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Country Lead

Location: Washington, DC
Country Lead
The ability to obtain a Public Trust is required.
This position is located in the Country Oversight and Accountability unit of the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (S/GAC). Country Oversight and Accountability is responsible for supporting development and monitoring of Country Operational Plans for each of the PEPFAR countries and providing policy oversight and direction for all USG HIV/AIDS bilateral resources. Country Oversight and Accountability works with S/GAC’s Multilateral Diplomacy unit on issues related to the implementation of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria at the country level. It serves as a policy and programmatic resource for a variety of issues relevant to the success of country programs on HIV/AIDS including but not restricted to human resources for health, health systems strengthening, HIV prevention and care and treatment. The team also uses data for decision-making by liaising with the Country Impact and Budget Development teams.
  • With mentoring and oversight by the designated Senior Country Lead, the incumbent serves as the Country Lead (CL) and principal point of contact and liaison to in-country PEPFAR teams and public and private entities for two to three designated PEPFAR countries in Africa, Asia, and/or Latin America. Based on a comprehensive knowledge and ongoing data analysis of the overall country context, the different HIV/AIDS country situations, in-country HIV programs and the PEPFAR program, provides advice and recommendations to S/GAC management on issues regarding assigned countries.
  • Supports the in-country PEPFAR Coordinator to: (1) coordinate with the Chief-of-Mission, relevant USG departments and agencies, the partner-country government, the NGO sector, bilateral and multilateral donors, and other stakeholders in the development, implementation and reporting on the Partnership Frameworks, Country Health Partnerships (where relevant), sustainability planning, and the one-year Country Operational Plans for each assigned country; (2) manage processes through which the most appropriate USG agencies assume ownership for those aspects of the plans where its employees have the greatest expertise and technical capabilities in an effort to ensure the plan’s success; and (3) coordinate and link USG bilateral assistance with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and other major development partners. Ensures appropriate technical assistance and support to country teams through the PEPFAR technical departments and agencies. Problem solves as needed on specific country issues.
  • As assigned, participates in the development, coordination and dissemination of new or revised HIV/AIDS policies affecting designated PEPFAR countries with the Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, the Departments of State and Health and Human Services and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Provides advice, analysis, recommendations, data and information for conceptual policy statements and coordinates development of these documents with the major stakeholders; and monitors their subsequent dissemination and implementation in the field.
  • Attends international meetings, conferences, etc. whose sponsors or attendees include donors with significant equities and other contributors in the fight against the global HIV/AIDS pandemic.
  • Serves as a headquarters liaison and point of contact for the USG with relevant United Nations (UN) agencies for HIV/AIDS issues in designated PEPFAR countries. Coordinates and integrates the participation of HIV/AIDS experts within and outside the USG’s Executive Branch for large, relevant international meetings and fora. Responsible for the preparation and clearance of any formal remarks regarding PEPFAR in assigned countries to be presented by the President or other senior representatives of the USG during high level political fora related to HIV/AIDS.
  • Evaluates the relative need, local conditions and capability of designated PEPFAR countries to develop or improve their infrastructure and programs necessary to provide or strengthen the quality, availability and sustainability of treatment, prevention and care services. Recommends to decision-makers the optimal mix of funding support among the different USG agencies following consultation with agency representatives and Chiefs-of-Mission.
  • Reviews the strategic information and analysis associated with incoming funding requests. Recommends to decision-makers the allocation of funds among and within designated PEPFAR countries based upon their performance in reaching treatment, prevention and care targets of PEPFAR.
  • Collaborates with S/GAC’s Management and Budget team to establish fiscal controls and reporting systems to track funds accurately and control disbursements so that resources will be correctly directed to their intended use and will be deployed rapidly. Coordinates closely with this financial unit to quickly resolve any funding or reporting issues or problems.
  • Collaborates with S/GAC’s Country Impact team to track program implementation of the PEPFAR countries so that resources are linked to results. Coordinates close collaboration with the team’s advisors within S/GAC and PEPFAR implementing agencies and PEPFAR Coordinators in country. Reviews and understands reports submitted annually and semi-annually from each country that he/she leads.
  • Conducts in-country visits to assess the impact of planned and funded activities; to address the concerns and needs in the designated PEPFAR countries; and to reinforce efforts to accomplish program and spending goals. When needed, coordinates visits with other USG and external partners to collaborate on PEPFAR implementation and problem solving.
  • Writes and clear briefers and talking points for incoming agency leads, DCMs and Chief of Missions on PEPFAR country programs. Participate in briefings at Main State, S/GAC and on Capitol Hill for incoming Embassy staff.
  • Provides advice and assistance in the preparation of material to be presented to the media, interest groups, Members of Congress and/or their staffs, partner government officials, FBOs, NGOs, etc. on HIV/AIDS issues in the designated PEPFAR countries as appropriate.
  •   Performs other related duties as assigned.
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