Background:

The Center for International Health, Education and Biosecurity (Ciheb) — Kenya is a local non-governmental organization collaborating with the Ministry of Health and County Health Management Teams to strengthen health systems for improved quality of health care in Kenya. Ciheb-Kenya is collaborating with the county governments of Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale, Taita Taveta, Machakos, Makueni, Kitui, Nairobi, Kisumu, and Migori to support the implementation and expansion of high quality, sustainable, and comprehensive HIV prevention, care and treatment programs, and expansion of COVID-19 vaccination with funding from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). 

Job Summary:

The Key Population (KP) Officer will spearhead implementation of evidence based KP behavioral interventions through working with outreach workers and peer educators within the designated program locations. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide strategy for the provision of HIV prevention messaging and counselling services to key populations, including HIV testing services as per the national guidelines.
  • Lead the design of structural interventions to prevent HIV among key populations, including those that address gender inequalities, stigma and discrimination, the legal rights and status of key populations, and economic barriers.
  • Support the development and rollout of new and emerging approaches to HIV case finding, including HIV self-testing, testing for partners and family members of index-patients, partner notification services, social networking strategy for key populations, and other novel approaches as they emerge.
  • Lead the formulation of approaches for scale up of integrated HIV prevention services, including PrEP scale up within public health services for key and vulnerable populations.
  • Coordinate assessments, site strengthening, follow-up, and supervision of integrated HIV prevention and treatment services for key, priority, and other at-risk populations.
  • Provide high quality clinical patient care, including leading clinical effectiveness efforts and ensuring implementation of recommended clinical protocols and national guidelines.
  • Support clinical team in implementation of harm reduction strategies, including management of HIV and related diseases.
  • Provide mentorship to clinical teams with the goal of performance improvement in the overall patient care of HIV infected individuals accessing treatment in supported sites.
  • Ensure continuous capacity building through targeted mentorship; organize, co-ordinate, and facilitate journal review meetings and CMEs at designated facilities.
  • Work with the M&E team to track data/results related to HIV prevention for key and vulnerable populations, and oversee data review and DDIU activities for KPs.
  • Work closely with national and county KP program leads to coordinate and implement the HIV prevention interventions and support the implementation of HIV prevention combination packages specific to various key populations.
  • Represent the organization in the national, county, and agency key populations TWG and harm reduction TWG. 

Qualifications: 

  • Degree in social sciences, public health, community development or a related field
  • At least three (3) years working experience in KPs in Kenya with two years’ experience in HIV prevention activities in community settings with skills in training and facilitation, monitoring and evaluation
  • Familiarity with Kenya’s HIV epidemic and the status of HIV programs among key populations is desirable
  • Computer literate and able to work with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work independently, but also as a team member
  • Strong leadership, facilitation, and decision-making skills
  • Excellent interpersonal communication
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