Social Solutions

Senior Advisor, Biomedical Prevention

US-VA-Crystal City
2 months ago(10/5/2017 11:38 AM)
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Social Solutions International, Inc. is a Small Disadvantaged Business. Hispanic and woman-owned, Social Solutions emphasizes quality research and evaluation, training and technical assistance, and institutional support services. We are a mission-driven organization that believes that superior science can improve the world. Social Solutions is dedicated to the creation of social and health solutions to improve the welfare of underserved populations worldwide.


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



Senior Advisor, Biomedical Prevention

United States Agency for International Development/Bureau for Global Health/Office of

HIV-AIDS/Prevention, Care, and Treatment Division (USAID/GH/OHA/PCT/BP)



Application Deadline:   Open Until Filled




The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) continues to be at the forefront of the U.S. Government (USG) response in the fight against HIV/AIDS.  USAID is a key partner in the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and works closely with other USG agencies on this initiative.


General Description

In support of these efforts and the PEPFAR goal to end the HIV epidemic, the Biomedical Prevention Branch, requires an Advisor/Senior Advisor who will support USAID's development and implementation of biomedical interventions for HIV prevention, including voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).  S/he will serve as a subject matter expert providing technical guidance on biomedical HIV prevention as well as HIV care, and treatment modalities.  The Advisor/Senior Advisor will coordinate with other USG agencies and donors on related policy development and provide technical assistance to partner governments, PEPFAR country teams and USG implementing partners in the design, implementation and evaluation of technically-sound, cost-effective, and practical approaches to biomedical HIV prevention, specifically, and the continuum of HIV prevention, care and treatment more broadly.  This position will be supervised by the Biomedical Prevention Branch Chief.



The primary responsibilities of the Advisor/Senior Advisor, Biomedical Prevention include:


  1. Provide global technical leadership on biomedical HIV prevention
    • Serve as a subject matter expert on comprehensive and targeted biomedical prevention programming, specifically voluntai-y medical male circumcision (VMMC) and pre­ exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), working in close collaboration with members of the Biomedical Prevention Branch, the Prevention, Care and Treatment (PCT) Division and across OHA and the GH bureau;
    • Contribute to development of USAID's strategic approach to biomedical prevention within the context of the broader national, PEPFAR, and global responses;
    • Provide technical support to Contract/Agreement Officer Representatives and activity managers of USAID grants and contracts and selected centrally-funded initiatives, in strengthening biomedical prevention components of HIV programming with a focus on VMMC and PrEP;
    • Prepare and deliver technical reports, manuscripts, and presentations related to biomedical prevention for internal and external audiences;
    • Seek out innovative opportunities to advance the intellectual discourse relating to biomedical prevention interventions; and
    • Maintain knowledge of current public health, scientific, social science, and medical literature related to biomedical prevention and the broader HIV prevention, care and treatment continuum.


  1. Provide technical assistance and programmatic advice to USAID field Missions and country programs on biomedical HIV prevention interventions, specifically VMMC and PrEP
    • Provide expert advice to country-level biomedical prevention strategic planning processes, including as appropriate at a high level with partner country governments and PEPFAR country teams;
    • Provide ongoing expert programmatic guidance, training, and consultation in all aspects of planning for biomedical prevention programming, including development of programs, ensuring that research and evidence-based results are appropriately applied in field programs, and advancing monitoring, evaluation, and implementation research for biomedical prevention;
    • Assess implementation progress and the quality of biomedical prevention interventions programs and recommend improvements for service delivery in the field;
    • Provide technical assistance for biomedical prevention interventions with the broader continuum of HIV prevention, care, and treatment;
    • Facilitate sharing of best practices across USG programs in diverse countries; and
    • Support countries in program monitoring and evaluation, to ensure program investments reflect the efficient use of funds and are synergistic with other investments made by the USG and partner agencies.


  1. Promote USG interagency collaboration and strengthen coordination with other international development partners involved in biomedical HIV prevention interventions
    • Serve on the PEPFAR interagency Technical Working Groups (TWG) including VMMC and PrEP. In collaboration with other TWG members, develop USG policies, program strategies and technical guidelines for biomedical prevention;
    • Serve as a liaison between the TWG and other interagency groups in areas relevant to biomedical prevention, (e.g., HIV care and treatment, behavioral and structural interventions for prevention); and
    • Participate in high-level USG and global meetings to develop coordinated policies, strategies and guidelines for biomedical prevention with the continuum of HIV prevention, care, and treatment.


  • Master's degree or higher in health; public health, behavioral science, or related discipline;
  • Minimum five years (Advisor) or ten years (Senior Advisor) experience in global health and/or HIV and AIDS programs, with at least three years' experience in international or resource challenged settings;
  • Knowledge of and experience with biomedical HN prevention approaches and/or best practices in biomedical HIV prevention programming for public health;
  • Hands-on experience in biomedical HIV prevention intervention program planning, implementation, and/or evaluation in developing country contexts;
  • Demonstrated innovative thinking and problem solving skills;
  • Strong interpersonal, facilitation and team building skills, and ability to work across agencies and cross-culturally with diverse teams;
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision;
  • Excellent analytical, written, and oral communication skills;
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally (25-35% time); and
  • US citizenship or US Permanent Residency required and the ability to obtain and maintain, at a minimum, a Facilities Access clearance.

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


Social Solutions is an 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, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by law.


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