FHI 360 is seeking applications for the position of Country Project Director for the Meeting Targets and Maintaining Epidemic Control (EpiC) project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). 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 DRC, EpiC will work in Kinshasa, Haut-Katanga and Lualaba provinces to provide HIV services among KPs and PPs in DRC and build capacity of local, community-based KP organizations and work closely with the government of DRC to deliver HIV services tailored to the needs of KPs.
The position will be based in FHI 360’s office in Lubumbashi or Kinshasa and work out of an FHI 360 office. Preference is for Congolese national, candidates based in DRC and internal candidates.
Suitably qualified candidates openly living with HIV and/or who are representative of the key populations affected by HIV are also actively encouraged to apply.
The Country Project Director will have overall responsibility for administration, program management, performance monitoring and technical implementation and oversight of all aspects of EpiC activities in DRC, under the oversight of the EpiC HQ management team. This position is critical for the development of quality and evidence-based approaches for key populations and priority populations to be reached and linked to a variety of services along the HIV cascade, and to building and growing the capacity of local organizations to further lead efforts in the future. S/he will serve as the primary point of contact for the EpiC DRC program with the USAID/DRC Activity Manager.
Specific duties include:
- Provides technical and management leadership to the EpiC DRC project and ensure successful implementation of the work plan and achievement of the project’s targets and goals;
- Provides technical and programmatic oversight directly to the activity areas as well as liaise with senior government officials, dignitaries, executives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), community-based organizations (CBOs) and the organized private sector;
- Ensures that technical efforts are evidence-based, community-driven and will contribute to the deliverables in the EpiC annual implementation plan;
- Ensures alignment of activities with the DRC Ministry of Health’s (MOH) and existing KP HIV planning and programming and work with other KP and HIV coordinating bodies;
- Lead advocacy visits with all stakeholders for improved service uptake and create understanding on KP and PP friendly services.
- Highly prefer a PhD or Masters Degree in Public Health with 7 years’ experience in core HIV programs providing oversight in these areas; HIV testing services, peer navigation services, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), VL monitoring, post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), condom and lubricant programing etc. Bachelor's Degree or its International Equivalent required;
- A minimum of 8 years of experience with progressively increasing responsibility designing, implementing, managing and leading HIV and community led programs involving KPs, multiple CBOs and stakeholders in DRC; experience in Kinshasa and/or Lubumbashi preferred;
- Member of relevant HIV technical working groups which includes prevention, testing, treatment, retention, gender, STIs, condoms etc.;
- Demonstrated ability through previous experience leading HIV interventions through evidence and data driven decision making with supervisory role;
- Familiarity with the demands of cultural and gender diversity relating to KPs especially FSW, MSM, people who inject drugs (PWID), transgender persons and prisoners.
- Demonstrated ability through previous experience to establish and maintain productive working relationships with a wide network of partners and stakeholders which includes the KP community led organizations in DRC;
- Demonstrated ability through previous experience to liaise with relevant senior government officials, dignitaries, executives of NGOs, CBOs, and donors;
- Excellent interpersonal, writing and oral presentation skills in French and English.