Social Solutions

Senior Biomedical Prevention Clinical Advisor

Job Locations US-DC-GHSI
ID
2020-1596
# 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 Biomedical Prevention Clinical Advisor

Location: Washington, DC

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Salary Range: GS 14 equivalent

 

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) continues to be at the forefront of the U.S. Government (USG) response in the fight against HIV/AIDS. USAID is a key partner in the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and works closely with USG agencies on this initiative.

 

In support of these efforts and the PEPFAR goal to end the HIV epidemic, the Biomedical Prevention Branch requires a Senior Biomedical Prevention Clinical Advisor who will support USAID’s development and implementation of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) and Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention. S/he will serve as a subject matter expert providing technical and clinical support and guidance for ensuring the safety and quality of VMMC, PrEP, and other biomedical prevention services. S/he will be responsible for clinical aspects of VMMC service delivery including surgical techniques and training, and monitoring and evaluation for both VMMC and PrEP. S/he will lead External Quality Assessments (EQAs) of USAID and PEPFAR VMMC programs. This position will be supervised by the Biomedical Prevention Branch Chief and will work closely with the other members of the Biomedical Prevention Branch.      

 

 

Responsibilities

The primary responsibilities of the Senior Biomedical Prevention Clinical Advisor include:

 

Provide global technical leadership on VMMC and biomedical prevention

  • Serve as a subject matter expert on VMMC and PrEP, working in close collaboration with members of the Biomedical Prevention Branch, the Prevention, Care and Treatment (PCT) Division and across the Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA) and the Global Health (GH) bureau, and other U.S. Government agencies;
  • Provide technical leadership to support Contract/Agreement Officer Representatives and activity managers of USAID grants and contracts and selected centrally-funded initiatives, in strengthening VMMC, PrEP, and other biomedical activities;
  • Prepare and deliver technical reports, manuscripts, and presentations related to VMMC, PrEP, and biomedical prevention for internal and external audiences;
  • Seek out innovative opportunities to advance the intellectual discourse relating to VMMC and PrEP; and
  • Maintain knowledge of current public health, scientific, social science, and medical literature related to VMMC, PrEP and biomedical prevention.

Provide clinical support and oversight of VMMC and PrEP service delivery

  • Provide guidance and/or training to Mission VMMC POC, PrEP POC, and/or biomedical prevention advisors on PEPFAR and OHA VMMC / PREP / Prevention Technical considerations (related to VMMC and PrEP programming) for HIV epidemic control;
  • Coordinate VMMC and PrEP training/orientation for field based staff (Mission and IPs);
  • Support the investigation and management of severe adverse events, virtually or in person as needed, in collaboration with in country teams and OHA staff; and
  • Monitor and evaluate quality of VMMC and PrEP programs, including participating in regular data review and analytics.

Provide technical assistance and programmatic advice to USAID field Missions and country programs on VMMC and PrEP

  • Provide expert advice to country-level VMMC and PrEP strategic planning processes, including as appropriate at a high level with partner country governments and PEPFAR country teams;
  • Provide ongoing expert programmatic leadership, training, and consultation in all aspects of planning for VMMC and PrEP programming, including development of programs, ensuring that research and evidence-based results are appropriately applied in field programs, and advancing monitoring, evaluation, and implementation research for VMMC and PrEP;
  • Assess implementation progress and the quality of VMMC and PrEP programs and recommend improvements for service delivery in the field;
  • Lead the External Quality Assurance process for VMMC with the OHA team;
  • Provide technical assistance for VMMC and PrEP interventions with the broader continuum of HIV prevention, care, and treatment;
  • Facilitate sharing of best practices across USG programs in diverse countries; and
  • Support countries in program monitoring and evaluation, to ensure program investments reflect the efficient use of funds and are synergistic with other investments made by the USG and partner agencies.

Qualifications

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

  • Minimum nine years of relevant experience in global health and/or HIV and AIDS programs and Master’s level degree or higher in health, public health, behavioral science, or related discipline or equivalent years of education and work experience;
  • HIV background, knowledge, and expertise, with specific focus on HIV biomedical prevention;
  • Knowledge of and experience with biomedical HIV prevention approaches, specifically VMMC or PrEP; surgical service delivery experience desirable.
  • Experience in designing, managing, monitoring, and/or evaluating VMMC or PrEP programs in developing country contexts; particularly experience leading, designing or implementing clinical quality improvement initiatives.
  • Demonstrated innovative thinking and problem solving skills;
  • Strong interpersonal, facilitation and team building skills, and ability to work across agencies and cross-culturally with diverse teams;
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision;
  • Excellent analytical, written, and oral communication skills;
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally (25-35% time); and
  • Applicants selected will be subject to a background investigation and must obtain and maintain a favorable adjudication as applicable to their position/duties.

In order to fully evaluate your eligibility, your resume must include relevant paid and non-paid experience showing dates held with month, year and hours worked per week for each position.

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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