Key Populations Senior Technical Advisor

US-VA-Arlington
# of Openings
1
Type
Regular Full-Time

Overview

CAMRIS International is an international development and research firm that realizes innovative solutions to health and development challenges through high-quality, cost-effective program and research management services. With experience working in more than 80 countries, we combine our proven systems with today’s most effective, evidence-based best practices to improve the lives of people around the world.

                             

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

 

Title: Key Populations Senior Technical Advisor

United States Agency for International Development, Bureau for Global Health,Office of HIV/AIDS, Priority Populations, Integration, and Rights (PPIR) Division (USAID/GH/OHA/PPIR)

 

Application Deadline:   Open until Filled

 INTRODUCTION

USAID remains at the forefront of the US Government (USG) response in the fight against HIV/AIDS, funding over $6 billion since inception of its international HIV/AIDS program in 1986, and providing HIV/AIDS assistance in nearly 100 countries worldwide. The Agency is a key partner in the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the largest commitment ever by any nation for an international health initiative dedicated to a single disease – a ten-year, $37 billion multifaceted approach to combating the disease in more than 120 countries around the world.

 

The Key Populations Senior Technical Advisor will work within the Bureau for Global Health’s Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA). The Advisor serves as a technical expert, providing leadership and guidance in the design, implementation and evaluation of technically sound, cost-effective and practical approaches to the implementation of HIV/AIDS prevention programs, particularly those involving populations engaging in very high risk behavior. These key populations, include sex workers, injecting drug users, and men who have sex with men, as well as other vulnerable populations such as transport workers, uniformed services personnel, and other individuals in mobile and other occupations that increase vulnerability to HIV infection.

 

The Advisor will serve as an HIV/AIDS subject matter expert in the area of prevention, care and treatment playing a critical role in USAID key populations team in the Priority Populations, Integration and Rights Division. The Advisor will lead OHA’s collaboration with OGAC in the area of key populations, work closely with other OHA co-chairs and the key populations team, act as a lead technical advisor on the key populations team acting as the agency lead for sex workers, programmatic monitoring, acceleration of program delivery across 20 countries, PrEP and key populations and a co-technical lead in the LINKAGES management team and/or provide technical assistance in other technical areas relevant to key populations programming, and the PEPFAR interagency Technical Working Group providing leadership on programming for key populations.

 

The Advisor will receive day-to-day guidance and technical and programmatic input from the Branch Chief for Key Populations and Rights.

Responsibilities

The primary duties of the Key Populations Senior Technical Advisor include:

  • Serve as USAID’s co-chair to the PEPAR technical working group for key populations, and a lead agency point of contact for ICPI, SIMS, the PrEP task force and other OGAC initiatives as required.
  • Act as a primary technical advisor on the LINKAGES management team providing acceleration support for LINKAGES roll out across 30+ countries and backstopping with focused technical assistance no less than 12 LINKAGES countries.
  • Serve as an HIV/AIDS subject matter expert in the area of prevention, care and treatment for key populations. Maintain knowledge of current literature, research, policies and programmatic experiences both domestically and internationally in order to recommend appropriate approaches and best practices for these populations.
  • Act as the agency lead in the area of key populations and sex work with OGAC, WHO and other normative bodies. Contribute to formulating USAID’s strategic approach to key populations / HIV/AIDS. Provide USAID’s Office of HIV/AIDS and the Global Health Bureau with technical and programmatic advice on the implementation of HIV/AIDS programs involving sex workers, injecting drug users, and men who have sex with men.
  • Working with other OHA subject matter experts, support strategies for expanding access to HIV care and support and treatment for key populations and for reducing stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS in marginalized populations.
  • Provide strategic guidance to USAID field Missions, PEPFAR country programs, host country governments and implementing partners on country-specific HIV prevention planning processes.
  • Support the development of global programmatic monitoring systems for key populations programs. In addition provide ongoing technical support for the development, implementation and evaluation of prevention and related programs for key populations and other vulnerable populations at the country level.
  • Analyze and synthesize country-specific data and research to recommend appropriate strategies and programs to reduce HIV/AIDS transmission and increase uptake of HIV/AIDS services by these populations.
  • Provide technical assistance by sharing best practices across different USAID country programs. Review technical quality of projects by conducting site visits to country program locations, reviewing progress and performance and recommend changes in implementation.
  • Serve as technical advisor for activities relating to key populations and other vulnerable groups supported through USAID centrally-funded mechanisms. Provide technical oversight and guidance for development of partner work plans, written reviews of work plans and work products, and overall guidance on program implementation.
  • Play a key technical role in USG and global technical working groups and committees working on issues related to key populations and vulnerable groups, including crosscutting issues involving gender, trafficking and stigma and discrimination. Together with counterparts from other USG agencies, develop global technical guidance for USG programming for key populations.
  • Contribute to the knowledge base relating to key populations by facilitating and presenting on issues relating to key populations at international, domestic and local meetings, and at workshops and conferences dealing with HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment.

 

Training and professional development

  • Stay informed of USG policies relating to key populations.
  • Deepen knowledge of current literature, research, policies and programmatic experiences regarding stigma and discrimination in key populations.
  • Participate in professional meetings as appropriate to the scope of work.

 International travel required up to 30% to developing countries.

Qualifications

 

    • Minimum seven (7) years’ experience working on international health and HIV/AIDS programs, with at least three years working with KP programs in international or resource-limited settings; specific experience with KP programs in Africa strongly preferred.
    • Master’s degree or higher in public health, social science or other relevant field required. A clinical credential such as MD, nurse, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant, degree, and/or experience working in clinical settings preferred.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with HIV prevention, care and treatment approaches.
    • Demonstrated experience in and understanding of issues relating to HIV programming for Key Populations (SW, MSM, TG, and PWID) within developing country settings required.
    • Demonstrated skills in data analysis, program design, strategic planning, monitoring systems, and program coordination and implementation within a developing country context.
    • Excellent analytical, written and oral communication skills.
    • Strong interpersonal, facilitation and team building skills, and ability to work across agencies and cross-culturally with diverse teams on sensitive issues.
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
    • Ability to travel frequently to developing countries and resource challenged settings.

    • US Citizenship with ability to obtain a Secret Security clearance.

 

This is an opportunity for employment or a contract, but we reserve the right to make no selection or award.

Social Solutions International and CAMRIS International offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits. Please submit your resume online at www.camris.com

Social Solutions and CAMRIS are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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