Recrutement de 01 Programme Policy Officer (HIV Research), SSA10

Localité : Mozambique / Maputo
Domaine : Santé
Niveau : Non precise
Entreprise recruteur : World Food Programme

Recrutement de 01 Programme Policy Officer (HIV Research), SSA10
Niveau d'études: Non précisé
Expérience: 5 ans
Expire le: 05-09-2022

World Food Programme
Maputo, Mozambique
Opportunités de carrière : Programme Policy Officer (HIV Research), SSA10 - Maputo, Mozambique (171614)

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The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) puts infected people at high risk of weight loss and wasting, often compounding existing malnutrition. The disease affects the ability to ingest and digest food, and the body requires more calories to mount an immune response to AIDS than before infection. Even with antiretroviral treatment (ART), HIV clients often suffer from weight loss, which puts them at risk of disease progression and mortality. In low-income countries HIV contributes to food insecurity and malnutrition; it disrupts livelihoods as people living with HIV lose the ability to work, which exacerbates food insecurity. Nutrition and food support for people living with HIV (PLHIV) undergoing ART can reduce mortality, mitigate the side effects of medications, and decrease the likelihood and severity of opportunistic infections and long-term metabolic complications.
Mozambique is a Fast Track country for HIV to reach the 95-95-95 targets. It has a 13.8% HIV infection rate, one of the highest in the world. WFP is one of the 11 Cosponsoring Organizations of UNAIDS. As per the UNAIDS Strategy and WHO Treatment Guidelines, and in line with WFP's contribution to SDG17 and the broader UN reform agenda, WFP addresses HIV as one area of vulnerability, ensuring "no one is left behind."

Aligned with the new UNAIDS Division of Labor (DoL), WFP's approach to HIV programming has become more holistic, leveraging multiple entry points, including food and nutrition support, in emergencies; cash and safety nets; technical support to governments and partners; and supply chain services.
The Ministry of Health HIV and nutrition strategies and guidelines integrate nutrition care and support for PLHIV. This includes nutrition assessment, counseling, and support (NACS) interventions, including supplementation with micronutrients, including targeted food supplementation in cases of acute malnutrition following the protocols of the Nutrition Rehabilitation Programme (PRN II). Despite that, the implementation of nutrition assistance for PLHIV has been rather weak. In view of the above and with the overall aim of strengthening the nutritional assessment and care for PLHIV, the UN HIV Joint Team included support to the MoH to carry out a nutrition assessment among ART clients in the Country Plan of 2022- 2023. WFP is responsible for providing this support and, therefore, is seeking an HIV Research Consultant to lead the implementation of this study.

To achieve that objective, the research consultant will:

1. Conduct desk and literature review on recommendations and effectiveness of NACS interventions, including modalities of food and nutrition support (targeting, timing, composition, form and duration) to improve both short- and long-term patient retention in
care and treatment, and clinical outcomes. When doing so, social protection programmes should also be considered.
2. Map out national clinical and social partners supporting PLHIV and analyze any existent data available that could improve the design or complement the planned study.
3. Develop the study protocol following the guidelines of the National Bioethics Committee of Health and liaison with this entity seeking its approval.
4. Prepare the implementation of the study (select the research team, budget, training, and all operational arrangements required).
5. Lead the fieldwork (data collection process) ensuring proper quality checks.
6. Conduct data analysis and reporting.
7. Propose a set of recommendations based on findings.
8. Submit the study report with findings for approval of the Ministry of Health, WFP and the Bioethics Committee.
9. Support the dissemination and communication of the study findings to all key stakeholders.
10. Bring to the attention of WFP and MISAU any issues that may affect the quality and credibility of the study process and suggest ways to overcome them when relevant.
11. Perform any other duties that may be required to meet the objective of this consultancy.

List of research questions initially identified by MISAU (the study should not necessarily be limited to this):

Primary question: What is the existent food and nutrition situation among PLHIV in Mozambique, with a special focus on ART clients?

