Senior Gender Advisor

Global Health Fellows Program II
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    Washington, D.C.
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    Non Profit
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  • Posted
    Nov 03

Position description

Global Health Fellows Program

Technical Advisor III: Senior Gender Advisor

Priority Populations, Integration & Rights Division, Office of HIV/AIDS, Bureau for Global Health, United States Agency for International Development 

Location: Washington, DC/Arlington, VA

Assignment: One year fellowship



The Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP-II) is a cooperative agreement implemented and managed by the Public Health Institute in partnership with Global Health Corps, GlobeMed, Management Systems International and PYXERA Global. GHFP-II is supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).


GHFP-II’s goal is to improve the effectiveness of USAID health programs by addressing the Agency’s immediate and emerging human capacity needs. The program seeks to accomplish this goal first through the recruitment, placement and support of diverse health professionals at the junior, mid and senior levels. These program participants include fellows, interns, corporate volunteers and Foreign Service National professionals. The program then provides substantial performance management and career development support to participants, including annual work planning assistance, and ensures that professional development opportunities are available.


Looking to the future, GHFP-II also seeks to establish a pool of highly-qualified global health professionals that will ensure the Agency’s ongoing technical leadership and effectiveness. This objective is supported by an extensive outreach program that brings global health opportunities and specialized career advice to a diverse range of interested individuals, with a particular focus on those underrepresented in the field of global health.



USAID has been, and continues to be, at the forefront of the US Government (USG) response in the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic since inception of its international HIV/AIDS program in 1986 with HIV/AIDS programs in nearly 100 countries worldwide. The Agency is a key partner in the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the largest commitment ever made by any nation for an international health initiative dedicated to a single disease – a multi-year, multi-billion dollar, multifaceted approach to combating the disease in more than 120 countries around the world. 


The Office of HIV and AIDS in the USAID Bureau for Global Health (GH/OHA) is the focus of HIV/AIDS technical leadership for the Agency and has primary responsibility for leading the Agency’s efforts within PEPFAR.  USAID provides global technical leadership on the full range of issues related to HIV and AIDS prevention, care, and treatment; manages numerous research and field support programs; and monitors the impact of the Agency’s HIV/AIDS programs. The Priority Populations, Integration, and Rights (PPIR) Division, where this position will be situated, consists of teams dedicated to various HIV/AIDS-focused technical areas including gender and key populations, orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), youth, and HIV integration in FP and nutrition services.



Placed within USAID’s GH/OHA, the Senior Gender Advisor (Senior Advisor) will receive technical guidance from the Gender and Sexual Diversity Branch Chief within PPIR who will serve as his/her onsite manager. The Senior Advisor will serve as a technical expert, providing leadership and guidance in the design, implementation and evaluation of technically sound, cost-effective and practical approaches and strategies for the implementation of gender equality and gender-based violence prevention and response programs in the context of PEPFAR’s HIV prevention, care and treatment services. This position will interface with other USAID bureaus, sister agencies within PEPFAR, and multilateral organizations such as the World Health Organization. 


The Senior Advisor will work closely with internal USAID/OHA technical services branches, the strategic information branch, and the PEPFAR interagency Gender Technical Working Group (TWG). S/he will work closely with USAID gender colleagues in the Bureau for Global Health, and other regional and functional offices to provide leadership and technical assistance on programming for gender. The Senior Advisor will be responsible for:


