Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.
CRS has worked in HIV programming since 1986 and supports 37 projects in more than 22 countries. CRS and partners promote innovative and effective community-based programs that respond holistically to mitigate the effects of HIV, address its underlying causes, and help reduce the spread of HIV. The agency implements projects in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, demonstrating leadership and expertise in antiretroviral therapy (ART), home-based care, care and support for vulnerable children, behavior change communication and life skills education, prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT), food security and nutrition for people living with HIV, psychosocial support, voluntary counseling and testing, HIV policy and advocacy, and multi-sectoral livelihood and economic strengthening.
CRS has long-established partnerships with faith-based and secular health care organizations in community and national health systems. These extensive networks enable CRS to leverage community linkages and reach patients in the most underserved households with HIV care and treatment. CRS excels at building health system capacity to improve service delivery and management by developing and updating technical guidelines, training health care providers and facilitating linkages with communities to ensure prioritization of their needs.
CRS implements HIV activities in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, utilizing a mixture of funding sources including the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, private foundations, and other sources. The primary responsibilities of the Senior Technical Advisor (STA) for HIV include working with country programs globally to strengthen the technical quality of CRS’ HIV programs, grow CRS’ portfolio of HIV programs, and increase CRS’ influence among key stakeholders at the country, regional and global levels.
The STA for HIV will work closely with country programs to pre-position for HIV-related funding opportunities, and assist in the design, implementation, learning and documentation of HIV programs. At the global level, s/he will provide technical leadership for HIV and represent CRS for HIV at global fora. The STA for HIV will stay current with global standards and trends, and will help ensure that country program staff are using state of the art practices. S/he will work closely with country-level faith-based health provider systems, as well as faith-based and other civil society organizations and advocacy groups at the global level. In addition, the STA will support the OVC portfolio, orienting teams to best contribute to UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets.
1. Strengthen that quality of CRS’ HIV programming at the global, regional and country level
•Provide technical leadership and guidance strengthening CRS’ role in the global HIV response, disseminating state-of-the-art developments and educating others on innovative and better practices in HIV programming, and articulating HIV objectives and considerations for related program planning, project design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation
•Provide technical assistance strengthening CRS’ HIV programming, including HIV prevention, PMTCT, pediatric AIDS, Early Infant Diagnosis, VMMC, and ART adherence and retention
•Provide technical assistance strengthening the integration of HIV and OVC programming, including strengthening facility-community linkages, referral systems, and increasing access to HIV testing and treatment for vulnerable children and adolescents
•Provide technical assistance supporting efforts to reduce stigma and discrimination, promote disclosure and living positively and with dignity for HIV infected adolescents and adults, and strengthen linkages with gender and gender based violence programming
•Ensure that country-level HIV specific technical assistance requirements are met in a timely manner and with the appropriate technical skills
•Work with in-country teams to support quality assurance and capacity building, including efforts to assess health systems and institutional capacities of local partners and faith-based health networks, design interventions, and ensure high-quality, integrated program implementation
•Participate in evaluations and documentation of CRS HIV projects and the HIV components of OVC projects
•Participate in or facilitate strategic planning sessions and project design workshops
2. Contribute to the growth and diversity of CRS’ HIV portfolio at the global, regional and country level
•Provide technical design and writing support to country programs and partners for HIV funding opportunities with a focus on epidemic control
•Discuss HIV opportunities in calls for proposals with regional teams for countries identified in any proposal opportunity forecast
•Participate in integrated field visits with business development staff to increase pre-positioning around HIV, including OVC opportunities ◦Discuss funding opportunities with country programs to determine the appropriate go or no-go decision based on strategic health plans of the country program
•Communicate with country programs with a HIV project at least once per quarter to discuss potential future trends and opportunities, and methods to position the country program for future health opportunities
•Provide technical leadership for global funding opportunities
•Develop standard pre-positioning guidance and tools for new HIV opportunities
3. Increase CRS’ influence among key stakeholders at the global, regional and country level
•Maintain and deepen relationships with OGAC/PEPFAR, UNAIDS, World Health Organization, CDC, USAID and other strategic partners
•Represent CRS at key HIV meetings/conferences, including PCB (UNAIDS Board Meetings), The International AIDS Conference, etc.
•Identify and cultivate strategic relationships with partner implementing organizations and academic institutions
•Network with appropriate organizations to build CRS’ profile in HIV, including active participation/leadership in technical working groups
Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.