HIV Clinical Service Delivery Advisor, Washington 162 views

A. Position Identification

Position Title: HIV Clinical Service Delivery Advisor Division: Prevention Care and Treatment (PCT) Department: Adult Care and Treatment Branch (ACB) Office/Bureau: United States Agency for International Development/Bureau for Global Health/Office of HIV/AIDS (USAID/GH/OHA) Work Location: 500 D Street SW, Washington, DC Supervisor’s Title: Deputy Director, GHTP Work Status: Full-Time FLSA: Exempt Classification: GS 13 Funding Source(s): PEPFAR

B. Summary Statement

The HIV Clinical Service Delivery Advisor will serve as a subject matter specialist in areas of HIV/AIDS clinical care and treatment, supporting USAID implementation of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDs Relief (PEPFAR) funded programs. Supervision and programmatic guidance for this position will be provided by the Adult Clinical Branch Chief in the Prevention Care & Treatment Division.

The advisor will provide technical assistance on issues of HIV care and treatment for adults and adolescents and build strong linkages to all aspects of the clinical cascade through intra-office collaboration and support to USAID field missions. The HIV Clinical Service Delivery Advisor will assist OHA, the Global Health Bureau, Missions, regional field offices, regional bureaus, implementing partner organizations and other PEPFAR agencies in the design, integration, monitoring and implementation of HIV clinical programs, and they will support several internal technical clusters (and potentially interagency working groups) involved in the provision of clinical services to recipients of care living with HIV.

C. Job Requirements

The HIV Clinical Service Delivery Advisor will be a member of the Adult Clinical Branch in the Prevention Care & Treatment (PCT) division in the Office of HIV/AIDS within USAID’s Bureau for Global Health. S/he will serve on a team to provide technical support and expertise on a wide range of clinical programming, including HIV treatment regimen optimization; HIV laboratory monitoring protocols and strategies; decentralized drug distribution (DDD) and multi-month dispensing(MMD); patient-centered differentiated service delivery (DSD) models; supportive community-based programming; and the delivery of appropriate clinical care services to reduce morbidity and mortality, such as cervical cancer, mental health and advanced disease programming.

The Advisor will participate in the review and evaluation of existing program guidance documents, standard operating procedures (SOPs) and policies on HIV clinical service provision, providing recommendations for enhancing the effectiveness and/or efficiency of USAID-supported HIV treatment programs. S/he will also work closely with the technical teams at headquarters and field-based counterparts to provide technical assistance on issues pertaining to HIV treatment and associated clinical services to ensure high rates of continuity in care and virologic suppression.

The Adult Clinical Branch Chief will serve as his/her USAID Point of Contact (POC).

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.

D. Essential Duties & Responsibilities

1. Provide Technical Assistance in the provision of HIV Care and Treatment Service Delivery.

Provide USAID technical and programmatic advice on the planning, design and implementation of HIV care and treatment service delivery programs, for a broad swath of activities including:

Appropriate and optimized HIV treatment regimens

HIV laboratory monitoring protocols and strategies, particularly viral load, targeted CD4 testing, and HIV drug resistance testing

Decentralized drug distribution (DDD) and multimonth dispensing (MMD)

Patient-centered differentiated service delivery (DSD) models

Supportive community-based programming

The delivery of appropriate clinical care services to reduce morbidity and mortality, such as cervical cancer, TB or HCV co-infection treatment, mental health and advanced disease programming

Provide on-going technical assistance, training, and guidance to the Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA), Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC), GH Bureau (GH), and Missions on the development and implementation of HIV/AIDS clinical services.

Participate in USAID and interagency technical working groups and collaborate with technical experts and leaders with Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Department of Defense (DoD) Peace Corps, and the Office of the AIDS Coordinator.

Serve as a Technical Representative to AORs and CORs responsible for managerial and technical oversight of specific clinical services within cooperative agreements and contracts. Provide recommendations regarding the performance of HIV/AIDS (PEPFAR and GH) partners regarding focus and activities to ensure that the OHA and O/GAC programs can meet their goals.

Provide technical guidance on care and treatment integration issues, particularly in clinical settings such as TB and STI clinics.

Provide research and evaluation recommendations to OHA, cooperating agencies, and contractor organizations. Review relevant reports and research findings to advance scientific and programmatic knowledge in the delivery of HIV treatment services.

Develop collaborations with counterparts in U.S. government and international agencies to advance USAID HIV programming.

2. Support the effective monitoring and evaluation and assessment of USAID HIV Care & Treatment programs.

Develop analytical tools, workbooks, and resources to assist the Adult Clinical Branch and OHA technical clusters in the understanding and evaluation of program progress in HIV care & treatment.

Review program data to develop technical summaries and provide recommendations on enhancing the effectiveness and/or efficiency of USAID-supported treatment programs.

