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HIV/AIDS Research Portfolio Advisor

at Camris

Posted: 10/28/2019
Job Reference #: 4678
Keywords: research, biomedical

Job Description

  • Job LocationsUS-DC-Washington
    # of Openings
    GHSI-III - Global Health Support Initiative III
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    CAMRIS is an international development and research firm that realizes innovative solutions to health and development challenges through high-quality, cost-effective program and research management services. With experience working in more than 80 countries, we combine our proven systems with today’s most effective, evidence-based best practices to improve the lives of people around the world.

    The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has contracted through Social Solutions International partnered with CAMRIS, to recruit and hire qualified individuals for the following position:

    United States Agency for International Development/Bureau for Global Health/Office of HIV/AIDS/Research Division, (GH/OHA/RES)

    Title: HIV/AIDS Research Portfolio Advisor

    GS 13 $99,172.00-$128,920.00

    Application Deadline: Open until Filled


    The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is at the forefront of the U.S. Government’s (USG) goal of controlling the HIV epidemic. Moreover, USAID is a key partner in the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and works closely with other USG agencies on this multi-billion dollar initiative in developing countries around the world.

    Located in the Bureau for Global Health (GH), the Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA) is the locus of HIV/AIDS technical leadership for the Agency and has primary responsibility for the Agency's HIV/AIDS program. OHA provides strategic direction, technical leadership and support to field programs in HIV and AIDS to inform the strategic allocation of financial and human resources and assist in designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating programs. This ensures the technical integrity of Agency and Mission strategies through leadership on a full range of issues related to HIV/AIDS.

    Within OHA, the Research Division (RES) provides technical and programmatic expertise to help USAID and its Missions develop strategies and programs for research that respond to Agency and USG objectives and to budget priorities. RES staff and programs incorporate innovations, best practices, and lessons learned to advance the goals of each research program.

    The HIV/AIDS Research Portfolio Advisor (“Advisor”) will provide technical guidance and support to project management teams and technical advisors for a variety of biomedical and implementation research activities, support partnerships with the private sector and external donors, and strengthen linkages across the USAID/Washington and field research teams. This position will be of high visibility and impact within and outside of USAID and the USG, with the Advisor facilitating technical exchange and participating in interagency and international fora and interacting at a high-level with multilaterals, host-country ministries of health, and other senior leadership. The Advisor is required to work closely with other Divisions within OHA and other offices in the Bureau for Global Health. Significant engagement with USAID mission staff, multilateral organizations, partners in the field, and other target-country stakeholders in all sectors will also be essential. The HIV/AIDS Research Portfolio Advisor will work closely with the Research Division Chief, who will serve as his/her USAID point of contact. The specific roles and responsibilities of this position are described below.


    The HIV/AIDS Research Portfolio Advisor will provide expert technical advice, strategic guidance, and support in the management of the HIV/AIDS research portfolio. The Advisor will function as a portfolio expert, providing programmatic support and coordination as part of a multidisciplinary research team for optimal implementation of a highly visible research portfolio. Specific responsibilities may include but not be limited to the following.

    A. Develop and promote the implementation of standardized research portfolio management tools and processes

    • Serve as the technical advisor to the Research Division Chief, Branch Chiefs, and project management teams in efficient coordination of OHA-funded programs covering HIV and AIDS biomedical and implementation research
    • Contribute technical guidance on the development and implementation of tools, documents and processes for portfolio-level strategic planning, program implementation, and financial monitoring and ensuring tools and processes are consistently used and followed
    • Support staff in maintaining up-to-date programmatic and budget databases
    • Serve as lead technical advisor for research strategy planning and reviews
    • Facilitate overall technical expertise and provide advice to enable programmatic and fiscal oversight of OHA research portfolio and carry out relevant monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) activities
    • Serve as lead technical advisor on the analysis and synthesis of data for the Research Report to Congress and respond to internal and external requests and taskers on OHA research
    • Provide substantive technical input in program re-design efforts
    • Facilitate harmonized planning and strategic linkages of activities across the research portfolio and their alignment with larger PEPFAR and broader development assistance programs

    B. Ensure timely application of scientific, technical and programmatic data for sound portfolio decision-making

    • Facilitate availability of relevant scientific, technical and programmatic information for research portfolio planning and revisions
    • Conduct periodic literature reviews and maintain relevant data libraries and facilitate knowledge management
    • Provide technical advisory role in organizing strategic consultations, technical groups, interagency engagements, and project advisory committees
    • Serve as a key technical advisor to the Division Chief and Branch Chiefs in strategic discussions, consultations and fiscal planning
    • Ensure timely application of scientific developments and expert committee recommendations to inform strategic portfolio revisions and research program management decisions

    C. Facilitate optimal integration of OHA research with PEPFAR programs and Agency priorities

    • Support efforts toward strategic alignment of OHA research within the context of changing Agency and PEPFAR programmatic priorities
    • Serve as the Research Division POC for the GH Research Group and provide substantive input into Bureau-wide research coordination process
    • Facilitate outreach and education to field Missions for introduction of new products, technologies, and program approaches
    • Strengthen communication, coordination, collaboration and partnerships with GH offices Global Development Lab, and other Bureaus Lead timely communication of research developments and program priorities to the OHA and GH staff, implementing partners and other stakeholders

    D. Support OHA Research leadership to enhance partnerships, collaborations and program efficiency

    • Contribute ideas and subject matter expertise to support the Division Chief and Branch Chiefs on collaboration across the portfolio
    • Advise on research, technical and programmatic capabilities to promote strategic partnerships and leveraging of key resources
    • Provide technical leadership, guided by Division leads, on external engagement efforts with USG sister agencies, donors, foundations, multilateral organizations and the private sector
    • Support Research Division leadership to institute standard operating procedures (SOPs) for efficient program management

    Other relevant tasks or responsibilities may be assigned based on organizational and programming needs.


    • Minimum of a Master’s degree and 7 years of relevant experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience; alternatively, must have a Bachelor’s degree and 9 years of relevant professional experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Experience in biomedical research or implementation research is preferred but not required
    • Demonstrated ability in project design, implementation, oversight, and evaluation
    • Experience working with academic, public, and private sectors
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills
    • Demonstrated experience and skills to be a collaborative team participant and leader
    • Willingness and ability to travel internationally (up to 15%)
    • US Citizenship or US Permanent Residency required;
    • Ability to obtain and maintain, at a minimum, a facility access clearance.

    This is an opportunity for employment or a contract, but we reserve the right to make no selection or award.

    Social Solutions International and CAMRIS International offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits. Please submit your resume online at

    Social Solutions and CAMRIS are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability status, or any

    other characteristic protected by law.

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