HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis Technical Advisor

Title: HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis Technical Advisor
Location: Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Number: GHFP II-P2-077
Status: Open
Close Date: 5/14/2013
All online applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm Eastern Time on the closing date.
Global Health Fellows Program II
Technical Advisor II: HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis Technical Advisor
Tajikistan Country Office, Central Asia Regional Mission, United States Agency for International Development
Location: Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Assignment: Two Year Fellowship
GHFP II-P2-077

The Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP-II) is a five year cooperative agreement implemented and managed by the Public Health Institute in partnership with CDC Development Solutions and Management Systems International. GHFP-II is supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

GHFP-II’s goal is to improve the effectiveness of USAID health programs by addressing the Agency’s immediate and emerging human capacity needs. The program seeks to accomplish this goal first through the recruitment, placement and support of diverse health professionals at the junior, mid and senior levels. These program participants include fellows, interns, corporate volunteers and Foreign Service National professionals. The program then provides substantial performance management and career development support to participants, including annual working planning assistance, and ensures that professional development opportunities are available.

Looking to the future, GHFP-II also seeks to establish a pool of highly-qualified global health professionals that will ensure the Agency’s ongoing technical leadership and effectiveness. This objective is supported by an extensive outreach program that brings global health opportunities and specialized career advice to a diverse range of interested individuals, with a particular focus on those underrepresented in the field of global health.

The Tajikistan Country Office (TCO) of the Central Asia Regional (CAR) Mission supports a health portfolio valued at $6 million annually. This portfolio is increasingly focused on addressing growing threats of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis (TB), particularly drug resistant forms of TB. In Tajikistan, the epidemics of the HIV/AIDS and TB are following very different trajectories. TB is widespread in the general population, with multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) and extensively drug resistant (XDR-TB) strains increasing, whereas HIV/AIDS remains a concentrated epidemic among specific vulnerable populations. The programmatic goal for controlling TB is to increase effective case detection and treatment and to develop effective ways of addressing M/XDR-TB. The programmatic goal for controlling HIV/AIDS is to contain the epidemic and prevent its spread to the general population, while reducing prevalence among target populations.

The HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis Technical Advisor (Technical Advisor) will serve as an advisor to the TCO Health Team and will use his or her skills and experience to enhance engagement with government counterparts, donors and other partners in Tajikistan. The Technical Advisor will work closely with TCO staff and interact with US and foreign government officials and members of the medical, academic and NGO communities. The Technical Advisor may also develop and provide technical advice to specific projects to further the Office’s programmatic goals. S/he will receive day to day guidance from the Team Leader for Democracy & Governance, Health and Education.

The primary responsibilities of the Technical Advisor include:
  • Analyzing in-country epidemiological data for HIV/AIDS & TB, including data on case detection, drug resistance and treatment effectiveness in Tajikistan.
  • Monitoring and reporting on scientific and technical developments in control of HIV/AIDS and TB, including the latest means of testing, diagnosis and treatment.
  • Maintaining thorough familiarity with TB and HIV/AIDS control programs of the host country government, bilateral and multilateral donors (including the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) and the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator), US Government agencies, and non-governmental organizations in Tajikistan.
  • Making recommendations for donors, government counterparts and USAID programming to address tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.
  • Assisting the TCO Health Team in strategic communication and reporting on health portfolio including TB, HIV/AIDS, Family Planning, and Maternal and Child Health.
  • Conducting data, policy and trends analyses and providing technical recommendations and leadership to inform strategic planning exercises at the country, regional and interagency scale.
  • Serving as a technical advisor to the TCO Health Team in strategic planning exercises and the design and monitoring of programs related to diagnosis, case detection, treatment, and addressing the economic, social and support needs of those who suffer from TB and/or HIV/AIDS.
  • Providing technical guidance in planning, design, implementation, and monitoring of TCO’s infectious disease portfolio. Providing technical support and ensuring effective implementation of work plans and deliverables by USAID implementers (including contractors, cooperating agencies and grantees) in Tajikistan.
  • Researching and developing resources and materials for addressing sustainable solutions to meeting health systems needs to support and manage programs that detect and treat these diseases, including medication.
  • Identifying potential areas of cooperation among host government, donors and private organizations to promote effective TB and HIV prevention and control activities in Tajikistan and promoting a synergistic approach, and avoidance of duplication, specifically with GFATM grant implementation in the country.
  • Serving as a resource to guide TCO in working with the Ministry of Health to adopt best practices for using new technologies (such as GeneXpert, lab strengthening, testing, and working with target populations such as prisoners) now being introduced in Tajikistan.
  • Assisting in building the capacity of the TCO Health Team to take an effective leadership role in directing USAID program resources and activities to address the threats of HIV & TB.
  • Liaising effectively with the USAID/CAR regional mission and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to establish regular communication channels.
  • Coordinating with other donors to ensure greatest impact of health projects.

The Technical Advisor will be encouraged to travel in Tajikistan (approximately 15%) to monitor Mission program, and present ideas to guide locally employed staff and may attend regional events related to health and infectious disease.

Other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned based on (a) organizational and programming need and/or (b) the Advisor’s own interests.

  • Master’s degree or higher in public health or related field.
  • Minimum five years’ experience in the health sector, including experience with HIV/AIDS and TB programs, with at least two years in an international or resource-challenged setting
  • Demonstrated flexibility and openness in responding to changing work priorities and environment.
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with international TB initiatives and organizations and the ability to interact successfully with government officials and representatives of international and domestic governmental and nongovernmental agencies, multilateral and bilateral organizations, and host country governments.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Excellent writing, editing and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to think strategically.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work cross-culturally with diverse teams.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse teams and cross-culturally.
  • High degree of good judgment, ingenuity and originality to interpret strategy; to analyze, develop, and present work results and to monitor and evaluate implementation of programs.
  • Ability to travel.
  • US Citizenship.

Salary based on commensurate experience and earnings history. The Public Health Institute offers a comprehensive benefits package including professional development programs

All applicants are required to apply for this position through GHFP-II’s online recruitment system at, which allows you to store your CV, profile and bio data form in our database. A separate cover letter describing your qualifications and experience, interest and familiarity with issues relating to this position, and how this position relates to your career goals is required for each application. All applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm Eastern Time May 14, 2013.

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