  • Serving as an HIV/AIDS subject matter expert in the area of gender issues and specifically those affecting testing and counseling services; treatment adherence and retention programs; behavior and structural prevention; and gender-based violence prevention and response services. 
  • Providing research and programmatic recommendations to OHA, implementing partners, and PEPFAR broadly in the design and methodologies on the analysis of data to inform and for measuring success in overall gender interventions.
  • Providing ongoing technical support for the development, implementation and evaluation of gender-related programs. Collaborating with strategic information teams and other relevant teams to analyze and synthesize country-specific data and research and recommending appropriate strategies and programs that address gender issues.
  • Providing USAID field Missions, PEPFAR country programs, host country governments and implementing partners with expert input on country-specific HIV-related gender issues in the areas of the continuum of clinical care, community-based activities, and gender-based violence response and metrics.
  • Contributing to the implementation of USAID’s Gender Equality and Female Empowerment Policy and the USG Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence (GBV) globally in the context of HIV/AIDS programs.
  • Maintaining knowledge of current literature, research, policies and programmatic experiences both domestically and internationally in order to recommend appropriate approaches and best practices for gender programs.
  • Serving on the PEPFAR interagency technical working group for Gender and Adolescent Girls and as part of GH Gender Advisors Team.
  • Reviewing the technical quality of projects by conducting site visits to country program locations and providing technical assistance on program implementation, monitoring progress and evaluating performance, reviewing and analyzing results, and recommending changes in implementation. Arranging for outside reviews as needed. Facilitating sharing of best practices across USG programs in different countries.
  • Serving as a expert technical advisor for activities relating to gender, supported through USAID centrally-funded mechanisms. Providing technical support for the development of partner work plans, written reviews of work plans and work products, and overall guidance on program implementation.
  • Participating in and contributing to USG and global technical working groups and committees working on issues related to gender, including gender-based violence.
  • Contributing to the development of global technical guidance for USG gender programming. 
  • Planning, participating, facilitating, and presenting at international, domestic and local meetings, and at workshops and conferences dealing with gender and HIV/AIDS. 


International and domestic travel approximately 25%.



  • Keeping abreast of literature and latest developments in the fields of gender-based violence and HIV/AIDS programs involving gender and the continuum of prevention, care and treatment.
  • Deepening knowledge of designing, implementing and evaluating cost-effective and practical approaches of gender and related programs.
  • Participating in interagency and intra-agency working groups as appropriate to the scope of work.
  • Participating in professional continuing education and skills training within the purview of GHFP-II.


  • Master’s degree or higher in public health, women’s/gender studies, international development, sociology, anthropology, international affairs or a related social science field.
  • Minimum ten (10) years’ experience working on international health issues with at least three (3-5) years’ experience in an international or resource challenged setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop positive working relationships with donors, other partners and host country officials in a cross-cultural environment.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to plan, coordinate and implement work inputs from several sources and partners, and manage the simultaneous delivery of multiple outputs.
  • Proven technical expertise in a broad range of programs and strategies including but not limited to: addressing harmful gender norms, preventing and responding to gender-based violence, reducing vulnerability of adolescent girls and young women, human rights and LGBTI issues, and constructive engagement of men and boys) as applied to very poor and highly vulnerable settings.
  • Strong understanding of characteristics, issues, and drivers of vulnerability for women and men, boys and girls, and LGBTI individuals affected by HIV and AIDS.
  • Sensitivity to cultural, ethnic and geographic considerations that influence programming.
  • Direct experience in providing technical assistance to inform the development of requests for proposals, evaluating funding applications, or managing donor-financed projects that can provide a solid foundation for understanding, and providing technical advice on the procurement processes.
  • Demonstrated experience in the monitoring and evaluation of gender programs, including indicator development and use, study design, and data analysis.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of HIV gender approaches and best practices in public health. 
  • Demonstrated experience in working with donor-funded organizations; experience working on USAID- or PEPFAR-funded programs preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in translating abstract or theoretical concepts of gender and HIV into practical, measurable activities and services. 
  • Excellent analytical, written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work across USG agencies and cross-culturally with diverse teams.
  • Demonstrated flexibility and openness in responding to changing work priorities and environment.
  • Ability to exercise a high degree of judgment, ingenuity, and originality to interpret strategy, analyze, develop and present work, and to evaluate the implementation of programs. 
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to travel internationally multiple times per year. 
  • Fluency in a foreign language preferred.
  • Ability to travel internationally.
  • US citizenship or US permanent residency required.

Application instructions

All applicants are required to apply for this position through GHFP-II’s online recruitment system at, which allows you to store your CV, profile and bio data form in our database. A 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 November 21, 2017 by 5:00 pm Eastern time.


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