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District Coordinator - Monitoring and Evaluation

Date Posted: Jan 14, 2020

Job Description

I-TECH Malawi has been privileged to provide technical support to the Government of Malawi Ministry of Health (MoH), since 2008, through seconded senior Technical Assistants, Programme Officers and Public Health Fellows. The International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) was established in 2002 at the University of Washington in Seattle. I-TECH is funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Global HIV and TB (CDC-DGHT) under the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

I-TECH is implementing a recent HIV infection surveillance project through inclusion of a test for recent infection (TRI) in routine HIV testing services at entry points to monitor epidemiology of recent HIV infections.

Recency results will aid in the identification of individuals who have acquired HIV within the past several months and may be at higher risk of transmitting HIV. This surveillance work can be used to inform HIV programming and improve targeting of prevention activities to sub‐ populations and locations where high levels of transmission may be occurring.

I-TECH is seeking to hire a qualified candidates for the following position to support the activity

Position: District Coordinator, Monitoring and Evaluation


Position Overview

The District Coordinator (DC)/M&E Officer will supervise Site Coordinators (SC) to ensure completion of daily HTS register review and database upload, data abstraction from HTS registers on background population tested, and weekly quality control completed. The DC/M&E Officer will support Recency Surveillance (RS) district level operations and provide technical assistance to HDAs and staff conducting HIV testing in carrying out Recency testing. DC/M&E Officer will ensure that facilities have the necessary supplies for Recency testing and dried blood spot (DBS) collection and will ensure that sample transportation follows standard procedures. The DC/ M&E Officer will also support the M&E and Data Manager in data quality assessments and compilation of reports.

Key Responsibilities
  • Coordinate RS implementation with district HTS Coordinators.
  • Support RS activities at the district hospital and collaborate closely with the district hospital laboratory.
  • Supervise SCs in assigned district. Train, mentor and support SCs on RS standard operating procedures.
  • Facilitate effective integration of RS into routine facility HIV testing services. Collaborate with other health care workers to ensure effective implementation of recency testing
  • Ensure compliance to national HTS guidelines including RS project informed consent, testing and documentation procedures and the WHO’s 5Cs.
  • Monitor SCs’ weekly data collection, electronic data entry and reporting to central office, using both paper forms and tablets.
  • Assist the M&E Data Manager with data quality assessments to identify inconsistencies or anomalies that could skew results.
  • Support the generation and compilation of bi-weekly, monthly and quarterly data reports.
  • Coordinate, supervise and participate in quarterly supervision visits.
  • Assist the M&E Data Manager with development and revision of M&E tools.
  • Monitor SCs’ shipment of DBS samples for viral load testing.
  • Monitor SCs’ recency test quality control activities at facility level. Ensure that quality assurance for both counseling and testing is being implemented at facilities
  • Ensure availability and timely resupply of recency test kits and other consumables in collaboration with SCs and facility pharmacy in charge to avoid interruption of services.
  • Submit a comprehensive technical report monthly to zonal office.
  • Develop and share monthly activity workplan and participate in weekly review meetings with supervisor.
  • Attend periodic meetings to review RS activities at district/zonal level and share reports and updates as appropriate.

Requirements
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health or any health-related field from a recognised institution. Those with a certificate in HIV testing services and/or HTS supervision will have added advantage.
  • Must have experience in monitoring and evaluation of HIV programs. Those with formal training in M&E will have an added advantage. Experience in Microsoft Excel, statistical packages (e.g. STATA, R) and using electronic data collection tools (e.g. ODK) an added advantage.
  • Previous experience in surveillance work involving human subjects such as HIV testing services.
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to issues related to HIV and ability to work within MOH health facilities.
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in health research setting.
  • Previous experience in using tablets for data collection.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with implementation of health-related program at district level.
  • Knowledge and experience in HIV testing services / HTS supervision.
  • Strong knowledge and experience working with computer and MS packages (word, excel, etc)


Application Process


Applications with Curriculum Vitae (CV), three traceable referees and relevant copy certificates should be emailed to the following email address:

Email: hr@itech-malawi.org 

Deadline for receiving applications is Monday 20th January 2020. Please write the position being applied for in the subject line. Attachments should only be in Ms Word or PDF. Zipped files must NOT be attached. Only shortlisted applicants will be acknowledged.

I-TECH Malawi, an equal opportunity employer, appreciates all applications. However, only shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged.

For more information about I-TECH, visit our website: http://www.go2itech.org


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