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.
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.
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:
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