HIV Prevention Lead, Côte d’Ivoire

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Pact is an international nonprofit that works in nearly 40 countries building solutions for human development that are evidence-based, data-driven and owned by the communities we serve. Founded in 1971, Pact works with partners to build resilience, improve accountability, and strengthen knowledge and skills for sustainable social impact.


Programs – Pact strives for a world where all people are heard, capable, and vibrant. The Programs Team helps realize this objective by bridging program management, technical support, and business development, enabling Pact to achieve its global strategy. We ensure program excellence through continuous learning, monitoring and evaluation and provide organizational and industry-wide thought leadership by leveraging a complementary set of cross-functional, multi-disciplinary skills, expertise, and experiences. The Programs team: influences progressive change through the development and implementation of global and regional strategies and business plans; supports advancement of innovative solutions; pursues new business opportunities; and drives effective internal and external engagement to maximize Pact’s impact across the globe. Across all aspects of its role, the Programs Department adheres to and promotes a culture of inclusion, accountability, and respect.

Position Overview

The anticipated Implementation of Comprehensive Programs for the Prevention, Care and Treatment of HIV/AIDS in the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) activity aims to increase capacity and sustainability of the response toward controlling the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Côte d’Ivoire. Interventions will initially provide support for HIV service delivery aligning with PEPFAR geographic and programmatic pivots and ultimately provide technical assistance to indigenous Ivorian organizations and the national Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene and Universal Health Coverage (MSHPCMU) to sustain and expand comprehensive HIV prevention, care, and antiretroviral therapy (ART) programs. The project will deliver on all programmatic components of a comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment package including but not limited to prevention,

orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe (DREAMS) programming, case finding and linkage to care, continuity of treatment, HIV viral load coverage (VLC) and viral load suppression (VLS) and comprehensive key population (KP) services and will combine a facility and community-based strategy to support HIV/AIDS services. This is anticipated to be a five-year activity.

Key Responsibilities

Pact seeks an experienced HIV Prevention Lead to lead strategy 1; “Provide comprehensive HIV sexual prevention services to priority and general population (PPs and GPs)”. The team lead will provide technical oversight, operational coordination and management including planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of evidence-based interventions. S/he shall work closely with community partners to ensure that PPs have access to comprehensive, high impact HIV prevention services. This position is contingent upon award.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide technical leadership in developing targeted and evidence-based strategies and interventions to improve the coverage, quality and responsiveness of HIV prevention programming, including peer education and outreach services; risk-reduction counseling, health education, and evidence-based behavioral and bio-medical interventions; and prevention and mitigation measures against violence towards PP among at-risk populations in Cote d’Ivoire.
  • Establish strong relationships with clinical partner and facilities to strengthen bi-directional referrals; provide complementary HIV prevention services; and improve the continuum of care from community to facility.
  • Design and implement nuanced high impact strategies to drive demand for HIV prevention services (e.g. HIV testing, condoms, PrEP, post-GBV care) and remove barriers to service uptake.
  • Provide technical assistance and mentorship to local implementing partners and facilitate technical capacity assessments in efficacious, evidence-based HIV prevention among local partners in order to identify gaps, technical capacity limitations, and priority technical assistance needs.
  • Oversee implementation, monitoring and reporting of HIV prevention activities.
  • Monitor and report on HIV prevention quality assessment, improvement, and assurance activities and monitor the latest advancements in HIV prevention, case finding, treatment and care efforts in Cote d’Ivoire.
  • Facilitate problem solving and action planning among stakeholders to address critical challenges and barriers to improving HIV prevention programming and service delivery.
  • Contribute to program learning agendas related to HIV prevention and support the analysis, interpretation, and use of HIV data to inform decision-making and programmatic adjustments.
  • Oversee development of communications, program materials and messages that promote HIV prevention, testing, and treatment literacy for priority audiences.
  • Perform any other prevention duties as assigned by the Deputy Country Director/Technical Program Director.

Basic Requirements

  • Master’s degree in Public Health (with a focus on Infectious diseases/HIV/AIDS), Social Sciences, Medicine, or related field.
  • At least five (5) years’ experience managing and providing technical leadership on HIV prevention and service delivery programming in the African or West African region, including combination prevention approaches.
  • Experience working with two or more priority populations preferred.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the health context and structural issues in Cote d’Ivoire including socioeconomic, institutional and policy issues that are related to essential services in HIV prevention, and adolescent health.
  • Demonstrated leadership and technical skills in HIV prevention, applying new prevention technologies, and utilizing effective health promotion approaches.
  • Demonstrated experience facilitating HIV prevention quality improvement with national and local government entities at all levels.
  • Demonstrated experience in the design and use of training curricula.
  • Strong written and oral communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience in Western Africa, preferably in Cote d’Ivoire
  • Fluency in French and English (excellence in oral and written communication)
  • Supervisory experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with Cote d’Ivoire public health sector system, NGOs, and CSOs is highly desirable.
  • Familiarity with PEPFAR and USG funded programs
  • Cote d’Ivoire nationals and permanent residents are encouraged to apply.

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, citizenship status, genetic information, matriculation, family responsibilities, personal appearance, credit information, tobacco use (except in the workplace), membership in an employee organization, or other protected classifications or non-merit factors.

How to apply

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