PEPFAR Strategic Advisor Job at U.S. Embassy

Job Opening at the United States Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
OPEN TO: All Interested Candidates

POSITION: PEPFAR Strategic Advisor FSN-10; FP-5

OPENING DATE: September 21, 2017
CLOSING DATE: October 05, 2017
WORK HOURS: Full time (40 hours/week)
SALARY: *Not Ordinarily Resident: FP-05 (Starting salary to be determined by Washington)
Ordinarily Resident (OR): Starting Salary – 18,353 USD per year

(Position Grade: FSN-10)


NOTE:   For ordinarily resident employees, salary will be paid in local currency using the established exchange rate.


The U.S. Mission Addis Ababa is seeking an individual for the position of PEPFAR Strategic Advisor in the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Ethiopia Coordination Office (PECO) of the Embassy.


The Strategic Technical Advisor will be placed in the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Ethiopia Coordination Office (PECO) in the U.S. Embassy, under the supervision of the PEPFAR Coordinator. The incumbent will have a joint set of activities to provide full-time support for the interagency process to: 1) provide technical support and strategic guidance for PEPFAR’s enhanced focus on data-driven decision making. S/he will serve as the principal field counterpart to the SI Advisor at the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC), and will act as the liaison between the PEPFAR Coordination Office and the SI Technical Working Group). Enhanced strategic use of epidemiological and financial data to make program decisions will help ensure PEPFAR funds, program-wide, are being directed in the most efficient manner and maximizing impact.2) 2) strengthen PEPFAR’s coordination and harmonization with the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, TB, and Malaria (GFATM) in Ethiopia; and with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). Strong coordination with GFATM helps ensure better alignment of resources between key HIV/AIDS donor stakeholders; and 3) explore opportunities to grow PEPFAR’s Public Private Partnerships (PPPs). PPPs provide opportunities to expand the reach and impact of HIV and AIDS interventions in Ethiopia in a cost-effective manner.

A copy of the complete position description listing all duties and responsibilities is available in the Human Resources Office. Contact (251-11-130-60-00, Ext. 6383)


NOTE:  Applicants must address each required qualification listed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.  Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not qualified.

  1. Education: Master’s degree in public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, health sciences or a related field is required.
  2. Experience:   Five years of experience in public health program monitoring and evaluation, with at least two years related to HIV/AIDS programming is required. Field experience as a public health program and/or technical officer, data collection, data quality evaluation and in fulfilling reporting requirements is required. Experience working in Ethiopia and/or in another African country and working in a multicultural bilingual environment is also desired.
  3. Language:   Level 4 (fluent) English and Amharic language is required.(English Language proficiency will be tested).
  4. Skills and Abilities:
    The advisor should be proficient with computer programs particularly Word, and Power Point; high proficiency with Excel strongly preferred. Strong analytic skills with experience in epidemiology, biostatistics, monitoring & evaluation, etc. are required.Must have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to work constructively in a fast-paced, multi-disciplinary team structure.Ability to make clear, convincing presentations, explain and justify recommendations and represent PEPFAR-E. Knowledge, principles concepts, methods and techniques of public health informatics to analyze, evaluate, and provide expert advice on critical and complex issues.Have demonstrated ability to investigate and proven methods for improving data quality in monitoring systems, and good ability to write conceptual and operational plans.Ability to manage time well and meet tight deadlines

    Demonstrated ability to communicate both orally and in writing to make clear, convincing arguments
    Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

  5. Knowledge: Knowledge and understanding of internal workings and structures of USG agencies preferred.  The position also requires a reasonable or medium understanding of PEPFA and the Government of Ethiopia, specifically the Ministry of Health.The position requires knowledge in HIV/AIDS global trends, a good knowledge and understanding of the status and general characteristics of public health programming in Ethiopia, as well as PPP trends at the national, regional and international levels.Should have a good knowledge of HIV epidemiology, demography, public health situation and priorities, national health system structure, political and cultural context and normsTechnical experience and knowledge of program monitoring and evaluation is desired.

    Technical knowledge of HIV/AIDS is required.

    Previous experience with PEPFAR is desired.

    Should have a good familiarity with typical strategic information requirements for national and/or large donor-supported programs (includes M&E, HMIS and surveillance policies and guidelines)

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: The complete position description listing all of the duties and responsibilities may be obtained by E-Mail: or by Phone: 251-11-130-60-00 Ext: 6383.


When qualified, applicants who are U.S. Citizen Eligible Family Members (USEFMs) and/or preference-eligible U.S. Veterans are given a preference in hiring.  Therefore, it is essential that these applicants make themselves known as having a hiring preference and specifically address the required qualifications above in their application.


(1)   AEFM/USEFM who is also a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran
(2)   AEFM/USEFM who is not a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran
(3)   FS on Leave Without Pay


  1. Management may consider the following when determining successful candidacy: nepotism, conflicts of interest, budget, and residency status.
  2. Current OR employees serving a probationary period are not eligible to apply. Current OR employees with an Overall Summary Rating of Needs Improvement or Unsatisfactory on their most recent Employee Performance Report (EPR) are not eligible to apply.
  3. Current NOR employees hired on a Family Member Appointment (FMA) or a Personal Service Agreement (PSA) are not eligible to apply within the first 90 calendar days of their employment, unless they have a When Actually Employed (WAE) work schedule.
  4. The candidate must be able to obtain and hold a security clearance.

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