HIV Specialist - Key Populations - ULA PEPFAR Monitoring Activity

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 21 February 2020
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Job Description


The project’s general objective is to further strengthen USAID/Uganda performance and improve the performance of its Implementing Partners, with a focus on collaborating, learning and adapting, in order to enhance the impact and sustainability of USAID- supported contributions to Uganda’s development. This position is intended to further enhance the strength of the Mission’s Key Population (KP) portfolio in order to advance evidence-based care and treatment and prevention interventions that address the specific needs of these populations.

The candidate will serve as an Activity Manager and/or may serve as an Alternate Agreement/Contract Officer’s Representative (A/COR) and provide technical oversight and direction to programs conducted by Implementing Partners (IPs) under Contract, Cooperative Agreement, and/or Grant. The Jobholder will work collaboratively with other staff in the Health Office, other offices in the Mission, the Ministry of Health, and other development partners to support a coordinated, strategic approach to HIV/AIDS care and
treatment programming.

The candidate will provide expertise in organizational capacity strengthening to local organizations including faith-based and non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, private sector institutions, as well as government departments and bodies both at central and local government levels. The Jobholder will spend a significant amount of time in the field providing hands-on support to local organizations.

Duration: Employment under this contract is of a continuing nature. Its duration is expected to be part of a series of sequential contracts; all contract provisions and clauses and regulatory requirements concerning availability of funds and the specific duration of this contract shall apply.

LOE: 52 weeks; 40 hours / 5 days per week.

Responsibilities:

PROGRAM MANAGEMENT 80%

  • Strategic Oversight and Program Planning
  • Provide overall technical guidance on the KP program, including providing expert guidance in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of care and treatment and prevention programs for these populations.
  • Work closely with other staff in the Health Office and across the Mission to optimize opportunities for cross-sectoral integration and leveraging of resources across the different program components.
  • Provide on-going technical assistance to USAID supported local partners to ensure that activities are evidence-based and that services are transparent, equitable, of high quality and responsive to client needs; that partners practice sound management and robust accounting; and that local partners are prepared to assume and sustain leadership.
  • Provide technical leadership and advice to partners on integration of quality improvement (QI) approaches in program design, planning, implementation and monitoring.

2.Project Management

  • Ensure quality of KP programming at facility and community-level through monitoring compliance to national and international guidelines, approaches and tools and provision of supportive supervisions to IPs.
  • Support USAID IPs both within the public and private sector to develop strategic work plans with realistic and measurable targets to support effective implementation of the Mission’s KP program.
  • Review and approve annual work plans, monitoring and evaluation plans, quarterly reports and other key documents of USAID supported projects.
  • Provide technical and organizational development guidance to local organizations entailing transfer of knowledge and skills in KP programming, implementation, monitoring and reporting, and quality improvement. Guide institutional development including leadership and governance, management, human resources as well as fiduciary responsibility and sustainability.
  • Work with local IPs to develop clear institutional development approaches with measurable milestones and monitor to ensure steady progress towards strengthened organizational capacity and sustainability.
  • Serve as Activity Manager and/or Alternate Contracting or Agreement Officer’s Representative (C/AOR) on designated KP and other health programs.
  • Work with Finance staff in the Mission to undertake routine reviews and assessments of local partners aimed at identifying internal control weaknesses and taking remedial action.
  • Monitor program resources allocated for KP activities to ensure that they are being used rationally and that there are no cost overruns.
  • Prepare quality documents including Concept Papers, Action Memoranda, Scopes of Work and budgets for assigned activities in a timely and efficient manner and consistent with USAID regulations and policies.
  • Participate in Mission Reviews of technical proposals to potential grantees, to ensure that proposals are technically sound, realistic, and meet the needs of the target beneficiaries and communities.
  • Arrange for and procure outside technical assistance as needed to ensure that USAID-funded partners are transparently and effectively managing USG investments and that partner systems are developing and improving enough to eventually sustain themselves without USAID support.
  • Carry out ad-hoc assignments as dictated by unforeseen operational requirements at the request and discretion of the USAID Mission Director, Deputy Mission Director, Health Office Director, and other leadership.

3.Monitoring, Evaluation, and Reporting

  • In collaboration with Strategic Information staff, regularly analyze and interpret KP data to generate key results and trends to assist the Mission maintain a highly nimble KP program.
  • Perform data quality assessments to ensure the quality and reliability of program data.
  • Regularly undertake site visits to USAID supported programs to assess the quality of services, provide expert advice and guide implementing partners on newly emerging and highly efficacious approaches to
  • HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention program implementation.
  • Monitor and make recommendations to resolve implementation obstacles to ensure judicious use of USG funds and effective implementation of KP interventions.
  • Contribute to and participate in HIV/AIDS related program evaluations to document and scaling up proven best practices.

