Social Solutions

  • Key Populations Senior Technical Advisor

    Job Locations US-VA-Crystal City
    Posted Date 4 weeks ago(4/30/2018 11:55 AM)
    # of Openings
    Public Health
  • Overview

    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:



    Key Populations Senior Technical Advisor (GS 15 equivalent)

    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)


    Salary: $134,789-$164,200


    Application Deadline:   Open Until Filled




    USAID remains at the forefront of the US Government (USG) response in the fight against HIV/AIDS, funding over $6 billion since inception of its international HIV/AIDS program in 1986, and providing HIV/AIDS assistance in nearly 100 countries 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 ten-year, $37 billion multifaceted approach to combating the disease in more than 120 countries around the world.


    PEPFAR and USAID identify key populations (KP) as Men who have Sex with Men (MSM), Transgender People (TG), Sex Workers (SW), People Who Inject Drugs (PWID), and people in prisons and other closed settings.  While progress has been made in reaching and treating these populations, the UNAIDS’ 2016 Global AIDS Update reported that key populations and their sexual partners accounted for more than 20% of new infections in sub-Saharan Africa, a high focus region of PEPFAR.  The barriers these populations continue to encounter include aggressive levels of discrimination, stigma and violence.  Ensuring they receive prevention, care, and treatment services is critical for countries to achieve epidemic control. 


    The Bureau for Global Health’s Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA) seeks a Key Populations (KP) Senior Technical Advisor to serve as a thought leader within OHA, driving formulation of a strategic vision and technical approach for USAID’s KP programming within PEPFAR.  The Senior KP Advisor will contribute to the formulation of policies, approval of guidelines, and drive policy conversation at the global level in coordination with donors, multi-lateral organizations, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders.  S/he is a recognized KP technical subject matter expert, providing technical leadership and guidance in the design, implementation and evaluation of technically sound, cost-effective and practical approaches to the implementation of HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment programs, particularly those involving populations engaging in high-risk behaviors.


    The KP Senior Advisor will be part of the Priority Populations, Integration and Rights Division, within the KP and Rights (KPR) Branch, with day-to-day guidance, and technical and programmatic input from the Branch Chief for KP and Rights, who will be the USAID point of contact for this position.


    The primary duties of the Key Populations Senior Technical Advisor include:


    • Senior technical leadership with the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC)
      • Provide senior level technical support in OHA’s collaboration with OGAC in KP, and may serve as a member of an Epidemic Control Team (ECT), or other technical groups or implementation teams, as needed. 
      • Act as a senior technical lead in the area of key populations and sex work with OGAC, WHO and other normative bodies.  Contribute to formulating USAID’s strategic approach to key populations / HIV/AIDS. 


    • USAID thought leadership and technical expertise
      • Serve OHA’s KP team as an HIV/AIDS subject matter expert in the area of prevention, care and treatment for key populations.  Maintain knowledge of current literature, research, policies and programmatic experiences both domestically and internationally in order to recommend appropriate approaches and best practices for these populations.
      • Provide USAID’s Office of HIV/AIDS and the Global Health Bureau with technical and programmatic expertise on the implementation of HIV/AIDS programs involving sex workers, injectable drug users, and men who have sex with men.
      • Support the design and implementation of USAID’s global KP programs to promote scalable, sustainable programming tailored to ensure KP receive prevention, care, and treatment services at the global and in-country levels.
      • Coordinate with OHA’s KP team to recommend the technical response for development of annual COP, HOP, global fund technical assistance and special initiative funding requests across USAID HQ and field programs and from OGAC.
      • Lead the technical development of global programmatic monitoring systems for key populations programs.  In addition, provide ongoing technical support for the development, implementation and evaluation of prevention and related programs for key populations and other vulnerable populations at the country level.
      • Lead the development of strategy and analysis for global and country synthesis of data and research to recommend appropriate strategies and programs to reduce HIV/AIDS transmission and increase uptake of HIV/AIDS services by these populations.
      • Advise on, and support KP integration efforts with other OHA subject matter experts, support strategies for expanding access to HIV care and support and treatment for key populations, addressing the needs of children of KP and for reducing stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS in marginalized populations.


    • Provision of country support
      • Coordinate with USAID’s in-country HIV staff to ensure appropriate technical inputs and assistance on KP programming is provided to USAID missions and field-based programs, and build capacity of in-country staff, as appropriate.
      • Provide technical assistance by sharing best practices across different USAID country programs.  Review technical quality of projects by conducting site visits to country program locations, reviewing progress and performance and recommend changes in implementation.
      • Serve as the technical lead on interventions for people who inject drugs (PWID) and people in prisons and other closed settings.
      • Provide technical leadership on data, monitoring, and evaluation across the cascade for KPs.
      • Enhance the technical quality of KP programs by conducting visits to in-country project sites, reviewing progress and performance, and recommending improvements in implementation, with a focus on better use and capturing of KP cascade data.


    • Global technical leadership with donors and stakeholders
      • Participate in global technical meetings and fora to advance knowledge of implementation and technical best practice.
      • Contribute to the knowledge base relating to KPs, particularly PWID and people in prisons and other closed settings lead, 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 OHA and PEPFAR and at international meetings and conferences, as needed.
      • Initiate and support collaborative efforts with multilateral institutions including the Global Fund, UNAIDS, WHO as well as other donors and foundations to maximize impact and effectiveness in programming, formulating policies, and improving monitoring of KP programs at the national and global level.


    International travel required up to 30% to developing countries.


    • Minimum eleven (11) years’ relevant experience working on international health and HIV/AIDS programs, with at least ten years working with KP programs in international or resource-limited settings; specific experience with KP programs in Africa strongly preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Minimum ten (10) years’ relevant experience working in donor and/or multilateral institutions overseeing funding allocations and procurement processes.
    • Master’s degree or higher in public health, social science or other relevant field required. A clinical credential such as MD, nurse, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant, degree, and/or experience working in clinical settings preferred.
    • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with HIV prevention, care and treatment approaches.
    • Demonstrated experience in and understanding of issues relating to HIV programming for KP within developing country settings required.
    • 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 with minimal supervision.
    • Ability to travel frequently to developing countries and resource-challenged settings.
    • US Citizenship with ability to obtain a Secret Security 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.


    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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