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CDC Public Health Specialist, HIV/AIDS Adult Treatment Lead

Duties & Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Branch Chief, Care and Treatment Branch, incumbent is the lead for the HIV/AIDS Adult Treatment Team, a Senior Project Manager and the key Public Health Advisor on HIV/AIDS Treatment Program.

Incumbent oversees a team of 3-4 Locally Employed Staff (LE Staff) and provides comprehensive public health technical, administrative and managerial advice and assistance in support of treatment activities provided under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Responsibilities include day-to-day program management and development, monitoring, reporting and close interagency collaboration within and outside of PEPFAR.

Program Management   

Incumbent serves as a public health expert technical advisor for the development, implementation, and monitoring of U.S. government (USG)-supported HIV/AIDS treatment activities by taking a proactive role in Treatment initiatives.

The position oversees a team of at least three staff members including specialists in HIV treatment scale-up, retention and adherence on treatment, and viral load coverage and suppression. Incumbent must have a good grasp on all of these topics in order to provide guidance and oversight to the team in each of these central programmatic priorities.

Incumbent is the Treatment program technical advisor to the South African Department of Health, District Support Partners, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the implementation of Treatment programs and activities through one or more PEPFAR grants/cooperative agreements and contracts, as well as partners funded by USG or Global Fund as indicated.

Incumbent provides technical evaluation of assigned proposals for treatment programs of PEPFAR partners, working with representatives to make sure that most current treatment protocols are included and recommends amendments/approval to supervisor.  Responsibilities include day-to-day program management and development, monitoring, reporting and close collaboration with PEPFAR partners to ensure implementation is carried out in accordance with program strategic objectives and internationally recognized best practices in treatment.

Partners include other PEPFAR agencies, host government ministries (including the Department of Health, Social Development and Education), Global Fund, International Organizations (IO) and NGOs, and the private sector involved in treatment of HIV/AIDS in country. Incumbent represents the PEPFAR-CDC South Africa on HIV treatment issues at technical, policy and strategic planning meetings, including meetings with collaborators and donor agencies.

Incumbent provides technical guidance and direction to grantees, program collaborators and contractors on management and implementation of activities to be consistent with PEPFAR policies and guidance and host country policies and regulations.  Incumbent will likely have direct oversight as the main activity manager for 1 large PEPFAR partner and 2-3 smaller PEPFAR partners. Incumbent deals with high level counterparts in all areas.

Incumbent works closely with host Government Department of Health (and other ministries as appropriate), international organizations and NGOs, and private sector providers to make sure PEPFAR treatment programs are being carried out as designed. In liaison with the Strategic Information unit advisors and other subject matter experts within other CDC branches, the Incumbent develops program evaluation strategies, methodologies, and indicators for monitoring programs in accordance with standard guidelines and protocols; and recommends procedural modifications as warranted to align with treatment protocols.

Incumbent monitors activities by each partner organization on a regular basis to ensure goals and objectives are being met and treatment protocols are followed. This involves periodic site visits and meetings with representatives of each organization to review progress and provide updated technical information, ensuring that treatment courses follow established protocol and that medical staff are provided with updated information on the treatment of HIV-infected patients. The time spent providing oversight in the field may be up to 50% of the Incumbent’s time.

The incumbent makes sure that all District Support Partners, for which the Incumbent is responsible, and NDOH medical facilities are following guidelines and best practices and have adequate facilities and staffing.

Responsibilities include conducting reviews and giving feedback on all data generated by partners on at least a quarterly basis and on a weekly basis at select high-volume sites;  conducting regular training sessions to ensure staff is up-to-date with treatment protocol; and developing partner-specific strategies to address challenges in implementation based on the data reviews and in line with NDOH partnership.

Incumbent collaborates with District Support Partners to make sure that program results are achieved and that all appropriate programmatic activities and study protocols meet human subject requirements and passthrough ethical review with the appropriate agency authority.

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