Secondary question:

• Identify the types of nutrients that are necessary for patients according to their viral load and HIV stage;
• Identify mechanisms for the care of patients with HIV/TB malnutrition at the national level;
• What is the nutrition situation of ART clients?
• What is the food security situation of ART clients?
• What are the dietary practices of ART clients?
• Are the malnourished ART clients linked to any food and/or nutrition assistance, safety net, social protection, or livelihood programmes?
• What factors determine the food and nutrition security status in HIV/TB patients?
• Understand the working conditions in the health units to provide NACS (scales/Muac, calculation tables, registration book, etc.);
• Quality of NACS services provided to PLHIV and the degree of the capacity of health personnel;
• Identify the nutritional needs according to the stages of HIV and identify at what stage patients are most likely to be in a state of malnutrition.
• Analysis of existing health programs for HIV-positive mothers and the inclusion of nutritional diets during treatment to avoid vertical transmission pre and postpartum.
• Determine the gaps and challenges in NACS to PLHIV.

Methodology proposed (open to review):
A descriptive cross-sectional national survey using non-probabilistic sampling and focusing on patients
attending TARV, PNCT, CPN, PNCT, and CCR of health facilities.

Expected Deliverables

Inception report with findings from the desk and literature reviews - full report and a PowerPoint presentation.
Study protocol approved by the Bioethics Committee of Health.
Research field team recruited, trained, work plan, and detailed budget approved by MISAU and WFP technical team involved.
Dataset/interview scripts/list of people interviewed - a folder containing all soft and hard copies of the study.
Study report endorsed by WFP and MISAU and approved by the Bioethics Committee of Health - full report, summary, and a PowerPoint presentation.
Working Arrangements

To achieve the above, the HIV research consultant will work closely with the WFP nutrition and HIV team and will facilitate the ownership of the Ministry of Health of Mozambique (MISAU). As this activity is part of the UNJT and HIV falls under the umbrella of the Conselho Nacional de Combate ao SIDA
(CNCS), regular updates to these two entities will be also expected.
The work should be conducted following a participatory approach through regular consultations with the main parties involved (MISAU and WFP) in all phases of its implementation.
All main documents will be produced in Portuguese to facilitate the engagement of the government and other national stakeholders.
The consultant will be based in Maputo - WFP Country Office. However, working days or sessions may also be required at the Ministry of Health with HIV and nutrition team. Field missions to provinces are also expected.

The HIV research consultant will be reporting to the Activity Manager of HIV the nd Nutrition programme area/WFP Country Office Mozambique and will work hand-in-hand with the HIV officer.

Education : Advanced University degree in Nutrition, Public Health, Medicine, Monitoring and Evaluation or related field

Knowledge, Skills, and Competencies: - Minimum 5 years of experience working with HIV or Nutrition programs in Mozambique.
- Experience working in NGO, UN Agencies, and building partnerships with the Ministry of Health, National HIV programs, or national and local organizations are desirable.
- Knowledge and Skills: Knowledge of evaluation principles, approaches, and methods
- Capacity to work independently with minimal supervision.
- Capacity to collect and analyze data.
- Proven ability to analyze complex health issues and results/performance frameworks.

Language : Fluency (level C) in English & Portuguese.

Leads by Example with Integrity
Lives WFP values and shows humanity and integrity by role modelling care for others

Drives Results and Delivers on Commitments
Delivers on commitments and adapts readily to change

Fosters Inclusive and Collaborative Teamwork
Is inclusive and collaborative, and contributes to a culture of learning and personal growth

Applies Strategic Thinking
Demonstrates commitment to gather perspectives, analyze options and risks, and propose new ways of doing things

Builds and Maintains Sustainable Partnerships
Builds and nurtures external partnerships & collaborates with partners to deliver common objectives

Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance Demonstrates ability to identify key variables and contextual factors that affect food assistance problems and programmes throughout the lifecycle to inform quality programme design or re-design.
Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Voucher) Demonstrates ability to analyse and consolidate quantitative and qualitative information from different sources (e.g., market studies) to inform transfer modality selection and programme development.
Broad Knowledge of Specialized areas (i.e. Nutrition, VAM, etc.) Demonstrates the ability to interpret basic data in the context of WFP specialised fields to contribute to technical programme design, implementation and monitoring.
Emergency Programming Displays capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.
Strategic Policy Engagement w/ Government Develops thorough recommendations using multiple inputs (e.g., government counsel, research, own experience) to strengthen national or subnational entities and government owned food and nutrition security programmes.

This position is applicable only to Mozambican Nationals

Job Title : Programme Policy Officer (HIV Research Local Consultant)

Contract Type : Special Service Agreement - Level 10

Duty Station : Maputo, Mozambique

Duration of Contract : 6 months (possible extension to 2-6 months)

05th September 2022
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