Epidemiologist & COVID-19, TB, HIV & STIs Advisor

20985-16N17061
National Capital District
Port Moresby
27-Jan-22
International Role - Yes
1-2 Years

*Please submit your CV in English.

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

World Vision Papua New Guinea (PNG) Trust is Principal Recipient to Global Fund’s Project “Managing integrated TB/ HIV response in PNG with significant investments into Covid 19 response as well, to mitigate the impact of Covid 19 pandemic on TB/HIV and the health system in PNG. The project period is from 2021- 2023 and is also supported by World Vision Australia.

The Epidemiologist and COVID-19, TB, HIV & STIs Advisor, holds a strategic role and will be employed by WV and seconded to the National Department of Health (NDOH), PNG to support the TB and HIV program managers and National Control Centre (NCC) for Covid 19 response. He/She will report to the Chief-of-Party: TB/HIV & RSSH supported by The Global Fund and provide technical direction for the successful implementation of the Global Fund grant.

He/She will be a key resource person to guide public health response to COVID-19, TB, HIV and STIs in coordination with NDoH, NCC, Provincial Health Administration (PHAs) and World Vision PNG. He/ She will manage and coordinate timely availability and use of high-quality program data at all levels to improve service delivery, strengthen program management plus ensure accurate and timely reporting to the Global Fund. The position is located at NDOH, PNG.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Strategic Information and Technical Support to NDOH, NCC and HIV programs, PNG:

  • Manage and maintain surveillance data for the TB and HIV Programs including but without limitation to development of tools, data collection, analysis and dissemination.

  • Produce and disseminate Annual National TB and HIV strategic information reports to include national TB and HIV performance indicators.

  • Conduct data quality audits and supervisory visits to identify gaps and areas of improvement in recording and reporting. Report the findings of DQAs and supervisory visits to the Technical Working Groups for the respective programs.

  • Conduct trainings, on-site mentoring and coaching to clinicians to improve the quality of TB and HIV program recording and reporting.

  • Support integration of the TB and HIV program databases with mSupply and eNHIS.

  • Provide TA and oversight on provincial activities related to TB and HIV data collection, collation and analysis and ensure timely reporting by all TB and HIV reporting units; and assist provinces in designing program implementation reviews.

  • Ensure timely submission of reports by sub-national units and provide regular/quarterly feedback to the provinces.

  • Support annual modelling of HIV Estimates and Projections in Spectrum.

  • Coordinate timely submission of PNG’s TB program data to WHO for the Global TB Report.

  • Coordinate timely submission of PNG’s HIV program data to UNAIDS for the Global AIDS Monitoring Report.

  • Support quantification and forecasting for COVID-19, TB, HIV and STIs drugs and commodities.

  • Build capacity for PHAs to accurately record, report, analyze and interpret Covid 19, TB, HIV and STIs program data.

  • Roll-out the TB and HIV revised recording and reporting tools to all provinces.

  • Support roll-out of the HIV Patient database to high-volume ART sites throughout the country.

  • Supervise NDOH TBHIV M&E unit’s personnel at NDOH and provide technical support/mentoring to TB&HIV Provincial Coordinators and other sub-national implementers.

  • Supervise the Childhood TB Medical officer seconded to National TB program.

Technical support to WV PNG:

  • Work closely and collaboratively with grant management team for WV PNG as principal recipient to ensure successful implementation of the Covid 19, TB/HIV & RSSH – Global Fund grant.

  • Take lead in ensuring that there is complete and timely reporting of TB, HIV, Covid 19 program indicators for the Global Fund PUDR.

  • Support data validation and verification of data submitted in the PUDR by the LFA.

  • Take lead in coordinating protocol development, data collection, analysis and report writing for the annual Key Populations HIV risks and behavioral Sentinel Surveillance.

  • Coordinate revision of the Key population (KP) Population Size Estimates and updating of the Global Fund NFM3 Performance Framework.

  • Support the development of M&E tools and databases for the KP Outreach program.

  • Provide technical direction and support implementation of the Community Led Monitoring in collaboration with FHI360, UNAIDS and SKPA.

  • Provide technical support to the Grant Operations plus Compliance and Quality Assurance teams as needed.

  • Support resource mobilization activities including concept note development for future Global Fund grants.

Manage and supervise the Provincial Support Teams:

  • Work closely with the PHAs to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on TB and HIV services and ensure successful delivery of the Global Fund grant.

