HIV TB Advisor, South Africa

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is an independent international medical humanitarian organization that delivers aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural or man-made disasters, or to people that are excluded from access to health care.  The organization has health projects in more than 68 countries.

Reports to: SAMU HIV/TB Coordinator

Start date: 1 January 2016

Duration: One year renewable (Full time)

Location:  Cape Town, South Africa

Purpose of the Job:

To support OCB HIV/TB activities by providing direct support to MSF programmes through support visits both of a technical and strategic nature to support the implementation of improved field activities.

Closing date: 25 September 2015

The position provides technical and strategic support for HIV , TB , and where relevant hep B and Hepatitis C. This within a comprehensive public health approach including related laboratory, pharmacy and patient and community engagement issues The position also involves engagement with training issues and with development of operational research.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

  • To perform field visits to MSF OCB/OCG  HIV projects as per allocation within the SAMU team , with objectives clearly defined by the field and operations.  This will include the following, in function of the context:
    • General strategic input to profile dedicated MSF project in line with MSF ambitions, specific role and added value in terms of general policy guidance
    • Evaluate operational and technical aspects of the HIV/ TB/DRTB/ Hepatitis   activities and provide clear recommendations in line with MSF guidelines and policies
    • Provide general technical support (short on the spot trainings on specific topics, review and development of written protocol,bedside training and mentorship)
    • Evaluation of TB/HIV activities and support to implementation of improved management (including organisational, strategic and technical support)
    • Support for the implementation of improved paediatric HIV/TB care
    • Support for the implementation of improved PMTCT activities
    • General support for organization of services (especially for programs involved in decentralisation), including flow of patient, data collection, rationalization of care, adherence support etc.
    • Support development of operational research agenda  in line with SAMU and MSF  operational and advocacy agenda
    • Support for HIV/TB services to be implemented where appropriate in projects where HIV and TB are not operational priorities.
  • To coordinate the specialist support from other SAMU team members ( patient and community support, laboratory, operational research  and monitoring and evaluation) to provide continuity and streamlined operantional and technical support
  • To work together with the SAMU HIV/TB Coordinator on specific dossiers (e. g viral load implementation, PMTCT, operational research, developing tools for field support, data collection support etc.).
  • As required support to regional and international communications and advocacy teams  
  • To support trainings as required in collaboration with the SAMU training unit both in Cape Town and as part of field visits( as needed clinical , programmatic and development of e-learning according to needs)
  • To develop links with local and international HIV/TB experts in order to benefit from their expertise in the drawing of our recommendations and strategies.

Job Specification


  • University degree in Medicine and registration as a Medical Doctor


  • Proven clinical experience in HIV/AIDS, inclusive of PMTCT, ARV, TB/HIV integration
  • At least two years field experience in MSF HIV projects including medical leadership positions

Preferred Experience

  • Proven experience in field/ operational research with related publications in peer reviewed journals
  • Post–graduate qualifications in infectious diseases, public health and tropical medicine.
  • Knowledge and interest in HIV/ TB M& E  practices

Knowledge and Skills

  • Leadership skills
  • Good communication and coaching skills
  • Knowledge of MSF and relevant international guidelines and policies
  • Willingness and ability to travel four months of the year.
  • Demonstrable commitment to humanitarian approaches


  • Fluent in English 
  • Knowledge of French an asset.

Personal attributes

  • Self-motivated, creative thinker   
  • Accurate and meticulous
  • Tolerant and patient and happy to be accommodated in sometimes very basic field conditions
  • Systematic and organized, clear in recommendations and guidance
  • Sensitive to diversity and cultural issues
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Willingness to work beyond official working times.


Please follow this link to submit your application.

Deadline: submissions close at 16:00 (UTC+02:00) on 25 September 2015.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.