PEPFAR Advisor - Remote / Guatemala

  • Senior-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 17 October 2020
  • Guatemala
  • Remote position
  • Closing on 16 November 2020
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Job Description

GH-TAMS is seeking PEPFAR Advisor candidates for USAID/Guatemala’s Office of Health and Education. The assignment will be approximately 105 days of effort over four months. The position is remote with possible travel to Guatemala and neighboring countries if travel restrictions permit. Start date is approximately first week of November.

Role and Responsibilities

The role of the PEPFAR Advisor includes, but may not be limited to, the following duties and responsibilities

A. Act as primary point of contact and coordinate across relevant parties including:

  • Serving as primary point of contact for S/GAC in Washington D.C. and promoting communications between S/GAC Team, the PEPFAR interagency team, and the COM/DCM in Guatemala City and other Front Offices in the region;
  • Facilitating communications between the COM/DCM, other Embassy offices, other (non- PEPFAR) USG agencies or sections and PEPFAR USG staff, PEPFAR implementing partners and partner government officials;
  • Ensuring horizontal information-sharing between in-country agency leads
  • Coordinating the PEPFAR Central America/Brazil team’s response to important developments, activities, policy guidance from Washington, consultation and agreements from senior partner government officials, and collaboration with international agencies, bi-lateral donors and other partners
  • Informing the COM/DCM of substantial policy or program issues, new developments and successes, as well as constraints to achieving the program goals
  • Liaising with specific and agreed upon ministries/offices to promote maximum collaboration and cooperation between major international initiatives in HIV/AIDS, including the Global Fund, Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization,and UNAIDS
  • Supporting representational activities, in collaboration with the agencies and partners, with regard to preparing speeches for delivery by the COM/DCM, creating background materials for key PEPFAR activities, supporting the development of materials for the Public Affairs Section

B. Coordinate the development of the FY21 Regional Operational Plan (ROP). ROP development requires ongoing coordination and is a year-round activity. The ROP reflects the implementation of the strategic plan and its development includes managing ROP19 and ROP20 Operational Plan Updates to activities with S/GAC.

C. Facilitate the development and implementation of a unified PEPFAR program that maximizes the comparative advantages and competencies of participating USG agencies, achieves maximum results related to the PEPFAR goals and partner government objectives related to Regional and National Strategic Plans on HIV/AIDS and is optimally responsive to the public health needs of benefitting countries. Interface across USG agencies to ensure the full and effective implementation of all PEPFAR programs and initiatives. This may include negotiation and building consensus to mitigate interagency conflict as it arises in the planning and/or implementation process.

D. Liaise with partner governments in Central America and Brazil, major donors, USG implementing partners and other relevant players as necessary to provide clear and consistent information on the PEPFAR program and to ensure that PEPFAR is complementary to national HIV/AIDS efforts.

E. Ensure timely data collection and submission of all required reporting to S/GAC. Foster a culture of data use to guide programming and ensure the implementation of rapid programmatic and operational pivots to address challenges demonstrated by the data. Coordinate interagency internal USG data reviews of achievements towards targets and implementation approaches and regular data review and technical discussions with government and other donor stakeholders. Facilitate timely financial and programmatic reporting by all participating USG agencies and their implementing partners including quarterly POART exercises.

F. Prepare and disseminate periodic internal and external updates/status reports on PEPFAR in-country activities to inform host country government partners, non-governmental implementing partners, stakeholders and appropriate media channels to the general public.


  • An advanced degree (master’s or higher) in a relevant professional discipline, such as Epidemiology, Public Health, International Development, Public Policy or Business Administration.
  • At least ten years of progressively senior level experience managing and coordinating public health programs, preferably in a developing country context, with at least five years of experience managing and implementing HIV/AIDS programs.
  • Demonstrated experience managing PEPFAR programs.
  • Experience working with USAID a plus
  • Professional-level Spanish and English are required