Burundi COP19 Planning Advisor

  • Senior-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 29 November 2018
  • Bujumbura, Burundi
  • Closing on 28 December 2018

Job Description

Opportunity in Bujumbura, Burundi

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has contracted through ZemiTek, partnered with CAMRIS International, to recruit and hire a qualified individual for the following position:

Title: Burundi COP19 Planning Advisor, USAID/Burundi Mission

Based in the Washington, DC metro area, ZemiTek is a Women-Owned, SBA-certified 8(a) Small Business with a strong record of delivering innovative and high-quality solutions internationally. ZemiTek has been supporting USAID in more than 50 countries by providing technical assistance, information technology, and institutional support services.

CAMRIS International is among the top 20 USAID contractors for the third year in a row. CAMRIS realizes innovative solutions to health and development challenges through high-quality, cost-effective programs and research management services. With experience working in more than 80 countries, CAMRIS combines proven systems with today’s most effective, evidence-based best practices to improve the lives of people around the world.

Burundi is a low-income country with GNI of 758 USD per capita (PPP adjusted) and remains one of the poorest countries in the world, ranked 184 out of 188 countries on the 2016 UNDP Human Development Index. Important gains have been realized in the health sector over the past ten years but they remain fragile and may be at risk due to the ongoing political and economic crisis following contested elections in 2015.

With support from PEPFAR and the GFATM, the GOB has strategically scaled up HIV/AIDS interventions and has worked towards developing a more sustainable model. The effectiveness of the response to the epidemic has been evidenced by a decline in HIV prevalence from 2.9% in 2001 to 1.3% in 2014. Burundi experiences extremely high adherence to ART, with survival rates among people with HIV on ART among the best in Africa: 90.1% at 12 months, 87.4% at 24 months and 83.9% at 36 months of treatment.4 The PMTCT program is strong, with 90% pregnant HIV-positive women accessing ARVs to prevent mother-to-child-transmission (PMTCT) of HIV, with a rate of 7% MTCT.

The PEPFAR program supports the government to aggressively scale up a comprehensive package of prevention, care and treatment activities in three provinces designated as scale up aggressive. These provinces [Bujumbura Rural, Ngozi, and Kayanza] are expected to reach 81%, 70% & 75% coverage respectively, by FY 2019. The remaining two PEPFAR supported provinces are designated as scale up saturation. These provinces [Bujumbura Mairie, and Kirundo] are expected to reach over 100% saturation by end FY 17 (215% & 145% respectively). PEPFAR program implements different strategies across the five provinces in response to the differing service delivery and access gaps in the various provinces and will continue in FY18 to scale up strategies to reach 95-95-95 goals.

The COP19 planning process is an intensive planning period that requires the coordination of technical staff and implementing partners to make strategic decisions on the HIV program for the upcoming fiscal year. Analysis of programmatic and financial data for decision making is a key element to the process as well as engagement with a number of different in-country stakeholders and HQ counterparts.

The consultant will provide leadership and technical direction for the USAID Burundi HIV team during the COP19 planning process. This will include coordination of programmatic and technical staff, engagement with the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC), participating in interagency discussions, work with IPs to implement COP18 strategic and geographic shifts, and support submission of COP19.

Total estimated LOE – 50 days

* Provide management and coordination support to the submission of COP19 documents, including coordinating technical inputs, liaising with HQ counterparts, interpreting and disseminating S/GAC guidance (including Expenditure Reporting and budget requirements), and participating in all relevant COP approval meetings per S/GAC guidance. Support the HIV team in data analysis, including data from SIMS visits and other programmatic data to inform COP19 planning and development
* Participate in (and facilitate as required) regular USAID HIV management and technical meetings for COP19 planning; participate (and facilitate as required) stakeholder engagement meetings, implementing partner meetings, and other strategic planning meetings for COP19; participate in USAID Health Office management and technical meetings, as needed.
* Participate in the COP19 Planning Meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa from March 4-8, 2019 and develop/review presentations and facilitate sessions as needed
* Assist HIV team staff in reviewing quarterly project data in preparation for OGAC-led Program Oversight and Accountability Review Team (POART) calls. Responsible for submission of presentation slides for meeting with OGAC and provide input into revisions, as needed.
* Coordinate, oversee, and provide quality control for all HIV reporting during the period (including quarterly data reporting, quarterly pipeline reviews, portfolio reviews, etc.), working with the HIV team and the appropriate support offices.
* Coordinate and lead as appropriate routine partner management and coordination activities.
* Support the USAID/Burundi Office as needed and within limits of inherently governmental functions guidelines for institutional contractors.

The contractor must have the following requirements:
* Master’s Degree or Doctorate in public health, health policy, behavioral or social science, or related field.
* Familiarity with USAID health programs/projects.
* Familiarity with USAID and PEPFAR policies and practices.
* Experience working with the PEPFAR program and indicators is required.
* Experience working at USAID is desirable.
* Strong coordination, analytical, data presentation, and writing skills.
* Experience working in Excel and an understanding of databases.
* Familiarity with FACTS Info is desired.
* Experience with COP and/or S/APR planning is strongly desired.
* Strong oral and written communications skills are required to develop and maintain effective, sustainable working relationships with US Agencies.
* Strong leadership skills are required to lead results-driven project teams and workgroups.
* Experience working in developing countries settings.
* Proficient in English, French fluency an asset.

This is an opportunity for employment or a contract, but we reserve the right to make no selection or award.

ZemiTek and CAMRIS International offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits.

ZemiTek and CAMRIS International are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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