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Organization: Baylor Collge of Medicine Children's Foundation - Malawi
Posted: 6/15/2018
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Maternal and Child Health
Industry: Non Profit / NGO
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Lilongwe,      Malawi
Position Description: This is a unique opportunity for highly qualified and motivated fellows to engage in on the ground implementation science programming and research and tackle some of the most pressing operational and implementation science questions relevant to HIV in resource limited settings. Both the clinical and research fellows will spend three months at the Tingathe Lilongwe HQ before being deployed to their implementation districts. While at HQ, fellows will receive training and mentorship from Baylor core faculty and will have the opportunity for lectures, clinical rotations, as well as M&E practicum. Once deployed, fellows will continue to receive mentorship and guidance from core faculty as well as site level leadership.

Starting in October 2018, the Baylor Tingathe program will begin implementation of a three year comprehensive HIV care and treatment program in seven districts in Malawi. The program is funded by USAID and PEPFAR. The Tingathe program is using this opportunity to provide 6 highly qualified fellows the opportunity to engage in on-the- ground implementation science. The first year will focus on development of clinical, health systems, and M&E. Years 2 and 3 will focus on the development, implementation, and publication of individual projects. Fellows will need to pass formal evaluations at the end of each year to pass to the next year.

There will be 2 tracks; clinical and research.

Clinical fellowship: The clinical fellowship is geared toward individuals with a strong clinical medicine background. Experience with HIV service delivery is strongly preferred. Fellows will gain advanced training in clinical HIV service delivery in resource limited settings as well as development and implementation of health. All fellows will be based at Ministry of Health facilities and will be involved in optimizing routine health care delivery through mentorship, education, and health systems strengthening. In addition, each fellow will develop an individual project in collaboration with the district team to support health systems improvement in the district. Exemplary projects may include development and testing of strategies and interventions to improve: access to and uptake of HIV testing services; optimal placement and timing of novel diagnostic tools for point- of-care use; retention and adherence in care amongst persons living with HIV; provider- patient relations; male involvement in prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV services; service delivery models to optimize outcomes along the HIV

Research fellowship: The research track is geared toward individuals with a research oriented background. All fellows will be based at Ministry of Health facilities and will be helping to execute operations and implementation research in resource limited settings. This will include working with the research teams on the ground to ensure studies are executed efficiently and ethically, data management to ensure high quality data, creation of interim reports, as well as assisting with protocol development and statistical analysis. In addition each fellow will develop an individual operational research/implementation science project within one of the larger research studies with the aim of producing research that guides program/policy development and is disseminated more widely in a peer reviewed publication.

Qualifications: Applications are sought from experienced, mission-driven candidates. Compensation/benefits increase for each successful year of the fellowship. Criteria for the clinical and research tracks are as follows:

Clinical: • Clinical degree- MD, NP • Clinical experience with HIV a plus • International experience a plus • A track record of publications in implementation science; • Passionate about improving the health care system and health outcomes of people living in developing countries through capacity building, innovation, and partnership. • Outstanding written and oral communication skills • Excellent interpersonal skills, mature, and shows initiative with an ability to work independently and within a team; • Experience with USAID-funded activities, PEPFAR monitoring, evaluation and reporting desirable; • Willingness to travel extensively within the district

Research: • PhD, Masters degree in public health, epidemiology, health systems management or other health sciences degree • Very strong bachelor level candidates with research backgrounds will be considered • Quantitative and qualitative research skills and experience; proficiency in STATA or other statistical and data management software such as SAS, SPSS and AtlasTI or NVivo. • High level of proficiency with referencing software (i.e. Endnotes) and Excel • Outstanding writing skills • Excellent interpersonal skills, mature, and shows initiative with an ability to work independently and within a team; • Experience with USAID-funded activities, PEPFAR monitoring, evaluation and reporting desirable; • Ability to travel within country and internationally.

Organization Description: Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation Malawi (Baylor-Malawi) is a not-for- profit organization partnering with the Government of Malawi in the health sector. The mission is to improve the health and lives of HIV-infected children and families through high quality, high impact, ethical, state-of-the- art, comprehensive care and treatment, training of health professionals, and clinical research. Baylor-Malawi has an international reputation for innovative, evidence-based HIV service delivery programming.

The Baylor-Tingathe program was designed in 2008 to respond to suboptimal uptake of PMTCT and pediatric HIV services In Malawi and currently seeks to support Malawi in reaching the ambitious UNAIDS 90-90-90 goals. The Tingathe Program utilizes community health workers (CHWs), HIV Diagnostic Assistants (HDAs) and clinical mentors to improve HIV case finding and linkage to care, retention in HIV care, Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT), Early Infant Diagnosis (EID), and HIV care and treatment services in Malawi.

Closing Date: 9/15/2018
Desired Starting Date: 10/1/2018
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How to Apply: Applications must include the following:

1. A motivation letter that provides explanation and detail on how the applicant satisfies the required candidate profile; 2. A current Curriculum Vitae; 3. Names and contact information of two (2) traceable referees who are not relatives. Suitably qualified and experienced candidates should address their applications to:

Only short listed applicants will be acknowledged.

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