• Public Affairs Advisor (OHA)

    Job Locations US-VA-Arlington
    # of Openings
    GHSI-III - Global Health Support Initiative III
    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:


    United States Agency for International Development/Bureau for Global Health/Office of HIVs/AIDS/Division of Strategic Coordination and Communication (SCC)

    Title: Public Affairs Advisor


    Application Deadline:   Open until Filled



    The U.S. Government (USG) has made the fight against HIV/AIDS a top priority, not only for humanitarian reasons, but because the HIV/AIDS crisis threatens the prosperity, stability and development of nations around the world. USAID has been, and continues to be, at the forefront of the USG response in the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic, funding over $25 billion in activities since the inception of its international HIV/AIDS program in 1986, with programs in nearly 100 countries worldwide. The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), launched in 2004, is the largest commitment ever by any nation for an international health initiative dedicated to a single disease.

    The Global Health Bureau’s Office of HIV/AIDS (GH/OHA) is the center of HIV/AIDS technical leadership for USAID and has primary responsibility for the Agency’s HIV/AIDS program. The Strategic Coordination and Communication (SCC) Division within OHA, to which the HIV/AIDS Regional Advisor will be assigned, provides programmatic expertise to help the Agency and its Missions develop programs that respond to USG, USAID, and Congressional policy in addition to providing strong coordination with multilateral donors (the Global Fund in particular) and internal and external communication to stakeholders.


    The Public Affairs Advisor is an integral part of OHA’s Communications Team, working with the OHA Communications Branch Chief, Senior Communications Advisor and the Program Analyst. The work of this position is essential to ensure consistent information coming from the OHA. The Advisor will be responsible for coordinating and implementing the Office's communications strategy. The Public Affairs Advisor will receive day to day guidance from the Communications Branch Chief as his/her USAID point of contact.


    The Public Affairs Advisor will serve as an integral member of the OHA Communications Branch and assume the following duties and responsibilities:


    Internal Communications:

    • Drafting and reviewing internal memos for the OHA Director, GH senior management and Agency Administrator before release.
    • Supporting the Communications Branch Chief, Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs, and other US Government communications counterparts to share information, cross-promote and collaborate on strategic efforts.


    • Manage all online communications activities for OHA, including day-to-day web maintenance resulting from content updates in order to promote HIV/AIDS portfolio and impact, announcements and key results.
    • Proactively identify enhanced web architecture to ensure a website that is responsive to the needs of users as well as to align with the newest trends in web design (from a content perspective).
    • Manage web maintenance calendar, interfacing directly with senior level technical experts, to ensure that web content is up-to-date and consistently provides accurate information.
    • Identify areas of cross-amplification with Bureau for Global Health and USAID web pages, particularly related to success stories and other relevant content.
    • Manage OHA’s first Research Blog by proactively identifying content opportunities and liaising with the Research Division to ensure content creation and timely delivery.

    Social media:

    • Manage OHA’s social media portfolio.
    • Create and manage annual strategic social media plan to align with OHA’s changing priorities with the primary objectives of increasing interactions with audiences and amplifying the HIV/AIDS portfolio.
    • Build relationships with implementing partners to co-host quarterly twitter chats.
    • Ensure integration of social media best practices into each social media post/interaction, including the usage of hashtags, pithy language and correlating graphics.
    • Create and utilize social media factoids, as permitted by the technology available.
    • Serve as key social media expert and counsel to the Bureau for Global Health communications team.
    • Manage relationships with USAID social media team in order to enhance USAID channels’ cross-amplification of OHA content. 


    • Mentor public affairs interns, to include coordinating assignments and providing critical feedback to ensure growth of intern.
    • Work collaboratively with other members of Public Affairs team to foster skill growth.
    • Provide guidance on branding and marking.
    • Provide editorial and creation support on newsletters, blogs, fact sheets, taskers and other collateral material.
    • Coordinate implementation of communications activities around major events or observances, conferences, etc.
    • Attend Bureau and Agency communications meetings, serving as a key communications subject matter expert and collaborating with Bureau-wide initiatives.
    • Support Public Affairs team in cultivating relationships with external partners, Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs, and other US Government communications counterparts to share information, cross-promote and collaborate on strategic efforts.
    • Keep abreast of literature and latest developments in the fields of public affairs.
    • Participate in interagency and intra-agency working groups as appropriate to SOW.
    • Travel to USAID Missions to provide support on communications around USAID/PEPFAR programming and collect information to showcase USG impact in HIV/AIDS investments.

    International and domestic travel approximately 20%.


    • Master's degree in public health or a related discipline (international health, strategic communications or public affairs, international development, or social science).
    • Five (5) or more years of progressively responsible experience in public policy and communication, preferably working in a global health arena, with or without experience in an international or resource challenged setting.
    • General knowledge and interest in global health and development issues, particularly in HIV/AIDS, as well as interest in working in the public sector.
    • Demonstrated ability in communications program implementation and execution.
    • Ability to handle several tasks simultaneously, work quickly to meet competing deadlines, develop a solid understanding of Agency policy and guidelines, incorporate practices and procedures and develop a thorough understanding of the PEPFAR goals and initiatives.
    • Proven record of excellent organizational, management and interpersonal skills.
    • Ability and willingness to navigate within a large, complex federal agency to meet goals.
    • Strong writing and editing skills.
    • Ability to travel internationally.
    • US citizenship or US permanent residency required.
    • The ability to obtain and maintain, at a minimum, facility access clearance



    The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required:


    • The candidate must possess strong oral and written communications skills and the ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals.
    • The ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public is required.



    • None required.


    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.


    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.


    • The Public Affairs Advisor will work in a fast-paced environment in an active office.


    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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