Senior Advisor - OHA

Job Locations US-DC-Washington
# of Openings
GHSI-III - Global Health Support Initiative III
Regular Full-Time


CAMRIS 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, to recruit and hire qualified individuals for the following position:


U.S. Agency for International Development, Bureau for Global Health, Office of HIV/AIDS


 Title:  Senior Advisor


GS: 15 - Equivalency


Application Deadline:   Open until Filled



The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is at the forefront of the multi-agency U.S. Government (USG) response in the fight against HIV/AIDS as a key partner in the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).  PEPFAR represents a cumulative investment of more than $80 billion (since 2003) in the global HIV/AIDS response, the largest commitment made by any nation to address a single disease.  


Within USAID’s Bureau for Global Health, the Office of HIV/AIDS (GH/OHA) is the locus of HIV/AIDS technical leadership for USAID, and has primary responsibility for the Agency's HIV/AIDS program.  Comprised of eight divisions and over 200 staff, OHA provides strategic direction, technical leadership, and administrative support to HIV/AIDS field programs in over 50 countries, assisting with the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of those programs.  Mission success depends on the technical integrity of health programming, both at headquarters and at overseas Missions.  OHA ensures strong program performance and outstanding results by providing global technical leadership on the full range of issues related to HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment; managing numerous research and field support programs; and monitoring and reporting on the impact of the Agency's HIV/AIDS program. 


The Senior Advisor will be a senior member of the management team in the OHA’s Front Office and will directly support the Director (Senior Foreign Service level position).  The incumbent will be a leading agency expert on the full spectrum of OHA and PEPFAR operations, including its historical context, both current and relevant archived portfolio of programs, breadth of collaborating agencies and implementing partners, etc.  They bring extensive direct field implementation experience and direct institutional knowledge of strategies, processes and challenges related to activity design and implementation, procurement, staffing, etc. – from both the USAID/Washington (i.e., headquarters) and field perspective.


They will serve as a senior programmatic advisor, policy expert and organizational mentor whose duties include advising on diverse scientific and methodological health services and program implementation issues across USAID’s HIV/AIDS portfolio.  They will independently facilitate the integration and alignment of programs across OHA’s eight Divisions and provides strategic advice to coordinate the activities of Director and Deputies. The Senior Advisor provides expert advice and guidance to senior leadership and technical subject matter expert staff to enhance performance of current projects and to develop future projects, and, in collaboration with the Director and Deputy Directors, is intimately involved in developing a strategic plan for OHA.  In particular, the Senior Advisor will lend his/her executive-level technical expertise and experience to frame OHA policies and programmatic decisions around prevention and clinical activities, engagement with key and priority populations, supply chain logistics, and local partner strengthening.  As lead technical expert and member of the senior management team in the OHA Front Office, the Senior Advisor will work closely with the Director and Deputy Directors at USAID Washington and with regional and overseas Mission leadership (e.g., Mission Directors), as well as with senior officials with other PEPFAR agencies and other high-level partner stakeholders.


The Senior Advisor will play a crucial role in ensuring the OHA Director has the ability to manage OHA's significant technical, performance, and communication requirements in a large and complex organization with over 300 staff (larger than most offices in UAID).  To that end, the incumbent facilitates cross-cutting communication in support of the Director between headquarters and the field and with other non-USG partners, and to maintain intimate situational awareness of the work of OHA's Front Office and all eight (8) Divisions and across the entire portfolio of USAID's PEPFAR investments - both current and planned.


The Senior Advisor receives guidance from the Director of the Office of HIV/AIDS, who is the USAID point of contact (PoC), and performs the following duties and responsibilities below.  (Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.)


Direct Support of the Director (50%)

  • Provide the Director with leading agency expertise on the full spectrum of PEPFAR operations, including direct field implementation, history, portfolio, agency collaborators and implementing partners, etc.
  • Support development and implementation of the OHA Director’s strategic vision by helping to formulate, establish, and interpret policies to optimize country-, region-, USAID-, or PEPFAR-wide program impact.
  • Build strong relationships across USAID and external partners through comprehensive, cross-cutting communications between headquarters and the field and with other non-USG partners.
  • Act as a HIV/AIDS and PEPFAR subject matter expert and senior advisor to the Director and Deputies and assist in facilitating effective and efficient operations and decision-making.
  • Provide expert technical advice and expert-level strategic guidance and advice to troubleshoot and handle both the daily needs of OHA headquarters, including country- and region-specific HIV/AIDS field strategy, freeing the Director to focus on larger strategic organizational initiatives.
  • Organize and prioritize critical issues and required information for the Director, to facilitate efficient decision-making.
  • Facilitate strategic prioritization to ensure the Director’s involvement in project or decision-making processes takes place at key times, where Director’s input and authority are most needed.
  • Prepare for and follow up on meetings, ensuring Director has information necessary to be productive and engaged.
  • Support the management, coordination, and continuity of programs and operations by accomplishing the necessary interface with higher headquarters and by working with key staff in developing plans for facilities, space, funds, personnel, equipment, and other such requirements. 
  • Facilitate and triage inquiries directed to the Office of the Director and recommend the proper course of action and the appropriate individual to manage the response.
  • Assist Director with internal and external communications, including drafting reports, speeches, and presentations.
  • Keep Director abreast of current Office climate (employee wellbeing, status of projects, systems issues).

