Centre for Health Solutions Pediatric and Adolescent HIV Coordinator Job in Kenya

Centre for Health Solutions – Kenya (CHS) is an indigenous, not-for-profit organisation that utilises local expertise and strategic partnerships to ensure the implementation of evidence informed solutions and interventions to existing and emerging public health concerns.

CHS is currently sourcing for a high calibre, self-motivated and dynamic individual to fill the following position: –

Pediatric and Adolescent HIV Coordinator (PAC)
Ref: 003/CHS-CDC/PAC/2016

Overall Job Function: Reporting to the Director of Programs, the coordinator, using innovative evidence based interventions and national policies such as Acceleration of Care and Treatment (ACT) and Adolescent Package of Care

(APOC), and with support of the HIV Prevention, HIV Clinical and the Implementation Teams, is responsible for planning, implementing, managing and overseeing all activities related to identification, linkage, treatment, retention, monitoring and evaluation of children and adolescents living with HIV in the program.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Contribute to the development and design of CHS’ pediatric and adolescent HIV strategy
  • Participate in annual and periodic work planning for pediatrics and adolescents in the program
  • Improve identification of children and adolescents in the program by providing implementation support to HIV Testing Services (HTS) coordinators and lay counselors at facility level
  • Facilitate linkage to care for children and adolescents and account for all patients testing HIV positive by providing implementation support to HTS counselors, linkage officers, adherence counselors and peer educators
  • Disseminate pediatric ACT targets to all PMTCT and care & treatment sites
  • Track implementation progress of ACT against targets for pediatrics and adolescents at site level and flag areas of concern
  • Identify potential need for pediatric and adolescent technical assistance through participation (through site assessments, visits, trainings, clinical mentorship, case reviews) in all pediatric and adolescent specific clinics
  • Ensuring engagement and retention in care of HIV-infected children and adolescents by participating in facility retention activities (adolescent peer education, focused group discussions, support groups, case management)
  • Collaborate and coordinate with counties and program staff to ensure the gap between adult and pediatric identification, ART coverage and viral suppression is closed by participating in county ACT planning activities such as site visits, trainings, review meetings and supportive supervision
  • Ensure continuous Quality Improvement (QI) for the children and adolescent program by systematic review of routine data, conducting data driven mentorship, and participating in Quality of Care (QoC) assessment
  • Participate and establish partnerships with other stakeholders working with children and adolescents e.g. the school health program, community adolescent friendly programs and other organizations working with children and adolescents (NOPE, LVCT)
  • Establish pediatric and adolescent centers of excellence within existing COEs
  • Support county pediatric and adolescent Technical Working Groups (TWGs)
  • Participate in policy making through involvement in national TWGs
  • Participate in writing of CDC reports
Qualifications and Skills Required:
  • Medical Officer registered by KMPDB
  • Training in psychology and psychosocial counseling will be of added advantage
  • At least two years’ experience in implementing pediatric and adolescent HIV programs
  • Knowledge of legal and ethical issues related to patients’ rights
  • Knowledge of behavioral and psychosocial issues among children, adolescents, caregivers and their assessment
  • Knowledge and experience in working with government facilities, community organizations and school health programs
  • Skills in establishing rapport with children and adolescents
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to supervise and train others as well as establish partnerships
Interested applicants who meet the minimum criteria are invited to email their application letter and detailed CV with contact details of three referees to vacancies@chskenya.org clearly indicating the job title and its reference number as the subject line by 5.00PM on or before Thursday, April 21, 2016.

Centre for Health Solutions-Kenya is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews. 
Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification

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