Technical Advisor, HIV Biomedical Prevention Technologies (GS 13 Equivalent)

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Country: United States of America
Organization: US Agency for International Development
Closing date: 25 Mar 2021

Overview

Global Health Technical Professionals (GHTP) is a US Agency for International Development (USAID) program that offers early- to mid-career global health professionals the opportunity to advance their careers supporting the USAID Bureau for Global Health and its implementing partners. GHTP is helping USAID improve global health outcomes in communities around the world by building a new generation of global health technical professionals who reflect the diversity of the American people.

Credence Management Solutions, LLC (Credence) is seeking a Technical Advisor, HIV Biomedical Prevention Technologies for USAID’s Bureau for Global Health, Research (RES) Division under GHTP.

Summary Statement

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is at the forefront of the U.S. Government (USG) goal of controlling the HIV epidemic. As a key partner in the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), USAID works closely with other USG agencies on this multi-billion-dollar initiative in developing countries around the world. Located in the Bureau for Global Health (GH), the Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA) is the locus of HIV/AIDS technical leadership for the Agency and has primary responsibility for the Agency HIV/AIDS program. OHA provides strategic direction, technical leadership and support to field programs in HIV/AIDS to inform the strategic allocation of financial and human resources and assist in designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating programs. This ensures the technical integrity of Agency and Mission strategies through leadership on a full range of issues related to HIV/AIDS. Within OHA, the Research Division (RES) provides technical and programmatic expertise to help USAID and its Missions develop strategies and programs for research that respond to Agency and USG objectives and to budget priorities. RES staff and programs incorporate innovations, best practices, and lessons learned to advance the goals of each research program.

Job Requirements

The Technical Advisor, HIV Biomedical Prevention Technologies will serve in the Microbicide Branch of the Research Division, Office of HIV/AIDS, and Bureau for Global Health. As part of a team of technical and management professionals, this position will support the research, development, and introduction of microbicides – products that women (especially adolescent girls and young women) can use to protect themselves from HIV infection - and contribute to other aspects of biomedical research and implementation science across the portfolio of the Division. The USAID Microbicide Program has four Strategic Objectives: 1) expand product introduction research to increase access and acceptability of available products to women and markets, 2) sustain research for imminent and promising new products to provide women with a range of product options that fit their needs, 3) invest in key game-changing products to increase acceptability and effective use among women at highest risk, and 4) provide leadership for donor collaboration and strategic partnerships to ensure leveraged and synergistic use of funds across global health and expedite the impact of HIV prevention research and new products. Among USAID staff, a range of technical experience and expertise is needed to span the breadth of product discovery, clinical trials, regulatory approval, introduction, and real impact in the countries where USAID and PEPFAR implement HIV prevention programs.

Technical Advisor, HIV Biomedical Prevention Technologies will receive technical direction from the Microbicide Branch Chief and will focus primarily on earlier-stage research and development activities while providing technical support for later-stage introduction and access activities as needed. This role will particularly support Strategic Objectives 2 and 3 above. The Technical Advisor will provide expert strategic guidance and oversight regarding program priorities and budgets; be a technical resource in OHA working with the Prevention, Care and Treatment Division and the Supply Chain for Health Division, among others; coordinate and/or collaborate with other offices in the Bureau for Global Health and USAID Missions; and serve as a liaison with target-country stakeholders, partners in the field, relevant private sector parties, and other donors and agencies involved with microbicide and HIV prevention programs.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Responsibilities

The primary role of the Technical Advisor, HIV Biomedical Prevention Technologies will be to provide expert technical advice, strategic guidance, and programmatic insight in research and development of new prevention technologies. In this role, the Technical Advisor, HIV Biomedical Prevention Technologies will be a key technical resource in GH/OHA regarding activities related to microbicides and other HIV prevention technologies, and will participate in defining program priorities and budgets, and serve as a liaison with other offices at USAID/Washington and USAID missions, as well as with national product regulatory authorities, relevant private sector parties, and other donors and agencies involved with microbicide and HIV prevention programs. This position will facilitate the availability and accessibility of microbicides and other new biomedical technologies for HIV prevention that are approved by stringent regulatory authorities and authorized for use in USG programs.

Specific responsibilities may include but not be limited to the following:

  • Serve as a technical resource, reviewing and synthesizing information about the USAID Microbicide Program and providing strategic recommendations in the preparation and review of Program priorities and budgets.
  • Participate in the design, implementation, and analysis of new projects and activities, including technical assistance in developing new procurements.
  • Provide technical assistance and recommendations to support improved design of HIV prevention products in both early and late stages of development that will be acceptable to users and cost effective for use in resource-constrained countries, working with microbicide developers and funders to ensure that target product profiles are well aligned and include appropriate parameters related to cost, scale-up potential, and uptake by end-users.
  • Support project management through review of work plans and budgets and communicate overall guidance on project strategies.
  • Coordinate with Agreement Officer Representatives/Contracts Officer Representatives (A/CORs) to provide technical assistance for the implementation of USAID-funded activities through engagement with key stakeholders.
  • Provide USAID field Missions, PEPFAR country programs, host-country governments, and international or local partners with expert input on country-specific activities and strategic planning.
  • Coordinate with A/CORs to engage other USG agencies and partners, including organizing and participating in meetings or conferences that inform the management of the USAID project portfolio.
  • Share USAID interests in meetings, conferences, and other communications with private and public sector partners, including multilateral agencies.
  • Coordinate with A/CORs to engage with private sector parties in strategic partnerships and other collaborations to advance USAID interests.
  • Coordinate with other donors to maximize the progress, cost efficiency, synergy and effectiveness of USAID activities.
  • Coordinate and collaborate as needed with WHO, UNAIDS, and other normative bodies in the development of programmatic guidance documents.
  • Contribute to USAID technical leadership on coordinating committees and working groups organized by civil society, private sector, or multilateral agencies, or host country governments when relevant.
  • Serve in advisory capacities on OHA and GH Research Committees, Task Forces, and Technical Working Groups.
  • Collect data and information for draft responses to Executive, Congressional, Agency, and public inquiries about USAID activities.
  • Assist with the preparation of regular and ad hoc reports requested by USAID, OGAC, Congress, and others.
  • Draft and provide technical documents and state-of-the-art presentations for colleagues both within and outside USAID.
  • Utilize knowledge of relevant scientific and programmatic publications, reports, guidelines, standards, and global developments, and provide recommendations for their application to USAID technical and strategic approaches.

Professional Development

  • Participate in professional continuing education, skills training and professional meetings to enhance relevant technical skills and career development.
  • Complete and execute an Individual Learning and Training Plan and Annual Work Plan**.**

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree and 7 years of relevant experience, or Bachelors degree and 9 years of relevant experience in biomedical research on HIV prevention technologies, PhD preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience with two or more public health technical disciplines (such as HIV/AIDS, biotechnology, reproductive health, gender and women’s empowerment, global health, etc.)
  • Demonstrated ability in project design, implementation, oversight, and evaluation
  • Demonstrated expertise in analysis of scientific data for product development applications
  • Demonstrated experience coordinating across academic, public, and private sectors
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience and preference to be a collaborative team participant and leader
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally (up to 25%)
  • US Citizenship with the ability to obtain and maintain secret security clearance required

How to apply:

https://careers-credence-llc.icims.com/jobs/4789/technical-advisor%2c-hiv-biomedical-prevention-technologies--%28gs-13-equivalent%29/job



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