  • Lead, manage and supervise the Provincial Support Officers (PSOs) and COVID-19 Response Coordinator.

  • Train and mentor the PSOs in the programmatic management of TB, MDR-TB, HIV/AIDS and STIs in line with national guidelines, WHO recommendations and best practice.

  • Develop capacity development plans to improve the clinical and managerial capacity of PSOs in providing support to PHAs in implementing the Global Fund grant.

  • Provide support for the roll-out and implementation of community TB engagement throughout the provinces.

  • Provide technical support and direction for the rollout of Viral Load and Early Infant Diagnosis point-of-care testing using the GeneXpert.

Support COVID-19 Response:

  • Work collaboratively with NCC, WV PNG, Technical Partners and NDoH to support the COVID-19 response.

  • Support the NDOH with statistical modeling of COVID-19 and help improve active surveillance.

  • Supervise the COVID-19 Response Coordinator seconded to NCC.

  • Chair the WV PNG COVID-19 Technical Working Group including reviewing workplace policies, development of SOPs.

  • Provide guidance to the National Director & Senior Leadership Team on staff welfare and how to manage, respond to COVID-19.

  • Lead implementation of periodic staff surveys on COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy including data collection, analysis, report writing and dissemination.

  • Provide technical support to WV PNG to conduct awareness on COVID-19 vaccines to increase uptake among staff.

Capacity Building (M&E):

  • Developed surveillance work force with the appropriate technical skills to assume all program requirements including analyses, reporting, and auditing, training and presenting information to key stakeholders.

  • Trained provincial staff to conduct M&E and surveillance activities at provincial, district and facility levels.

  • Identify and capacitate provincial staff on M&E skills through workshops and on-site mentoring and coaching.

  • Design workshops and develop workshop manuals for M&E related trainings and workshops.

  • Act as resource person for other NDOH trainings, based on need.

Internal & External Liaison and Coordination:

  • Participate in key meetings and workshops as appropriate and provide support to the NDOH disease program managers.

  • Communicate outcomes and recommendations to internal, external partners.

  • Review and advise drug and logistics quantification, ordering and distribution based on program reports and delivery schedules.

  • Work and coordinate with other NDOH units such as NHIS, HIV program, PSM as needed.

  • Work and coordinate with Central Public Health Laboratory ( CPHL) regarding concerns on TB/HIV/STI diagnostic procedures, EQA and reports.

  • Provide support to the Grants Quality Unit as needed in relation to all program data.

Professional & Personal Development:

  • Demonstrating an understanding of and commitment to World Vision’s Core Values in the approach to work and relationships.

  • Current career plan that is consistent with World Vision’s strategic goal.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Medical Doctor with expertise in monitoring and evaluation of public health programs in developing countries

  • Minimum five years’ progressive experience in implementing TB and HIV grant programs or health system strengthening programs in developing countries. Work experience of at least 2-3 years in international organisations is an added advantage.

  • Must be a registered medical doctor and be eligible to register with the PNG Medical board.

  • Master’s Degree in Epidemiology, Statistics for Development and social sciences and or Public Health.

  • Postgraduate training in information management or monitoring and evaluation or project management related to TB & HIVTraining on DOTS, Public Health Management, and TB/HIV related trainings are preferred.

  • Worked or trained with WHO or IUATLD (The Union) on TB or HIV related areas, residency and scholarship an added advantage.

Preferred:

  • Good computer skills (MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook).

  • Very Strong Computer Proficiency with particular strength in using Microsoft Excel, EPI Info and such statistical packages.

  • Proficiency managing complex quantitative data sets, including data collection, conducting data quality checks and analysing data.

  • Excellent English communication skills and experience in writing and editing of national policy documents and communication briefs.

  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills with the ability to work closely within teams with proven leadership and management skills in coordinating project teams and working with consultants in disease surveillance, surveys, M&E activities and operational research.

  • Strong presentation, facilitation and coordination skills.

  • Demonstrated competency in implementing assessment/evaluations, including a) designing assessment/evaluation methodology; b) data collection; c) analysis tools; d) managing data collection in the field; e) data analysis.

  • Ability to work with a sense of accountability and responsiveness in a diverse, cross-cultural environment.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • Depending on the Covid 19 situation and restriction of movement. In absence of restriction, domestic travels to field locations required for at least 30-40% of the time.

  • Requirements Medically fit for the role as certified by Registered Medical Practitioner.