Senior Advisor, Youth and HIV

Opportunity in Washington, DC

 

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has contracted through CAMRIS International partnered withIAPWorld Services Inc., (IAPWS), to recruit and hire qualified individuals for the following position:

 

Title:  Senior Advisor, Youth and HIV

United States Agency for International Development

Global Health Bureau

Office of HIV/AIDS

Application Deadline:   June 30, 2012 

 

BACKGROUND:

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 other USG agencies on this 10-year, multi-billion dollar initiative in more than 120 countries. USAID is also the lead agency implementing the $63 billion Global Health Initiative (GHI), which promotes an integrated and synergistic approach to global health.

 

The Senior Advisor, Youth and HIV (the “Advisor”) is a senior-level position within the Global Health Bureau’s Office of HIV/AIDS (GH/OHA).  The Advisor will provide technical leadership in the area of policies and programs relating to adolescents and young adults at risk of, infection and/or affected by HIV/AIDS.  A major focus of the position will be to advise OHA on epidemiologically-salient, technically-sound approaches to preventing new infections in young people in order to achieve an “AIDS-free generation.”  Working in tandem with other OHA staff, the Advisor will also address the full continuum of response for young people, including care and treatment for HIV-positive youth, broader social and economic interventions to reduce young women’s vulnerability to HIV, and appropriate linkages with pregnancy prevention and other health and development programs for youth. 

 

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

The incumbent serves in the Implementation Support Division (ISD) within OHA.  S/he works under the overall supervision of the ISD Division Chief, with day-to-day technical and programmatic direction provided by the Cross-Sector Team Leader. The Advisor will also work closely with other headquarters staff working on youth-related activities, notably the youth advisor, the OHA prevention team, the youth advisor in the Office of Population and Reproductive Health, and the intra-Agency youth team in USAID/Washington.  The Advisor will participate in relevant PEPFAR interagency Technical Working Groups (TWGs) and liaise with other development and implementing partners engaged in issues relating to youth and HIV. 

 

The Advisor’s responsibilities include the following:

 

  1. A.     Provide technical leadership on youth and HIV within OHA and GH
  • Serve as primary subject matter expert on the intersection of young people and HIV; maintain knowledge of current literature, trends and program experiences
  • Lead formulation of USAID’s strategic approach to HIV/AIDS programming for young people, aligned with the Agency’s Youth Policy and Global Health strategy 
  • Provide expert advice to OHA and pillar and Regional Bureaus on evidence-based and best practice approaches to addressing the HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment needs of diverse segments of young people in different regional contexts, with special attention to gender-differentiated approaches
  • Serve as a technical advisor for OHA-managed youth-specific mechanisms; work with OHA activity managers for other centrally-managed mechanisms to ensure that HIV/AIDS activities addressing youth are technically sound
  • Promote program innovations, along with strong evaluation; e.g., test behavioral economics and structural interventions, use of  private sector channels and new information and communication technology to promote youth engagement
  • Advise on appropriate linkages between HIV/AIDS services for youth, and between HIV/AIDS services and other health and development interventions
  • Make presentations at meetings and conferences on issues relating to youth and HIV, and share USAID’s experiences in this area
  • Support the implementation of the USAID Youth Policy 

B.   Advise USAID field Missions on country-specific youth strategies and programs

  • Participate in country-level planning processes and youth assessments; analyze country-specific data and recommend appropriate strategies to reduce new HIV infections and to increase uptake of critical HIV/AIDS services among youth, including cross-sector approaches where relevant
  • Assist in the design, implementation and evaluation of programs providing prevention and other HIV services for youth, incorporating linkages to other health and development services, especially pregnancy prevention, as appropriate. Support country teams in monitoring and evaluating the technical quality of HIV programs serving young people; participate in site visits to assess performance and make recommendations for redesign and improvements in implementation
  • Advise on strategic approaches to building in-country capacity to support HIV programming for youth, including engagement with youth-serving, civil society, government, academic and other relevant institutions to build the human resource base to sustain high quality youth programming in the future
  • Facilitate sharing of best practices across USG country programs

C.  Strengthen collaboration with other USG agencies and development partners

  • Participate in PEPFAR interagency Technical Working Groups engaged in issues related to young people and HIV, particularly the General Population and Youth HIV Prevention and Gender TWGs; provide technical direction for the design, implementation and evaluation of PEPFAR-funded programs for youth 
  • Strengthen coordination with multinational, bilateral and international NGO partners working on youth and HIV, including the World Health Organization, UNICEF and other donor agencies. Attend donor meetings to share information and experiences and develop consensus on appropriate strategies
  • Maintain a network of professional contacts working on youth issues, including leading researchers and practitioners in the field of HIV and youth.

 

CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSE, PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS OR OTHER

EXPERTISE REQUIRED. The contractor must have:

  • Masters’ degree or higher in public health or other relevant behavioral/social science field 
  • Demonstrated depth of expertise in issues relating to youth and HIV across different epidemic settings.  State-of-the-art knowledge of literature and current and emerging research on youth development, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, and evidence-base for youth-related interventions.
  • Minimum ten years working on international health issues, including at least five years experience designing, implementing and/or evaluating youth-focused HIV programs within a developing country context
  • Demonstrated skills in data analysis, program design, strategic planning, program coordination and implementation, especially within a developing country context
  • Strong professional networks in youth HIV/RH programs and research
  • Excellent analytical and written and oral communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work across USG agencies and cross-culturally with diverse teams
·         Excellent judgment, maturity, creativity and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Willingness to travel extensively on an annual basis to developing countries in all regions, including Africa
  • Fluency in one or more widely spoken foreign languages preferred
  • U.S. Citizenship with ability to obtain a secret-level security clearance required.

 

This is an opportunity for employment or a contract, but we reserve the right to make no selection or award.

 

CAMRIS International and IAP World Services Inc. offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits. Please submit your resume online at www.iapws.com.  Candidates meeting the requirements for the position will be required to provide a USAID 1420-17 Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet to document employment and salary history.

 

 

CAMRIS and IAP are Equal Opportunity Employers EOE M/F/D/V

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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