B.COOREDINATION WITH USG AND KEY STAKEHOLDERS 20%

  • Engage actively as the Mission’s KP representative in the preparation of key annual and mid-term planning and reporting documents including the Country Operational Plan, Operational Plan, Congressional Budget
  • Justifications, Technical Notifications, Quarterly, Semi-Annual and Annual Progress Reports, among others.
  • Ensure that USAID successes, best practices and approaches are shared widely with partner country officials, private sector, civil society and other donors.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with relevant national and sub-national/district and local government officials, in order to enhance success of KP service delivery interventions and advance USAID and USG strategic objectives.
  • Serve as a technical subject matter expert through active engagement with other PEPFAR agencies, technical counterparts in Ministry of Health and other national stakeholders to advance USAID and USG strategic objectives related to key HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention programs.
  • Represent USAID and PEPFAR as needed at designated national, regional and international meetings that relate to HIV/AIDS.
  • Provide senior USG representation in the planning and hosting of visits by delegations of high-level USG officials through preparing briefing papers, presentations as well as site preparations.
  • As a member of the PEPFAR Team, respond flexibly and capably to a wide range of work-related requirements including responding to requests for information from HQ, Congress and OGAC.
  • Qualifications:

  • 1. Education:
    •Master’s Degree in Medicine, Public Health, Social Work, International Development or other relevant Social Sciences discipline. Other relevant training or certification, if applicable, to augment university and graduate degrees and work experience.
  • 2. Prior Work Experience:
    •At least six (6) years of progressively responsible, professional experience in HIV/AIDS, preferably with USAID, USG, and/or other multi-lateral or bi-lateral organizations.
    •Increasingly responsible experience in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of HIV/AIDS care and treatment initiatives in developing countries and/or in generalized epidemics.
    •Demonstrated knowledge of PEPFAR processes through which HIV/AIDS programs are planned, reviewed, approved, implemented and evaluated.
    •Demonstrated knowledge in developing, implementing and assessing of institutional processes and systems particularly in local organizations.
  • 3. Job Knowledge:
    •Demonstrated experience in HIV/AIDS program design and effective implementation in developing country/generalized epidemic settings
    •Demonstrated knowledge of Uganda’s development and HIV/AIDS program dynamics, particularly the social, economic and cultural determinants and implications of the HIV epidemic in the country.
    •Demonstrated understanding of state-of-the-art HIV/AIDS care and treatment initiatives and the current priorities at national and global level.
    •Demonstrated ability to apply policy directives to activity design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation.
    •Experience in analyzing HIV/AIDS epidemiological data and translating data into practice.
    •Demonstrated knowledge of or experience working with PEPFAR.
    •Demonstrated experience in local organization capacity development focusing on governance, accountability and service delivery in public, faith-based, non-governmental, civil society and community institutions.
  • 4. Skills and Abilities:
    •Ability to communicate information in an objective, transparent, accurate, and concise oral and written forms and to represent USAID/Uganda’s programs and priorities to a wide range of outs
  • independently conceive, plan, organize, manage, and evaluate important, diverse and complex work projects.
    •Excellent analytical, technical and project management skills to review and provide substantive feedback on concept papers, proposals, program descriptions/scopes of work, performance reports, and other technical and programmatic documents.
    •Ability to respond professionally and adjust in fluid situations in order to meet deadlines in the face of competing priorities and time pressures.
    •Excellent interpersonal skills, including diplomacy and tact, to work effectively with people at all levels, from senior officials to support staff, in a culturally diverse environment, accepting divergent points of view and help find consensus to achieve team goals.
    •Ability to exercise diplomacy, judgment and sensitivity in conflict situations that may arise in working with interagency teams, ministries, districts, civil society officials, implementing partners and other donors.
    •Ability to develop positive working relationships within the USG including across USAID, CDC, State Department, Department of Defense, and Peace Corps.
    •Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with implementing partners, private sector partners, other donor partners, and both central and district level Government of Uganda counterparts.
    •Demonstrated ability in mentoring and building technical and institutional capacity of local organizations including faith-based and non-governmental organizations, community based and civil society organizations, government bodies and departments at central and district level.
    •Excellent computer skills including in Microsoft Office, web-based databases, and electronic filing, including the ability to help others and to learn new programs quickly.
  • 5. Language Proficiency:
    •Level IV fluency in both oral and written English is required.
  • ide parties including senior Ugandan officials, USAID senior management, and others.
    •Ability to present information, analyses, and recommendations in clear written and oral formats; and, the ability to travel to regions and districts within Uganda.
    •Ability to independently conceive, plan, organize, manage, and evaluate important, diverse and complex work projects.
    •Excellent analytical, technical and project management skills to review and provide substantive feedback on concept papers, proposals, program descriptions/scopes of work, performance reports, and other technical and programmatic documents.
    •Ability to respond professionally and adjust in fluid situations in order to meet deadlines in the face of competing priorities and time pressures.
    •Excellent interpersonal skills, including diplomacy and tact, to work effectively with people at all levels, from senior officials to support staff, in a culturally diverse environment, accepting divergent points of view and help find consensus to achieve team goals.
    •Ability to exercise diplomacy, judgment and sensitivity in conflict situations that may arise in working with interagency teams, ministries, districts, civil society officials, implementing partners and other donors.
    •Ability to develop positive working relationships within the USG including across USAID, CDC, State Department, Department of Defense, and Peace Corps.
    •Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with implementing partners, private sector partners, other donor partners, and both central and district level Government of Uganda counterparts.
    •Demonstrated ability in mentoring and building technical and institutional capacity of local organizations including faith-based and non-governmental organizations, community based and civil society organizations, government bodies and departments at central and district level.
    •Excellent computer skills including in Microsoft Office, web-based databases, and electronic filing, including the ability to help others and to learn new programs quickly.
  • 5. Language Proficiency:
    •Level IV fluency in both oral and written English is required.

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