Associate Director for Prevention & Testing

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Updated: April 7, 2020
Job ID: 215735
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking an Associate Director for Prevention & Testing to support the Department of International HIV Prevention and Treatment (IHPT) within the US Military HIV Research Program (MHRP) located in Bethesda, MD. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to IHPT and MHRP. 

The incumbent is responsible for directing and ensuring the quality of HIV prevention and testing services under the prevention, care and treatment initiatives supported overseas (OCONUS) for the Department of International HIV Prevention and Treatment (IHPT) of the US Military HIV Research Program (MHRP) at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR).  

The incumbent will provide operational and strategic management and serve as the expert leader for PEPFAR prevention and testing programming in the implementation of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), including in key populations. S/he is a key member of the IHPT leadership team who ensures efficient and effective management, and as assigned, will be responsible for leveraging U.S. Army and greater Department of Defense (DoD) technical resources in support of PEPFAR efforts. As required, the incumbent may also serve as an IHPT principal investigator on impact evaluation, implementation science, and clinical protocols under PEFPAR funding and/or collaborative studies with MHRP clinical and therapeutic research personnel and external collaborators. 


  1. Direct IHPT HIV prevention and testing strategy, ensuring an integrated and comprehensive approach to MHRP PEPFAR field teams and participating facilities.
  2. Provide senior-level oversight in the area of PEPFAR HIV prevention and testing services across the MHRP PEPFAR portfolio. 
  3. Liaise with and mobilize/organize use of MHRP, WRAIR and US Army expertise in HIV prevention and research to better serve overseas PEPFAR activities.
  4. Serve as the subject matter expert on WHO, UNAIDS, DoD, PEPFAR and country policy on HIV prevention and testing, and support US-based and in country MHRP staff and partners for more effective planning and implementation of PEPFAR related activities.
  5. Represent the MHRP on technical and oversight committees at OGAC or other relevant external bodies, ensuring proper program representation and participation in the development of effective working relationships with member organizations.
  6. Represent MHRP PEPFAR on designated Country Accountability and Support Team(s) providing strategic and operational guidance to country program(s) in the interagency space.
  7. Serve as an Implementation Subject Matter Expert (ISME) and collaborate with ISMEs from other USG agencies, including USAID, the Department of State and the Department of Health and Human Services and its partners, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health and the Health Resources and Services Administration, representing MHRP interests and leveraging relevant areas of MHRP expertise to assist other USG and MHRP/WRAIR-sponsored efforts.
  8. Support the mobilization of resources through the design of country, regional and global strategies and programming, integrating innovative PEPFAR HIV prevention and testing approaches and applied best practice.
  9. Maximize impact in country programs by supporting innovative programming and developing core tools and guidance for best practice and providing demand-driven support to field-based program & project implementation to help country teams deliver maximum impact.
  10. Direct the review of routine program HIV prevention and testing data generated as part of quality management and program monitoring on a weekly, monthly and quarterly basis, significantly contributing to the implementation and support of CQI activities.  
  11. Lead the development and optimization of tools, systems, and processes for the purpose of evaluating HIV prevention, care and treatment services, and advance areas of management and monitoring to improve patient outcomes and impact of programs.
  12. Collaborate with various IHPT departments to support appropriate and accurate data collection and presentation to inform programs and allow for programmatic action.
  13. Represent the organization to donors, implementing organizations, host country governments, project stakeholders, and counterparts in the public and private sectors.
  14. Routinely review and identify ways to disseminate HIV prevention and testing best practices across programs and externally as a contribution to the global evidence base.
  15. Provide collaborative assistance to other program personnel and research scientists who require the incumbent's expertise.
  16. Oversee development and execution of research, evaluation activities, and clinical study protocols to evaluate the impact of patient-centered outcomes and achieving PEPFAR objectives. 
  17. Complete other projects as needed.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Demonstrated familiarity with PEPFAR HIV prevention and testing systems. Proven ability to solve complex technical problems in a timely and successful manner. Sound versatility and integrity, as well as leadership and decision-making skills. Established relationships with key international partners, including donors, WHO, academic and technical experts in HIV prevention and testing services. Ability to influence in teams with responsibility but not ultimate authority. Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team. Willingness to travel 20% of time.

Minimum Education: Master’s in public health or PhD in a related field required.

Minimum Experience/ Training Requirements: At least 15 years of professional experience in global health and 10 years of HIV programmatic experience. At least 10 years of direct management and supervisory experience.

Physical Capabilities: The incumbent will be based in Bethesda, MD and travel to field sites as required, sponsored by the MHRP to assist program personnel and liaise with on the ground DoD leadership. 

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls: The incumbent will work under the supervision of the Director, HJF component of MHRP and in coordination with the HJF Global Health Director.

Work Environment: Office/field environment; may require working evenings and weekends.  Incumbent will be required to travel to field site locations in Africa on a regular basis.

Employment with HJF is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, which may include, but is not limited to, contacting your professional references, verification of previous employment, addresses, education, and credentials, a criminal background check, drug screening, and a department of motor vehicle (DMV) check.  

HJF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief Human Resources Officer.