Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Advisor

Location: Washington, DC
Date Posted: 11-06-2017
Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Advisor (S/GAC)

 The ability to obtain a security clearance at the public trust level is required.
The Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy (S/GAC) is responsible for implementing the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) – the U.S. Government initiative launched in 2003 focused on saving and improving the lives of those suffering from HIV/AIDS around the world. PEPFAR is focused on achieving an AIDS-free generation. PEPFAR is the largest commitment made by any nation to combat a single disease internationally. PEPFAR is global, operating in more than 36 countries through bilateral and regional programs. PEPFAR supported programs are implemented in these countries under the leadership of the Department of State and through a multitude of U.S. Government agencies, including U.S. Departments of State, Health and Human Services, Defense; the U.S. Agency for International Development; and the Peace Corps. Since 2003, $65 billion has been invested through PEPFAR to address HIV/AIDS globally and the annual budget is approximately $6 billion per year. The program is funding over 4,000 employees around the globe and in the agencies.
PEPFAR is laser-focused on data-driven decision-making, mutual accountability, transparency, and ensuring our programs have impact. Due in large part to U.S. leadership, tremendous progress has been made in the fight against the global AIDS pandemic. As of September 30, 2015, PEPFAR has supported and/or provided:
  • Life-saving antiretroviral treatment for more than 9.5 million men, women and children;
  • HIV testing and counseling for more than 14.7 million pregnant women and for over 68.2 million individuals;
  • More than 8.9 million voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) procedures in Eastern and Southern Africa;
  • Care and support for more than 5.5 million orphans and vulnerable children;
  • Training for more than 190,000 new health care workers; and
  • More than 1 million babies born HIV free.
The U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy, who leads PEPFAR and S/GAC and reports directly to the Secretary of State, oversees and directs all resources and activities of the U.S. Government to implement PEPFAR, including U.S. Government contributions to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, and relations with other countries and multilateral organizations. S/GAC leads an integrated U.S. global HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care response and works with host governments, multilateral organizations, the private sector, faith-based and non-governmental organizations to foster engagement in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Additional information about S/GAC and PEPFAR is available at www.pepfar.gov.
Under the direction of the S/GAC Deputy Coordinator for Program Quality, the incumbent serves as Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Advisor in the Program Quality unit of the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy (S/GAC).  The Program Quality team provides technical expertise for the implementation of programs to provide diagnosis, treatment and prevention of HIV in PEPFAR programs throughout the world.  Activities include development of technical considerations, review and input to country operational plans, participation in technical meetings with normative bodies, and technical assistance both remotely and in the field.  To facilitate this work, the Program Quality team engages colleagues across S/GAC’s Management and Budget, Country Impact, Country Operations, Multilateral, and other teams and with technical advisors at other PEPFAR agencies.
The Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Advisor provides overall guidance on the development, implementation and evaluation of Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) strategies and interventions for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).  This includes working closely with U.S. Government (USG) agencies to ensure orphans and vulnerable children issues are appropriately addressed within the context of PEPFAR.  Working in conjunction with S/GAC, all PEPFAR implementing agencies, other offices within the Department of State, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and international organizations, the Orphans and Vulnerable Children Advisor is responsible for:
  • Working with PEPFAR stakeholders to guide implementation of OVC programs;
  • Directing USG policy in these areas and assure highest level country implementation.  Maintains key documents, including for example, national action plans for OVC and the state of art technical documents in this area;
  • Monitoring and reporting on scientific and technological developments in the area of OVC; and,
  • Responding to questions about OVC issues from within the S/GAC and other agencies. 
Major Duties and Responsibilities
  • Develops overall policy and guidance, in collaboration with other OVC experts in USG implementing Agencies as well as United Nations and other donors relative to OVC programs. 
  • Convenes and chairs the interagency OVC working group, identifying and following up on key issues, including those related to policy and implementation for action by the USG programs, both in-country and home agency programs.  Develops and oversees working group work plan and budget. 
  • Provides support to field programs on OVC and brings together expertise from USG agencies to provide appropriate technical assistance to the field in issues surrounding orphans and vulnerable children. 
  • Advances state of the art models and programs for OVC for use in-country.  Advances the concept of “wrap-around” programs to assure the needs of AIDS and non-AIDS affected children are addressed. 
  • Coordinates with technical working group leads for care, particularly in the area of food, prevention, and treatment to assure strong linkages between program areas. 
  • Coordinates with other sectors, such as education, food security and micro credit as related to orphans and vulnerable children programming within the context of PEPFAR. 
  • Liaises with the Program Results for Impact Monitoring and Epidemic Control (PRIME) team in S/GAC on monitoring and evaluation of orphans and vulnerable children activities.
  • Graduate degree in social work, education or related area of child and adolescent welfare
  • At least ten years' experience in holistic programs for children and adolescents in international settings with a preference for candidates that have at least two years’ experience working at a senior level 
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and communicate evidenced-based strategies and policies, and to build consensus for these across multiple constituencies.
    Excellent public speaking and written communication skills essential.
  • Experience in designing monitoring and evaluation to gauge effectiveness of child welfare programs against specified outcomes
  • Familiarity with US Government policies and procedures; experience with host country governments, cooperating agencies, or private voluntary organizations helpful.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse teams.
  • High degree of judgment, ingenuity and originality to interpret strategy, to analyze, develop and present work and to monitor and evaluate implementation of programs.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally.
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