AIDSFree Project Strategic Information Lead Job in Kenya

Nov 8, 2016

AIDSFree Private Sector Treatment (via partner Abt Associates)

Position:  Kenya based consultant, AIDSFree Strategic Information Lead

Reports To: James White (AIDSFree consultant, Private Sector Lead) and Mbogo Bunyi (AIDSFree Kenya Lead)

Number of Days: 65-75 days depending on daily rate

Period of Performance:  The consultancy will take place from November 1st 2016 to December 31st 2017

 
Background: Led by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI),  the Strengthening High Impact Interventions for an AIDS-Free Generation (AIDSFree) project is a 5 year USAID award focused on supporting and advancing implementation of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Releif (PEPFAR) by providing capacity development and technical support to USAID missions, host-country governments, and HIV implementers at the local, regional, and national level. 

 The AIDSFree project will provide global technical leadership, knowledge management, and capacity development support to strengthen the technical competence and capacity of host governments and civil society in implementing evidence-based HIV and AIDS programs. 

The overall goal of the AIDSFree project is to improve the quality and effectiveness of high-impact, evidence-based HIV and AIDS interventions to meet country-specific goals and objectives across the developing world. 

In line with the PEPFAR Blueprint: Creating an AIDS-free Generation, the AIDSFree project will translate research findings to programmatic practices, enhance further development of technical and organizational capacity to deliver high-impact evidence-based programs, and disseminate of technical information through traditional, social, and emerging media for rapid scale up of core evidence-based combination prevention interventions including prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT), voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC), HIV testing, and counseling as a gateway to treatment, condom promotion, and other high-impact approaches that may emerge over the life of the project.  

The AIDSFree consortium of partners includes Abt Associates, Inc., Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, EnCompass LLC, IMA World Health, The International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Jhpiego Corporation, and Program for Appropriate Technology in Health.

To sustainably achieve an AIDS Free Generation, it is critical that governments in high-prevalence countries seek to leverage all available human, logistic, and financial resources in the health sector, including those from private and non-state health actors.  

To support this global priority, in project year 1 AIDSFree developed a technical implementation plan outlining the design of an innovative public-private pilot project focused on private and non-state provision of pediatric HIV care and treatment services in high-burden areas of Kenya (initiating in Nairobi and surrounds). 

The plan outlines the creation of a semi-formal multi-sectoral pediatric treatment ‘Alliance’ that includes a broad a mix of health providers and stakeholders from a range of private commercial, nonprofit, faith-based, civil society, and community actors.  

Objectives: The short-term consultant will work in collaboration with James White, Mbogo Bunyi , and the Abt Associates team (including other AIDSFree partner organizations) to assist in implementation of the AIDSFree Public Private Alliance for paediatric care and treatment.  

The purpose of this consultancy is to facilitate and lead Abt Associates’ support to private sector health providers and faciltiies in regards to

i) reporting of paediatric care and treatment and HIV data to public sector HIS, and 

ii) ensuring quality and timeliness of AIDSFree data collection and reporting.  

The consultant will be the primary focal point for the Abt’s monitoring and evaluation effort in Kenya.

Specific tasks:
 
In his/her role as a member of the AIDFree/Abt team, the consultant will:

Scope of Work:
  1. Work closely with Mbogo Bunyi, Lauren Weir, Healthstrat, Abt Associates staff  and AIDSFree consultants (and other AIDSFree partners) to gather information, strategize, and implement the AIDSFree Kenya PPA strategic information, reporting, and M&E activity.
  2. Represent Abt Associates AIDSFree in Kenya and serve as lead in-country M&E focal point on all Abt Associates management of the “AIDSFree PPA in Kenya”
  3. Represent Abt Associates and the AIDSFree private sector initiative to public sector health leadership in matters related to reporting and M&E
  4. Provide targeted Technical Assistance (TA) and implementation support to assist in planning, preparing, carrying-out, monitoring, and documenting the implementation of the AIDSFree strategic information initiative in Kenya in PY3 (through December 31st 2017). This will consist largely of;
a) Supporting planning and preparation in identifying target private facilities for AIDSFree PY 3 pediatrics service implementation; including identifying appropriate private sector sites for high yield in the Nairobi area
 
b) Responsible for final preparation and sign-off on all local data collection and data entry, overseeing physical data collection of baseline and monthly quantitative data via Healthstrat, supporting Healthstrat in their oversight of monthly service delivery data collection, facility-based data quality assurance and improvement, and other activities related to monitoring/implementation phase of M&E for the PPA, ensuring data is duly mined from all channels, cleaned and reported to Abt.
 
c) Responsible to work in close collaboration with NASCOP, MOH, Abt, and Healthstrat to prepare data dashboards, paper/electronic systems in PPA facilities, and of AIDSFree M&E processes
 
d) Conducting regular technical and coordination meetings with Healthstrat,  and targeted planning and coordination meetings with public and private sector partners
 
e) In collaboration with KPA clinical trainers, ensure all private sector clinicians trained for pediatric ART service delivery also receive Abt/MOH led ‘government reporting and data management linking training’
 
f) In collaboration with Healthstrat, oversee the AIDSFree data collection and M&E portions of facility/provider readiness training
 
g) Support analysis of all Data- clinical service delivery and commodities/logistics including the interrogation of some clinical aspects” of the data as well as engage some of the senior medical and nursing staff in the private sector.
 
h) Support clinical mentoring in relation to data quality (in collaboration with Healthsrat and per available budget)
 
i) In collaboration with Abt Home Officer M&E tech advisor and the AIDSFree M&E team, will lead the development of all AIDSFree PPA data systems to collect any clinical diagnostic and pharmaceutical-related data beyond the existing modules in the MOH’s HMIS
 
j) Keep detailed and on-going notes regarding lessons learned, successes, challenges, and opportunities that can be shared with other implementers pursuing a public-private ‘alliance’ approach for Paediatric HIV care and treatment
 
k) Respond to reasonable requests for other ad-hoc or urgent tasks related to PY2 service delivery introduction (as requested by AIDSFree)

Consultant Profile:
  • Senior/advanced level education in a health related field (Masters degree or above)
  • Experience in a health related field, in particular in the area of M&E for paediatric and adult HIV, PMTCT, and/or maternal and child health, and pediatric related practice (7 years or above)
  • Experience working within / with health regulatory authorities (in sub-Saharan or East Africa)
  • Experience in facilitating and participating in large meetings of health providers and ministry bodies
  • Experience working with or facilitating the work of the private health sector
  • Experience in leading and contributing to the development of health service delivery projects, in particular in the area of HIV and AIDS
  • Demonstrated ability in program coordination and experience working with Kenya government agencies, NGOs, CSOs, and private sector entities
  • Understanding of the Kenya national health system and intimate knowledge of the national HIS systems for HIV
  • Advanced excel skills
  • Ability to manage data bases
  • Experience providing capacity building assistance and training
  • Understanding of PEPFAR Reporting requirements, including MER
  • Experience with monitoring and evaluation in a PMTCT/pediatric HIV program
  • Experience preparing large reports featuring data in PowerPoint
  • Experience working on programs that are epidemiologically driven
  • Strong interpersonal communication and writing skills
  • Ability to work with diverse teams
  • Highly organized with an ability to produce deliverables on time
Outputs/Deliverables:
  1. Monthly facility visits to at least 5 AIDSFree facilities with Healthstrat/KPA data collectors
  2. Monthly QA/QI of data reporting
  3. Final report
Please send your application by 11th November to Mbogo_bunyi@abtassoc.com





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