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HIV Officer (Consultant) At E-Zone HRM Limited

 

E-Zone HRM Limited is a management consulting group providing one-stop solutions to clients who seek improved and sustainable profitability through the effective use of their people and resources. We specialize in delivering innovative and value added services that promote revenue growth and cost containment.

E-Zone HRM Limited has a formal agreement with one of the United Nations agency to provide outsourcing services under a third party contract.

E-Zone HRM Limited is now accepting applications from Bangladeshi Nationals for the following vacancies under third party outsourcing contract modality:

 

Position:HIV Officer (Consultant)

 

Duty Station: Cox’s Bazar Field Office

 

Contract Duration: 12 Months  

 

Contract Type: Contract with E-Zone

 

Contract Start Date: 1 January, 2021

 

Reporting to: Health Specialist/Team Lead, Cox’s Bazar Field Office (oversight by technical support from HIV Specialist in Dhaka)

 

Background:

Violence in Rakhine State which began on 25 August 2017 has driven an estimated 603,000 Rohingyas across the border into Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh from Myanmar. The speed and scale of the influx has resulted in a critical humanitarian emergency. They require humanitarian assistance for food, and other lifesaving needs. In Myanmar, the HIV prevalence reports vary from 0.6 to 0.8 per cent among adult population. As of October 2020: Total case 514, in 2020 124 new cases.

 

It was gradually becoming evident that HIV may appear as another health and well-being challenge that may affect social security and fundamental rights to health. In the context when a few cases of HIV positive among the Rohingyas are revealing, and a few known AIDS cases have already registered under ARV drugs, then HIV/PMTCT programme needs to be comprehensively included as part of essential service package, in particular in facility with 24/7 services.

Since September 2018, HIV/PMTCT programme was established in Cox’s Bazar and gradually HTC service was provided at Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital, Ukhiya Upazila Health Complex and in selected health facilities in the camps.

 

As of November 2020, 15 health facilities in the camps are able to provide HTC as part of PMTCT service. UN Agency plans to expand up to 20 HFs including 5 PHCs in different camps (camp 5, Camp 8W, Camp 10, Camp 17 & Camp 18) at which are supported by UN Agency and partners. UN Agency is also working with Hope foundation to restart PMTCT service in their health facility in Camp 4 and will assess UNHCR funded two PHCs in the camp (which are running by FH/MTI) and will start PMTCT service if they are qualified following the assessment.

 

Objectives, Purpose and Expected Results:

 

PMTCT services were initiated in 2018 in CDSH, Ukhiya Health Complex and five health posts in the camps. PMTCT teams are operational in CDSH and UUHC, PMTCT services in camp site health centres are implemented by respective organizations. UN Agency provides technical assistance to design, plan and implement the interventions, capacity building and facilitate quality improvement and monitoring. The focus of the consultancy will be to continue UN Agency technical assistance and quality assurance in ongoing PMTCT facilities, support design and initiate PMTCT services in new facilities, facilitate capacity building, promote networking with different GO/NGO partners and keep UN Agency Health Team updated on continuous basis.

 

Integrated services for HIV (package of HIV testing and counselling (HTC), ART introduction and maintenance, provision of basic lab testing and follow up mechanism to enhance drug adherence for adults and children should be focused as the emergency health sector response and should be set up within the multi-disciplinary health posts having a relatively permanent existence. In this context, AIDS/STD Programme (ASP), DGHS requested UN Agency to support the development of ART/PMTCT services in Cox’s Bazar, Ukhiya and adjoining camps for both host population and Rohingya influx.

 

For strengthening HIV services in Cox’s Bazar, the essential areas to be focused on; are preparing the hospitals for delivering ART/PMTCT treatment, care and support services, capacity building of the health care providers on ART/PMTCT, facilitating inter-organizational and intra-organizational coordination, providing on-site mentoring and technical support to the hospital-based implementation team, providing guidance to the hospital management, assisting for developing on-site monitoring tools as well as record keeping and reporting system, supporting preparation and review of guidelines, protocols and other related documents. . Providing technical assistance towards improving access to ART/PMTCT treatment and their strategic linkage to maternal, newborn, and child health services inclusive of facilitating high quality capacity building of health care providers and health institutions alike in Cox Bazaar District.

 

Other priority is to assess the need of HIV programming for adolescent, as well as design and implement appropriate interventions, which could be integrated in to mainstream Programme of Child Protection, Health or C4D.

 

The Consultant will work closely with Health colleagues and under the supervision of the Health Specialist/Team Lead in Cox’s Bazar Field Office.

