Clinical Advisor

Location Douala, Cameroon
Date Posted July 17, 2021
Category NGO
Job Type Full-time
Currency CFA


The Comprehensive HIV Free Project is funded by the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the center for Disease Control (CDC). Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Board (CBCHB) implements the HIV-Free project in 3 regions of the Republic of Cameroon: West Region, North West Region and South West Region. CBCHB currently supports 79 DSD sites across the 3 regions. FHI 360 as a sub-recipient to CBCHB, is using its technical, strategic information and capacity building expertise to provide tailored above-site technical assistance (TA) to the CBCHB-led project to meet the following five objectives: 1. Improve case identification 2. Strengthen linkage to and initiation of ART 3. Facilitate use of effective regimen 4. Enhance adherence and retention 5. Strengthen the health system The Clinical Advisor will serve as an HIV treatment advisor, providing technical input grounded in strong clinical and scientific knowledge and demonstrated public health understanding. S/he will provide technical assistance, monitoring and capacity building on the Quality Facility and Community based HIV Case finding, Linkage, Care and Treatment and Retention for Adults and Children in Cameroon. S/he will be a major technical contributor to the annual work planning at the global and country level, participation in technical thought leadership, communication and relationship management with key partners/stakeholders, and facilitation of global knowledge sharing on key aspects of population group program service delivery especially those related to clinical services across the cascade. The position will be based in Bafoussam, Cameroon and assigned to lead activities in one or more of the 3 target regions. The Clinical Advisor reports to the Project Director. Specifically, the Clinical Advisor will: • Provide on-going technical advice on the development and implementation of HIV clinical services across ages and populations. • Develop and translate technical guidance, program and other data, and scientific literature to ensure that programs have access to high quality information on relevant best practices in HIV programming, with a focus on HIV treatment. • Support program design and implementation to strengthen the HIV clinical services continuum, including key elements such as: population-specific testing and linkage services; treatment initiation/retention; scale up of viral load monitoring; and appropriate treatment regimen transition. • Review, monitor and analyze key PEPFAR indicators and other data. • Develop technical guidance, manuscripts, and technical considerations to help further the available science supporting PEPFAR programs, and to ensure that programmers and implementers have access to relevant best practices and performance data, with a focus on HIV treatment. Qualifications • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with PEPFAR and DOH clinical programming, including HIV testing and counseling, STI diagnosis and treatment, and post-violence care. • Familiarity with Cameroon's institutional, policy and programming context for HIV clinical and community services. • Demonstrated experience with reporting, preferably for USG funded programs. • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a range of stakeholders including government representatives, local community organizations, donors and other stakeholders. • For Cameroon nationals or individuals with due authorization to work in Cameroon only. Applied Knowledge & Skills: • Excellent oral and written communication skills. • Strong influencing and negotiation skills. • Strong consultative skills. • Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills to plan, organize, and manage resources for successful completion of projects. • Ability to motivate, influences, and collaborates with others. • Ability to build positive local working relationships with local communities, district government officials, and where appropriate, donor representatives. Competencies: • Ability to work independently and manage a high-volume workflow. • Relevant computer software skills (including, at a minimum, the standard applications in MS Office). • Strong interpersonal, writing, and oral presentation skills in English/ French Education: • Medical degree (Medicine, Nursing, or relevant program) or equivalent at Master's level. • Training and/or experience in clinical epidemiology, clinical care, infectious diseases preferred, or an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience sufficient to successfully perform the key responsibilities of the job. Experience: • At least 8+ years of experience in designing, implementing and managing HIV and health focused clinical services. Experience in Central Africa highly desirable. Typical Physical Demands: • Typical office environment. Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time; ability to lift 5-50 lbs. Technology to be Used: • Personal Computer, Microsoft Office (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), e-mail, telephone, printer, calculator, copier, cell phones, PDAs and other hand held devices. Travel Requirements: • 10%-25% in country travel This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time. FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law. 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