Senior Technical Advisor, HIV and AIDS

Management Sciences for Health, Arlington VA, United States

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
11th October, 2017

Job Description


This position will join a technical team of HIV experts and serve as a technical resource to HPG and to MSH on matters related to HIV prevention and control efforts. S/he will improve our organizational capability to develop, implement, and manage HIV/AIDS projects in a variety of countries and settings with a focus on PEPFAR 3.0 priorities and strategies to achieve UNAIDS 90-90-90 goals. S/he will contribute to the development of strategies for improving the performance of HIV programs in the public and private sectors and support projects and country programs in the design and development of HIV materials and tools. S/he will contribute to business development efforts, including through research, proposal development, and collaborative strategy development, and work with the technical team, projects, and country programs to learn from, document, and communicate efforts to address HIV prevention and control challenges.
Specific Responsibilities

Technical Excellence (10%)

  • Contribute to the conceptualization, development, standardization, and implementation of MSH’s technical focus by: providing inputs and practical experience to the design and development of new projects; working with technical teams of MSH professionals to ensure high quality programming; and serving as a technical resource in HIV for colleagues across the organization.
  • Develop and maintain state of the art knowledge in the area of HIV through contact with counterparts in the HIV technical team, field projects, in the counterpart community, and the broader HIV community of practitioners and academics.
  • Participate in the HIV technical exchange network of interested MSH staff and consultants who can organize around the vision and mission and support our efforts.
  • Support efforts to increase MSH visibility and presence at strategic meetings/global forums, as appropriate.

Technical Assistance and Program Support (30%)

  • Provide short term technical assistance to HIV projects on a needs basis and participate in or contribute to program interventions, transferring new and proven approaches to field staff and local partners.
  • Support HIV projects in the design and implementation of approaches to develop HIV materials and tools.
  • Support HIV projects to meet MSH’s Standards for Technical Excellence.
  • Support HIV projects to document activities, results, and lessons learned and disseminate results.
  • Contribute to MSHs knowledge base by submitting trip reports, case studies, and other documented forms of technical knowledge.
  • Conduct research on state of the art approaches and technologies to inform program design.
  • Work with technical staff in other centers and offices to source technical assistance for HIV programs in key areas including leadership and management, health financing, pharmaceutical management, digital health, and lab services.

Business and Resource Development (40%)

  • Contribute to new business development efforts within HPG by acting as the lead for technical program design, lead writer, technical contributor, and/or reviewer of HIV proposals.
  • Serve as a scheduled Technical Support Lead (TSL) on roughly two to four bids per year.
  • Work in close coordination with the HIV technical team to review bid opportunities and contribute to bid strategies.
  • In coordination with BRD, review PEPFAR, USAID, CDC, other donors, and private sector documents to map and track funding opportunities.
  • Conduct research on the competitive landscape and incumbent performance for opportunities.
  • Interact with and represent MSH HIV programs to host country counterparts, partners, and donor agencies.

Strategic Communications and Policy and Advocacy (10%)

  • Draft content to communicate MSH’s approach to HIV externally through a variety of mechanisms, including the MSH website, twitter, fact sheets, policy briefs, publications, and blogs.
  • Contribute to advocacy efforts for HIV at both the country and global level by supporting event planning, drafting talking points, identifying speakers, and supporting logistics.
  • Identify and attend events to represent MSH at policy/advocacy/communication forums as appropriate.
  • Support planning for MSH participation at major conferences related to HIV. Seek opportunities for MSH staff to participate on panels at relevant conferences or in conference steering committees.

Knowledge Exchange, and Organizational Learning (10%)

  • Draft content to communicate MSH’s approach to HIV, results, and lessons learned internally through a variety of mechanisms, including Ollie, the TENs, IM, brownbags, webinars, Friday Forward, and blogs.
  • Analyze project and portfolio programmatic data and present results using visualizations.
  • Support planning and implementation of cross-project learning activities, including technical discussions, exchange visits, and home office visits.