 

Description of Assignment:

UN Agency Bangladesh office is seeking a HIV Officer, Consultant with the skills to integrate HIV services in Cox’s Bazar, overarchingly to strengthen and reinforce the implementation of HIV/PMTCT programme in the District Hospital, Upazilas Health Complexes and selected health facilities in the Rohingya Camps. The overall role is to maintain and improve the delivery of ART/PMTCT treatment, care and support services, coordinate capacity building of the health care providers on ART/PMTCT, facilitate inter-organizational and intra-organizational coordination, provide on-site mentoring and technical support to the hospital-based implementation team, offer strategic guidance to the hospital management, provide technical assistance for developing on-site monitoring tools as well as record keeping and reporting system, support in the preparation of guidelines, protocols and other related documents. Also providing technical assistance towards improving access to ART/PMTCT treatment and their strategic linkage to maternal, newborn, and child health services inclusive of facilitating high quality capacity building of health care providers and health institutions alike in Cox Bazaar District. The purpose of this consultancy is to bolster the country offices’ HIV services with a view to strengthen HIV issues in Cox’s Bazar District.

 

Deliverables:

Support, monitor and supervise PMTCT intervention in CXB Sadar Hospital.

Capacity building of implementation team as and where necessary, especially UN Agency’s organizational requirements

Provide technical inputs to the implementing team for strengthening HIV services inclusive of PMTCT in CXB Sadar Hospital

Provide technical assistance towards improving access to ART/PMTCT treatment and their strategic linkage to maternal, newborn, and child health services in Cox Bazaar District.

Support, monitor and supervise PMTCT intervention in Ukhiya Health Complex and establish PMTCT service in other Health Complexes when it is required.

Provide technical inputs to the implementing team for strengthening HIV/PMTCT services inclusive at Ukhiya Health Complex

Provide Technical Assistant to HIV/PMTCT sites in HCs in the camps

Coordinate with Cox’s Bazar Medical College Hospital and TB Hospital to initiate PCR and viral load testing of positive pregnant women.

Organize and conduct daylong orientation sessions for health care providers on treatment, care and support services inclusive of PMTCT, ART, HTC, UP, PEP

Establish and maintain liaison with all local level stakeholders (GO, NGO, INGO, other UN Agencies) for making treatment, care and support services effective

Provide technical inputs for modification and facility-based implementation of protocols and tools for PMTCT and ART intervention with implementing partners

Organize and conduct training sessions on PMTCT and ART for physicians in HFs

Organize and conduct training sessions on HTC for nurses/midwives/health assistants/FWVs

Quality assurance of record keeping and reporting system into DHIS2, regular coordination with HMIS focal person for quality check.

Provide periodic monitoring and supportive supervision to the implementing team and ensure team coherence including onsite visit

Coordinate closely with other UN Agency supported interventions to reap the mutual benefits for service recipients

Coordinate with SHS intervention of CMCH and HIV section of UN Agency Dhaka office for efficient and quality service delivery

Capture case studies for documentation and educational purpose in case of both host community and Rohingya influx

Capture key lessons, challenges and recommendations in detail

Dialogue with C4D, Health and other sections, adolescent task force to explore integrating HIV components into adolescent interventions.

Participate in the SRHR-WG meeting regularly and respond regarding any PMTCT issues asked by WG members.

Consultancy Costs

Cost of the Consultant:

The consultants will get BDT 200,000.00 per month as a consolidated package which includes lumpsum travel cost in duty station, so consultant will not claim any travel cost in addition to this. If the consultants are required to travel outside their duty station, prior approval will be required, then travel and DSA costs will be reimbursed at actuals.

Office Space, computer, communication, stationery and other office equipment expenses will be borne by the Consultant

Consultant will be responsible to pay all taxes as per government rules and regulations. E-Zone will make statutory deductions towards income tax as per government rules and regulations

 

Qualification requirements:

Medical Doctor/MBBS, advanced University degree in public health, or related field, technical knowledge in clinical management of HIV/AIDS in women and children will be an advantage.

Employment experience: 3-5 years professional experience in HIV&AIDS / Reproductive Health/Maternal Health programming and management

Experience on HIV/AIDS treatment, care, PMTCT will be an excellent advantage

Experience of working with multi-partner, GoB counterpart is a necessary requirement

Familiarity with Other skills and attributes: Analytical skill, good communication skills, experience in data collection and analysis, advocacy skills, report writing skills.

Excellent spoken and written English

 

This position is open for Bangladeshi Nationals only. All candidates, irrespective of gender, religious and ethnic backgrounds can apply for the vacancies.

The UN agency prides itself as fostering a multicultural and harmonious work environment, guaranteed by a zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, and on any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment and discrimination. All selected consultants will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

Candidates with the required profile and proven experience, who meet these qualifications, are invited to submit their application in English clearly mentioning the Job Title along with a meaningful cover letter, updated CV, recent PP size photographby email to:

jobs.un@e-zonebd.com

Last Date of Application: 6th January 2021

No phone calls please. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. All applications will be treated according to the merit and with strict confidentiality.

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