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Senior Advisor for Prevention of Mother -to- Child Transmission (PMTCT)

Washington, DC
Location: Washington, DC
Must be able to obtain a Moderate Risk Public Trust Clearance
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.
Additional information about S/GAC and PEPFAR is available at
The employee will serve as a Senior Advisor for HIV Prevention and Maternal Health in the Program Quality unit of S/GAC.  The Program Quality (PQ) 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, design of new initiative for targeted program areas, 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, Program Results and Impact Monitoring for Epidemic Control, Country Operations, Multilateral, and other teams and with technical advisors at other PEPFAR agencies.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
  • Develop HIV prevention and maternal health areas (PrEP, condoms, PMTCT, social/behavioral prevention, cervical cancer, early infant diagnosis and family planning) of technical considerations and country-specific guidance for the annual COP process, in collaboration with other technical staff.
  • With supervision by the Unit Director for Prevention in Program Quality and in collaboration with other PQ technical advisors, the senior advisor will provide technical assistance to S/GAC, to agency HQ teams, and to field teams on optimal programs for HIV prevention including PrEP and condoms, and prevention of mother-to-child transmission and preservation of maternal health in PEPFAR programs.
  • Work closely with PEPFAR field teams to understand factors limiting attainment of elimination of mother-to-child transmission.
  • Manage the scale-up of the PEPFAR cervical cancer initiative to bring screening to one million HIV-positive women within the first year of implementation; this duty includes tracking scale-up trajectories, eliminating bottle necks at field and central offices
  • Work with headquarters interagency partners (e.g. CDC, USAID, HHS, DOD, HRSA and Peace Corps) to design and implement HIV prevention and maternal health programs and monitor progress.
  • Participate in field visits to countries to evaluate HIV prevention and maternal health programs and make recommendations for improvements.
  • Participate in technical meetings related to PMTCT, PrEP, condoms, social/behavioral prevention, early infant diagnosis, cervical cancer, maternal health, family planning, and other relevant topics.
  • Participate in technical working group meetings and convene task teams and communities of practice as needed within the role of S/GAC representative (ex officio).
Additional duties and responsibilities will include the following:
  • Participate in review of quarterly progress monitoring results with country teams in the areas of PMTCT, PrEP, condoms, maternal health, early infant diagnosis, social/behavioral prevention, family planning, cervical cancer and early infant diagnosis.
  • Respond to requests for talking points, briefing memos, and other documents as needed in relevant program areas.
  • Promote information exchange with USG agencies, partners, regional institutions and networks about effective program implementation practices and lessons learned on all aspects related to HIV prevention and maternal health.
  • Promote improved field communication under the Emergency Plan across government agencies, focus and non-focus countries, other donors and palliative care institutions.
  • Provide advice and assistance in the preparation of material to be presented to the media, interest groups, Members of Congress and/or their staffs, host government officials, FBO's, NGO's, etc. on HIV prevention and maternal health and other issues in assigned portfolio.
  • Analyze, synthesize and disseminate key research findings and trends; apply findings to future program and project design, strategy, project management and measure of assistance impact, and prepare reports documenting these findings and ensure that they are effectively communicated and disseminated to the Missions, USG partners and others.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
MicroSystems Automation Group (MSAG) is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business (SDVOB) providing subject matter expertise and technology solutions for government and commercial clients since 1988. We have a rich history of working with clients to understand their business problems and leverage our technical expertise and knowledge to deliver solutions that improve their business performance.


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