HIV Care M&E Capacity Development Specialist

Before You Apply

Peace Corps Response positions are open to returned Volunteers or U.S. citizens with significant professional and technical experience.

Project Description

Two HIV Care M&E; Capacity Development Specialists with a Master’s degree in public health, monitoring and evaluation skills, and at least three years of experience in project management and coordination are needed to work with the Aurum Health Institute in South Africa. Aurum Health Research is funded by PEPFAR – CDC to improve HIV/TB programs through direct service and indirect service support driving to achieve the 90-90-90 targets for epidemic control, wherein 90% of people living with HIV/TB are diagnosed, 90% are initiated on antiretroviral therapy (ART) or TB treatment and 90% are virally suppressed/TB cured - as well as strengthening of health systems that serve as a foundation for service delivery in support of 90-90-90. A major component of successful performance against grant and programmatic targets is development and usage of real-time monitoring and evaluation information for decision making and program reporting. Capacity and skills in high-performance M&E; is crucially undersupplied in South Africa and Aurum has challenges in this particular facet of its program. The Peace Corps Response Volunteers (PCRVs) have been requested to provide high-level technical support to Aurum’s M&E; teams.

The PCRVs will work closely with the Aurum M&E; and Data Management staff members to support advanced M&E; high-level technical practices for real-time programmatic performance tracking. The PCRV will train 15 central staff on best practices in real-time M&E; and data analytics and co-facilitate the development of broader M&E; skills by helping central M&E; staff to disseminate learning/training to staff in the field (train-the-trainer model). The PCRV will also conduct site visits (with central M&E; staff) within facilities to review on-site practices in the M&E; of testing, ARV initiation, patient retention and data quality to inform process improvement initiatives. The overall goal of the assignment is to assist the Aurum Institute M&E; team by developing capacity in the practical use of advanced data and operational analytics for gaining programmatic insights and decision making/program correction.

Partner Information

Aurum Health Institute

Required Skills

• Master’s degree in public health with an emphasis on epidemiology, data analytics or M&E;
• Three years’ experience in project management and coordination
• Monitoring and evaluation skills
• Excellent presentation and skills transfer abilities
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Team player
• Computer literate: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, email, and relevant data analytics

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Medical Considerations in South Africa

  • South Africa may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: insulin-dependent diabetes, requiring a psychiatrist for psychotropic medications support; ongoing counseling.
  • The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: Adderall and Vyvanse.   
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: none identified. 
  • After arrival in South Africa, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot, to take daily or weekly medication to prevent malaria, and to receive mandatory immunizations.

Before you apply, please review Medical Information for Applicants to learn about the clearance process and other health conditions that are difficult to accommodate in Peace Corps service.


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