Vacancy Announcement: Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Support Officer


May 14, 2013

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

 

Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Support Officer

Office of Technical Leadership

Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator

U.S. Department of State

Washington, D.C.

 

This is a contract position.

The annual salary range for this position is $75,000 to $89,000.

(Actual pay will be set within the range specified in this vacancy announcement and will be based on the qualifications, education, experience, training, and availability of funds.)

The ability to obtain a security clearance at the Secret level is required.

Expressions of interest, including resumes and salary requirements, should be submitted by no later than Friday, May 24, 2013 to behnamnr@state.gov.

Introduction

The Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (S/GAC) is responsible for implementing the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) -- the U.S. Government initiative to help save the lives of those suffering from HIV/AIDS around the world. This historic commitment is the largest by any nation to combat a single disease internationally, and PEPFAR investments also help alleviate suffering from other diseases across the global health spectrum. PEPFAR is driven by a shared responsibility among donor and partner nations and others to make smart investments to save lives. Thanks in large part to U.S. leadership, tremendous progress has been made in the fight against global AIDS. PEPFAR is supporting countries in providing HIV prevention, treatment and care to their people. As the cornerstone of the U.S. President’s Global Health Initiative (GHI), PEPFAR represents U.S. leadership in meeting the shared responsibility of all global partners to make smart investments to save lives. With a special focus on improving the health and well-being of women, newborns and children, PEPFAR’s goal is to save the greatest number of lives by increasing and building upon what works and, then, supporting countries as they work to improve the health and well-being of their own people. The Orphans and Vulnerable Children portfolio within PEPFAR is a unique combination of health and social programs that support the non-medical interventions (education, child protection, psychosocial well-being, etc.) of the PEPFAR platform, to strengthen families, communities and national systems that support children affected by AIDS. This is an ideal position for candidates interested in comprehensive social services for vulnerable children.

The U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, who reports directly to the Secretary of State, oversees and directs all resources and activities of the U.S. Government to implement PEPFAR and combat the global HIV/AIDS pandemic, including U.S. contributions to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, and relations with other countries and multilateral organizations. S/GAC leads an integrated U.S. global HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care program; works with partner governments; multilateral organizations; the private sector; faith-based and non-governmental organizations to foster engagement in the fight against HIV/AIDS; and ensures that U.S. Government policies are harmonious, programs are synergistic, and operations are efficient and effective.

Additional information about S/GAC and PEPFAR is available at www.pepfar.gov.

Background

The Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Support Officer assists the Senior Advisor for OVC in working closely with U.S. Government (USG) agencies to ensure orphans and vulnerable children issues are appropriately addressed within the context of PEPFAR. As such, this position works with the OVC Senior Advisor to:

• Assist in development and dissemination of policy and guidance, in collaboration with other OVC experts in USG implementing Agencies as well as United Nations and other donors relative to OVC programs.

• Participate in the interagency OVC technical working group, assisting the Senior Advisor in identifying and following up on key issues, including those related to policy and implementation for action by the USG programs, both in-country and home agency programs.

• Research and disseminate state of the art models and programs for OVC for use in-country in the technical areas of education, child protection, child welfare systems strengthening, social protection and HIV health related issues for children.

• Advance the concept of mitigation programs to assure the needs of AIDS affected children are addressed.

• Coordinate with other sectors, such as education, gender, food security and economic strengthening as related to orphans and vulnerable children programming within the context of PEPFAR.

• Assist in liaising with the Strategic Information team in S/GAC on monitoring and evaluation of orphans and vulnerable children activities.

• When appropriate, respond to questions about OVC issues from within S/GAC and other agencies as well as Congress.

• Assist the Senior Advisor with development and management of the evidence building strategy for the OVC portfolio, particularly in the areas of child protection, household economic strengthening and child welfare systems strengthening.

• Assist the Senior Advisor with development and implementation of a communication strategy for the OVC portfolio.

Requirements

• Masters Degree in relevant field (e.g. Social Work, International Relations, Community Development, Public Health).

• At least 6 years total experience working in international development on child related issues (including field experience).

• At least 4 years field experience in relevant discipline.

• Knowledge of HIV/AIDS and its effects on children.

Candidates must also have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, as well as an ability to meet deadlines and work independently with a minimum of guidance. Strong writing skills are particularly important for this position. Candidates must be able to function in a fast-paced environment and excel in managing multiple competing priorities in day-to-day tasks.

Domestic and international travel may be required.

A Secret security clearance is a requirement for this position. As a result, the incumbent must possess or be able to obtain a security clearance at this classification level.

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