Vacancy Announcement: Research and Science Advisor

May 14, 2013




Office of Research and Science

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


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 of women, newborns and children, the Global Health Initiative’s goal is to save the greatest number of lives by increasing and building upon what works and supporting countries as they work to improve the health of their own people. 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


The Research and Science Advisor provides technical and management expertise to the PEPFAR research and science portfolio. This includes working closely with the Office of Research and Science staff as well as PEPFAR program and technical staff and other U.S. Government (USG) agencies to identify research priorities, design implementation strategies, and coordinate and manage processes related to the funding, implementation, and dissemination of research under PEPFAR. The Research and Science Advisor is responsible for:

• Working with PEPFAR stakeholders to define gaps in the global evidence base for HIV care, treatment and prevention; assist in the design of mechanisms such as requests for applications (RFAs) for needed research activities; manage processes to harmonize various studies in terms of budgets, reporting, cost analysis et al; coordinate implementation science activities under the PEPFAR program at central and field levels.

• Writing guidance documents related to new research methods, priorities, or processes.

• Preparing for and leading meetings and coordination calls related to all aspects of the PEPFAR Research and Science portfolio.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

• Develops overall policy and guidance, in collaboration with other stakeholders on PEPFAR research and science.

• Provides input on technical issues related to epidemiology and evaluation methods for development of research studies and other evaluation activities.

• Assists with management of the PEPFAR Scientific Advisory Board.

• Writes, edits, and compiles documents related to specific research activities or processes such as formal guidance, budget templates, monitoring plans.

• Provides support to field programs on research and science issues and provides capacity building for USG staff and local partner institutions in PEPFAR-supported countries.

• Coordinates with technical working group leads for care, prevention, treatment and health systems strengthening to assure strong linkages between program areas.

• Coordinates with other directorates and agencies on issues related to research and science.

• Other duties as assigned with the Office of Research and Science.

Educational Requirement

• Doctoral level degree in Medicine, Public Health, Epidemiology, Economics, Statistics, or a related field.

Candidates must 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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