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Clinical Key Populations Advisor

Clinical Key Populations Advisor

# of Openings 
1
Job Locations 
US-VA-Arlington
Category 
Global Health
Type 
Regular Full-Time

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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: Clinical Key Populations Advisor

United States Agency for International Development/Bureau for Global Health/Office of HIVIAIDS/Priority Populations, Integration & Rights Division, KPR Branch (USAID/GH/OHA/PPIR)

Application Deadline:   Open until Filled

 INTRODUCTION

USAID remains at the forefront of the U.S. Government (USG) response in the fight against AIDS. Today with more than 35 million people living with HIV worldwide, USAID 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 priority for PEPFAR is to ensure access to high quality, comprehensive HIV services for key populations (KP), defined by PEPFAR to include sex workers (SW), gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender persons (TG) and people who inject drugs (PWID). Prisoners have additionally been added by the World Health Organization to this list of Key Populations. KPs are disproportionately affected by HIV because they engage in behaviors that significantly increase the risk of acquiring and transmitting HIV. Additionally, since many countries criminalize and marginalize these behaviors these populations, social stigmatization and lack of an enabling environment creates barriers of access to HIV services for KPs. PEPFAR programming emphasizes the continuum of response across HIV prevention, care and treatment, and the links between community-based and clinical services. PEPFAR supports KP programs across all regions and epidemic types. There is significant need for targeted, quality interventions tailored to key populations and their partners, with a particular need to scale up and strengthen programs. However, program approaches in sub-Saharan Africa are particularly important given that this is where two-thirds of all people living with HIV reside.

 

The Clinical Key Populations Technical Advisor (Technical Advisor) will work on comprehensive KP programming in close collaboration with: other KP experts within the Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA) in the Bureau for Global Health; other OHA staff working in technical areas relevant to KP programming (e.g., gender, youth, orphans and vulnerable children, prevention, testing, care, treatment and strategic information); the USG Interagency Key Populations Technical Working Group (TWG), which provides leadership on KPs within PEPFAR; other PEPFAR TWGs as relevant; field USAID Missions and USG technical staff and implementing partners; and other development partners. S/he will work across all geographic regions and key populations, with a special focus on clinical care and treatment. The Technical Advisor will complement, and collaborate closely with, existing key population experts within OHA and the Priority Population, Integration, and Rights Division (PPIR) Division to advance global technical leadership, provide support to PEPFAR/USAID country programs, and coordinate with other USG agencies and development partners in the area of KP programming. S/he will work under the overall supervision of the Key Populations & Rights Branch Chief.

 

Responsibilities

  • Serve as the primary clinical coordinator within the KPR Branch, provide technical guidance on care and treatment for KPs.
  • Provide specific guidance on the implementation of differentiated models of care and clinical service models to reach key populations including routine medical check ups (for HTC, STI, OI, FP one stop, etc.), PrEP, IV testing, treatment and care, tracking referrals and addressing issues related to loss to follow up.
  • Maintain knowledge of current epidemiological, public health, and social science literature and national responses, in order to recommend appropriate approaches and best practices for KPs.
  • Contribute to the development of USAID's strategic approach to scaling up KP programs within the context of overall HIV responses.
  • Help to refine approaches for expanding KP access to HIV clinical care and treatment services, including STI and TB/HIV services, and for reducing the dual stigma and discrimination associated with HIV in these populations.
  • Serve as a technical advisor for selected KP activities supported through USAID centrally-funded mechanisms, such as providing technical input to OHA partners working on KP programming and working with USAID/Washington program managers to ensure that centrally-funded KP activities are technically sound.
  • Contribute to the knowledge base relating to KPs by preparing reports and publications, including, but not limited to, technical updates for USAID field missions, peer-reviewed journal articles, reports to Congress, etc., and by presenting within the Office of HIV/AIDS and PEPFAR and to international meetings and conferences as needed.
  • Analyze and synthesize country-specific data and research in order to advise USAID field missions, PEPFAR country teams, host country governments, and implementing partners during country-specific strategic planning processes.
  • Provide expert technical assistance in all aspects of planning for KP program scale up at the country-level and supporting the development of national policies and guidelines, intervention packages, and strategic information and program evaluation.
  • Enhance the technical quality of KP programs by conducting visits to in-country project sites, reviewing progress and performance, and recommending improvements in implementation.
  • Support country programs in monitoring and evaluation to ensure KP investments reflect the efficient use of funds and are synergistic with other USG investments.
  • Provide guidance and subject matter expertise to the USG (USAID field missions, regional bureaus, PEPFAR country teams, etc.), in-country senior level stakeholders, on critical policy issues related to key populations including social, cultural, religious, political, legislative, policy developments and research related to KPs.
  • Facilitate the sharing of best practices across USG KP programs in different countries.
  • Serve as member of the PEPFAR Interagency KP TWG; liaising between the KP TWG and other relevant TWGs.
  • Strengthen PEPFAR coordination with other multilateral partners providing support to KPs, including UNAIDS, the World Health Organization, The Global Fund, and other multilateral and bilateral donor agencies and private foundations.
  • Support and strengthen links to KP international and regional networks and facilitate south-to-south sharing and capacity building.
  • Participate in high-level USG and global meetings to develop coordinated policies, strategies and guidelines for KPs.
  • Support the introduction and implementation of innovations, such as new biomedical prevention interventions (i.e., PrEP) within KP programs, in collaboration with the USG and other international partners.
  • Provide key technical guidance to USG and global technical working groups and committees working on cross-cutting issues related to KPs and other vulnerable groups, including gender, stigma and discrimination.

 

Training and Professional Development

  • Stay informed of USG policies and data relating to key populations.
  • Deepen knowledge of current literature, research, policies and programmatic experiences among key populations.
  • Participate in professional meetings as appropriate to the scope of work.
  •  International travel required up to 30% to developing countries, as assigned

Qualifications

  • Minimum seven (7) years' experience working on international health and HIVIAIDS programs. Experience working with KP programs in international or resource-limited settings strongly preferred.
  • A clinical credential such as MD, nurse, nurse practitioner or physician's assistant’s degree, and experience working in or with clinical settings required. A master's degree or higher in public health, social science or other relevant field preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in and understanding of issues relating to HIV programming for Key Populations (SW, MSM, TG, and PWID) within developing country settings required; experience with KP programs in Africa strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with HIV prevention, care and treatment approaches.
  • 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.
  • Ability to travel regularly to developing countries and resource challenged settings, including sub-Saharan Africa.
  • US Citizenship with ability to obtain and maintain at a minimum, a Facilities Access 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.