Social Solutions

  • Senior HIV Testing Services Advisor

    Job Locations US-DC-Washington
    ID
    2019-1469
    # of Openings
    1
    Category
    GHSI - Public Health
  • Overview

    Social Solutions International, Inc. (Social Solutions) is a Hispanic and woman-owned business emphasizing 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.

    Overview of the Position

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

     

    Title: Senior HIV Testing Services Advisor

    Location:  Washington, DC

    Application Deadline: Open until filled

    Salary Range:  GS 14 equivalent

     

     

    Responsibilities

    A.  Summary Statement


    The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is at the forefront of the U.S. Government (USG) response in the fight against HIV and AIDS. USAID is a key partner in the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and works closely with other USG agencies on this initiative in 36 countries. In the Bureau for Global Health (GH), the Office of HIV/AIDS (GH/OHA) has primary responsibility for the Agency's HIV and AIDS program, and provides strategic direction and analysis, technical leadership and direct technical support to field programs in HIV and AIDS. The Office provides input to decisions concerning the strategic allocation of financial and human resources in the sector and assists in designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating programs. This entails ensuring the technical integrity of Agency and field Mission strategies; providing global technical leadership on the full range of issues related to HIV and AIDS prevention, care and treatment, and monitoring and reporting on the impact of the Agency's HIV and AIDS program.


    The Senior HIV Testing Services Advisor (“Senior Advisor”) serves as a high-level technical advisor across the clinical cascade, with a focus on HIV Testing Services (HTS) including diagnostic platforms, demand creation, and linkage to treatment. The Senior Advisor provides technical expertise grounded in previous, relevant experience and demonstrated public health understanding, and also provides significant technical assistance across all populations and age ranges (including adults and pediatrics/adolescents, and both general and key populations). The Senior Advisor assists the Bureau, Missions, regional field offices, regional bureaus, cooperative agencies (CAs), private voluntary organizations (PVOs), host-country governments and NGOs in the design, integration and implementation of HIV testing programs. The Senior Advisor participates in the review and evaluation of existing policies on adult, pediatric, and adolescent HIV prevention, testing, and linkage to treatment, including related service platforms and associated policies. The Senior Advisor provides technical support for the design and improvement of programs in line with USAID and PEPFAR strategies and objectives.

     

    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to carry out each essential duty satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    B.  Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    • Provides senior level strategic guidance and expertise, including assisting with the preparation and/or review of strategies and plans to address needs at the global level.
    • Advises inclusively to promote USG interagency collaboration and strengthen coordination with other PEPFAR agencies (e.g. CDC, DOD, State Department, etc.).
    • Serves as the subject matter expert to USAID and its partners. Provides technical assistance to USAID’s GH Bureau and the Office of HIV/AIDS, USAID Missions, and the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (S/GAC) on HIV testing program implementation with a focus on early HIV case identification (HTS) and prompt linkage to treatment.
    • Assesses current health literature and international guidelines and provides recommendations to USAID. Reviews the technical quality of activities in field programs by conducting site visits, meets with implementing partners and USAID Mission teams, and reviewing work plans and program results.
    • Contributes to the routine work, including providing technical updates, briefers and other documents that describe USAID’s activities, research and progress; prepares portfolio reviews and reports; reviews documents such as annual reports and operational plans; and prepares responses to Q&As and other requests for information.
    • Assists countries in developing their capacity to plan management activities.
    • Assists international and local partners at the country level.
    • Provides technical advice to ensure that country programs are consistent with current practice, international standards and recommendations.
    • Contributes public health expertise and participating in working groups and task forces
    • Reviews and synthesizes information about USAID programs, to identify operational priorities and make recommendations. Analyzes, synthesizes and interprets program data and promotes data-driven responses and best practices to improve HTS programming. Monitors and guides USAID’s agenda.
    • Follows global developments and provide recommendations to USAID regarding the application of this information to USAID’s technical and strategic approaches.
    • Keeps current on the latest literature, reports and international guidelines and standards. Identifies through data analytics and other sources emerging issues in need of USAID support and guidance for HTS and case identification and linkage.
    • Prepares and submits papers to professional journals and meetings. Develops and delivers relevant presentations, reference materials, reports, peer-reviewed literature and other documents.
    • Performs other duties as assigned.

     

    Qualifications

    • Master's degree and 9+ years of relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • At least three years of experience working on health care programming in an international or resource-challenged setting.
    • A PhD in Public Health or related field is preferred.
    • Experience in international health HIV programming and policy.
    • Experience in multiple countries in Sub Saharan Africa and/or Asia preferred.
    • Experience with HIV and AIDS programming at the international level preferred.
    • Experience with USG/PEPFAR programs preferred.
    • Demonstrated ability to develop and monitor components of HIV and AIDS strategic plans.
    • Demonstrated experience with international HIV prevention (HTS) and treatment initiatives and relevant organizations working to achieve epidemic control.
    • Demonstrated ability to interact successfully with senior-level representatives and high-level government officials from international and host-country governmental and nongovernmental agencies, multilateral and bilateral organizations.
    • Strong and demonstrated collaborative and interpersonal skills, and the ability to work cross-culturally with diverse teams.
    • Demonstrated analytical written and oral communication skills.
    • A high degree of judgment, maturity, ingenuity and originality to interpret strategy, to analyze, develop and present work and to monitor and evaluate implementation of programs.
    • Ability to travel to transitioning or developing countries no less than 25% of the time is required.
    • Computer literacy in Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Preference for data analytical skills.
    • Fluency in a relevant foreign language preferred.
    • At a minimum, ability to obtain a Facility Access Clearance.

    Equal Employer

    Social Solutions offers competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits. Please submit your resume online at www.socialsolutions.biz.


    Social Solutions is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. 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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