GH-TAMS is seeking candidates for a full-time consultancy assignment supporting USAID/Cote d'Ivoire as an HIV/AIDS Technical Consultant. The Consultant will be responsible for technical and programmatic support of USAID/Cote d'Ivoire's multi-faceted portfolio, providing input and technical support to the full range of PEPFAR investments.
Assignment location is to be determined – work may be based in Cote d’Ivoire or conducted remotely in the U.S. with travel to Cote d’Ivoire at critical junctures. Start-date is approximately mid-September.
Within Côte d’Ivoire, progress towards HIV/AIDS epidemic control has been challenging but is slowly improving. There has been progress in the number of AIDS-related deaths since 2010, with a 34% decrease, from 24,000 deaths to 16,000 deaths. Performance against the UNAIDS 95-95-95 targets in the country have also improved. Through the interagency President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), USAID/Côte d’Ivoire supports HIV prevention and mitigation across the HIV continuum including: HIV prevention for priority populations, especially “key populations” (MSM, FSWs and transgender), adolescent girls and young women through DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, AIDS-Free, Mentored, and Safe); care and support services for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and their families, including economic strengthening activities to increase their resiliency and self-sufficiency; voluntary counseling and HIV testing with linkages to treatment and direct provision of support services for children and adults living with HIV/AIDS; and strengthening the health supply chain systems at large.
The HIV/AIDS Technical Consultant will provide policy, strategic, technical, and programmatic guidance and support of this multifaceted portfolio. As part of USAID/PEPFAR Côte d’Ivoire Team, the consultant will also serve as a mentor and coach to the USAID PEPFAR Team Leads and provides day-to-day support and guidance of professional and administrative staff responsible for HIV/AIDS-related program implementation, compliance and reporting.
Role and Responsibilities
The primary objective of this position is to provide the USAID/PEPFAR Côte d’Ivoire Team with technical, coordination, and programmatic support to assist in successful implementation, monitoring of, and reporting on the USAID PEPFAR portfolio. Successful completion of this objective will require close collaboration with USAID’s PEPFAR team, working with a wide array of USG partners, ministries, multilateral organizations, international organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and other implementing partners.
The HIV/AIDS Technical Consultant, working under the supervision of the USAID Health Office Director, will carry out a full range of consultative, advisory, strategic, coordinating, planning and evaluation responsibilities related to the USAID PEPFAR portfolio. S/he will work closely with the USAID/PEPFAR Côte d’Ivoire Team to provide vision, strategic direction, and leadership in the design and implementation of all projects/activities in the portfolio, ensuring they meet PEPFAR and USAID objectives and respond to Government of Côte d’Ivoire (GoCI) priorities and strategies. S/he will advise and support HIV/AIDS team members to ensure quality monitoring and reporting on HIV/AIDS activities for USAID are completed, including the PEPFAR COP; PEPFAR quarterly, semi- and annual reports; ensure compliance with the Site Implementation and Monitoring System (SIMS) requirements; and other key documents. S/he will participate in standing PEPFAR interagency meetings as well as meetings with government, donors, USG agencies, and implementing partners - including international and local partners within area of expertise. S/he will serve as USAID’s focal point on the USG PEPFAR interagency team.
Preference for citizens of the United States or persons who at the time of contracting are lawfully admitted permanent residents of the United States are eligible for selection.
● Education: Must possess an advanced degree (Masters or Ph.D.) or the equivalent in international public health, epidemiology, social sciences, or health care development related field.
● Work Experience: At least ten years of progressive professional experience in designing, implementing, managing, and monitoring large scale public health programs, including programs related to HIV/AIDS, which include at least eight years of substantive supervisory experience, is required. Demonstrated technical leadership on large and comprehensive HIV/AIDS, with at least 5 years’ experience in resource-poor settings, is required. Direct work experience with an international organization and/or donor agency, is required. Extensive familiarity with USG policies is a benefit. Demonstrated experience working with high level host country counterparts, in-country program managers, policy makers and a broad array of international health service providers and community leaders is required.
● Communication: Demonstrated interpersonal skills and ability to work in a multicultural setting are required, including the ability to work across agencies and with high level senior-ranking host country government officials. Ability to work effectively on their own and as a member of a diverse office management team, is required. Must be fluent in English (S-4/R-4), have proficiency in French (S-3/R-3) and have proven ability to communicate clearly and concisely in both speech and writing.
● Skills and Abilities: Strong leadership and management skills, including the ability to analyze, plan strategically and successfully execute complex and politically sensitive public health interventions, are required. Demonstrated leadership skills in negotiating and managing diplomatically sensitive issues, is required. Ability to empower team members to apply available resources and expertise to addressing the local epidemic is required. Must be able to facilitate meetings and make oral presentations logically and persuasively to senior officials and partners in a multicultural context, as well as communicate highly technical public health information to a wide variety of audiences. Must be able to produce concise, clear reports, and utilize word processing, spreadsheet and database programs.
● Knowledge: Professional knowledge of HIV/AIDS issues; knowledge of the sub-Saharan Africa, preferably in Francophone cultural/work environments. In-depth knowledge of the concepts, principles, techniques and practices of development project management including planning, budgeting and monitoring is required. Knowledge of how to work with stakeholders across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors is an advantage. Knowledge of the Côte d’Ivoire public health system is desirable. General knowledge of PEPFAR and USAID rules and regulations is also desirable.
● Additional Criteria: The incumbent must be able to obtain, and maintain, the security level and medical clearances required for this position.
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