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Job Opportunity Program Manager on AusAID HIV/AIDS Program: Applications Due 23/9
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Tuesday, 13 September 2011 07:59
For you/your friends… Applications are due 23 September.  The position is initially less for one year with possibility for extension until the project ends (2013).  The position will be based at the HAARP Central Project Management Unit at 34 Lang Ha St.  The remuneration package is around USD2000-2200 depending on the person’s skills and experience.  They are looking for someone with strong report writing and representation skills and ideally knowledge about the sector.   


 HIV/AIDS Asia Regional Program (HAARP)PROGRAM MANAGEMENT ASSISTANCEBackground The sharing of needles and syringes among injecting drug users (IDUs) is a major cause of HIV transmission in many countries of South East Asia. The failure to address HIV transmission among, and from, IDUs has resulted in the continued expansion of the HIV epidemic in countries of the region. Harm reduction interventions have been shown to be effective in reducing transmission of blood borne viruses related to unsafe injecting. The scale up of harm reduction interventions is an urgent priority in Asia.1. The HIV/AIDS Asia Regional Program (HAARP) is an Australian Government (AusAID) funded program that works to effectively implement harm reduction strategies to reduce the spread of HIV associated with drug use among men and women in South East Asia and China.HAARP has a strong focus on service delivery and aims to scale up coverage at the local and provincial levels and contribute to Universal Access Targets. It is implemented in Burma (Myanmar), China (Yunnan and Guangxi Provinces), Viet Nam, Cambodia and Lao PDR. In the Philippines, HAARP supports research activities to inform the National AIDS Strategic Plan. Country Programs (CPs) are managed by the AusAID posts and are implemented through a range of government, UN and civil society partners.The guiding principles of HAARP are as follows: 1.             Nothing for us without us: HAARP recognises the importance of meaningful involvement of drug users and other affected communities in all areas of programming – design, implementation and monitoring.2.             Effectiveness: emphasizing the importance of partnership and cooperation of all stakeholders – governments and communities alike.3.             Evidence to Action: emphasizing the need for good quality, evidence based approaches to scaling up of harm reduction.4.             Respect and protection: advocating for social change, the respect for human rights (including the right to health and treatment), and protection of people who use.5.             Reducing vulnerability: creating and enabling environments that address the criminalisation of drug use and reduces the stigma and discrimination faced by drug users.6.             Gender awareness and integration: advocating for a focus on the roles and needs of both men and women in relation to HIV and drug use with a special consideration for the specific needs of women, men who have sex with men and transgendered communities. 2. HAARP Technical Support Unit  The HAARP Technical Support Unit (TSU) is based in Bangkok, Thailand. It has four key functions:1.       Provision of technical support to CPs through the timely provision of quality technical assistance on thematic as well as specific technical issues.  This includes the provision of monitoring and evaluation support;2.       Knowledge management to generate, capture and share between CPs operational level experience and data to help HAARP countries in improving service delivery and to generate and disseminate implementation knowledge more widely;3.       Helping AusAid to shape attitudes to harm reduction outside of the program, specifically supporting AusAid and the Program Director (PD) in undertaking national advocacy work at CP level; and,4.       Manage the Cross Border Program.  3. Program Management Assistance The HAARP Vietnam CP began operations in the second half of 2010. Since its launch it has embarked on various trainings, workshops, field visits, IEC development and service delivery activities. The Central Project Management Unit (CPMU) under Ministry of Health is working closely with Ministry of Public Health and Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) to implement these programs both at central level (Hanoi) and 3 provincial levels (Bac Kan, Hoa Binh and Tuyen Quang provinces). The aim of this project management assistance is to provide a range of program management and administrative support to the program implementation under HAARP Vietnam CP. The areas of assistance include:i.                     Work in close liaison with relevant stakeholders on all issues in relation to program implementation and reportingii.                   Alternate for AusAID staff when necessary at the trainings and workshops and provide brief report to AusAID retrospectively.  iii.                  Any other tasks requested by AusAID Post in support of the program implementation. Details of these technical support areas are described below 3.1 Scope of Mission The consultant is expected to:  
  1. Work in close liaison with relevant stakeholders in relation to program implementation and reporting
 ·         Monitor program implementation on behalf of AusAID by closely liaising with MOH, MOLISA, MPS and provincial level authorities. Alert AusAID on any issues of concern on a timely manner. ·         Assist relevant agencies when implementation issue arise and consult with the TSU on the technical aspects when needed.
  • Actively participate in the annual Workplanning process and recommend final annual program workplan for AusAID approval.
  • Participate and record minutes of the Steering Committee meeting. In case if the CPMU provided secretariat role then produce an English version of the meeting minutes.
  • Participate, provide inputs and produce meeting minutes (if needed) at the technical group meetings, project weekly meetings and other ad-hoc meetings as requested by AusAID.
  • Actively participate at the program mid-term evaluation and de-brief AusAID retrospectively.
  • Review all requests that come through national and provincial level stakeholders before submitting to AusAID with recommendations.
  • Assist CPMU in finalising periodical activity and financial reporting to AusAID.
  • Provide inputs and assist AusAID in finalising activity and financial periodical reports for submission to program co-donor.
  1. Alternate for AusAID staff at the trainings and workshops
 ·         Alternate for AusAID staff (with prior approval) at the trainings and workshops organised locally and regionally by the CPMU, PPMU or respective ministries and line agencies in relation to HAARP.·         Participate in field trips. 
  1. Other tasks as requested by AusAID to support program implementation
·         AusAID Post may require the consultant’s assistance in other areas from those mentioned above. These will be discussed and agreed with the consultant and will be within the capacity of the consultant to provide it. 3.2 Duration (Time-line) This is a full time position from 30 September 2011 to 30 June 2012. The position will be based at the Central Project Management Unit office in Hanoi.   3.3 Consultancy Outputs ·         Approved by relevant Ministries Annual Workplan;·         Steering Committee and other meeting minutes;·         Request for AusAID consideration with recommendations (when applicable);·         Periodical activity and financial reports from CPMU to AusAID;·         Activity and financial periodical report from AusAID to program co-donor;·         Talking points at the meetings; and·         Field trip reports. 3.4 Management and Supervision 
  • The consultant will be supervised by AusAID Senior Program Manager at Post. Direct reporting line is to AusAID Hanoi Post but from time to time the consultant will be required to communicate with AusAID Bangkok.
  • A consultant performance assessment will be conducted at anniversary of the contract date.

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