Social Solutions

Senior Orphans and Vulnerable Children Technical Advisor

Job Locations US-DC-GHSI
ID
2020-1542
# 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 Orphans and Vulnerable Children 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.
 
The Priority Populations, Integration and Rights Division (GH/OHA/PIR) provides technical leadership and support to missions in effectively planning, implementing, and monitoring population-specific technical approaches to the HIV response. The Division’s Orphans and Vulnerable Children Branch (GH/OHA/PIR/OVC) drives OVC programming and performance in
the field, ensures timely and accurate data reporting and course corrections; recruitment and supervision of local OVC partners; and completion of strategic procurement actions in accordance with USAID, PEPFAR, and U.S Government (USG) strategies and guidance.

 

The Senior OVC Technical Advisor (“Senior Advisor”) will provide a technical role across the HIV clinical cascade with a focus on orphans and vulnerable children and adolescents. The Senior Advisor will provide technical expertise grounded in previous, relevant experience and demonstrated child welfare and public health understanding. The Senior Advisor will also provide significant technical assistance for OVC programming across the clinical cascade, including pediatric and adolescent populations as well as adult caregivers. The Senior Advisor will assist the Bureau for Global Health (GH), 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 OVC programming. The Senior Advisor will participate in the review and evaluation of existing policies affecting the population of OVC including linkages to the HIV clinical cascade. 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 will work closely with and receive technical guidance from OHA Branch and Division Chiefs as his/her onsite manager. The position is situated within OHA Division of
Priority Populations, Integration, and Rights Division, Orphans and Vulnerable Children Branch OVC).

Responsibilities

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

 

Specifically, the Senior Advisor will:

  • Provide 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.
  • Review 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.
  • Search for and address emerging issues in need of USAID support and guidance in OVC programming and the HIV clinical continuum, with a focus on children and adolescents.
  • Analyze, synthesize and interpret program data and promote data-driven best practices
  • Develop and deliver relevant presentations, reference materials, reports, peer-reviewed literature and other documents
  • Lead inclusively to promote USG interagency collaboration and strengthen coordination with other PEPFAR agencies and multinational partners (e.g. CDC, WHO, UNICEF, Global Fund, etc.)

Qualifications

Qualification at the GS-14 equivalent Senior Orphans and Vulnerable Children Technical Advisor level requires a Master's degree and 9 years of relevant work experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

 

  • Master’s degree and minimum 9 years of relevant technical experience or Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 11 years of relevant technical experience
  • Master's degree or higher in public health, social work, or related social science field, with experience in international child welfare service delivery.
  • At least three years’ experience working on OVC programming in an international or resource-challenged setting.
  • Experience in multiple countries in Sub Saharan Africa and/or Asia preferred.
  • Experience with OVC programming at the international level preferred.
  • Experience with USG/PEPFAR preferred.
  • Ability to develop and monitor components of OVC strategic plans
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with programming affecting younger populations such as orphans and vulnerable children, including current programming context, OVC caregiver
    support, economic strengthening, child protection, violence against children, case management, and/or OVC policy and advocacy in the PEFPAR context, ongoing HIV prevention and treatment initiatives and relevant organizations working to respond to OVC and 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.
  • 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 25 % of the time is required
  • Computer literacy in Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Fluency in a relevant foreign language preferred
  • Applicants selected will be subject to a background investigation and must obtain and maintain a favorable adjudication as applicable to their position/duties.

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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