FHI360 Senior Technical Advisor – HIV Surveillance among Key Populations in Gaborone, Botswana

FHI 360 is currently seeking an experienced epidemiologist for the position of Senior Technical Advisor – HIV Surveillance among Key Populations for a five-year CDC-funded project on HIV-focused population surveys in countries supported under PEPFAR. This activity is going into a second phase and will expand beyond the general population-focused Population HIV Impact Assessments (PHIA’s) to now include HIV-focused surveys and size estimation of key and priority populations in PEPFAR-supported countries. These activities serve to assess program impact to inform national and local responses to HIV, mostly located in sub-Saharan Africa. These surveys estimate HIV prevalence and incidence, viral load, drug resistance, and other biomarkers; inform the uptake of prevention and treatment services; and estimate progress towards population-level UNAIDS 95-95-95 targets. The surveys may also measure diseases and health conditions related to HIV, such as TB, hepatitis, and syphilis to inform compatible public health action. The activities include generating high quality laboratory and interview data using standardized methods; strengthening local survey capacity; ensuring publicly accessible data to improve public health programs; and creating specimen repositories for future study.

FHI 360 has a long history of scientific and technical expertise in designing and managing large-scale national surveys such as second-generation Biological and Behavioral Surveys (BBS) and Behavioral Surveillance Surveys (BSS), as well as project-specific Behavioral Monitoring Surveys (BMS). Since 1993, FHI 360 staff have measured the levels of risk behavior within communities and used this data to adapt and strengthen organizational and country response. In 2000, FHI 360 wrote the most widely used BSS guidelines and standards (the ‘Red Book’), and worked under leadership of CDC/WHO/UNAIDS on the updated 2017 biobehavioral survey guidelines among populations at risk of HIV. FHI 360 has worked with various national and local governments to conduct 130 BSS/BBS’s in 50 countries and has also provided technical assistance and support to many national governments to estimate the size of most-at-risk and hidden population groups.

Essential Job Functions, Duties, and Responsibilities

  • Provide strategic leadership within the consortium for the timely delivery of high quality HIV surveillance studies among key populations in PEPFAR priority countries

  • Provide high level guidance, collaboration, and direction-setting, together with CDC and the prime, on methodological issues related to sampling, surveying, estimating the size of key populations, and analysis and use of data

  • Provide technical guidance and support coordination and implementation of HIV surveys among key populations with country teams and ministries of health, overseeing the generation and validation of accurate variables of interest and ensuring methodologies are in line with international guidelines and CDC/PEPFAR expectations

  • Oversee data management systems, including ensuring publicly accessible data to improve public health programs and creating specimen repositories for future study

  • Support the analysis and presentation of data to answer key questions related to the 95-95-95 priorities, to inform target setting, to understand the impact of key populations programs, and to contribute to further advances in key population HIV surveillance

  • Coordinate local HIV surveillance capacity building in countries implementing key population HIV surveillance

  • Ensure studies among key populations are designed in line with ethical best practices, keeping adverse events to a minimum, and are geared towards having a strong and beneficial impact on policies and programs

  • Provide leadership in technical writing, editing, and publishing results from the surveillance studies of interest to the international community

  • Represent FHI 360 at global, regional, and country-level HIV surveillance meetings and forums as appropriate

Minimum Requirements

  • PhD in Epidemiology or a related field (Epidemiology preferred), and a minimum of seven years of professional experience with key population surveys in developing countries; OR a Master’s degree and at least 10 years of experience

  • Experience in national or international WHO/CDC/PEPFAR/UNAIDS HIV surveillance committees or working groups, or a contributor to guidelines released by these bodies, is a plus

  • A track record of excellence in scientific research and a respected international reputation

  • Well versed in methodological developments in the 2017 biobehavioral survey guidelines, and outputs from the global HIV incidence and other relevant working groups

  • Experience in the development and implementation of protocols and field manuals for local survey teams

  • Strong epi skills and experience analyzing large-scale, relevant datasets with STATA/SAS

  • Dynamic, energetic, highly organized and experienced, with the ability to successfully liaise between stakeholders and staff members working on the project at all levels

  • High level technical writing skills, including a track record as lead or contributing author on related peer-reviewed, published manuscripts related to this position

  • Ability to apply project management best practices in the development, planning, execution, and coordination of the survey activities, providing clear direction on research requirements to meet expectations of external customers and business stakeholders

  • Strong communication capabilities (oral and written) in the English language is required

  • Ability to travel internationally approximately 25 to 40 percent of the time

This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.FHI 360 fosters the strength and health of its workforce through a competitive benefits package, professional development and policies and programs that support healthy work/life balance. Join our global workforce to make a positive difference for others — and yourself.

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