Opportunity in Arlington, Virginia
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has contracted through CAMRIS International partnered with IAP World Services Inc., (IAPWS), to recruit and hire qualified individuals for the following position:
Title: Senior Household Economic Strengthening Advisor
Office of HIV/AIDS, Bureau for Global Health
United States Agency for International Development
Crystal City, Arlington, VA
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
The U.S. Government’s (USG) engagement to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS is a top priority worldwide. The USG response includes coordination among USAID, the Centers for Disease Control, Department of Defense, Peace Corps, and other entities. This initiative is collectively known as the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). USAID has been at the forefront of the USG’s response to provide quality HIV/AIDS services to over one hundred countries to mitigate the health crisis that threatens the prosperity, stability and development of these nations. Economic strengthening of highly vulnerable households and individuals plays a key role in the PEPFAR program by enabling youth and adults infected and affected by HIV/AIDS to pursue healthier, more economically secure livelihoods and to better meet the everyday needs of orphans and vulnerable children.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Senior Household Economic Strengthening Advisor (Advisor) position presents an opportunity for an experienced economic strengthening and social protection specialist, skilled in working across multiple constituencies, to provide key leadership in the development and implementation of economic strengthening/social protection strategies and frameworks for vulnerable populations, including people living with HIV/AIDS, adolescent girls and young women, older orphans and vulnerable children and their caregivers. The key objectives of the assistance are to develop economic and social protection strategies to improve food security, increase livelihoods and encourage household savings that result in long term gains for health and well-being and reduction of risk.
The Advisor will:
- Act as the primary provider of technical support and guidance for household economic strengthening and social protection programming for interagency PEPFAR Country Teams and USAID Missions implementing PEPFAR funded activities
- Provide assessment, design, implementation and evaluation assistance to headquarters and mission staff
- Mentor mission staff on how to identify implementing partners and technical assistance providers in the areas of social protection (including cash transfers), micro-savings, and microenterprise interventions
- Develop strategic recommendations and technical guidance for the delivery of quality economic strengthening and social protection interventions.
- Oversee development of technical tools and resources to ensure quality, relevance, and usability by field programs and partners
- Liaise with other donors on strategies, programming and policies in the areas of household economic strengthening and social protection as it relates to children and families affected by or at risk of HIV.
- Engage in regular consultation and communication with the field through phone and email
- Support the procurement process for new programs by assisting with developing the program design, participating in proposal evaluation, and work plan development
- Participate in relevant PEPFAR Technical Working Groups (e.g., Orphans and Vulnerable Children) and project Technical Advisory Committees
- Liaise with USAID’s Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition, Bureau for Food Security, and the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment on relevant initiatives, such as Feed the Future.Advance technical leadership
- Participate with a range of appropriate stakeholders, lead the development/revision of annual program guidance, best practice guides, manuals, and other technical resources to improve the quality of household economic strengthening programs
- Collaborate with other units/sectors to develop guidance and resource materials that incorporate principles and practices for household economic strengthening and social protection
- Stimulate innovations – within both the USG and its implementing partners – that advance the frontier for effective, scalable, replicable, and sustainable household economic strengthening and social protection programming
- Expand the evidence base for understanding both the connections between household economic strengthening/social protection and PEPFAR’s development objectives as well as successful intervention models or theories of change
Develop internal and external capacity
- Devise strategies, processes, and resources to improve field capacity for designing, managing, and evaluating household economic strengthening and social protection programming
- Oversee technical deliverables related to improvement of household economic strengthening and social protection interventions.
- Encourage more bilateral technical support and information sharing directly between PEPFAR country teams.
Build partnerships across sectors
- Actively build bridges between staff from PEPFAR and other technical sectors/agencies within the USG who share similar development objectives or strategies involving economic strengthening and social protection
- Liaise and work closely with the Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN), Bureau for Food Security (BFS), and Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment (E3) on the Feed the Future Initiative.
- Promote greater understanding of PEPFAR objectives, priorities, and practices among non-traditional PEPFAR partners to expand their engagement with PEPFAR’s household economic strengthening and social protection strategies and programs
Represent USAID and PEPFAR:
- Identify priority networks and external on household economic strengthening and social protection issues
- Represent USAID and PEPFAR in selected interagency and donor meetings, workshops, and conferences
- Provide briefings on HIV and household economic strengthening/social protection programs including emerging issues and technical innovations to a range of audiences, including USAID and PEPFAR staff, and inter-agency networks as appropriate