Social Solutions

Senior Clinical and Community Integration Advisor

Job Locations US-DC-GHSI
ID
2020-1604
# 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 Clinical and Community Integration Advisor

Location: Washington, DC

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Salary Range: GS-15 equivalent

 

The Senior Community and Clinical Integration Advisor provides technical expertise on the optimal community and facility interface to respond to the needs of People Living with HIV (PLHIV) in diverse contexts, and across different age and gender subgroups, where USAID supports HIV programming. This requires significant expertise on essential clinical and non-clinical components for a comprehensive and integrated response, leading to long-term retention in care, adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) and virologic suppression. Interventions include but are not limited to clinic-based service delivery; community-based linkage interventions; technology-based solutions to improve testing, linkage, ART initiation and retention; programs that ensure sustainable livelihoods; robust HIV and health literacy interventions; continuous quality improvement; legal protection against stigma, discrimination and gender-based violence; and meaningful involvement of PLHIV in the global HIV response. A comprehensive set of facility and community-based treatment and prevention interventions are required to achieve the epidemic control through continued adherence and viral suppression for patients on ART.

 

PEPFAR is supporting a comprehensive patient-centered approach to the treatment and prevention with PLHIV as core to achieving continued engagement in care and ongoing viral suppression. In support of these efforts, the Prevention Care and Treatment (PCT) Division within the Office of HIV/AIDS, Bureau for Global Health (GH/OHA/PCT) requires a senior-level technical Advisor with a clinical background who has a comprehensive understanding of both facility and community structures that support HIV prevention, care and treatment. S/he will serve as an expert advisor providing technical leadership and guidance on community and facility-based Treatment, additional components of care (including additional services that encourage long-term engagement and well-being), positive health and dignity (PHDP) programs and other care modalities to USAID on complex and precedent-setting policy and program issues in these programmatic areas, covering both general and key populations. They will be responsible for evaluating and assessing the impact of community-based programs on HIV outcomes, and improving the effectiveness of USAID-supported community-based support programs.

 

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Responsibilities

Agency Technical Resource for Providing senior level strategic guidance and expertise, including assisting with the preparation and/or review of strategies and plans to address needs at both country and global levels.

  • Provide technical expertise within GH/OHA and other Agency Bureaus;
  • Advise processes for providing Community-based Treatment, Care, Prevention services and other care modalities to USAID on complex and precedent-setting policy and program issues, covering both general and Key populations; 
  • Serve as subject-matter expert on the OGAC/PEPFAR interagency short-term task teams (ST3s) and Communities of Practice (CooPs). In collaboration with other interagency members draft USG policies, program strategies and technical guidelines for comprehensive programming that encompasses clinical and Community based integrated programming for reaching epidemic control;
  • Support the evolution of community and facility-based integrated programming to ensure patient retention through digital and virtual means during and after global pandemics;
  • Engage, as appropriate with relevant multilateral stakeholders to optimize HIV programming to help formulate global guidelines, standards, best-practices and monitoring approaches; and
  • Review and contribute to the latest substantive thinking and literature on the subject and relate findings and knowledge to policy development and USAID-supported programming. Analyze, synthesize, and disseminate key programmatic data and research findings, methodologies and best practices around HIV prevention, care and treatment, with a focus on USAID programs.

Serving as subject matter expert to USAID and its partners.

  • Serve as a subject-matter expert on Community-based Prevention, Care, and Treatment and Prevention approaches supported by USAID. Assess and maintain knowledge of current medical, scientific, public health, and social science literature and generate recommendations on the design and implementation of international HIV prevention, care and treatment programs serving adults, including relevant research and community platforms. Maintain a strong understanding of facility-based approaches (including ART services, virologic monitoring and support for patient retention) and best-practices to ensure complementarity of community-based interventions. Identify adaptations and novel solutions to implementation and support Missions and USAID partners to scale-up;
  • Collaboratively formulate USAID’s strategic approach to Community based programming for Treatment and Prevention within the context of broader HIV service delivery efforts;
  • Support the development and implementation of program monitoring and data collection approaches for community-based programming. Provide analysis of national policies and programmatic experiences related to HIV community care and treatment; and
  • Remain abreast of the latest scientific literature, reports and international guidelines and standards to ensure USAID programming reflects state-of-the-art public health approaches; prepare and submit papers to professional journals and meetings.

Contributing to the technical work, including providing technical updates, briefers and other documents that describe USAID’s activities, research and progress; preparing portfolio reviews and reports; reviewing documents such as annual reports, workplans and country operational plans; and preparing responses to Q&As and other requests for information.

  • Prepare and deliver technical presentations to USAID headquarters and field staff and implementing partners, both at headquarters and the field; prepare reports and publications related to community-based treatment and positive prevention efforts, such as technical updates for field missions, peer-reviewed journal articles, reports to Congress, and presentations at international workshops and conferences on HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment.

Support countries in creating and developing their capacity to plan and monitor activities.

