Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) Latest Job Vacancy

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8 May, 2020

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Healthcare Jobs in South Africa

Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) is a project of the Public Health Institute (PHI) supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Global Health (GH) Bureau. Its purpose is twofold: (1) Through individual fellowships, STAR will help strengthen the capacity of diverse American and low-and-middle-income country (LMIC) health professionals at all levels to make innovative contributions to global health (GH); and (2) STAR will create ground-breaking opportunities for both US and LMIC GH academic institutions and other groups, including professional associations, to create systems for open-access knowledge sharing, resulting in effective partnerships.

STAR’s individual and institutional participants are contributing to the development of self-sustaining systems and tools that will produce global citizens with the full spectrum of relevant health competencies. STAR is managed by the Public Health Institute and implemented in partnership with Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH).


FELLOWSHIP TITLE: Senior Care and Support Advisor
LOCATION: Pretoria, South Africa
HOST ORGANIZATION: Health Office, South Africa, United States Agency for International Development
POSITION LEVEL: Senior Technical Advisor
TRAVEL: 25% estimated travel


The STAR Fellowship is a two-year global health and learning opportunity with:

  • Individualized, tailored support to enhance the fellow’s achievement personal and professional goals
  • Personalized learning plans and access to learning resources (courses, conferences, mentoring) based on fellow’s learning style and preferences.
  • Access to broad professional networks to enhance peer learning and knowledge sharing.



The USAID/South Africa (SA) Health Office (HO) manages one of the largest President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) programs in the world. The Health and HIV/AIDS portfolio covers a broad range of health topics, including HIV Treatment, Care, Voluntary Counseling and Testing, Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT), Tuberculosis/HIV, HIV Prevention, and Orphans and Vulnerable Children programs. An estimated 80% of the USAID/South Africa portfolio is implemented through local organizations. These partners are tasked with reaching ambitious targets so that South Africa can reach HIV epidemic control by 2020. This requires USAID and its implementing partners to advocate for strong national health policies, quickly adapt to changing data trends, and adopt reflexive technical and organizational reforms.


The Senior Care and Support Advisor (Senior Advisor) will provide a leadership role in the technical areas of HIV care and support within USAID and the PEPFAR interagency team. The Senior Advisor will provide technical expertise grounded in strong development program implementation and program management experience. The Senior Advisor will also provide significant technical assistance across age ranges and build strong linkages between HIV treatment and other support services. They will assist in the design, integration and implementation of HIV and AIDS care and support programs. The Senior Advisor will participate in the review and evaluation of existing policies on pediatric, adolescent and adult HIV treatment, care and support, including related service platforms and associated policies. The Senior Advisor will provide technical support toward the design and improvement of programs in line with USAID and PEPFAR strategies and objectives. The Senior Advisor will serve as the subject matter expert within USAID/Southern Africa for the HIV clinical continuum including community and facility-based HIV testing, linkage, and treatment services.

Reporting structure:

The Senior Advisor will be based in the Southern Africa Health Office. They will work closely with the Care and Treatment Team and receive technical guidance from the Care and Treatment Team Lead who will serve as their onsite manager.

Essential Duties and Outcomes:

Improve technical quality of USAID/Southern Africa HIV/AIDS care and treatment programs:

  • Provide technical assistance, training, and consultation to the Health Office (HO), interagency PEPFAR team, the Government of South Africa, and implementing partners on the development and implementation of HIV/AIDS care and treatment programs.
  • Review the technical quality of projects in the field by conducting site visits, meeting with program planners and managers and providing technical assistance to support program results
  • Participate in site visits to assess, monitor and evaluate HIV Care & Treatment and TB/HIV programs against goals and objectives.
  • Regularly analyze program, expenditure analysis, and other related data sources to monitor and evaluate program implementation and inform design.

Advise on Host Government policies on HIV prevention, testing, care and treatment:

  • Participate in the review and evaluation of existing policies on pediatric, adolescent and adult HIV treatment, care and support, including related service platforms.
  • Provide recommendations and suggest modifications to existing HIV clinical services and provide suggestions for the creation of new policies to support and/or enhance USAID HIV activities when applicable.
  • Serve on relevant PEPFAR and/or National Working Groups and participate in other related collaborations within USAID and the interagency.
  • Advocate for stronger national health policies through participating in a range of policy development fora.

Strengthen program management of HIV care and treatment programs:

  • Monitor budgets allocated to USAID care and treatment implementing partners, reviewing budget for appropriateness and monitoring the use of funds for adherence to proposed activities.
  • Assist the USAID Mission and its implementing partner organizations with the development of work plans for implementing HIV care and treatment activities.
  • Provide ongoing technical assistance and training to implementing partners on the development and implementation of HIV/AIDS programs.

Anticipated learning outcomes: * Required 10% time

  • Enhanced technical expertise in the planning, design, and implementation of HIV/AIDS programs.
  • Deepened knowledge of relevant policies in South Africa related to HIV clinical services, and knowledge of gaps in policies and required policy shifts and advocacy needed to achieve USAID HIV/AIDS targets.
  • Deepened understanding of HIV care and treatment integration, including but not limited to TB/HIV, ANC, MNCH, and PMTCT.
  • Increased familiarity with designing innovating approaches to enhance care and treatment support.
  • Increased program managed experience in supporting HIV treatment contracts or cooperative agreements.
  • Enhanced understanding of budgeting for large HIV/AIDS treatment contracts and programs through monitoring and reviewing implementing partners’ budgets and providing advice for realignment of budget.



  • Minimum 13 years of relevant technical experience with master’s degree in in public health, medicine, international development, social sciences, business, or a related discipline, with relevant academic and/or professional training in HIV/AIDS.
  • Minimum ten years’ experience working with international health programs, specifically related to project design, management and performance monitoring.
  • Excellent analytical skills and ability to interpret program, expenditure analysis and other related data sources.
  • Knowledge of the HIV/AIDS response in the context of highly generalized HIV epidemics.
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with international treatment initiatives and organizations and the ability to interact successfully with senior level representatives and high-level government officials of international and host country governmental and nongovernmental agencies, multilateral and bilateral organizations.
  • Experience working with Host Country Government South African government, USG health agencies and/or USAID partner organizations.
  • Excellent knowledge of USAID policies, procedures and reporting requirements.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work cross-culturally with diverse teams in government, non-governmental and private-sector circles in a fast-paced environment.
  • Computer literacy in Microsoft Office Suite applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and related logistics software for management, forecasting, etc.
  • Excellent analytical written and oral English language communications skills.

Additional skills (preferred)

  • Preference for qualified medical doctor/physician.


All applicants are required to apply for this position through STAR’s online recruitment system at, which allows you to store your CV/resume and 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.

Application Deadline: 17 May, 2020 by 5:00 pm Eastern time.

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