Senior Technical Specialist – Pediatrics HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment at Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Senior Technical Specialist – Pediatrics HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment

Ref Id: 200000OE
Primary Location: CARO-Nigeria-Lagos
Job: Program Management
Organization: Catholic Relief Services
Schedule: Regular
Shift: Standard
Job Type: Full-time
Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time
Supervisory Responsibilities: None

Project Summary

  • FASTER (Faith-based Action for Scaling up Testing and Treatment for the Epidemic Response) project is designed as a new component of the global FOCUS (Faith-based Organization Capacity Strengthening for Universal HIV Services) project.
  • Funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), FOCUS was developed with the intent of building PEPFAR Implementing partners and FBO network capacity, assisting FBOs to contribute to HIV multi-sector planning for expanded service delivery, and documenting successful approaches.
  • Led by CRS, FOCUS builds understanding of how to leverage the faith-based community’s contributions at sub-national and national levels, reinforcing mutual responsibility and country-driven leadership.
  • FASTER takes FOCUS’ objectives to the next level by creating an enabling environment in Nigeria where government, civil society, the private sector, and FBOs can accelerate normative pediatric and adolescents’ HIV case finding, testing, linkage to care and treatment, and adherence support by strengthening and streamlining joint coordination and provision of pediatric HIV service delivery.

Job Summary

  • The Senior Technical Specialist – HIV Care & Treatment will provide technical coordination and for quality assurance for the FASTER Nigeria pediatric and adolescents HIV Care and Treatment strategies and ensure that FASTER adheres to national and international evidence based technical assistance strategies for Pediatric HIV Care and Treatment Programs.
  • The Senior Technical Specialist – HIV Care & Treatment will facilitate technical collaboration between FASTER project HIV Care and Treatment team and HIV technical teams of Government coordinating structures and PEPFAR HIV Care and Treatment Implementing partners.
  • S/he will oversee the Pediatric and adolescents’ HIV technical strategies of FASTER along the priority actions providing technical leadership and trainings for implementing and monitoring project deliverables and outcomes and ensure project outputs are provided as per the agreed work plan.

Roles and Key Responsibilities
Program Quality and Technical Coordination:

  • Project focal point for strategies towards strengthening State Coordination platforms for effective pediatric and adolescents’ HIV service delivery to improve Pediatric case identification, bridge Pediatric enrollment gaps and increase number of CLHIV on treatment.
  • Support State government and PERFARs efforts to scale up the use of optimal ARV regimens in children and adolescents
  • Strengthen active collaboration with OVC partners including their involvement in case finding efforts using HIV risk screening tools and linkage to HTS
  • Support Implementing partners to conduct pediatric and adolescent ART-specific supportive supervision, mentorship or coaching visits to closely monitor implementation, optimization and transition of eligible children and adolescents to TLD.
  • Strengthen/Establish system to support MMD & MSD for children and adolescents on ART
  • Support the training and capacity building of HCWs and Caregivers on age-appropriate HIV status disclosure among children and adolescents living with HIV Support the training/capacity building of HCWs on how to deliver Enhanced Adherence Counselling (EAC) to children and adolescents with unsuppressed VL
  • Support the development of SOPs, job aids and guidelines on pediatric and adolescents ART for government and faith-based institutions
  • Champion strategies to strengthen inter/intra-facility linkages towards improved health systems for pediatric ART with focus on service delivery, optimize health workforce (including guidelines/ SOPs on task shifting), procurement/supply chain management of essential medicines and health
  • Support innovative approach to creating demand for increased uptake of Pediatric and adolescent HIV services
  • Provide oversight to ensure the achievement of FASTER project Pediatric HIV Care and Treatment objectives in the various implementing states within the catchment zone.
  • Support capacity building of HIV service providers to support adolescent friendly services and generate trust.
  • Support the development of effective strategies for linkage to care and treatment of children living with HIV.
  • Support the development and rapid evaluation of better screening tools to strategically identify children and adolescents in need of HIV testing.
  • Support the roll – out of Differentiated Service Delivery (DSD) models to improve ART uptake and treatment retention amongst children and adolescents in Faith – based and Non – Faith based settings.
  • Support the scale-up of OTZ initiatives across Comprehensive Care and Treatment (CCT) sites within the catchment zone.

Representation & Learning:

  • In consultation with the Technical Advisor HIV Care and Treatment, represent the FASTER Project on relevant state level technical forums and government engagement as required.
  • Ensure necessary technical assistance and training is provided to partners to develop capacity to implement HIV/AIDS support activities as per the project requirement.
  • Provide high level technical support for program innovation and learning; foster regular discussions with key stakeholders as appropriate; to facilitate cross sector learning on Pediatric HIV, OVC and adolescent programs.
  • Support the FASTER project to develop success stories and innovative that work in Pediatric HIV Care and Treatment.

Key Working Relationships:

  • Internal: Technical Advisor HIV Care and Treatment, FASTER project Zonal Coordinator, Senior Technical Specialist Gender and Adolescents Program, Senior Technical Specialist MEAL and Nigeria FASTER Project Team
  • External:SASCP, SACA, HIV and OVC Program Implementing Partners

Requirements / Qualifications
Basic Qualifications:

  • A primary Medical qualification (MBBS) plus a Master’s degree in Public Health or its equivalent
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in HIV/AIDS programming
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in project management positions with progressive technical and management responsibilities.
  • Experience working in PEPFAR funded comprehensive HIV and OVC projects.
  • Strong background in program implementation; experience in supervising and providing technical assistance for roll-out of evidence-based HIV and OVC programming strategies.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with ability to make sound judgment and decisions and offer innovative solutions
  • Strong relations management abilities. Ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally. Strategic in how you approach each relationship.
  • Good presentation and facilitation skills
  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented

Required Languages:

  • Excellent Written & Spoken English


  • Must be willing and able to travel up to 50%.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Familiarity with the National HIV Care and Treatment guidelines (Pediatric & Adult) and experience working with the Ministry of Health and other relevant entities.
  • Ability to work both in a team and independently and ability to transfer knowledge through formal and informal training
  • Technical experience with programming to address cross-gender issues and concerns among children and adolescents is highly required.
  • Strong strategic, analytical, systems thinking, and problem-solving skills, with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment and decisions.
  • Strong communications and presentation skills; able to develop tailored and persuasive messaging for varied audiences.
  • Experience managing teams and building partnerships in complex situations
  • Proven leadership qualities, depth and breadth of technical expertise and experience, and strong interpersonal skills.

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)
These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results:

  • Integrity
  • Continuous Improvement & Innovation
  • Builds Relationships
  • Develops Talent
  • Strategic Mindset
  • Accountability & Stewardship.

What We Offer
CRS offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, life insurance, vision, generous retirement savings plan and the opportunity to work in a collaborative, mission-driven culture that is committed to improving the lives of the poor throughout the world.

Application Closing Date
29th November, 2020.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Important Information / Notice

  • Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.
  • The above job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
  • CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.
  • EOE/M/F/D/V – CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. (For all US and International positions)
  • Nigerians Nationals Only.
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