PROGRAM OFFICER- VIRAL LOAD MONITORING

JOB TITLE: PROGRAM OFFICER- VIRAL LOAD MONITORING
Reports to: Project Coordinator CBS
Liaise with: MoH, CPHL, and Program Manager.
Duty Station: Kampala
Job Summary: Program Officer- Viral Load Monitoring will liaise between MOH, Central Public Health Laboratories (CPHL) and METS. He/she will identify areas and ways of collaboration, and support to MOH and in particular CPHL to improve the National surveillance system for Viral Load monitoring. S/he will be responsible for facilitating information exchange by ensuring smooth and timely communication and cooperation between METS and MOH
This position will based at METS Offices but the office holder will have frequent travels to the field for more than 30% of the time. The job holder will have to allocate time to be at MoH/CPHL to provide technical support
Duties and Responsibilities
• Provide technical advice for strengthening the Viral Load monitoring system
• Work with CPHL team to develop, review and update key Viral Load monitoring indicators, Standard Operating procedures (SOPs) and guidelines
• Operationalize and the support the VL Dashboard at CPHL and conduct VL monthly queries at District and by implementing partners (IPs) level
• Active follow up of HIV who are failing on ART as per VL and ensure linkage for enhanced adherence support and timely switching to superior ART regimen according to national guidelines
• Facilitate VL review meetings at district, IP and National level
• Participate in HIV Drug Resistance (HIVDR) monitoring activities through tracking of clients failing on 2nd line and linking them to Health facilities providing 3rd line ARV drug regimen
• Participate in the relevant Technical Working Group Meetings, especially Viral Load Monitoring, Surveillance, and Strategic Information (SI) at the MOH and CPHL and communicate deliberations from the TWG meetings to the rest of the METS team, and provide technical advice to METS on how to support MOH/CPHL in Viral Load Monitoring
• Coordinate and/or participate in the conduct of VL capacity building activities (including training, supervision and Mentorship) as agreed with the METS team and CPHL/MoH.
• Update the METS team on new/ revised National and international VL policies, guidelines, initiatives and /or changes that have a direct bearing on the operations and mandate of METS.
• Participate in the conduct of assessments, related to case-based surveillance (CBS), of districts and health facilities as need arises.
• Provide support supervision, coaching and mentorship to address CBS needs of the districts and MOH to ensure adherence to standards
• To participate in the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of the project and to ensure timely, accurate and complete reporting.
• Participate in the preparation of work plans, quarterly and annual reports on the activities of the Project.

• Participate, in a harmonized manner, in the Makerere University School of Public Health METS projects activities especially M&E, Health information management system (HMIS) and District led programing (DLP)
• Perform any other duties of the project as may be assigned from time to time by the immediate supervisors and/or management.
Qualifications
• Must possess a Medical Degree and a Master’s degree in Public Health or other health related field from a recognised university
Skills and competencies
• Must be proficient in Ms Office and other data management packages.
• Must have knowledge and experience in Viral Load monitoring algorithms and national policies
• Experience in working in the HIV/AIDS field for at least 3 years is an added advantage
• Knowledge and skills in HIV/AIDS disease surveillance system is added advantage
• Experience in working in a multi- disciplinary team and multiple stakeholders is an advantage.

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BACKGROUND
The Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Support (METS) program is a five year CDC-funded collaboration between the Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). The Program works in close collaboration with Ministry of Health and other CDC supported partners. The overall program purpose is to promote evidence-based decision-making for an AIDS free generation by supporting the alignment of the USG supported Monitoring Evaluation and Reporting systems with the national M&E framework resulting into a fully functional one M&E system. In this regard, METS is seeking to recruit competent, self-driven and hardworking individuals to fill the positions listed below.
Interested applicants should deliver hard copy applications not later than Wednesday 27th April 2016 at 5.00pm. Applications should be delivered to the address below:

Office of the Dean
Makerere University School of Public Health
New Mulago Complex Road
P.O. Box 7072, Kampala.