Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation is a proven leader in the global fight to end HIV and AIDS, and an advocate for every child to live a full and healthy life into adulthood. Founded through a mother’s determination, we are driven to see a world where no other mother, child or family is devastated by this disease. For more than 30 years, EGPAF has been a leader in meeting urgent needs in pediatric HIV and AIDS in the world’s most affected regions. For more information, please visit http://www.pedaids.org

EGPAF Uganda Country program scope involves: 1) the USAID Regional Health Integration to Enhance Services in the South West Uganda project that aims to increase the availability, accessibility, and quality of integrated health services including HIV and TB prevention, care and treatment; maternal, neonatal, and child health services; family planning; nutrition assessment and counseling and support; malaria prevention and treatment; and other primary care services. 2) ELMA-funded Unfinished business project that focuses on closing the Adult-Pediatric ART gap; 3) Catalyzing Pediatric TB Innovations (CaP – TB) and 4) Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DnDI); 5) New Horizons project focusing on ALHIV Treatment Access and 6) The Pediatric HIV Breakthrough Partnership (ViiV Project).

Applications are invited from suitably qualified and competent candidates for the following positions at the Foundation:

Position:                                             Program Officer – Pediatric Care and Treatment

Location:                                            Mbarara, Uganda

Reports To:                                        Technical Director

Job summary

The Program Officer – Pediatric Care and Treatment will offer technical support, monitor and evaluate delivery of HIV Care and Treatment services in accordance with national HIV/AIDS policies and standards. S/He will be expected to work closely with the BP members to ensure smooth implementation of the project. He/she will work closely with the EGPAF program team, regional IPs and the MOH to support implementation of the project.

Core Responsibilities:

  • S/He will participate in the development of ViiV work plans at the project level, district and health facilities.
  • Improve identification, treatment initiation, retention and viral load suppression of pregnant and lactating women and children living with or exposed to HIV. Main focus being HIV positive adolescent girls who are pregnant and lactating;
  • New & optimized programming necessary to cover the retention gap for adolescent girls who are pregnant and lactating including retention in PMTCT/HIV Care with an aim of covering drop off along the PMTCT cascade (only 60-70% of infants reached within the first 2 months of life).
  • Explore Technical assistance gaps at central level & work together with partners to develop a Uganda paediatric HIV community intervention manual based on TAFU model.
  • Continuously examine emerging programming gaps due to the shifting landscape so as to remain responsive to the needs of the national program.
  • Promote the documentation of best practices and lessons learned that can be shared at subnational, national and international for a
  • Write progress reports on pediatric HIV care to be shared with stakeholder
  • Perform other duties to support the program as assigned

Required Qualifications and Capabilities:

  • A bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery.
  • At least 3 years’ experience in planning and implementing Pediatric HIV/AIDS prevention, care and case management.
  • Experience working/collaborating with Ministries of Health and other Implementing Partners on the implementation of technically sound public health programmes, including HIV prevention, care and treatment interventions
  • Practical experience in working with health systems at the district level
  • Sound understanding of current issues and developments in the field of HIV/AIDS and especially PMTCT, ART and Pediatric care and treatment.
  • Prior experience coordinating HIV & AIDS quality improvement initiatives is an added advantage
  • Ability to work in a team (good team player)
  • Excellent training and mentorship/coaching skills and experience in coordinating large scale capacity building initiatives.
  • In-depth knowledge in health care operations research and formulating project proposals
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills including the development of reports