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LINKAGES Country Representative: India

FHI 360, New Delhi

1. POSITION VACANT:  LINKAGES Country Representative: India, FHI 360, New Delhi

2. BACKGROUND:

FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways, by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions.

FHI 360 staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research and technology, creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges.

FHI 360 serves more than 70 countries and all US states and territories.

FHI 360 is seeking an outstanding public health professional for the post of LINKAGES Country Representative: India, for the USAID-funded LINKAGES Across the Continuum of HIV Services for Key Populations Affected by HIV (LINKAGES) project, under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program.  

LINKAGES is being implemented by FHI 360 in partnership with Pact, IntraHealth International and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and conducts a range of activities to reduce HIV transmission among Key Populations (KP) — sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender persons and people who inject drugs — and improve their enrollment and retention in care and treatment across the HIV cascade.

LINKAGES will accelerate the ability of governments, key population leaders, organizations working with key populations, and private-sector providers to plan and implement services that reduce HIV transmission among key populations and their sexual partners and extend the lives of those already living with HIV. The key elements of the FHI 360-led team’s strategic and technical approach are:

(1) Identifying key populations and locales and comprehensively assessing risk
(2) Diagnosing “leaks” and revealing access barriers within the HIV services cascade
(3) Scaling up “what works” while innovating to ensure the most strategic use of resources and access to newly emerging technologies
(4) Addressing structural barriers and transforming local KP organizations
(5) Ensuring interventions are sustainable over the long term and
(6) Supporting the mainstreaming of human rights, gender and competency and capacity development.

LINKAGES has been operational in India since 2015 and has 30 staff members in Delhi, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. The total budget of LINKAGES/India is around US$ 18 million and annual outlay approx. US$ 6 million.

3. JOB DESCRIPTION/ RESPONSIBILITIES:

Job Description:

The LINKAGES Country Representative: India is a senior member of the global LINKAGES team and will provide technical and management leadership to the LINKAGES project in India. The primary responsibility of the Representative is to ensure successful implementation of the LINKAGES work plan and achievement of the project’s targets and goals across the three Results Areas:

(1) Result 1: Increased availability of comprehensive prevention, care and treatment services, including reliable coverage across the continuum of care for key populations.
(2) Result 2: Demand for comprehensive prevention, care and treatment services among key populations enhanced and sustained.
(3) Result 3: Strengthened systems for planning, monitoring, evaluating and assuring the quality of programs for key populations

For more information about the LINKAGES project, please visit  https://www.fhi360.org/projects/linkages-across-continuum-hiv-services-key-populations-affected-hiv-linkages

Key Roles and Responsibilities: 

(1) Lead on strategic conceptualization, piloting and scaling up innovations in HIV programs with key populations in PEPFAR priority states and districts across HIV continuum of care services;
(2) Lead on building greater visibility of the USAID and LINKAGES/India project at national, state and district level;
(3) Lead on institutional strengthening activities at national level (Divisions within National AIDS Control Organization) and state level (State AIDS Control Societies) including communication strategy and material for KPs; evidence gathering around;
(4) Manage, implement, and monitor systems, services, staff and budgets to achieve financial, administrative and programmatic goals;
(5) Oversee the development and monitoring of local organization sub-awards in compliance with USG, PEPFAR and FHI 360 rules and regulations;
(6) Work collaboratively with the entire LINKAGES team in India and ensures strong coordination among team partners on the implementation of technical activities;
(7) Ensure the project achieves high quality results in accordance with the targets identified in the work plan and Performance Monitoring Plan; Ensure program quality according to FHI 360 standards including quality assurance and quality improvement initiatives;
(8) Oversee production of timely and accurate technical and financial reports to FHI 360 and USAID as required;
(9) Lead in meetings with USAID, NACO, SACS and local and international partners and other stakeholders in India; Serve as the LINKAGES point person for interactions with USAID/India, implementing partners, and the Government of India and NACO;
(9) Monitor work plan activities; ensure appropriate levels of technical assistance in program operations; coordinate partner efforts in program implementation including assisting in the provision of technical assistance to each grant partner for the provision of high quality services; ensure appropriate program monitoring and reporting;
(10) Work closely with FHI 360 staff in the India Country Office, Washington DC and Durham, North Carolina, to provide regular updates and coordinate with the global LINKAGES project;
(11) Directly supervise technical and administrative/ logistics staff in India;
(12) Lead the development of Scopes of Work, memorandums of understanding (MOUs), technical management of activities for consultants and local institutions partnering with LINKAGES, to ensure that activity timeframes and budgets are met and products are reviewed and finalized;
(13) Coordinate with the LINKAGES headquarters teams for planning and management of LINKAGES technical assistance activities, including workshops, trainings, site visits, and other activities;
(14) Report regularly to LINKAGES/HQ (Project Director, LINKAGES) and to USAID/LINKAGES on progress and status of LINKAGES activities in India.

4. QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND COMPETENCIES:

Qualifications:

Bachelor's Degree or equivalent in Knowledge/Information Services, Communications, Education, Environment, Health, Behavioral, Life/Social Sciences International Development, Human Development, or related field.

Experience:

(1) Strong manager with at least 10 years of experience of managing large scale public health project, preferably in HIV/AIDS, with a track record of delivering results, meeting timelines and increasing visibility of the project;
(2) At least 10 years of experience in the HIV/AIDS sector. Key Population experience shall be an advantage;
(3) Applicants with experience of working on PEPFAR funded projects shall be preferred;
(4) Experience of working with civil society organizations to plan and implement HIV and/or health-related activities;
(5) Experience of proactively identifying risk, addressing issues and appropriately communicating these to the project staff and USAID;
(6) Experience of establishing strong working relationships with colleagues from different organizations and cultures.

Competencies and Skills:

(1) Proven skills in mentoring, leadership and networking with Government Departments;
(2) Sensitivity to cultural differences and understanding of the political and ethical issues surrounding public health issues among key populations in India;
(3) Ability to manage and complete numerous tasks with a high degree of organization and limited resources;
(4) Ability to meet deadlines with strong attention to consistency, detail, and quality as well multi-tasking skills;
(5) Ability to travel within country or region and internationally if needed.

5. COMPENSATION OFFERED:

Gross compensation budgeted for the position is Rs. 50 lacs per annum (approx.). Please note that the offer shall be commensurate with the qualifications, experience and salary history of the selected candidate.

6. LOCATION:  New Delhi

7. CONTRACT:

The candidate selected shall be offered an annual contract, extendable, based on performance. Please note the project is presently funded through June 2019.

8. REFERENCE: LCRI-FHI

9. CONTACT INFORMATION:

Senior Consultant
Strategic Alliance Management Services P Ltd.
1/1B, Choudhary Hetram House, Bharat Nagar 
New Friends Colony, New Delhi 110 025 
Phones: 011-2684-2162; 011-4165-3612; 011-4101-1564 and 011-4101-1565
Email: lcri-fhi@sams.co.in
Website: www.sams.co.in

10. LAST DATE FOR APPLICATIONS:

Eligible candidates interested in this position are requested apply to lcri-fhi@sams.co.in with a cover letter, discussing their interest in and suitability for the position, along with an updated resume, giving details of three references, current cost to organization and expected compensation at the earliest .

FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. FHI 360 is committed to providing equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran with respect to policies, programs, or activities. Suitably qualified candidates openly living with HIV and/or who are representative of the key populations affected by HIV are actively encouraged to apply.