Technical Lead/ Senior Technical Expert for SSS and OSC

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Date of Issue: 28 May 2024 (Tuesday)

Closing Date: 03 June 2024 (Monday)

Vacancy Announcement No: FHI 360 / 005/ 2024

POSITION TITLES: Technical Lead/ Senior Technical Expert for SSS and OSC – 1 position

REPORTS TO: NACO [National AIDS Control Organization]

LOCATION: New Delhi, India (essential)

DURATION: Till September 2024 (extendable till September 2025, subject to extension of funding)

About FHI 360 and EpiC Project:

FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research, and technology — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today’s interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 70 countries and all U.S. states and territories.

Meeting Targets and Maintaining Epidemic Control (EpiC) is a seven-year global project funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). EpiC is dedicated to achieving and maintaining HIV epidemic control and the project provides strategic technical assistance (TA) and direct service delivery (DSD) to break through barriers to 95-95-95 and promote self-reliant management of national HIV programs by improving HIV case-finding, prevention, and treatment programming. EpiC is dedicated to achieving and maintaining HIV epidemic control among at-risk adult men, women, priority populations and key populations and the project is led by FHI 360 with core partners Population Services International (PSI), Palladium Group and Right to Care. Currently, EpiC and its consortium members are implementing HIV activities in 30+ countries.

In India, EpiC has been collaborating with the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) and Global Fund partners to implement the community systems strengthening (CSS) framework, with a focus on organizational capacity strengthening of community-based organizations (CBOs) and community networks.

Introduction to Sampoorna Suraksha Strategy (SSS) of National AIDS Control Organization (NACO):

Under the fifth phase of the National AIDS Control Program (NACP-V), the Sampoorna Suraksha Strategy (SSS) is a new form of “Immersion Learning Model” of service delivery for a comprehensive preventive services package that has been developed to reach populations who do not self-identify as high risk groups (HRGs) but are at-risk of acquiring HIV or sexually transmitted infections (STI) due to risky behaviors of self or partner(s) and are possibly at-risk of getting infected and are still being missed-out.

SSS is being implemented through the Sampoorna Suraksha Kendras (existing NACP facilities i.e., integrated counseling and testing centers (ICTCs) or designated STI/RTI clinics (DSRCs) functional at the districts) which are and will deliver a comprehensive service package under one roof and address the health needs of the beneficiaries. The service package is designed to include a holistic set of services customized as per clients’ needs, with strong linkages and referrals to other services and social security schemes, and rigorous client outreach and follow-up by using different modalities that may include virtual platforms through various apps and other strategies.

Hence, the Sampoorna Suraksha Strategy will-

• Ensure comprehensive prevention service package customized to geographies and vulnerable populations to maintain their HIV & STI negative status.
• Sustain focus on all at-risk HIV negative clients including:
1. Direct Walk-in beneficiaries at ICTC (and their spouse / partner(s))
2. Clients attending DSRC/STI Clinic & their partners
3. Adolescent and Youth Populations (As per NFHS definition)
4. Vulnerable Virtual Population
• Drive the development and roll-out of new generation communication strategies.
• 150 districts were identified as part of the program using pre-determined criteria. The program has been rolled out in 75 districts of 10 States in the Phase 1 (with 10 districts in 3 States in the “pilot” phase). An additional 75 districts of 10 States in Phase 2 are added during the Global Fund grant period 2021-24. The existing identified 116 SA-ICTCs and 34 DSRCs under NACP have been re-modelled into Sampoorna Suraksha Kendras (SSKs).

In the next grant cycle of Global Fund (2024-27), SSS is being scaled-up, there will be 339 more SSKs established year wise in 339 districts of 33 States i.e., 100 in 2024-25, 100 in 2025-26 and 139 in 2026-27 along with the existing 150 SSKs, hence there will be total 489 SSK units established by March 2027 under Global Fund Grant 2024-27. These units will be within the government health institution in identified NACP Facility i.e., SA ICTC or DSRC.

EpiC India supports National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) to establish Sampoorna Suraksha Strategy (SSS) Project Management Unit (PMU) at NACO and is looking for a suitable candidate for the position of Technical Lead/Senior Technical Expert for SSS and One Stop Center (OSC). The incumbent will directly work under NACO and will be placed in NACO’s office premise in Janpath, New Delhi.

Job description:

• Assist NACO in the National HIV response by reaching out to ‘At Risk Populations’ towards achieving the fast track 95-95-95 target through differential strategy for SSS and OSC.
• Support in the implementation of OSC in coordination with partners implementing the OSCs.
• Support in the reporting mechanism of the OSCs and improvising the Reporting mechanism of SSS Data entry tool.
• Keep a track of the Global Fund DLIs and the target achievement by the respective SACS/ SSKs.
• Undertake monitoring field visits to SSKs and OSCs to oversee the implementation.
• Conduct orientation of SACS officials and other stakeholders on SSS.
• Conduct periodic review meetings with SACS and implementing partners of OSCs & SSSs.
• Conduct periodic review meetings with SACS and SSK staff to monitor the status of programme implementation.
• Modify the Operational Guidelines and other documents of SSS as per the program need and field learning.
• Support in developing the training modules for Counsellors and SSK Staff.
• Support in trainings and capacity building of staff engaged in Sampoorna Suraksha Kendra.
• Support in trainings of Master Trainers & Counselors on OSCs and SSS and other relevant component of NACP.
• Support in finalizing and implementation of the Supportive Supervision tool for SSS.
• Support in Process documentation of SSS.
• Support in developing the SSS activities.
• Support in conducting the consultations and workshops for SSS and OSC.
• Guide SSS and OSC national project staff for various activities under the projects.
• Support in establishing of Gender Affirmation Care Centre and its activities.
• Support in drafting different documents and reports of NACO.
• Represent NACO on different forums for SSS & OSC whenever requested.
• Any other work assigned by NACO.

Qualifications and Experience

• Doctorate in Social Sciences/ Social Work/ Public Health/ Psychology
• Proficiency in the usage of the computer (MS-Word, MS Excel, MS –Power point)
• Strong presentation and communication (written & oral) skill.
• Minimum 15 years of work experience in the field of development/ health programs preferably HIV/AIDS at State/ National level.
• Excellent understanding of HIV/AIDS and development issues.
• Experience of implementing National level projects/programs
• Experience of writing technical documents
• Experience of Report Writing
• Experience of working with MOHFW/at state-level with Department of Health and Family Welfare advantage.

This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

Compensation and Application Requirements:

• This will be a consultancy service agreement, with a fixed monthly compensation, that will be determined at FHI 360 are equivalent to market rates within the development sector. FHI 360 offers shall be made based on salary history, relevant experience, and qualifications.
• Please send your resumes to [email protected] by 03 June 2024 (Monday). It is necessary to mention the post title “Technical Lead/Senior Technical Expert for SSS and OSC” in the subject line while applying. Only short-listed candidates will be notified. No calls/ emails will be entertained. Any applications that are submitted without the mention of the post title will not be considered.
• Suitably qualified candidates openly living with HIV and/or who are representative of the key populations affected by HIV are also actively encouraged to apply.

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