EpiC is a five-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). The project provides strategic technical assistance (TA) and direct service delivery to break through barriers to 95-95-95 and promote self-reliant management of national HIV programs by improving HIV case-finding, prevention, treatment programming and viral load (VL) suppression among key populations (KPs) and priority populations (PPs). In the Philippines, EpiC will work in the Greater Metro Manila Area (Metro Manila, CALABARZON, Central Luzon) to address critical gaps and bottlenecks in the HIV response by expanding HIV case finding in the community, upscaling of PrEP implementation, and strengthening treatment initiation, adherence, and retention support for people living with HIV (PLHIV). Further, EpiC Philippines aims to build the capacity of local, community based KP organizations and work closely with the government of the Philippines to deliver HIV services tailored to the needs of KPs.
Background and Objectives:
In the recent years, the Philippines has seen measurable increase in its HIV epidemic. By the end of 2020, the country has an estimated total of 111,400 people living with HIV (PLHIV). Among them, seventy percent (78,291) were diagnosed and 61% (47,977) of those diagnosed were alive on ART. With the growing epidemic, many improvements, and changes in the different components of the program were initiated. Along with the various innovations and developments in the country’s HIV response, a need for continuous quality improvement (CQI) also surfaced. The conduct of CQI is pivotal in improving health service delivery and addressing other human rights-related barriers. CQI enables the use of data and strategic information to service delivery and client experience. It also aids in ensuring that systems and processes are optimized and that providers are not over-burdened.
This consultancy aims to (1) develop standards and tools for CQI in the country, and (2) implement initial CQI activities as basis for improved person-centered and evidence-based HIV policies, programs, strategies, and interventions.
Scope of Work:
The consultant is expected to perform the following functions:
· Phase 1: Assessment and Review
o Coordinate and conduct consultation meetings with implementers and other key stakeholders on expectations and current efforts on continuous quality improvement (CQI) in for the HIV program, including health and non-health related activities.
o Review and evaluate existing national and local HIV quality assurance and quality improvement mechanisms.
Review current policies, tools, and processes for national health service related CQI (including HIV-specific), if any.
Review current policies, tools, and processes for CQI on upholding human rights and inclusive community engagement (including HIV-specific), if any.
In-depth scoping and mapping of national, local, and facility/organization level CQI activities.
· Phase 2: Develop/Enhance CQI Standards and Tools
o Develop and/or enhance the following in collaboration with the national, regional, local, and community partners.
· Optimized and harmonized CQI tools and materials
· Criteria and list of potential members for the national and local CQI team
· Training modules and/or materials for the regular conduct of CQI
· Methods for conducting CQI (including considerations for changing situations such as COVID-19)
Roll-out and transition plan for CQI activities
Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) plan for CQI findings
o Field test and revise as needed all developed/optimized tools and materials.
· Phase 3: Training and Implementation
o Support the training for national and local CQI teams in the conduct of CQI processes.
o Support conduct of whole CQI process in 2 pilot EpiC Sites.
Education and Qualifications:
· Master’s Degree in allied or public health, social sciences, management, or any related field.
· Minimum of 5 years’ experience in quality assurance and quality improvement of public health programs, preferably in HIV-related and human rights-related projects.
· Proficiency in Microsoft Office software programs**
· Knowledge on conducting assessments, pilot testing and/or document review.
· Knowledge on development of operating procedures and/or training modules/materials.
· Demonstrated experience in developing continuous quality improvement (CQI) plan for health-related programs or processes.
· Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and work with others effectively.
· Demonstrated ability to conduct, host and facilitate on-site or virtual trainings and meetings.
· Excellent interpersonal communication skills and ability to work effectively with a variety of audiences and organizations.**
· Excellent writing and verbal communication skills in both English and Filipino.**
The Consultant for the Development of National and Local HIV Quality Improvement (QI) Standards, Optimization of QI Tools, and Initial Pilot of QI Process is supervised and evaluated by the Senior Strategic Information Advisor with advice from different national, local, community and development partners.
Send letter of intent and updated CV/resume in single pdf file on or before 12 June 2021. Please indicate the name of position applied for in the subject line following this heading format: FHI360-BHP-Position Applied For-Last Name of Applicant (Example: FHI360-EpiC- Consultant for QI-Cruz). Shortlisted candidates will be notified for the next screening process.
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