The purpose of the project is to implement dynamic, catalytic, scalable, and responsive HIV service delivery packages for targeted and key populations; Haitian migrants, men who have sex with men (MSM), female sex workers (FSW), transgender women (TG) to accelerate the Dominican Republic’s HIV response to achieve 95-95-95 targets by 2030 while effecting positive change on the health system to remove barriers that prevent the DR from reaching 95- 95-95.
The Deputy Director HSS will provide overall leadership to the HIV Services and System Strengthening Project with a focus on Heath System Strengthening. Under the supervision of the Chief of Party, the Deputy Director HSS will be responsible for all aspects of HSS.
The Deputy Director HSS:
- Provides support to the overall leadership and management of the HSS component of the project, ensuring strategic program direction meeting donor expectations.
- Works closely with technical staff to coordinate HSS activities across the HIV cascade at both the national and site level.
- Provides direct supervision and follow up to the local sub-contractor that will implement HSS interventions. to ensure technical excellence and project performance.
- Develops and implements processes and procedures to achieve strategic technical goals of HSS working closely with government officials, USAID, CDC, implementing partners and other stakeholders.
- Provides technical expertise with monitoring and evaluating HSS and serves as primary decision maker for HSS technical issues.
- Oversees the strategic direction, budgetary planning, and technical process of the HSS project component to ensure project objectives are met.
- Leads technical innovations to increase access to HIV prevention, care, and treatment services for targeted and key populations addressing systemic issues in the health system.
- Serves as an aide to the COP, provides guidance, strategic support, and quality control to project staff.
- Acts on behalf of the COP as requested and assumes the responsibilities of Interim COP, in the absence of the COP
- Works closely with the COP to ensure responsiveness to USAID and government partners.
- Collaborates closely with the Chief of Party (COP) to ensure that the overall HIV Services and System Strengthening projects implementation is on time, within budget, and meeting objectives through the development of structured work plans and activity tracking plans.
- Working closely with the COP, provides leadership and technical management in HIV prevention, care, and treatment by ensuring innovative, evidence-informed programming focusing on targeted and key populations.
- Engages in writing publications and developing proposals for new components of the project.
- Supports performance management and professional development of direct reports, including ongoing feedback, coaching, and career support.
- Contributes to program quality according to FHI 360 standards including quality assurance and quality improvement initiatives.
- Master’s Degree
- Typically requires 8+ years (10 preferred) professional experience managing and implementing health systems strengthening programs in the areas of health policy and administration, health sector development, public health with a minimum of (7) years’ experience in the Dominican Republic.
- Seven (7) years demonstrated experience in managing and supervising health system activities and teams.
- Five (5) years of experience working on PEPFAR programs.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with government representatives, for-profit private sector entities, local community organizations, donors and other stakeholders.
- Professional level of oral and written fluency in English and Spanish, Haitian Creole or French is a plus
- Excellent computer software skills.
- Extensive experience in designing and implementing HIV prevention, care and treatment projects, including ART in developing countries.
- Robust familiarity with the current scientific literature and evidence-informed HIV programming for targeted and key populations.
- Applied understanding of human rights-based approaches
- Sensitivity to cultural differences and understanding of the political and ethical issues surrounding HIV infection, especially as they pertain to targeted and key populations.
- Ability to manage teams, projects, consultants, and plan for the successful and timely implementation of programs.
- Ability to work well with other units and to develop and maintain compatibility among project staff, subcontractors, consultants, and recipients of assistance.
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