Social Solutions

  • Key Populations Senior Technical Advisor

    Job Locations US-DC-Washington
    # of Openings
    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:  Key Populations Senior Technical Advisor

    Location:  Washington, DC

    Application Deadline: Open until filled

    Salary Range:  GS-14 equivalent




    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 and AIDS (GH/OHA) has primary responsibility for the Agency's HIV and AIDS program, and provides strategic direction, technical leadership and 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 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.


    A priority for PEPFAR is to ensure access to high quality, comprehensive HIV services for key populations (KP), defined by PEPFAR to include sex workers (SW), gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender persons (TG) and people who inject drugs (PWID).  Prisoners have additionally been added by the World Health Organization to this list of Key Populations.  KPs are disproportionately affected by HIV because they engage in behaviors that significantly increase the risk of acquiring and transmitting HIV.  Additionally, since many countries criminalize and marginalize these behaviors these populations, social stigmatization and lack of an enabling environment creates barriers of access to HIV services for KPs.  PEPFAR programming emphasizes the continuum of response across HIV prevention, care and treatment, and the links between community-based and clinical services.  PEPFAR supports KP programs across all regions and epidemic types.  There is significant need for targeted, quality interventions tailored to key populations and their partners, with a particular need to scale up and strengthen clinical programs.  Program approaches in sub-Saharan Africa are particularly important given that this is where two-thirds of all people living with HIV reside.


    Roles and Responsibilities:


    The Priority Populations, Integration and Rights Division (GH/OHA/PPIR) provides technical leadership and support to missions in effectively planning, implementing, and monitoring population-specific technical approaches to the HIV and PEPFAR response. The Division’s Key Populations and Rights Branch (GH/OHA/PPIR/KPR) drives KP programming and performance in the field, ensures timely and accurate data reporting and course corrections; recruitment and supervision of local KP partners; and completion of strategic procurement actions in accordance with USAID, PEPFAR, and U.S Government (USG) strategies and guidance.


    The Senior Technical Advisor (“Senior Advisor”) will provide a technical expert role across the HIV clinical cascade with a focus on key populations. The Senior Advisor will provide technical expertise grounded in previous, relevant experience and demonstrated public health understanding. The Senior Advisor will also provide significant technical assistance for HIV programming for key populations, their partners and children across the clinical cascade. The Senior Advisor will assist the Office of HIV/AIDS, USAID/Missions, PEPFAR teams, 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/AIDS programming for KPs. The Senior Advisor will provide technical support toward the design and improvement of programs in line with USAID and PEPFAR strategies and objectives.


    The Senior Advisor is a member of the Key Populations and Rights (KPR) Branch in the Priority Populations, Integration and Rights (PPIR) Division.  The Senior Advisor will work closely with and receive technical guidance from the KPR Branch and clinical colleagues across OHA.  The KPR Branch Chief/Team Lead will be the USAID Point of Contact (POC) for the Senior Advisor.


    Specific Duties:

    The Senior Advisor will serve as an HIV subject matter expert within USAID for programming focused on the HIV clinical continuum with emphasis on the implementation of KP programming.   Specifically, the Senior Advisor will:


    • 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 program implementation as related to key populations’ specific needs.
    • Reviews the technical quality of activities in the field by conducting site visits, meeting with implementing partners and USAID Mission teams, and reviewing work plans as well as program results.
    • Searches for and addresses emerging issues in need of USAID support and guidance in KP programming and the HIV clinical continuum.
    • Analyzes, synthesizes and interprets program data and promote data-driven best practices
    • Contributes to USAID leadership in the area of KPs by developing and delivering relevant presentations, reference materials, reports, peer-reviewed literature and other documents.
    • Advises inclusively to promote USG interagency collaboration and strengthen coordination with other PEPFAR agencies and multinational partners (e.g. CDC, WHO, UNICEF, Global Fund, etc.).


    Broad Duties

    • Develops expertise in key global health core competencies focused on development practice, cross cultural awareness, communication, capacity strengthening, ethics of public health, health equity, gender equality and global burden of disease.
    • Deepens technical expertise in HIV programming across the clinical cascade HIV clinical continuum with emphasis on the implementation of KP programming.
    • Deepens expertise in the use of data analytics to review and improve program performance.
    • Cultivates mentorship skills based on the STAR GH mentorship curriculum to more effectively support and improves knowledge transfer and skills acquisition of staff, incoming fellows and interns.




    • A Master’s degree (or higher) in public health, social work or related social sciences field (clinical or non-clinical) and 9+ years of relevant technical experience, or a Bachelor’s degree and 11 years of relevant technical experience is required.
    • Experience in international health programming is also required.
    • At least three years of experience working on health care programming in an international or resource-challenged setting.
    • Experience with HIV and AIDS programming at the international level.
    • Demonstrated experience in, and understanding of issues relating to HIV prevention, treatment and retention programming approaches for key populations within developing country settings required.
    • Experience with key populations programs in Africa strongly preferred.
    • Experience with USG/PEPFAR preferred.
    • Fluency in French preferred.
    • Ability to develop and monitor components of HIV and AIDS strategic plans
    • Knowledge of and familiarity with programming affecting key populations, including current programming standards, ongoing HIV prevention and treatment initiatives and relevant organizations working to achieve HIV epidemic control.
    • Demonstrated ability to interact successfully with senior level representatives and high level government officials of international and host country governmental and nongovernmental agencies, multilateral and bilateral organizations
    • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work cross-culturally with diverse teams.
    • Excellent analytical, written and oral communication skills.
    • Strong analytical skills with ability to use data to improve programming.
    • A high degree of judgment, maturity, ingenuity and originality to interpret strategy, to analyze, develop and present work and to monitor and evaluate the implementation of programs.
    • Ability to travel to transitioning or developing countries approximately 40% of the time is required.
    • Computer literacy in Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
    • 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

    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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