Lesotho HIV / primary healthcare project manager - SolidarMed Thaba Tseka and Seboche, Lesotho

Swiss Organisation for Health in Africa Organisation Suisse pour la Santé en Afrique Organização Suíça para Saúde em África
Position Title:
Lesotho HIV / primary healthcare project manager
Apply by: 25 Feb 2012
Contract Type:
Fixed term appointment (minimum 3 years)
Place of Assignment:
Open are two similar positions: One in Thaba Tseka and one in Seboche.
The focus in Thaba Tseka is more on primary healthcare; the focus in Seboche is more on HIV care and treatment. However, both positions are related to HIV and primary healthcare.
Tasks and responsibilities:
  • Manage, steer and further develop the HIV/PHC-project
  • Support health facilities and districts in the quality provision of comprehensive HIV/TB and primary health care services
  • Apply scientific evidence, promote lessons learned, ensure best practices
  • Capitalize lessons learnt and contribute to operational research
  • Coordinate with other SolidarMed projects and National stakeholders
  • The position is not a clinical position, but implies clinical mentoring and coaching of physicians, nurses and counsellors. We are looking for a hands-on person with clinical experience, not afraid of organizing and implementing.
The SolidarMed program in Lesotho aims at improving the health status of the catchment population in two districts…
·  by supporting the provision of good quality comprehensive HIV treatment and care
· by strengthening management and service provision of hospitals, incl. infrastructure development at hospital and  health centre level
·   by collaborating with a Village Health Worker scheme to provide good primary health care
·   by strengthening the National health information system
·  by capitalizing experience, conducting operational research and to informing public health and policy dialogue
Through its system-strengthening approach, SolidarMed aims at improved access to good quality clinical services as part of the primary health care services and improved community capacities to prevent disease. 
Main partners of SolidarMed in Lesotho are the Ministry of Health and and the Christian Health Association (CHAL).
To best fit into our interdisciplinary team, we expect the following qualifications:
  • Physician with at least 3 years of working experience and degree in public health
  • Sound working experience in Public Health and HIV/Tb (incl. clinical), preferably in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Project management experience (including Human Resource and Project Cycle Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Budgeting)
  • Interest in knowledge sharing, scientific networking and data management
  • Readiness to organize and implement.
  • Coaching experience, intercultural sensitivity and communication skills
  • Ability to assume responsibilities and to work within a team.
  • Preparedness to live in remote rural place
 Language skills
  • Fluent English (written and spoken)
  • German language skills would be an asset
We offer
  • SolidarMed offers an attractive salary and benefit package, professional development opportunities, and linkages with research and competence networks
  • Family posting in a rural but safe African setting (schooling is limited)
  • Start of duties: May 2012 (with flexibility)
  • SolidarMed is a medium size NGO, dynamic, flexible and with a clear vision.
  • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted and invited for an interview
  • You can obtain further information by calling Dr. Pfeiffer at SolidarMed
  • Applications are accepted in electronic format only and with the reference “Lesotho HIV/PHC Project Manager”.
  • Please send your application with CV (including age of the applicant), a short letter of motivation, and photo to: jobs@solidarmed.ch
SolidarMed Luzern
Obergrundstrasse 97
CH – Luzern 4                                        
Tel.: +41 / 41 310 66 60