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GLOBAL: IRIN/PlusNews Weekly Issue 471, 5 February 2010

JOHANNESBURG, 5 February 2010 (PlusNews) - CONTENTS:

GLOBAL: Breakthrough could create better ARVs
SUDAN: Battling HIV in a post-conflict army
SUDAN: Universal access still a long way off in the south
SUDAN: Positive networks fight HIV in the south
ZIMBABWE: HIV-positive people want constitutional rights

EVENTS/RESOURCES

1. 8th European HIV Drug Resistance Workshop, 17-19 March 2010 - Sorrento, Italy
2. Prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) Strategic Vision 2010-2015 - United Nations World Health Organization

VACANCIES

1. HIV financing programme managers, Clinton Foundation - Africa (various)
2. HIV/AIDS programme coordinator, Feed the Children (FTC) - Nairobi, Kenya



GLOBAL: Breakthrough could create better ARVs

Scientists have finally discovered the structure of a key enzyme found in HIV and similar viruses, a breakthrough that has crucial implications for HIV treatment.

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SUDAN: Battling HIV in a post-conflict army

The evidence of five years of peace is everywhere in Juba, regional capital of Southern Sudan in the brisk trade in the city's markets, its packed bars and nightclubs, and in the relaxed gait of the soldiers of the former rebel Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA).

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SUDAN: Universal access still a long way off in the south

Southern Sudan's poor infrastructure, largely illiterate population and dearth of health facilities and workers mean that despite five years of peace, HIV programmes are still in their infancy.

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SUDAN: Positive networks fight HIV in the south

Networks of people living with HIV in southern Sudan are trying to overcome deficiencies in the limping health system and broken infrastructure by spreading information about the pandemic and reducing stigma and denial.

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ZIMBABWE: HIV-positive people want constitutional rights

AIDS activists in Zimbabwe have launched a major drive to ensure that the rights of people living with HIV are enshrined in the new constitution.

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EVENTS/RESOURCES

1. 8th European HIV Drug Resistance Workshop, 17-19 March 2010 - Sorrento, Italy

The workshop will address important topics such as mechanisms and clinical implications of drug resistance, epidemiology of drug resistance, resistance to new drugs, resistance technology, managing HIV-HCV co-infection, etc.

For further information, visit: www.virology-education.com



2. Prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) Strategic Vision 2010-2015 - United Nations World Health Organization (WHO)

The purpose of this document is to define WHO's commitment to global and country support to scale-up access to PMTCT of HIV services and integrate these services with maternal, newborn and child health programmes.

For more information, visit: www.who.int



VACANCIES

1. HIV financing programme managers, Clinton Foundation -Africa(various)

Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Ministry of Health and partners to project funding needs and map available funds for HIV in the short to medium term;
  • Identify and prioritize areas for optimizing HIV programmes through access to lower cost commodities, efficient programme delivery, prioritized resource allocation to areas of greatest return on investment, and more effective management systems and tools;
  • Pursue targeted implementation for select optimization opportunities to demonstrate potential, build momentum and realize early gains;
  • Work with the Ministry of Health and key stakeholders to influence policies and programmes as needed in order to facilitate long-term optimization of HIV spending;
  • Build supporting tools and management systems to facilitate long-term Ministry of Health capacity and leadership;
  • Manage small team of analysts and volunteers.

Qualifications:

  • Very strong quantitative skills, including significant experience working in excel on budgeting;
  • Applicants with management consulting or other relevant private and public sector experience are strongly encouraged to apply;
  • Exceptional diplomatic and interpersonal skills and ability to build relationships;
  • Excellent organizational and problem solving skills; Strong communication skills, including the ability to prepare compelling presentations;
  • Ability to multi-task and to be effective in high-pressure situations;
  • Ability to work independently on complex projects and proactively manage projects with minimal supervision;
  • Project or program management experience;
  • Public Health experience, preferably in HIV in developing countries context;
  • Knowledge of/experience with the Global Fund proposal development process as well as knowledge of other donor funding mechanisms and processes;
  • French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish may be required for some positions.

Application deadline: 4 May 2010

Apply online at: http://careers-clintonfoundation.icims.com/



2. HIV/AIDS programme coordinator, Feed the Children (FTC) - Nairobi, Kenya

Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership and management support for all HIV/AIDS programme;
  • Providing technical support in the development of effective HIV/AIDS programme;
  • Support programming for HIV/AIDS interventions;
  • Development and implementation of a country HIV/AIDS strategy in line with FTC Kenya country programme strategy;
  • Assessing and enhancing the capacity of local partners implementing HIV/AIDS projects;
  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation of HIV/AIDS programme;
  • Management, coordination, and reporting of HIV/AIDS related Grants.
  • Work in close collaboration with frontline staff and provide oversight in preparation of proposals;
  • Facilitate learning and sharing of Best Practices in HIV/AIDS programming;
  • Maintain contacts with donors and partners to increase funding for the HIV/AIDS programme.

Requirements:

  • Masters Degree in Public Health;
  • Minimum five years experience in HIV/AIDS programming;
  • Demonstrated capacity to understand and advise on critical issues related to HIV/AIDS; Prevention, care, treatment and support to orphans and vulnerable children and people living with HIV;
  • Experience in building and maintaining strategic relationships;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team;
  • Strong representational skills, including ability to present FTC programs and policies to diverse audiences, including donors, the Government and other key stakeholders;
  • Excellent writing ability, including previous experience developing successful proposals for United States Government funding;
  • Proven experience in grants management and reporting. Experience with US Agency for International Development-funded programmme a plus;
  • Demonstrated experience in programme design, development, and implementation;
  • Hands-on experience in monitoring and evaluation;
  • Very strong communication skills, both oral and written.

Application deadline: 19 February 2010

Send an application letter, detailed CV, phone and email contacts of three references to:


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