Pediatric/Adolescent HIV Surge Technical Consultant

  • Senior-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 21 January 2021
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 15 February 2021
  • Current

Job Description

GH-TAMS seeks public health candidates for a five-month remote assignment assisting USAID’s Office of HIV and AIDS with data analysis, synthesis and presentation and programming support and coordination focusing on HIV/AIDS testing, diagnosis and care for infants, children and adolescents in underserved global populations, with poor retention in HIV health care services, and lower than desired early detection coverage, viral load testing coverage and viral suppression rates.

Background

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is at the forefront of the U.S. Government (USG) response in the fight against HIV and AIDS. USAID is a key partner in the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and works closely with other USG agencies on this initiative in 36 countries. In the Bureau for Global Health (GH), the Office of HIV and AIDS (GH/OHA) has primary responsibility for the Agency’s HIV and AIDS program, and provides strategic direction, technical leadership and support to field programs in HIV and AIDS. The Office 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. This entails ensuring the technical integrity of Agency and Mission strategies; providing global technical leadership on the full range of issues related to HIV and AIDS prevention, care and treatment, and monitoring and reporting on the impact of the Agency’s HIV and AIDS program.

The OHA Division of Prevention, Care and Treatment provides technical leadership and support to missions in effectively planning, implementing, and monitoring care and treatment services to achieve HIV epidemic control. The consultant will work closely with and receive technical guidance from OHA Branch and Division Chiefs as his/her USAID Point of Contact (POC). The positions are situated within OHA Division of Prevention, Care and Treatment, Pediatric and Maternal Clinical Branch (PMB) and OHA Priority Populations, Integration, and Rights Division, Orphans and Vulnerable Children Branch (OVC).

Role and Responsibilities

The consultant will review, evaluate, and develop interventions/ tools/ resources for children and adolescents living with HIV low- and middle-income countries in the HIV clinical cascade. The review and analysis will include linkages to non-health sector activities and overall comprehensive community and OVC programming.

In close collaboration with Pediatric and Maternal Clinical Branch staff, the following tasks are expected.

Major Tasks and Activities

1. Analyze related program data, create visualizations for reports/ presentations, and promote data-driven best practices promoting scale-up of pediatric retention, Viral Load and Early Infant Detection (VL/EID) coverage.

2. Develop/adapt/modify curricula, tools, SOPs, job aides for context/need of children and adolescents at clinical and community level.

3. Coordinating and leading Pediatric Adolescent Retention and VL/EID Technical Unit activities, with implementing partners and Mission engagement

4. Monitoring of all related action items and benchmarks

5. Develop guidance to address emerging issues in USAID programming and the HIV clinical continuum, with a focus on pediatric retention, VL/EID coverage

Qualifications

● A Master’s degree or higher in public health or related field preferred.

● Experience with HIV and AIDS programming at the international level preferred

● Knowledge of and familiarity with programming affecting younger populations, orphans and vulnerable children, including current programming standards, ongoing HIV prevention and treatment initiatives and relevant organizations working to achieve HIV epidemic control.

About the Organization

The Global Health Technical Assistance and Mission Support Project (GH-TAMS) is a five-year USAID-funded activity providing the Bureau for Global Health (GH) and USAID field missions with high quality technical expertise to achieve the Agency's foreign assistance global health mission. With start-up in the fall of 2019, GH-TAMS follows the success of the Global Health Program Cycle Improvement (GH Pro) Project.

GH-TAMS technical assistance covers a broad range of technical areas and cross-cutting issues such as HIV/AIDS. family planning, MNCH, infectious disease, TB, health finance, reproductive health, organizational development, OVC, project design, M&E and strategic planning.

Project assignments are located in Washington D.C. and worldwide in Africa, Asia and elsewhere. Assignments typically range from two weeks to six months in duration.

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