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Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Advisor

Location: Washington, DC
Date Posted: 03-28-2018
MicroSystems Automation Group (MSAG) has an opening for an Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Advisor to work at the U.S. Department of State in the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator. This is a contract position.  A public trust suitability determination is required.  Additional information about S/GAC and PEPFAR is available at
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. 
  • Public Trust  is required for this role.
    Interested candidates should apply to the position via our career portal at

    MicroSystems Automation Group (MSAG) is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business headquartered in Falls Church, VA. Since our beginning in 1986, we have provided technology solutions for Government and Commercial clients. Our company has a great corporate culture and is very customer and employee oriented.  Find our company reviews on at

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