Public Health Advisor, HIV

Institute for Global Health Sciences, University of California, San Francisco

About the organization

UCSF Institute for Global Health Sciences (IGHS) is dedicated to improving health and reducing the burden of disease in the world’s most vulnerable populations. It integrates UCSF expertise in all of the health, social, and biological sciences, and focuses that expertise on pressing issues in global health. IGHS works with partners in countries throughout the world to achieve these aims. IGHS seeks to improve health worldwide, especially in developing countries, through research that informs policy. The Global Strategic Information (GSI) group in the Institute for IGHS at UCSF has substantial domestic and international experience and expertise in HIV monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and surveillance dating back to the earliest days of the epidemic. UCSF provides technical assistance and capacity development to MOHs, CDC, and implementing partners to strengthen local capacity to collect, synthesize and use strategic information (SI) to inform, guide, and monitor evidence-based responses.


UCSF seeks the Advisor to work on an HIV Recency project in Zambia. The project is being implemented by Ministry of Health (MOH) in Zambia and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Zambia (CDC-Zambia). The purpose of this project is to provide important surveillance information on new infections with an aim of guiding HIV prevention efforts in Zambia.

The Advisor will work closely with UCSF Recency Program Managers, MOH, and CDC-Zambia. Duties will include: 1) overseeing daily on-site implementation of all project activities including lab and facility engagement, data collection, and oversight of in-country staff at subcontractor; 2) providing technical, administrative, and logistical support including pre-testing and refining tools, coordinating trainings, data collection, data analysis, study documentation, and ensuring protocol adherence before, during, and after the survey; 3) maintaining constant communication and provide regular updates to Recency Program Managers and implement feedback.

The individual will report to UCSF Recency Program Manager while working closely with MOH, CDC-Zambia, and other Recency stakeholders.


Required Qualifications

• Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training
• Minimum three years of related experience
• Availability to live and be based in Zambia with possible travel to nearby countries
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
• Analytical / problem-solving skills
• Ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes

Preferred Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree in public health or social sciences (anthropology, demography, geography, sociology, psychology, or other) OR health professional with tertiary qualifications, such as nursing, clinical medicine, or medical laboratory technology and three+ years of related experience; and / or equivalent experience / training
• Graduate degree in related major (listed above)
• Minimum three years of experience (after graduation) in project management of large-scale research in international settings
• Thorough understanding of HIV recency testing in PEPFAR settings
• Ability to work independently with minimal supervision in international settings

Application instructions

Note: This position is a full time one year contract starting from date of hire, and will be based in Lusaka, Zambia.

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