  • Evaluate the effectiveness and impact of community-based programming on the attainment of PLHIV outcomes, providing evidence for the impact of community-based support programs and guiding the agency to improve programs that are not working as effectively;
  • Provide expert guidance and support, including as an agency point of contact or technical point of contact, to field mission and country-level counterparts (including host-country governments and implementing partners), on the totality and coordination of programming, with particularly focus on optimized community-based programming and seamless service delivery across the facility-community continuum;
  • Evaluate existing facility and community-based service delivery to ensure it meets the needs of PLHIV and remains consistent with PwP and PHDP best practices, including disability, socioeconomic, and mental health programing;
  • Share best practices across USG programs in field missions towards achieving epidemic control;
  • 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; and
  • Assess and identify health system-level bottlenecks that hamper continued patient adherence and virologic suppression; work collaboratively with USAID and external stakeholders to strategize solutions to be reflected in USAID programming.

Assisting international and local partners at the country level.

  • Promote USG interagency collaboration and strengthen coordination with other international development partners involved in community and facility care, treatment, and prevention efforts; and
  • Actively participate in USG and global meetings to develop coordinated policies, strategies and guidelines for community-based HIV care, treatment, and prevention efforts.

Providing technical advice to ensure that country programs are consistent with current S/GAC and USAID requirements, international standards, practices and recommendations.

  • Provide expert guidance to the Global Health Bureau and other agency bureaus on appropriate technical and programmatic approaches for scale up of safe community-based prevention, care and treatment services, priority research and design questions, and on linkage/integration issues between community and facility structures;
  • Provide technical expertise for OHA partners supporting community-based care, treatment and prevention activities; work with Contract /Agreement Officer’s Technical Representatives and other managers to ensure that USAID-supported community care, treatment and prevention with PLHIV activities are technically sound;
  • Serve as technical lead for integrating Prevention with PLHIV within inter-agency workplans and task teams;
  • Serve as technical lead on mitigating HIV/stigma and discrimination for PLHIV and HIV programs; and
  • Provide expert technical knowledge in all aspects of planning for community- based programs, including policy development, human resources for health strategies, site assessment, communications, education/demand creation, logistics and commodity procurement.

Contributing public health expertise and participating in working groups and task forces

  • Promote USG interagency collaboration and strengthen coordination with other international partners providing support to community care, treatment, and prevention efforts, including the Joint United Nation Program on AIDS (UNAIDS), the World Health Organization (WHO), Global Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (GNP+) and other bi-lateral donor agencies and private foundations.

Reviewing and synthesizing information about USAID programs, to identify operational priorities and make recommendations.

  • In collaboration with USG and international partners, prepare documents to guide implementation of fully integrated community programming that supports facility-based care, treatment, and prevention programs, such as monitoring & evaluation approaches, service delivery elements and development of quality standards; and
  • Assess implementation progress and the quality of community-based care, treatment and PHDP services, and recommend improvements for service delivery in the field to facilitate epidemic control goals.

Monitoring and guiding USAID’s agenda.

  • Support missions align programming to current OGAC priorities towards reaching the globally agreed upon UNAIDS 95-95-95 goals for achieving epidemic control; and
  • Evaluate the effectiveness and impact of community-based programming on the attainment of PLHIV outcomes, providing evidence for the impact of community-based support programs and guiding the agency to improve programs that are not working as effectively.

Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Qualification at the GS-15 Senior Clinical and Community Integration Advisor level requires a Master's degree and 11 years of relevant work experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

 

Other qualifications include:

 

  • Communicates well both verbally and in writing, creates accurate and punctual reports, delivers presentations, shares information and ideas with others, has good listening skills.
  • Employee demonstrates compliance with safety regulations, rules of conduct, other applicable laws and regulations and company policies.
  • Builds customer confidence, is committed to increasing customer satisfaction, sets achievable customer expectations, assumes responsibility for solving customer problems, ensures commitments to customers are met, solicits opinions and ideas from customers, responds to internal customers.
  • Meets commitments, works independently, accepts accountability, handles change, sets personal standards, stays focused under pressure, meets attendance/punctuality requirements.
  • Tackles problems and takes independent action, seeks out new responsibilities, acts on opportunities, generates new ideas, practices self-development.
  • Has good listening skills, builds strong relationships, is flexible/open-minded, negotiates effectively, solicits performance feedback and handles constructive criticism.
  • Understands duties and responsibilities, has necessary job knowledge, has necessary technical skills, understands company mission/values, keeps job knowledge current, is in command of critical issues.
  • Employee demonstrates ability to exercise good judgment and make appropriate decisions as situations arise.
  • Develops realistic plans, sets goals, aligns plans with company goals, plans for and manages resources, creates contingency plans, coordinates/cooperates with others.
  • Breaks down problems into smaller components, understands underlying issues, can simplify and process complex issues, understands the difference between critical details and unimportant facts.
  • Meets all team deadlines and responsibilities, listens to others and values opinions, helps team leader to meet goals, welcomes newcomers and promotes a team atmosphere.
  • 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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