Qualifications and Experience



  • Graduate training in health (MD, MPH, or comparable)
  • Advanced degree in in public health or related field desirable



  • Minimum of seven years practical experience working in public health in HIV.
  • Experience working in HIV in developing countries Africa, Asia, Latin America/Caribbean regions preferred.
  • Expertise in key public health interventions related to HIV/AIDS, health systems strengthening, and other health areas.
  • Previous experience (four or more years) in HIV program design and demonstrated success providing technical assistance for HIV focused programs essential.
  • Previous experience in new business development for HIV projects
  • Experience working with international donors essential.
  • Previous experience in M&E and/or operational research in the HIV context.


  • Established track record with both professional and popular publications, as well as social media, preferred.
  • Knowledge and experience of health sector reform processes in developing countries and the associated impact on the organization and financing of HIV programs preferred.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Demonstrated familiarity with PEPFAR 3.0, UNAIDS, GFATM, and WHO guidelines, priorities, and issues essential.
  • Demonstrated skills in communicating, working, and collaborating with donors, host country institutions, and international organizations.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of business development planning and processes.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and familiarity with USG regulations and administrative procedures in the implementation of donor assisted projects.
  • Demonstrated proposal writing skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Professional working levels of English required; one additional language (French, Spanish, or Portuguese) preferred.
  • Demonstrated computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite applications, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. Skills in a statistical program (SPSS, EPI info, etc.) and/or design software (Publisher, InDesign, etc.) are an added advantage.

Job Specific Competencies

  • Able to successfully mobilize resources for HIV programs, including proposal development experience with USAID, CDC, and other bilateral, multilateral, foundation, private sector, host country, and other funding sources for HIV.
  • Capacity to work in a variety of cultural settings and complex environment.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and abilities; sound judgment, and high ethical standards; flexible and able to adapt to changing priorities and deadlines.
  • Proven ability to build strong relationships, work well as part of a team, and to incorporate views of other disciplines into his or her work.
  • Proven record of aligning diverse, multi-level teams with project mission and vision.

MSH Core Job Competencies

Navigating the Environment: Country perspective and orientation, donor responsiveness, partner collaboration and collegiality, dealing with ambiguity, organizational agility, political and strategic agility

Ensuring Delivery of Results: Functional/Technical skills, client (donor and country) focus, managing through procedures, measuring work in terms of effort and progress, negotiating positions in terms of beliefs and principles, information sharing within and across the project partnership, process and work management adheres to the prime contractor’s leadership, procedures and practice. Priority-setting supports activity requests and schedules, with necessary problem-solving and timely decision-making.

Core Personal Competencies: Maintain highest ethics and values. Style of work is based on proven principles of public health and effective technical cooperation, integrity and trust, Ability to listen to partners and clients. High level of professional verbal and written communication

Core MSH Competencies: Adaptability to changing leadership and organization. Responsive communications within and across the organization and partnership. Problem-solving through collaboration and collegiality. Creativity and innovation in support of organization and project success. Generate highest quantity, quality and timeliness of Work while maintaining close team relationships. Maximize effective human and financial resource utilization

Physical Demands: Willingness and ability to travel up to 40% of the time.

Background Information

Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a global health nonprofit organization, uses proven approaches developed over 40 years to help leaders, health managers, and communities in developing nations build stronger health systems for greater health impact. We work to save lives by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Since its founding in 1971, MSH has worked in over 150 countries with policy makers, health professionals, and health care consumers to improve the quality, availability and affordability of health services. Working with governments, donors, non governmental organizations, the private sector, and health agencies, MSH responds to priority health problems such as HIV & AIDS; tuberculosis; malaria; maternal, newborn and child health; family planning and reproductive health; and chronic non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and lung and heart disease. Through strengthening capacity, investing in health systems innovation, building the evidence base, and advocating for sound public health policy, MSH is committed to making a lasting difference in global health.

EEO Statement: Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.


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