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Purpose of Activity/Assignment:
To provide technical support to the MOH Ukraine in the preparation to country validation on elimination of Mother-to Child Transmission (e-MTCT) and system strengthening to improve prevention of Mother-to Child Transmission (PMTCT).
The State programme for Prevention of Mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) was introduced in Ukraine in 2001 and, since then, UNICEF has been supporting the Ministry of Health (MoH) and Public Health Center (PHC) in all aspects of the programme implementation, development of regulation and piloting innovative approaches in PMTCT. Despite good progress in the coverage of services on PMTCT, serious issues and challenges remain.
The new Country Programme for 2018-2022, UNICEF continues to work towards the elimination of new HIV infections in children. Key areas of work include i) supporting scaling up of a model of integrated care, treatment and support for vulnerable pregnant HIV-positive mothers; ii) rolling out of dry blood spot (DBS) method of early infant diagnostics (EID) of HIV beyond pilot oblasts; iii) assisting the MoH in monitoring and evaluation of e-MTCT progress, including the development of software to monitor e-MTCT indicators, and iiii) development and implementation of e-MTCT roadmap based on several researches, revision of e-MTCT related normative documents, etc.
In 2018 UNICEF Ukraine anticipates to receive funds from Joint UN Team Country Envelopes provided by UNAIDS to support Ukraine in e-MTCT validation.
UNICEF seeks a national consultant to provide technical expertise on e-MTCT at national and regional level to ensure timely and effective implementation of the program on e-MTCT validation.
Work Assignment Overview
Tasks/Milestone: Provide technical support to MOH and PHC related to e-MTCT validation, EID (including planning, development of normative documents and guidelines, monitoring, etc.).
Deliverables/Outputs: Plan of technical assistance to Ukraine for E-MTCT validation.
Date: By 15 April 2018
Tasks/Milestone: Collect and review e-MTCT strategic information and experiences to date, cooperate with partners on data analysis, development indicators, conducting studies and researches related to e-MTCT.
Deliverables/Outputs: Overview of e-MTCT current situation (based on studies and reports on e-MTCT and EID) with the recommendations.
Date: By 30 May 2018.
Tasks/Milestone: Initiate, participate and provide inputs in e-MTCT related working groups, round tables, advocacy events, etc.
Deliverables/Outputs: Presentations, talking points (TPs) developed and presented in meetings, working groups and other events related to the e-MTCT programme.
Date: In 2 days before event (for presentations and TPs)
Tasks/Milestone: Liaise and coordinate e-MTCT activities between UNICEF, the MoH, Public Health Center, relevant CSOs, UN agencies and other partners.
Deliverables/Outputs: Progress reports on e-MTCT program implementation including on-line reporting to UNAIDS.
Date: Semiannually (by 30th of June 2018, by 20th of December 2018 and when required).
Tasks/Milestone: Support and advocate rolling up DBS method (in cooperation with UNICEF laboratory consultant).
Deliverables/Outputs: Draft of DBS standard operational procedures (SOP).
Date: By 30th August 2018
Tasks/Milestone: Provide technical assistance in monitoring and evaluation of e-MTCT related activities of partners and help in data validation.
Deliverables/Outputs: Monthly reports on conducted activities (one per month).
Date: By the 5th date on the following month
Description of official travel involved
Up to 4 travels 3 days per each on quarterly basis to regions with the most challenging HIV/AIDS and e-MTCT situation.
Minimum Qualifications required
Masters university degree in HIV/AIDS, Public Health, Epidemiology, Health project management or a field relevant to international development assistance in HIV/AIDS.
Fluent in Russian/Ukrainian, advanced writing, reading and speaking English.
Minimum seven years of relevant professional work experience in the field of project management related to HIV/AIDS and specifically to e-MTCT.
Excellent knowledge and experience in the area of e-MTCT and EID.
Experience in development of normative documents and guidelines.
Experience in HIV/AIDS and specifically e-MTCT program monitoring and evaluation.
Proven experience of working with international and national technical partner agencies.
Familiarity with health care reform content in Ukraine.
High analytical skills and proven experience in conduction and/or managing HIV/AIDS or health related researches and studies.
Support letters from partner organizations working in e-MTCT is an asset.
Familiarity with UN procedures is an asset.
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Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable). Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.
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HOW TO APPLY:
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization". To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=511361