FELLOWSHIP TITLE: Biomedical Prevention Advisor
HOST ORGANIZATION: Biomedical Prevention, Care and Treatment Division, Office of HIV/AIDS, Bureau for Global Health, United States Agency for International Development
LOCATION: Arlington, VA
POSITION LEVEL: Mid-Career Technical Advisor
TRAVEL: 25% estimated travel
STAR PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) is a project of the Public Health Institute (PHI) supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Global Health (GH) Bureau. Its purpose is twofold: (1) Through individual fellowships, STAR will help strengthen the capacity of diverse American and low-and-middle-income country (LMIC) health professionals at all levels to make innovative contributions to global health (GH); and (2) STAR will create ground-breaking opportunities for both US and LMIC GH academic institutions and other groups, including professional associations, to create systems for open-access knowledge sharing, resulting in effective partnerships. STAR’s individual and institutional participants are contributing to the development of self-sustaining systems and tools that will produce global citizens with the full spectrum of relevant health competencies. STAR is managed by the Public Health Institute and implemented in partnership with Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH).
ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP
The STAR Fellowship is a two-year global health and learning opportunity with:
- Individualized, tailored support to enhance the fellow’s achievement personal and professional goals
- Personalized learning plans and access to learning resources (courses, conferences, mentoring) based on fellow’s learning style and preferences.
- Access to broad professional networks to enhance peer learning and knowledge sharing.
FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION
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 initiative.
In support of these efforts and PEPFAR’s goal to end the HIV epidemic, the Biomedical Prevention Technical Advisor (Advisor) will support USAID’s development and implementation of biomedical interventions for HIV prevention, including pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). They will serve as a subject matter expert providing technical guidance on biomedical HIV prevention as well as voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC), condoms, and new emerging biomedical prevention options. The Advisor will coordinate with other USG agencies and donors on related policy development and provide technical assistance to partner governments, PEPFAR country teams and USG implementing partners in the design, implementation and evaluation of technically-sound, cost-effective, and practical approaches to biomedical HIV prevention, specifically, and the continuum of HIV prevention, care and treatment more broadly.
The Advisor will work closely with and receive technical direction from the Biomedical Prevention Branch Chief, who will serve as their Onsite Manager.
Strengthen USAID PrEP and biomedical prevention programs through the provision of strategic guidance and expertise.
- Provide global technical advice on biomedical HIV prevention, including PrEP.
- Contribute to the development of USAID’s strategic approach to biomedical prevention within the context of the broader national, PEPFAR, and global responses.
- Collaborate with other donors supporting PrEP and biomedical prevention service delivery such as WHO.
- Provide technical advice to support Contract/Agreement Officer Representatives and activity managers of USAID grants and contracts and selected centrally-funded initiatives in strengthening biomedical prevention components of HIV programming with a focus on VMMC and PrEP.
- Prepare and deliver technical reports, manuscripts, and presentations related to PrEP and biomedical prevention for internal and external audiences.
- Serve as a subject matter expert on comprehensive and targeted biomedical prevention programming, specifically pre exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), with additional support for voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC), and condoms, working in close collaboration with members of the Biomedical Prevention Branch, the Prevention, Care and Treatment (PCT) Division and across OHA and the GH bureau.
- Provide technical assistance for biomedical prevention interventions including voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC), condoms, and new emerging biomedical prevention options.
Promote high quality, sustainable country programs that are data-driven and consistent with current practice, international standards and recommendations.
- Support country teams in planning and implementation of PrEP programs.
- Develop and implement strategic approaches to PrEP scale up in PEPFAR countries.
- Coordinate with country level stakeholders such as Ministries of Health and implementing partners.
- Assess implementation progress and the quality of biomedical prevention interventions programs and recommend improvements for service delivery in the field.
- Monitor program performance and quality, ensuring PEPFAR targets are met and service delivery meets quality and safety standards.
- Provide guidance and/or training to Mission VMMC POC and/or biomedical prevention advisors on PEPFAR and OHA VMMC / Prevention Technical considerations (related to PrEP programming) for HIV epidemic control.
- Serve on the USAID PrEP Task Force and coordinate PrEP implementation with other technical leads on priority populations, commodity and financial planning, and research.
- Provide technical assistance and programmatic advice to USAID field Missions and country programs on biomedical HIV prevention interventions, specifically PrEP.
- 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.
- Support the transition to local partners in the areas of PrEP and biomedical prevention by assisting them in establishing quality assurance measures for biomedical prevention, appropriate SOPs for training, service delivery, program monitoring, and reporting systems for Adverse Events (AEs).
- Support the scale up of PrEP programs that are feasible and sustainable in the context of local ownership.
- Provide ongoing programmatic guidance, training, and consultation in all aspects of planning for biomedical prevention programming, including development of programs, and ensuring that field programs are data-driven and continuously improving performance through analysis of routine data.
- Ensure research and evidence-based results are appropriately applied in field programs.
- Facilitate sharing of best practices across USG programs in diverse countries.
- Serve on the PEPFAR interagency Technical teams such as the Community of Practice for PrEP or cross-cutting teams such as Epidemic Control Teams (country focused). In collaboration with other interagency team members, develop USG policies, program strategies and technical guidelines for biomedical prevention.
Develop a knowledge base of global advances in the field of biomedical prevention and provide recommendations to USAID and the global biomedical prevention community regarding the application of this information to USAID’s technical and strategic approaches.
- Maintain knowledge of current public health, scientific, social science, and medical literature related to biomedical prevention and the broader HIV prevention, care and treatment continuum.
- Provide advice to country-level biomedical prevention strategic planning processes, including as appropriate at a high level with partner country governments and PEPFAR country teams.
- Participate in high-level USG and global meetings to develop coordinated policies, strategies and guidelines for biomedical prevention with the continuum of HIV prevention, care, and treatment.
- Promote USG interagency collaboration and strengthen coordination with other international development partners involved in biomedical HIV prevention interventions.
- Seek out innovative opportunities to advance the intellectual discourse relating to biomedical prevention interventions.
- Prepare and deliver technical reports, manuscripts, and presentations related to biomedical prevention for internal and external audiences.
Anticipated learning outcomes: * Required 10% time
- Demonstrate proficiency across the core global health competencies defined as development practice, cross cultural awareness, communication, capacity strengthening, ethics of public health, health equity, gender equality and global burden of disease that is necessary for persons practicing in global health.
- Apply biomedical prevention, care and treatment knowledge to strengthen program
- Apply and distinguish international standards within technical/content area to support programming
- Cultivate leadership skills based on the STAR GH mentorship curriculum to effectively facilitate capacity building and knowledge sharing activities amongst staff and peers.
- Expand access to knowledge and resources through networking and collaborative practice within global health.
- Minimum 7 years of relevant technical experience with master’s degree or a minimum 9 years of relevant technical experience with bachelor’s degree.
- HIV background and expertise, with specific focus on HIV biomedical prevention.
- Knowledge of and experience with biomedical HIV prevention approaches, specifically PrEP.
- Experience in designing, managing, monitoring, and/or evaluating PrEP and biomedical prevention programs in developing country contexts.
- 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.
- Ability to travel internationally (minimum 25-35% time).
- US citizenship or US permanent residency required.
All applicants are required to apply for this position through STAR’s online recruitment system at https://www.ghstar.org/, which allows you to store your CV/resume and separate cover letter describing your qualifications and experience, interest and familiarity with issues relating to this position, and how this position relates to your career goals is required for each application. All online applications must be submitted by December 17, 2019 by 5:00 pm Eastern time.
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