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Solicitation for a Cooperating Country National Personal Service Contractor (CCN PSC) USAID Project Management Specialist (HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment), FSN-11

Qualification:

The United States Government (USG), represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is seeking offers

from qualified persons to provide personal services described on the USAID website: https://www.usaid.gov/philippines/careers.

The complete solicitation is also available on the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines website:

https://ph.usembassy.gov/embassy/jobs/ (please find dropdown for USAID job vacancies at bottom of page).

 

The US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) represents the United States Government (USG) response to

the global HIV/AIDS epidemic and is the largest commitment by any nation to address a single disease in history. Thanks to

American leadership and generosity, alongside the work of many partners, PEPFAR has saved millions of lives, averted millions

of infections, and changed the course of the epidemic.

As countries progress towards HIV/AIDS epidemic control, the point at which new HIV infections have decreased and fall below

the total number of deaths among HIV-infected individuals, PEPFAR is now undertaking the challenge of controlling the

pandemic. PEPFAR 3.0 – Controlling the Epidemic: Delivering on the Promise of an AIDS-free Generation, collects and uses

data in the most granular manner (disaggregated by sex, age, and at the site level) to do the right things, in the right places, and

right now within the highest HIV-burdened populations and geographic locations.

 

Within this PEPFAR Strategy, Care and Treatment for People Living with HIV (PLHIV) is a critical component, both to keep

PLHIV alive and healthy, but also for treatment as prevention. Treatment as prevention is designed to reduce the amount of

virus in a person’s blood to undetectable levels, so that there is effectively no risk of transmission. Currently, Care and Treatment

is a significant component of the USAID HIV/AIDS program. Keeping individuals on treatment, ensuring their continued

adherence to treatment and viral suppression, and clinically monitoring their disease progression is a difficult but necessary task.

In addition, HIV-infected but not yet diagnosed individuals must be identified and enrolled on treatment. All of this calls for a high

degree of innovation and expertise.

 

The USAID Project Management Specialist (HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment) serves as a technical leader and resource in

strategic planning, program and activity design, budgeting, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of HIV/AIDS Care and

Treatment programs/projects/activities. The Specialist serves as the in-house subject matter leader on HIV/AIDS Care and

Treatment, and the USAID/Philippines and United States Government (USG) representative in policy, strategic, and technical

engagements with the Philippines Department of Health (DoH), USG interagency, international and bilateral organizations, and

donor agencies to address technical issues and coordinate efforts in implementation of HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment activities.

The work includes serving as a Program/Project Manager and Contracting Officer’s Representative/Agreement Officer’s

Representative (COR/AOR) for significant and targeted interventions, service as an Activity Manager for centralized programs,

providing technical assistance to the appropriate Philippine Department/Agency in the development of Philippine policies, and

the design and management of in-country programs/projects/activities, reflecting best practices in HIV/AIDS Care and

Treatment. The Specialist works with the Philippine Government and other donors to ensure a well-coordinated approach to

HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment.

 

The Specialist works in a complex and rapidly evolving country context, requiring regular contact and collaboration, at technical

and policy levels, with counterparts and senior members in the Philippine Government, with the private sector, with other donor

and international organizations, and with other USG entities.

 

The Specialist exercises extensive judgment in planning and carrying out tasks, in resolving problems and conflicts, and in taking

steps necessary to meet deadlines. The Specialist serves as a COR/AOR, with a program/project/activity portfolio that has an

estimated annual expenditure rate at least in the US$5-10M range; or, as an Activity Manager with responsibility for activity in

the US$10-50M range.

 

Major duties and responsibilities include: Technical and Strategic Leadership (40%), Representation and Reporting (40%),

Supervision, Coaching/Mentoring and Staff Support (20%).

 

To be considered for this position candidates must meet the following minimum qualifications:

1. EDUCATION (10 points) – The work requires the equivalent of a US-style Medical Degree (MD) or Public Health Physician,

or a US-style Advanced (Master’s or Equivalent) Degree in Public Health, in a field related to PLHIV, or a closely related field.

Note: Additional education may NOT be substituted for experience.

 

2. PRIOR WORK EXPERIENCE (25 points) – A minimum of five to seven years of progressively responsible experience in the

field of public health programming in developing or middle-income countries, with a focus on HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment, is

required. This experience must demonstrate that the Specialist has strong clinical skills in HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment. The

Specialist must have demonstrated technical leadership in public health program management, planning, policy experience, and

problem-solving skills while working on complex programs/projects/activities in a highly sensitive environment. Experience

working in an English-language work environment with USAID or USAID-funded health and HIV/AIDS programs is highly

desirable. Note: Additional experience may NOT be substituted for education.

 

3. LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY/COMMUNICATION SKILLS (5 points) – Level IV (Fluent) English and Tagalog (local) language

proficiency, both in oral and written form, is required. With this level of communication skills, the Specialist is expected to: prepare

regular and ad hoc reports, project documentation, and briefing papers, develop and deliver professional quality reports and

presentations, and possess the ability to translate, on occasion, when the Specialist may need to act as an interpreter.

 

4. JOB KNOWLEDGE (30 points) – The Specialist must have in-depth professional-level knowledge of development principles,

concepts, and practices, especially as they relate to managing maternal and child health, and family planning, activities in the

Philippines, and the problems and policies of the Philippines from the business, political, civil society, and social perspectives.

The Specialist must have knowledge and understanding of the economic, political, social, and cultural characteristics of the

Philippines and the region; development problems in the HIV/AIDS sector in the Philippines and the region; an understanding of

the resources, resource constraints, and overall development prospects and priorities of the Philippines and the region; and,

knowledge of, or the potential to quickly acquire knowledge of, USG legislation, policy, and practice relating to HIV/AIDS Care

and Treatment activities, of USAID programming policies, regulations, procedures, and documentation, and of the objectives,

methodology, and status of assigned activities. The Specialist must have knowledge and understanding of the organization and

respective roles of the different levels of the Philippines Government, the Department of Health in particular, in order to enhance

effective communication, and to develop consensus on program/project/activity strategy and implementation.

 

5. SKILLS AND ABILITIES (30 points) – The Specialist must have a good knowledge and demonstrated experience in the

programming of HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment programs/projects/activities; and, the role of HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment

activities with other health areas such as Health Systems Strengthening, etc. The Specialist should be able to facilitate and link

culturally appropriate assessments, counseling, treatment deficits, and related issues and facilitation of linkages to food security

programs, including water, sanitation, and hygiene promotion; and, be able to use this data for decision making. The Specialist

must be able to provide technical leadership in HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment; and, apply this knowledge to advanced

programming in the Philippines and the region.

The incumbent must demonstrate excellent computer skills (i.e, with Microsoft Office, web-based databases, and electronic

filing).

 

Further details on the statement of duties, evaluation, and selection factors and how to apply can be found in the USAID website:
https://www.usaid.gov/philippines/careers. The complete solicitation is also available on the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines
website: https://ph.usembassy.gov/embassy/jobs/ (please find dropdown for USAID job vacancies at bottom of