Provide support to ensure efficient use of program resources that monitor implementation and achievement of program targets.

Support field teams to prepare for quarterly POART reviews, Country Operational Plans (COPs) and other planning activities pertaining to program performance.

3. Provide support to USAID field missions and implementing partners to increase the impact of HIV care & treatment programming.

Provide guidance and support, including as an agency point of contact or independent subject matter expert (ISME)/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 particular focus on optimized community-based programming and seamless service delivery across the facility-community continuum.

Review technical quality of projects in the field, including through field site visits, meeting with program planners and managers in the field and providing expert technical assistance, monitoring progress, and reviewing and analyzing results.

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.

Coordinate and promote regular technical support for USAID mission, OHA/HQ, and implementing partner (IP) staff to improve overall safety and quality of programs at the facility level.

Orient and guide field-based staff, including IP and mission staff on the latest Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Indicator Reference Guide (MER) indicators/guidance as well as custom indicators required to advance novel programmatic areas.

Facilitate sharing of best practices across USG programs in diverse countries.

4. Provide technical insight and support to OHA Technical Clusters and HIV Care & Treatment workstreams as well as interagency working groups as required.

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Develop and deliver HIV care and treatment presentations, reference materials, reports and other documents as required.

Analyze, synthesize and disseminate key research findings, cutting-edge methodologies, and best practices within OHA, Missions and the interagency space regarding HIV service delivery and their application to USAID or PEPFAR programs.

Support OHA technical clusters in core technical areas, such as HIV Care & Treatment, MMD/DDD, Cervical Cancer, and Community-Based Programming.

Serve as a subject-matter expert on the OGAC/PEPFAR interagency short-term task teams (ST3s) and Communities of Practice (CooPs) as needed.

Support the evolution of HIV treatment programming to ensure patient retention through digital and virtual means.

5. Support the Adult Clinical Branch and Office of HIV/AIDS in strengthening the team and office knowledge of HIV care & treatment service delivery issues.

Liaise collaboratively with other important divisions and branches, such as the Supply Chain for Health division, Key Populations team and Private Sector Engagement team, to advance HIV treatment workstreams.

Collaborate effectively within PCT to share and learn best practices with the PMB, BSI and BMP branches.

Help support the skill development and technical knowledge base of junior staff in OHA.

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.

Training and Professional Development:

More fully understand the key characteristics of PEPFAR and other HIV and public health data sources for analytic use.

Increased knowledge of tools, techniques and frameworks for data ingestion, management, visualization, predictive analytics and machine learning.

Deepen knowledge of current literature, research, policies and programmatic experiences related to the HIV response.

Participate in professional meetings as appropriate to the position description.

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.

E. Minimum Qualifications

Minimum of a Master’s degree in public health, epidemiology, or other relevant discipline is required and 7 years of relevant experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience; or alternatively, must have a Bachelor’s degree in the relevant field and 9 years of relevant professional experience.

Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience with two or more public health technical disciplines (such as HIV/AIDS programming, monitoring and evaluation, health program performance improvement, etc); job duties/responsibilities specifically related to PD requirements.

Experience with PEPFAR, including elements of HIV care & treatment and familiarity with PEPFAR analytics preferred.

Excellent oral, written, and presentation communication skills. Strong negotiation and group facilitation skills; ability to move a process forward, while meeting the needs of a variety of stakeholders.

Ability to adhere to task timelines and deliverable schedules and share concerns about deliverables, timelines, and issues with stakeholders.

Strong teamwork, multi-stakeholder collaboration and management skills.

Ability to be effective in high-pressure situations, juggle multiple tasks simultaneously, problem solve in a fast-paced environment and set priorities.

Ability to travel internationally if necessary.

S. citizenship or US permanent residence with the ability to obtain and maintain a facility access clearance is required.

Desired Qualification

Experience with data analytics and manipulation preferred.

F. Clearance Required

Facility Access (required), and the possibility to obtain and maintain a secret security clearance.

Credence Management Solutions, LLC and Public Health Institute are Equal Opportunity Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, or disability.

This position described in this announcement falls under a contract with USAID, and therefore is subject to the provisions put forward in OMB Circular A-76 which prohibit contractors from performing inherently governmental functions. Specifically, TPs placed in USAID positions will not perform inherently governmental functions, nor supervise any employees other than the contractor’s own staff, nor make final decisions or sign documents that commit the U.S. Government.

Please note: The Public Health Institute (PHI) and its partner, Credence Management Solutions, are both employers for the Global Health Technical Professionals (GHTP) project which provides expertise in support of USAID global health programs. The hiring of this position will be through the PHI and as such the selected person will become a PHI employee. Your applicant data will be shared with both organizations.

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