Facilitate Strategic Prioritization and Project Management (30%)


  • Facilitate the planning, development, and execution of vital administrative and technical programs essential to the USAID mission, subject to continuous and intense public and Congressional interest, and with agency-, industry-, and worldwide effect.  Results of the work are considered technically authoritative and may be accepted without significant change.
  • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to ensure efficient and timely coordination of major staff actions and events, ensuring consistency with the overall Department of State, USAID, and GH vision, mission, and strategic objectives. 
  • Leverage broad knowledge of organizational structure, missions, functions, priorities, and programs of USAID, Global Health and its component Contracting Officer’s Representatives (CORs) and Assistance Officer’s Representatives (AORs), and other organizations involved in global health foreign assistance. 
  • Work across organizational lanes and with other U.S. government departments and agencies; routinely attend high-level meetings with multi-sector, interagency and global partners; and participate in conferences, technical meetings, and external advisory groups, sharing USAID priorities and exchanging information.
  • Support the execution of strategic initiatives.
  • Support the oversight of key, cross-functional or organization-wide projects or initiatives; bring together important stakeholders and help drive decisions.


Organizational Development (20%)


  • The incumbent will serve as lead agency expert across technical, organizational, and strategic communication functions within OHA, and will leverage longstanding experience with OHA and PEPFAR programs, history, and strategic vision to help advise and guide OHA long term strategy implementation as well as daily, weekly and long range internal and external Office communications.
  • Build strong relationships with staff and serve as a key messenger and champion of the organization’s strategic vision to keep employees engaged and maximize their performance.
  • Maintain and apply comprehensive knowledge of the overall OHA function to assess issues that impede team or organizational effectiveness, to inform decision-making and to influence outcomes.
  • Coordinate OHA-wide procedures and work to improve existing processes for maximum clarity, efficiency and success.
  • Contribute to strategic staffing decisions.
  • Keep abreast of literature and latest developments in global and domestic HIV/AIDS programming.
  • Deepen knowledge of key international HIV/AIDS initiatives, guidelines and standards.


  • Master’s degree and 11+ years’ relevant experience in public health, medicine, international development, social sciences, business, or a related discipline; OR
  • Bachelor’s degree and 13+ years’ relevant experience in public health, medicine, international development, social sciences, business, or a related discipline; OR
  • Equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Minimum (20) twenty years of international health experience (primarily direct field implementation experience), with five (5) years at the executive level, strongly preferred.
  • Relevant academic and/or professional training in HIV/AIDS, with at least ten (10) years of direct experience with international HIV/AIDS programs, and at least five (5) years of direct PEPFAR experience, strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated expertise in the full spectrum of PEPFAR operations, including experience with direct field implementation, historical context, both current and relevant archived portfolio of programs, breadth of collaborating agencies and implementing partners, etc.
  • Direct institutional knowledge of strategies, processes and challenges related to activity design and implementation, procurement, staffing, etc. – from both the USAID/Washington (i.e., headquarters) and field perspective.
  • Demonstrated strong managerial and interpersonal skills.
  • Proven track record of effectively interacting with senior management.
  • Ability to work strategically and collaboratively across departments, and to build and maintain strong relationships across a range of stakeholders and staff.
  • Effective, versatile and action-oriented.
  • Excellent analytical, written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience working with USAID, USG health agencies and/or USAID partner organizations, particularly those working in the global HIV/AIDS arena.
  • Excellent knowledge of USAID policies, procedures, and reporting requirements.
  • Ability to work under pressure and in teams.
  • Ability to travel internationally up to 30% of the time.
  • Applicants selected will be subject to a background investigation and must obtain and maintain a favorable adjudication as applicable to their position/duties


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. 



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