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30 Aug, 2018

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The function will support the ministry of Health in Ghana to respond to the challenges of Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis.

Job Description

Job Title: NPO HIV /AIDS, TB & Hepatitis

Objectives of the Programme and of the immediate unit or field activity:

The World Health Organization (WHO) Africa region is the hardest hit where about 74% of the estimated 1.2 million TB patients co-infected with HIV occurred in 2014. For many years, efforts to tackle TB and HIV have been largely independent of each other, despite their overlapping epidemiology. The risk of progression from latent to active TB is increased by infection with HIV. Likewise, TB is the most important opportunistic disease that increases progression to acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and the number one killer in HIV-positive individuals. Thus effective TB control can contribute to better HIV/AIDS control by reducing the TB burden in people with HIV as well as providing an entry point to HIV prevention and care for people with TB.

The HIV prevalence in the general population in Ghana was 1.47% in 2014 which was an indication of a downward trend over a fifteen-year period from 2.3% in 2000. New HIV infections in Ghana have recorded an alarming 70.15% increase in just one year.

The figure increased from 12,000 new infections in 2015 to 20,148 in 2016. The increase in new infections is a matter of concern because Ghana recorded significant gains in the key target areas of ending HIV/ AIDS for five years.

The world health organization estimates that over 2 billion people have been exposed to hepatitis B virus and approximately 350 million people are chronically infected with HBV. In Ghana HBV prevalence is estimated at more than 10% among blood donors, increasing in the rural populations.

Chronic HBV infection is the risk factor for the development of HCC. The progression of chronicity and the associated pathogenesis directly correlate with active viral replication demonstrable by serological markers.

Organizational Context

  • Support the Health Sector, including the Ministry of Health in strengthening national capacity and building partnerships for the control of HIV/AIDS, TB and Hepatitis in Ghana;
  • Act as focal person in the WHO Country Office to manage Hep, TB and HIV related work through coordination with Health Sector (MOH) counterparts, donors and health partners in these areas;
  • Provide technical support in the development of TB and HIV/Hep national strategic and operational plans in addition to, coordination, supervision of interventions related to their implementation, monitoring and evaluation at both national and subnational level;
  • Provide technical support to improve integrated health information system, especially increased demand, generation and use of quality data/information related to TB, HIV/TB and Hep. Participate in resource mobilization and contribute to proposal development and implementation of, but not limited to, the Global Fund grants, PEPFAR;
  • Assist the Health Sector in ensuring the real-time monitoring of the epidemiological trends of Hep, TB and HIV, in addition to the progress of the response;
  • Provide technical support to recommend programme initiatives and priorities, including operational/implementation research, based on analysis of technical and policy problems identified during the programme implementation;
  • Liaise with the government counterparts to facilitate and support adaptation and implementation of the national TB and HIV/Hep programmes in line with the WHO normative guidance and international best practice;Assist in the interpretation and translation of relevant documents;
  • Ensure a brokering role of main actors involved in the health sector and advise the WHO Representative for policy dialogue aimed at addressing bottlenecks limiting progress of the response related to Hep, TB and HIV andAssist in any other tasks assigned by the WHO Representative.

Competencies:

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  • Communicating in a credible and effective way
  • Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
  • Creating an empowering and motivating environment
  • Ensuring the effective use of resources
  • Fostering integration and teamwork

Functional Skills and Knowledge:

Education (Qualifications):

Essential: First degree in Medicine or Degree in Public Health or Epidemiology or other related

field

Desirable: Post graduate training of Masters’ Degree in public health or epidemiology. Specialized training in communicable diseases.

Experience Essential:

  • At least five years related experience in public health.

Desirable:

Languages:

Excellent knowledge of English. Working knowledge of French or another WHO official language would be an asset.

Other Skills (e.g. IT):

Proficiency in all MS Office applications, spreadsheets and data analysis. Proficienc

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