-South Africa

Duration: 1 year (option to renew)

Start date: 1 February 2014

Reports directly to the: Paediatric Treatment Failure Manager

Main Functions and Responsibilities

  • Design, implement, and manage a pilot project to test high risk HIV exposed infants for HIV at birth in a Midwife Obstetric Unit in Khayelitsha
  • Communicate with facility managers, clinical partners, and government partners on the implementation and outcomes of the EID pilot programme
  • Lead the development of a clinical care algorithm for infants testing HIV positive at the primary care level, including long term follow up on infants initiated on treatment at birth
  • Train and mentor primary care clinicians on the initiation and management of HIV treatment in young infants
  • Liaise with virologists at Tygerberg Hospital for the choice of point of care and laboratory testing methods in HIV exposed infants
  • Collect and report on pilot project data, and participate in operational research on early infant diagnosis with Department of Health and academic partners
  • Manage the communication on HIV care and treatment in infants with other MSF projects, Department of Health, and other stakeholders, including participation in local and regional meetings
  • Lead project advocacy on the diagnosis and treatment of HIV exposed infants, including availability and choice of treatment regimens
  • Participate and be fully aware of debates and decisions about relevant National policies and guidelines on early infant diagnosis in South Africa
  • Supervise additional MSF staff to support pilot implementation at the facility level
  • In cooperation with the Paediatric Treatment Failure manager, implement a clinical care package for vertically and horizontally HIV infected youth
  • Contribute to the strategic planning and annual review of project operations for innovative strategies in paediatric HIV care

Key Requirements

  • Qualifications required:
  • Current registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA)
  • A tertiary medical qualification, preferably with a post graduate qualification in HIV or infectious disease management
  • Experience required/strongly preferred:
  • At least two years’ experience in managing HIV/TB care and treatment in adults and children in a lower socio-economic context, including the provision of ART
  • Additional experience in the care and management of paediatric HIV
  • Ability to design, implement, and manage pilot projects or programmes
  • Experience in operational research
  • Technical skills including MS Word, Power Point, and Excel; ability to analyze and interpret data and write written reports
  • Ability to communicate with MSF staff, clinical staff, facility managers, and patients, and ability to manage a team
  • Language(s) required: English, Xhosa an advantage
  • Skills required/strongly preferred:
  • Genuine commitment to MSF's humanitarian principles and the fight against HIV/AIDS and TB
  • Excellent organisation, negotiation, interpersonal, and communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Good leadership skills and team spirit
  • Ability to handle the pressures and stresses related to the job responsibilities
  • Sound understanding of public health specifically HIV and TB
  • Advocacy and networking skills

For further information or discussion regarding this post please email: Dr. Vivian Cox at msfocb-khayelitsha-coord-deputy@brussels.msf.org

To apply, please email your CV and personal motivation letter to: Lauren Rolls at msfb-khayelitsha-admin@msf.org.za

Closing date 24 January 2014

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