USAID-funded GH-TAMS (Global Health Technical Assistance and Mission Support Project) is seeking biomedical HIV prevention candidates for a ten-month consulting assignment. The activity will begin remotely (telework) with possible short-term travel to several African PEPFAR priority countries such as Tanzania and Zimbabwe (COVID travel conditions permiting).
The assignment’s purpose is provide direct technical support to USAID field programs on demand generation for VMMC services and demand generation, uptake, and continuation for PrEP services. The consultant will also to provide demand generation support to USAID/OHA as needed.
Assignment start date is approximately August 15, 2020 with 160 days of level of effort envisioned. Candidates should possess an HIV technical background, with expertise in pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC).
The Bureau for Global Health’s (GH) Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA) is the focus of HIV and AIDS technical leadership for USAID and has primary responsibility for leading the Agency’s efforts within President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a multi-billion-dollar, multi-faceted approach to combating the disease in more than 120 countries around the world. In cooperation with the US Department of State’s Office of the US Global AIDS Coordinator, other US Government (USG) partners, international organizations, and nongovernmental organizations, USAID provides global technical leadership on the full range of issues related to HIV and AIDS prevention, care, and treatment; manages numerous research and field support programs; and monitors the impact of the Agency’s HIV and AIDS programs. OHA provides input to decisions concerning the strategic allocation of financial and human resources in the sector and assists in designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating programs. In this endeavor, USAID works closely with a range of USG agencies in the fight against AIDS, including the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Defense (DOD) and Peace Corps.
The HIV Prevention Technical Advisor will be located within the Biomedical Prevention Branch of the Prevention, Care, and Treatment (PCT) Division.
In support of these efforts and PEPFAR’s goal to end the HIV epidemic, the HIV Prevention Technical Advisor will support USAID’s development and implementation of biomedical interventions for HIV prevention, including pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC). The Advisor will provide technical assistance to partner governments, PEPFAR country teams and USG implementing partners.
The primary responsibilities of the HIV Prevention Technical Advisor include:
1. Global level support: to disseminate lessons learned and foster sharing across countries, through webinars/manuals focused on demand generation and uptake for VMMC and PrEP services.
2. Country level support: support for specific PEPFAR countries dependent upon need. Support will focus on effective approaches to generate demand and increase uptake for VMMC services among those over 15 years of age and generate demand, increase uptake, and ensure continuation for PrEP services.
a. For each country, the Technical Advisor will complete the following activities:
i. Remotely/In-country review quarterly reports, demand creation strategy and work plan, data, and IEC materials, training
ii. Conduct needs assessments, if deemed necessary, and help partners plan for effective demand creation, uptake, and
continuation of PrEP and VMMC services
iii. Hold out-brief with USAID Mission to debrief on in-country visit, discuss priorities and key next steps
iv. Hold regular biweekly calls with demand creation teams to monitor progress
If deemed necessary, provide support remotely in revising strategies and work plans
- A Master’s degree or higher in public health, epidemiology, science or other relevant fields required.
- Have a minimum of five years of experience working with HIV issues and programs, preferably with experience in field programs international or resource challenged settings
- HIV background and expertise, with specific focus on VMMC and PrEP
- Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with biomedical HIV prevention approaches
- Experience working with USAID and its field missions, with knowledge of USAID procedures and policies a plus
- Understanding of USG processes and requirements as related to PEPFAR programming required
- Evidence of excellent interpersonal, facilitation and team building skills/experience required
- Demonstrated ability in maintaining close counterpart relationships, both governmental and in the partner community is highly preferred
- Demonstrated leadership skills in negotiating and managing diplomatically sensitive issues
- Demonstrated ability to apply policy directives to activity design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation
- Excellent English written and oral communication skills