Consultant - Key Population Advisor (USAID/Uganda Learning Activity)

  • Senior-level, Long-term consulting assignment
  • Posted on 2 August 2019

Job Description

The incumbent will be required to work with USAID and implementing partner (IP) staff to

  • Improve KP programming competency for IP staff and facility-level service providers to enhance development of responsive programs and achievement of set targets. This will entail value clarification to enable engagement of KPs more as partners than beneficiaries during program design, implementation, results monitoring and reflection learnings.
  • Work with KP-led community organizations within five USAID supported regions to support improved KP-specific mapping and size estimations at district level for each KP subpopulation. This will enhance appropriate programming and targeting of services.
  • Strengthen case identification among KPs in USAID supported regions through:
    • improved targeting, risk assessment and screening to increase testing efficiency and yield
    • individual KP profiling
    • roll out of social networking and assisted partner notification (APN) strategies
    • optimizing HIV self-testing especially among partners of KPs
  • Strengthen linkage to treatment for HIV- infected individuals through training and use of KPs as “linkage facilitators” or “expert clients”
  • Optimize the use and effectiveness of Drop in Centers (DICs) especially in large population hot spots, particularly in large urban areas.
  • Work with USAID and IP staff to develop a standard protocol for implementation of Drop in Centers including services to be provided
  • Strengthen linkages with other PEPFAR funded programs such as OVC in order to optimize layering of services for KPs and their immediate families.
  • Work in collaboration with other USG staff and implementing partners to harmonize KP data collection and reporting tools for enhancement of standardized reporting.
  • Monitor supply of tools in USAID-supported districts and work with USAID SI Technical Services (SITES) project and Implementing Partners (IPs) to ensure that relevant health facility staff is trained on use of the tools.
  • Perform data analyses for use in updating HHO and Mission management on the progress of the KP program.
  • Participate in preparations for the PEPFAR Oversight and Accountability Results Team (POART) and other Program Performance presentations and discussions.
  • Participate actively in HIV/TB team and inter-agency KP technical working group meetings.
  • Work with USAID and other PEPFAR inter-agency KP collaborative staff to define a minimum KP program

Deliverables & Milestones

  • Improve KP programming competency for implementation partner staff and facility level service providers to enhance development of responsive programs and getting to targets - March 2020
  • Support improved KP-specific mapping and size estimation at district level for each KP sub-population - October 2019
  • Strengthen case identification, linkage and retention in treatment among KPs - March 2020
  • Define a minimum KP program package and implementation guidelines to ensure standardized KP programming across all partners and districts - March 2020
  • Harmonize KP data collection and reporting tools for enhancement of standardized reporting - October 2019


  • A graduate degree in social science, public health, program management, public administration, international development, nursing, medicine, health services administration or similar health related discipline. Formal training and experience in HIV/AIDS, international development or related discipline is required.
  • Minimum of eight years of senior public health and/or HIV/AIDS program planning and management experience with USAID (or similar senior management experience) in Sub-Saharan Africa that involve coordination with an international agency and/or implementing partner is required. Specialized knowledge and experience working with Key Populations is required.
  • Comprehensive understanding of the range of HIV/AIDS prevention and community-based health care programs, policies, regulations and precedents applicable to development and administration of national/international public health prevention programs is required. Comprehensive knowledge of the current epidemiology, emerging political/social/cultural/economic contextual issues and policy changes related to HIV and AIDS in Uganda (and in Africa) in order to enhance the design and implementation of USAID’s strategies and overall programming is highly desired.
  • Demonstrated knowledge PEPFAR programming and reporting;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of PEPFAR M&E/strategic information and good analytical skills.
  • Strong qualitative and quantitative data collection and analytical skills

About the Organization

QED is a global consulting firm with more than 20 years of experience providing data-driven and insightful solutions in close to 100 countries. We are passionate about transforming lives through knowledge-based solutions. Leveraging deep expertise in monitoring, evaluation, global health, and learning, we help our clients collect, analyze, visualize, and ultimately use data in more effective ways. Our work maximizes results through the use of cutting-edge technologies and innovation, organizational development, and evidence-based decision-making.

Position Summary

Uganda is at the edge of attaining epidemic control; however, prevention of new infections remains a daunting task in the national response. Key populations (KP) - which in Uganda include female and male sex workers (F/MSW), men having sex with men (MSM), persons who inject drugs (PWID) and prisoners - are at greater risk of HIV infection than the typical Ugandan. Their heightened risk derives from multiple sexual partners and is further exacerbated by stigma, discrimination and even criminalization that further marginalize them to the outer fringes of society. In keeping with social norms, many KP also prefer to remain ‘hidden’ within the general population and do not self-identify to any KP group. As a result, KP become increasingly difficult to reach as a whole with appropriate health information and services to prevent and/or treat HIV infection.

USAID/Uganda implements five regional integrated health programs which include interventions across the technical streams of HIV, TB, malaria, family planning and reproductive health, water and sanitation and health systems strengthening. Priority focus on KP is within the PEPFAR-funded HIV portfolio with the aim for Uganda to achieve epidemic control by 2020. During the semiannual review of FY2019 programming, significant gaps were identified across USG’s KP program, indicating an urgent need for intense reformulation of strategies, interventions, results monitoring and coalition building efforts with existing KP-led organizations in order to ramp up performance. For USAID/Uganda, only two staff currently manage the HIV prevention portfolio which has limited the optimal support needed for uniform attention across the various prevention activities. Consequently, USAID/Uganda seeks to hire a short-term consultant for a period, August 2019 to March 2020 for additional support in strengthening USAID’s KP program for improved quality, reach and consistency across the five supported regions.

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