Flying HIV/TB Programmatic Implementer

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Job Title:    Flying HIV/TB  Programmatic Implementer
Department: Southern Africa Medical Unit (SAMU)
Salary Level:        MSF SA Level 9
Reports to:        SAMU HIV/TB Coordinator 
Start date:      1 May 2020 
Location:         Cape Town
Type of Contract:      12 months full-time (renewable)
Purpose of the Job: To support OCB and OCG HIV/TB activities by providing direct field-based support to programmes integrating HIV/TB care through technical, strategic, and training and mentorship support
Application closing date:  15 March 2020



Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is an independent international medical humanitarian organization that delivers aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural or man-made disasters, or to people that are excluded from access to health care.  The organization has health projects in more than 68 countries.


The position provides direct support to field projects in integration of HIV/TB care often in difficult contexts where HIV and TB are not the primary priorities of the operations. In some settings HIV/TB integration may be part of a broad chronic disease integration, including non-communicable diseases. While the position is based in Cape Town it is expected that 50-70% of the time will be spent in field projects. The support will be technical and strategic within a comprehensive public health approach including related laboratory, pharmacy and patient and community engagement issues. The position will also work closely with the learning unit of SAMU in supporting  training for field teams as well as helping them build their own autonomous training and mentorship capacity  



  • To perform field visits of 2-6 weeks in MSF projects, with objectives clearly defined by the field, the operations and the HIV/TB referent, including the  following:

o   Practical support in preparing and implementing integrated care for HIV and TB for adults and children in a variety of projects including those where HIV prevalence is low and/or not the primary objective of the project

This support includes operational, strategic, and technical support for clinical care and to projects’ organisation and management, including preparing project documents and logframes, medical orders, human resource planning and clinical protocols. 

o   Provide general HIV/TB clinical support with a focus on primary care, including review of protocols/SOPs, management of Advanced HIV Disease (AHD) and opportunistic infection management, children with HIV/TB and/or PMTCT, basic management of drug-resistant TB (DRTB). 

o   In specific settings support for integration with non-communicable chronic diseases and/or sexual and reproductive health services

o   Support teams in training initiatives, especially the development of clinical mentorship for health workers and allied training interventions

o   General support for organization of services, including flow of patient, data collection, rationalization of care, adherence support... 

  • To work together with SAMU and HQ team specialist referents as relevant (clinical, laboratory, patient support, paediatric, nutrition, SRH and key populations, M&E, and research) in developing approaches for implementation during field visits
  • Work together with other team members and referents on specific dossiers (operational research, developing tools for field support, data collection support etc.).  Those topics remain to be defined and may vary according to the experience and interests of the post-holder
  • Training and mentorship functions to be developed in close collaboration with the SAMU learning unit to ensure appropriate pedagogic approaches 



Preferred Experience

  • 4 years MSF field experience in various MSF HIV projects including experience in coordination 
  • Extensive HIV/TB programming experience including integration in primary care programmes
  • Knowledge of Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) and basic epidemiological software used by MSF
  • Training and mentorship experience


Knowledge and Skills                                                                      

  • University degree and registration as a Medical Doctor
  • Fluent in French AND English 
  • Good communication skills
  • Knowledge of MSF guidelines and policies 
  • Willingness and ability to travel 
  • Demonstrable commitment to humanitarian issues
  • Proven clinical experience in HIV/AIDS,TB, DRTB  inclusive of PMTCT, ARVs, TB/HIV integration and NCD integration


Personal attributes

  • Ability and willingness to travel extensively ( 50 to 70 % of time )
  • Self-motivated, creative and able to offer solutions to problems and suggest new  initiatives
  • Commitment to learning and development objectives and capacity building of staff
  • Tolerant, patient and flexible, to be accommodated in sometimes very basic field conditions
  • Systematic and organized, clear in recommendations and guidance
  • Sensitive to diversity and cultural issues
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Willingness to work beyond official working times if required to do so.


How to apply

Submit your application online by  15 March 2020. 

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.