Subject: Solicitation for U.S. Citizen or Third Country National Personal
Service Contractor for Senior HIV Advisor, GS-14 at USAID/Nepal Health Office;
SOLICITATION NUMBER: 72036720R00007
ISSUANCE DATE: July 23, 2020
CLOSING DATE: August 10, 2020– 5:00 P.M Kathmandu time
Dear Prospective Applicants:
The United States Government, represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is seeking applications from qualified U.S. citizens or Third Country Nationals to provide personal services as a Senior HIV Advisor, under a personal services contract, as described in the attached solicitation. Submittals shall be in accordance with the attached information at the place and time specified.
Send one set of form AID 309-2; resume not exceeding three pages in length, a brief narrative demonstrating how education, experience, and skills address the requirements listed in the solicitation and names and contact details for three references. Incomplete or unsigned applications shall not be considered.
These signed forms must be mailed, delivered, faxed, or emailed (email applications must be signed) to:
Human Resources Office
US Agency for International Development
USAID/Nepal Executive Office
U.S. Embassy Building
Maharajgunj, Kathmandu, Nepal
FAX No: 977-1-4007285
P.O Box: 295
Applicants should retain for their records copies of all enclosures which
accompany their applications. Any questions regarding this solicitation may be
directed to email at USAIDNepalHR@usaid.gov
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Advisor will provide technical guidance and advice to USAID; support program management including PEPFAR administrative requirements, M&E & partner management; and represent USAID within the sector, including coordination with donors and GON, etc.
Provide expert programmatic and public health advice and guidance on HIV prevention, treatment, control, and support programs. (50%)
- Provide expert technical guidance and advice to the USG in Nepal.
- Provide expert technical guidance and advice to relevant stakeholders outside the US Embassy, including the government of Nepal, other donors, civil society, and others. Engage in the national dialogue on HIV, moving the national response forward technically and programmatically.
- Identify target sites/or districts/provinces for future USAID support based on data analysis; research; and political, donor, and USAID programming landscape analysis.
- Work with development partners and the GON to target and align PEPFAR programs with epidemiological and program data and areas of unmet need for HIV services.
- Develop scale-up plans for accelerating achievement of epidemic control, including case finding, ART enrollment and retention, and viral load testing.
- Provide technical guidance and advice on the design of new HIV activities to ensure their relevance to epidemic control and sustainable financing.
- Strengthen HIV donor coordination and technical collaboration to achieve the greatest synergies with available resources. Strengthen coordination and collaboration among USAID’s PEPFAR IPs, the GON, and other donors, including the GF. USAID is the only USG Agency with HIV programming in Nepal.
Provide programmatic and administrative oversight of HIV activities (50%)
- Identify and work to scale-up the capacity of local implementing partners and lead the development of a local partners’ strategy.
- Working with USAID M&E staff, lead USAID/PEPFAR’s data quality assurance.
- Work with the GON on setting annual targets and ensure that IPs successfully communicate performance against targets, key challenges and suggestions to overcome obstacles.
- Design and regularly update USAID’s HIV data presentations as new information becomes available.
- Provide advice and guidance on the on-going monitoring, evaluation, and partner management for all HIV activities, ensuring that adjustments are made to increase effectiveness and address problems promptly as needed.
- Facilitate engagement and information sharing among technical staff at USAID.
MINIMUM REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND SELECTION CRITERIA
In order to be considered those qualifications marked “Required” must be met. Candidates will be evaluated and ranked based on the following selection criteria:
- EDUCATION (10 POINTS): An advanced degree public health, epidemiology, medicine, or another relevant field is required.
- EXPERIENCE (45 POINTS):
- At least seven years of senior-level experience in the field of HIV/AIDS public health programming is required.
- Prior work experience working within PEPFAR is required, preferably recently. Work within a concentrated KP epidemic PEPFAR program is preferred. Work within USAID is preferred.
- Experience working in an interdisciplinary and/or multi-cultural team environment is preferred.
- LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY (5 POINTS):
- Level IV (fluent) in English both in writing and speaking required.
- KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES (20 POINTS):
- Extensive knowledge/mastery of public health principles, concepts, method and techniques including HIV and health systems strengthening is required.
- Knowledge of PEPFAR monitoring and evaluation process and associated data systems is required.
- Knowledge on health research methodologies is preferred.
- Advanced knowledge of program/project management, design, and planning processes is preferred.
- Advanced knowledge of USAID design, procurement, and implementation procedures preferred.
- SKILLS (20 POINTS):
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with counterparts from USAID; USAID implementing partners; Government of Nepal, multi-lateral organizations (eg Global Fund), and non-governmental organizations required.
- High quality analytical skills and the ability to assess ongoing public health interventions to evaluate their efficacy and efficiency is required.
- Ability to communicate, influence and convince verbally and in writing required.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to work in a team environment required.