Technical Advisor - Special Studies and Assessments

District of Columbia, United States
Apply by 8 June 2015
Posted on 8 May 2015

Job Description

FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research and technology — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today’s interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 70 countries and all U.S. states and territories. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of: Technical Advisor - Special Studies and Assessments



Project Description:

We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Technical Advisor, Special Studies and Assessments, based in Washington DC for the USAID-funded project, Linkages across the Continuum of HIV Services for Key Populations Affected by HIV (LINKAGES), under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program. LINKAGES is implemented by FHI 360 in partnership with Pact, IntraHealth and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and conducts a range of activities to reduce HIV transmission among key populations (KP) — sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender persons and people who inject drugs — and improve their enrollment and retention in care and treatment across the HIV cascade.

Suitably qualified candidates openly living with HIV and/or who are representative of the key populations affected by HIV are also actively encouraged to apply.


Job Summary / Responsibilities:

The Technical Advisor, Special Studies and Assessments will work closely with Sr. Technical Advisor SI and other team of member of the LINKAGES SI/M&E team to develop and maintain an integrated and coordinated portfolio of special studies and assessments in support of LINKAGES project strategic plan, goals and objectives. The special studies portfolio includes third/new generation behavioral as well as bio-behavioral surveillance, mapping, size estimation, and modeling including modes of transmission studies and program evaluations. The assessment portfolio covers situational assessments and HIV cascade assessments. The incumbent should possess a high level of scientific and management expertise and substantial experience relevant to planning and implementing special assessments and studies. Responsibilities include:

  • Provide technical leadership and monitor the work of partner organizations in the area of surveillance, mapping and size estimation, HIV cascade assessments and program evaluation
  • Oversee HIV cascade assessments, situational assessments and/or program evaluation studies in at least six LINKAGES country programs
  • Provide technical input into joint HIV cascade assessments and MOT studies conducted in LINKAGES country programs in collaboration with partner organizations
  • Lead capacity building and/or technical assistance on HIV cascade assessments for KP
  • Supports program staff with quality improvements and assurance assessment activities
  • Lead development of contracts with research agencies and individual consultants
  • Assist coordinate and contribute to semi-annual progress reports
  • Review and/or writes protocols, papers, reports and ensure their accuracy and appropriateness
  • Represent the project at national and international meetings

Qualifications:
  • MS/MA in relevant field and 8-10 years of relevant experience or PhD in relevant field and 5-7 years of relevant experience in developing countries (at least one of the following regions preferred: Asia, Africa and Latin America and Caribbean).
  • Expertise in one of the core topic areas (surveillance, HIV cascade assessments, size estimation, mapping).
  • Substantial experience in planning and conducting HIV cascade assessments or programmatic mapping in developing countries.
  • Ability to work independently with initiative and flexibility to manage high volume work flow and concurrent activities/deliverables;
  • Relevant computer software skills, including statistical analysis and preferably, mapping/GIS programs
  • Experience in providing M&E or research support to programs working with key populations including one or more of the following: sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender persons and people who inject drugs.
  • Proven skills in resource development including identifying opportunities and leading or participating in the proposal development process
  • Experience in developing proposals on private public partnerships desired
  • Excellent English written and verbal communication skills.
  • Personnel and consultant management experience.
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally as needed, including travel to developing countries.



This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

We offer competitive compensation and an outstanding benefit package. Please click here to visit FHI 360’s Career Center for a list of all open positions.

FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. FHI 360 is committed to providing equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran with respect to policies, programs, or activities.

About the Organization

FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in Health, Education, Nutrition, Environment, Economic Development, Civil Society, Gender, Youth, Research and Technology– creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 60 countries, all 50 U.S. states and all U.S. territories.

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