HIV/AIDS Regional Advisor

Arlington, Virginia, United States
Apply by 8 September 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 9 August 2018

Job Description

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

United States Agency for International Development/Bureau for Global Health/Office of HIVs/AIDS/Division of Strategic Coordination and Communication (SCC)

Title: HIV/AIDS Regional Advisor

Salary-GS14 $114,590-$148,967

Application Deadline: Open until Filled

INTRODUCTION

The U.S. Government (USG) has made the fight against HIV/AIDS a top priority, not only for humanitarian reasons, but because the HIV/AIDS crisis threatens the prosperity, stability and development of nations around the world. USAID has been, and continues to be, at the forefront of the USG response in the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic, funding over $25 billion in activities since the inception of its international HIV/AIDS program in 1986, with programs in nearly 100 countries worldwide. The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), launched in 2004, is the largest commitment ever by any nation for an international health initiative dedicated to a single disease.

The Global Health Bureau’s Office of HIV/AIDS (GH/OHA) is the center of HIV/AIDS technical leadership for USAID and has primary responsibility for the Agency’s HIV/AIDS program. The Strategic Coordination and Communication (SCC) Division within OHA, to which the HIV/AIDS Regional Advisor will be assigned, provides programmatic expertise to help the Agency and its Missions develop programs that respond to USG, USAID, and Congressional policy in addition to providing strong coordination with multilateral donors (the Global Fund in particular) and internal and external communication to stakeholders.

Within SCC, the Regional Advisors Branch (GH/OHA/SCC/RA) serves as OHA’s primary point of contact for USAID Missions seeking headquarters support for their full range of HIV and AIDS programming. Through ongoing advocacy and coordination of technical and management assistance, the Branch works across OHA, USG agencies—in collaboration with field Missions—to ensure effective outcome-driven PEPFAR programming. The Branch coordinates communications of PEPFAR policies and processes to the field and coordinates feedback on key aspects of program challenges from the field to headquarters.

The HIV/AIDS Regional Advisor’s primary role is to support USAID field missions and regional offices in developing sound strategies and operational plans consistent with PEPFAR policy; implementing efficient and effective programs that achieve desired outcomes; and monitoring and reporting on progress made in achieving program goals and objectives. The HIV/AIDS Regional Advisor serves as the principal point of contact for Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA) with an assigned portfolio of countries.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Responsibilities

The HIV/AIDS Regional Advisor serves as the principal point of contact for the Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA) for an assigned portfolio of countries.

The Advisor will:

Serve as OHA’s specialist on the HIV/AIDS epidemic for assigned countries and/or geographic regions:

  • Track key HIV/AIDS epidemiological, biomedical and social developments and update OHA, GH and regional bureaus as needed; track developments in host country policies and programs; track USAID and other donor assistance programs.
  • Participate in operational and strategic planning processes for GH/OHA as they relate to the Country Operational Plan (COP) and Bureau-wide processes, including developing annual documents (i.e., Operational Plan, Congressional Budget Justification, Bureau Operating Plan and Budget Submission, Annual Program Statement, PPR, Mission Strategic Plan, etc.) for the HIV/AIDS components of regional and country programs.
  • Participate and take a leading role when needed in supporting the definition of GH/OHA’s strategic direction in the context of implementing PEPFAR programs such as through engagement with epidemic control teams (ECT), implementation subject matter expert (ISME) teams and/or short term task teams.
  • Participate in the defining and refining of program results, participating in the planning exercises of the in-country HIV teams, and supporting the translation of these exercises into budgetary request levels for OHA.
  • Advise OHA and the Front Office on pertinent and emerging issues for immediate attention and resolution in assigned countries and/or regions.
  • Coordinate with O/GAC staff as appropriate and serve as OHA’s lead in the development and technical review and approval of Mission HIV/AIDS strategies and plans, including determining the timing and scheduling of reviews; developing issue papers; communicating with Missions; and reporting on the outcome of the reviews.
  • Assist in the formulation, administration, and analysis of OHA budget and procurement planning processes and documents necessary for effective implementation of and reporting on HIV/AIDS resources.
  • Participate in PEPFAR-wide activities and ensure that country and regional perspectives are taken into account in policy development, guidance, and program requirements.

Provide HIV-specific technical assistance to field Missions and regional offices in coordination with USAID regional bureaus, programs, and OGAC:

  • Ensure assistance is provided to Missions in support of Country Operational Plan/Operational Plan development and reviews.
  • Provide virtual or in-country support as appropriate in the design of HIV/AIDS strategies, implementation plans and monitoring, evaluation and reporting systems.
  • Work with OHA front office and technical advisors to ensure appropriate technical assistance is provided to countries.
  • Provide expertise on Agency-specific and PEPFAR regulations and issues to the Missions, regional bureaus, and other GH programs.
  • Provide assistance to Missions with developing procurement plans and documents, liaise with COTR or CO as appropriate. Review draft procurement documents and provide feedback to Missions and to OHA leadership.
  • Serve as OHA liaison to the regional bureaus, working with them and with OHA to support team members to coordinate communication with the field, collect up-to-date information on HIV/AIDS programs/results and maintain regional and country files.
Qualifications
  • Master’s degree and 9+ years relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Master’s degree or higher in public health, health management, health policy, HIV/AIDS or other relevant field.
  • Experience in program planning, management and implementation, including experience in international or resource-poor settings and experience with HIV/AIDS programs. Experience in Africa and/or with PEPFAR highly desirable.
  • Ability to travel and support in-country HIV teams.
  • High degree of judgment, maturity, ingenuity and originality to interpret strategy, to analyze, develop and present work and to monitor and evaluate implementation of programs.
  • Demonstrated leadership and group facilitation skills.
  • Demonstrated experience working with a wide range of development partners, including multilateral and bilateral donors as well as private foundations and civil society.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of internal processes within the US Government and other health sector development partners (e.g., thematic priorities, decision-making mechanisms, and preferred funding channels).
  • Experience with global health partnerships and disease-specific initiatives.
  • Strong interpersonal communication and writing skills and ability to work with diverse teams.
  • Strong teamwork, multi-stakeholder collaboration and management skills.
  • US Citizenship or Permanent Residency required.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain, at a minimum, a secret security clearance.

REQUIRED LANGUAGE SKILLS

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required:

  • The candidate must possess strong oral and written communications skills and the ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals.
  • The ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public is required.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS

  • None required.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, stand and walk.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

  • The Regional Advisor will work in a fast-paced environment in an active office.

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

Social Solutions International and CAMRIS International offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits. Please submit your resume online at www.camris.com

Social Solutions and CAMRIS 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.

About the Organization

CAMRIS International is a growing international development and research firm that realizes innovative solutions to health and development challenges through high-quality, cost-effective program and research management services. With experience working in more than 80 countries, we combine our proven systems with today’s most effective, evidence-based best practices to improve the lives of people around the world. We apply a customized, customer-centric, cost-effective business approach to offer greater value to our clients and challenge the way things have always been done in our field.

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