Senior Gender Advisor

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 5 February 2020
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 20 March 2020
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Job Description

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

Title: Senior Gender Advisor

Location: Washington, DC

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Salary Range: GS 14 equivalent

USAID is at the forefront of the U.S. Government (USG) response in the fight against HIV. USAID is a key partner in the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and works closely with other USG agencies on this multi-billion-dollar initiative in developing countries around the world. The Bureau for Global Health Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA) is the center of HIV technical leadership for the Agency with primary responsibility for the Agency’s HIV program. OHA provides strategic guidance, technical leadership, and support to field programs, including direction on allocation of financial and human resources and technical assistance in design, implementation and monitoring of HIV programs.

The Priority Populations, Integration and Rights Division (GH/OHA/PIR) provides technical leadership and support to missions in effectively planning, implementing, and monitoring population-specific technical approaches to the HIV and PEPFAR response and driving results in the field. The PIR Division has a specific emphasis on priority and key populations, including orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), youth, integrated services (family planning/HIV), gender and sexual diversity, and human rights. The Division designs and manages projects that support implementation and scale up of country and regional programs to achieve PEPFAR goals and targets; provides technical and programmatic expertise to develop sounds strategies, policy guidance and plans for implementation of HIV/AIDS programs; participates on cross-cutting teams and collaborates closely with other USAID and USG agencies to plan, coordinate, and support service delivery programs for priority and key populations.

GH/OHA/PIR is composed of four Branches: Orphans and Vulnerable Children, Gender and Sexual Diversity; Youth; and Key Populations and Rights.

Placed within USAID’s GH/OHA, the Senior Gender Advisor (Senior Advisor) will receive technical guidance from the Gender and Sexual Diversity Branch Chief within PIR who will serve as his/her USAID point of contact. The Senior Advisor will serve as a technical expert, providing leadership and guidance in the design, implementation and evaluation of technically sound, cost-effective and practical approaches and strategies for the implementation of gender equality and gender-based violence prevention and response programs in the context of PEPFAR’s HIV prevention, care and treatment services. This position will interface with other USAID bureaus, sister agencies within PEPFAR, and multilateral organizations such as the World Health Organization.


The Senior Advisor will work closely with internal USAID/OHA technical services branches and the strategic information, evaluation, and infomatics division. S/he will work closely with USAID gender colleagues in the Bureau for Global Health, and other regional and functional offices to provide leadership and technical assistance on programming for gender.

The Senior Advisor will be responsible for:

  • Serving as an HIV subject matter expert in the area of gender issues and specifically those affecting testing and counseling services; treatment adherence and retention programs; behavior and structural prevention; and gender-based violence prevention and response services.
  • Providing research and programmatic recommendations to OHA, implementing partners, and PEPFAR broadly in the design and methodologies on the analysis of data to inform and for measuring success in overall gender interventions.
  • Providing ongoing technical support for the development, implementation and evaluation of gender-related p Collaborating with strategic information teams and other relevant teams to analyze and synthesize country-specific data and research and recommending appropriate strategies and programs that address gender issues.
  • Providing USAID field Missions, PEPFAR country programs, host country governments and implementing partners with expert input on country-specific HIV-related gender issues in the areas of the continuum of clinical care, community-based activities, and gender-based violence response and metrics.
  • Contributing to the implementation of USAID’s Gender Equality and Female Empowerment Policy and the USG Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence (GBV) globally in the context of HIV programs.
  • Maintaining knowledge of current literature, research, policies and programmatic experiences both domestically and internationally in order to recommend appropriate approaches and best practices for gender programs.
  • Keeping abreast of literature and latest developments in the fields of gender-based violence and HIV programs involving gender and the continuum of prevention, care and treatment
  • Reviewing the technical quality of projects by conducting site visits to country program locations and providing technical assistance on program implementation, monitoring progress and evaluating performance, reviewing and analyzing results, and recommending changes in implementation. Arranging for outside reviews as needed. Facilitating sharing of best practices across USG programs in different countries.
  • Serving as an expert technical advisor for activities relating to gender, supported through USAID centrally-funded mechanisms. Providing technical support for the development of partner work plans, written reviews of work plans and work products, and overall guidance on program implementation.
  • Participating in and contributing to USG and global technical working groups and committees working on issues related to gender, including gender-based violence.
  • Contributing to the development of global technical guidance for USG gender programming.
  • Planning, participating, facilitating, and presenting at international, domestic and local meetings, and at workshops and conferences dealing with gender and HIV as prioritized by the Office of HIV/AIDS.


  • Master’s degree (or higher) in public health, women’s gender studies, international development, sociology, anthropology, international affairs or a related social science field and 9+ years of relevant technical experience; or a Bachelor’s degree and 11 years of relevant technical experience is required.
  • Experience working on international health issues is required.
  • At least three years of experience in an international or resource challenged setting is also required.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop positive working relationships with donors, other partners and host country officials in a cross-cultural environment.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to plan, coordinate and implement work inputs from several sources and partners, and handle the simultaneous delivery of multiple outputs.
  • Proven technical expertise in a broad range of programs and strategies including but not limited to: addressing harmful gender norms, preventing and responding to gender-based violence, reducing vulnerability of adolescent girls and young women, human rights and LGBTI issues, and constructive engagement of men and boys) as applied to very poor and highly vulnerable settings.
  • Strong understanding of characteristics, issues, and drivers of vulnerability for women and men, boys and girls, and LGBTI individuals affected by HIV.
  • Sensitivity to cultural, ethnic and geographic considerations that influence programming.
  • Direct experience in providing technical assistance to inform the development of requests for proposals, evaluating funding applications, or managing donor-financed projects that can provide a solid foundation for understanding, and providing technical advice on the procurement processes.
  • Demonstrated experience in the monitoring and evaluation of gender programs, including indicator development and use, study design, and data analysis.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of HIV gender approaches and best practices in public health.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with donor-funded organizations; experience working on USAID- or PEPFAR-funded programs preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in translating abstract or theoretical concepts of gender and HIV into practical, measurable activities and services.
  • Excellent analytical, written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work across USG agencies and cross-culturally with diverse teams.
  • Demonstrated flexibility and openness in responding to changing work priorities and environment.
  • Ability to exercise a high degree of judgment, ingenuity, and originality to interpret strategy, analyze, develop and present work, and to evaluate the implementation of programs.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to travel internationally multiple times per year; international and domestic travel approximately 25%.
  • Fluency in a foreign language preferred.
  • Applicants selected will be subject to a background investigation and must obtain and maintain a favorable adjudication as applicable to their position/duties.

About the Organization

Social Solutions International, Inc. (Social Solutions) is a Hispanic and woman-owned business emphasizing quality research and evaluation, training and technical assistance, and institutional support services. We are a mission-driven organization that believes that superior science can improve the world. Social Solutions is dedicated to the creation of social and health solutions to improve the welfare of underserved populations worldwide.

Social Solutions offers competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits. Please submit your resume online at

In order to fully evaluate your eligibility, your resume must include relevant paid and non-paid experience showing dates held with month and year and hours worked per week for each position.

Social Solutions is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by law.

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