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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
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