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Youth HIV/AIDS Technical Advisor

Youth HIV/AIDS Technical Advisor

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GHSI-III - Global Health Support Initiative III
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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:


 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)


Title: Youth HIV/AIDS Technical Advisor

Application Deadline:   Open until Filled


The Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA) provides the leadership to ensure that the US Government’s (USG) overall response to AIDS and contribution to PEPFAR harness USAID’s extensive health and development expertise to maximize the reach of technically sound, cost-effective and sustainable HIV/AIDS interventions.   The Priority Populations, Integration, & and Rights (PPIR) Division within the Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA) provides programmatic expertise to help the Agency and its missions develop programs tailored to reach priority populations and integrate program areas beyond HIV/AIDS in support of USG and PEPFAR goals to achieve epidemic control. 


The incumbent serves as a Youth Advisor in the OHA/PPIR/Youth Branch.  The Youth Branch leads coordination across the Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA) and regional bureaus and maintains a central hub of evidence based approaches to support a youth responsive continuum of HIV prevention, care, treatment, and support services.  The Branch advises, advocates, and provides technical assistance to the field and OHA on youth issues and policies, engagement, and linkages across USAID with a focus on positive youth development.  The Youth Advisor is responsible for providing technical expertise and leadership in HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment programming for youth. The incumbent has three primary areas of responsibility:


1) Serves as a Technical Advisor for the Youth Branch specifically supporting the management of the large YouthPower Learning contract, which has buy-ins from multiple GH offices;

2) Leads and collaborates with colleagues from across USAID and the USG (including State/Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator) to consider technical opportunities for cross-sectoral, positive youth development approaches aimed at supporting the holistic needs of youth in PEPFAR programming; and

3) Provides expert advice and technical assistance in designing, implementing, and monitoring USAID and PEPFAR policies, programs, and guidelines to USAID missions, Washington staff, and other USG agencies.


The Youth Branch Chief is the USAID point of contact for this position


The primary duties of the Youth HIV/AIDS Technical Advisor include:


Centralized Project Management Support Activities (45%)

  • Support the management of, and provide technical guidance to youth projects, including but not limited to YouthPower Learning, managed by the Youth Branch and PPIR more broadly, as needed.  Provide day-to-day support in the management of contract program, financial, reporting, and accountability processes.  
  • Engages in management discussions with internal and external stakeholders on technical objectives, opportunities, and key issues/constraints to youth program/project development and implementation. 
  • Prepares concept papers and background analyses for new activities and drafts Project Appraisal Documents, program descriptions, scopes of work, project evaluation summaries, project authorizations, and other project planning and management documentation.
  • Leads in the technical design and initiates procurement activities for new centrally funded projects.
  • Evaluates and manages centrally administered programs/projects in line with USAID and PEPFAR requirements, policies, and procedures.

Technical Resource to USAID Missions and Bureaus (25%)

  • Provides expert technical and organizational leadership in the planning, development and implementation of activities that assist Global Health Bureau and other USAID staff in advancing the state-of-the-art and promising approaches to improve the quality and sustainability of youth HIV/AIDS programs.
  • Assesses the landscape of PEPFAR programming in order to generate and disseminate policy recommendations, interventions, and guidance to advance appropriate targeting of youth in HIV/AIDS programming. 
  • Assists USAID missions and bureaus in the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of youth HIV/AIDS and cross-sectoral programs, incorporating linkages to other health and development services, as appropriate; participates in site visits to assess performance and make recommendations for redesign and improvements in implementation
  • Participates in country-level planning processes and youth assessments; analyzes country-specific data (including PEPFAR Data for Accountability Transparency Impact. Monitoring (DATIM), Panorama, and Site Improvement Through Monitoring System (SIMS) data) and recommends appropriate strategies to reduce new HIV infections and to increase uptake of critical HIV/AIDS services among youth, including cross-sector approaches where relevant. 
  • Assumes a leadership role in identifying and promoting technical opportunities and critical knowledge gaps and needs for youth HIV/AIDS programming.  
  • Prepares and ensures timely submission of reports, briefings, conferences, publications, and other means of promoting wide understanding of improved knowledge and methods.
  • Facilitates trainings on youth and HIV/AIDS, including acting as Lead Trainer for USAID’s Positive Youth Development training. 

 Collaboration across USAID and other USG agencies and development partners (25%)

  • Proactively engages with key stakeholders across USAID to consider opportunities for cross-sectoral, positive youth development (PYD) programming supporting the holistic needs of youth in USAID and PEPFAR programming. 
  • Serves as an expert advisor and technical authority on policy and program issues supporting youth; supports the development of policies, strategies, position papers and briefers to support HIV/AIDS programming for youth in USAID and PEPFAR programs and senior leadership negotiations/discussions.  Participate in PEPFAR Interagency Task Teams engaged in issues related to youth and HIV. 
  • Advises USAID’s YouthCorps, Global Health Bureau, Office of HIV/AIDS, USAID Missions, other USG agencies, host-country governments and other partners on policy issues, new developments, research findings, and the most effective approaches to youth development at global, regional or country level.  
  • Strengthens coordination and provides influential technical advice to multinational, bilateral and international NGO partners working on youth and HIV, including the World Health Organization, UNICEF, CDC, Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, and other donor agencies.
  • Attends donor meetings to share information and experiences and develop consensus on appropriate strategies. Interacts with and influences host governments, PVOs/NGOs, bilateral, multilateral and foundation donors in joint efforts to identify and implement policies that strengthen and improve HIV/AIDS programming for youth.
  • Exercises independent judgment and strategic thinking as a technical liaison with other USG Agencies, donor organizations, PVOs, and private sector partners to coordinate their efforts with USAID programs, policies, and approaches in the health sector. 
  • Advises senior Bureau and Agency management on key issues/constraints, opportunities, and policies related to positive youth development and HIV/AIDS youth programming.

 Performs other related duties as assigned (5%)


International travel required up to 25% to developing countries.



  • Master’s degree or higher in public health or other relevant behavioral/social science field preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Demonstrated youth development and/or sexual reproductive health experience. Expertise in HIV preferred, but not required.  State-of-the-art knowledge of literature and current and emerging research on positive youth development, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, and evidence-based youth- interventions.
  • Minimum six years professional work experience including at least four years working on international health issues including youth programming. 
  • Demonstrated skills in contract management, data analysis, program design, program coordination and/or implementation, especially within a developing country context.
  • Strong professional networks in youth health programs and research.
  • Excellent analytical and written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work across USG agencies and cross-culturally with diverse teams.
  • Excellent judgment, maturity, creativity and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Fluency in one or more widely spoken foreign languages preferred.
  • Experience living and working overseas preferred.
  • US citizenship or US permanent residency required.
  • The ability to obtain and maintain, at a minimum, a secret clearance.


  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.


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

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.