PASCA 3.0 will be the cornerstone of USAID”s HIV response work in Central America at the regional and national level. The project has the following objectives: 1.) Support government and non-governmental partners in the Central American region to achieve sustainable HIV epidemic control; 2) Improve the human rights environment to reduce stigma and discrimination in the HIV response (focus on key populations), and 3.) Strengthen capacity and engagement of civil society to support government and non-governmental partners to achieve sustainable HIV epidemic control.
The Country Representative will serve as the primary representative of this high-profile project within their respective country. Responsibilities will include engaging government representatives and policy-makers at the national level to encourage the creation of sustainable health policies (including health financing), coordinating project activities and providing technical support to any civil society partners within the country. The Country Representative may also oversee a small operational staff and ensure adherence to all project objectives, performance requirements, and donor regulations.
Additional responsibilities may include:
- Liaise with relevant national-level stakeholders: government, civil society, multi-lateral organizations, the private sector, and academia; and work to identify and engage stakeholders not currently involved in HIV response
- Provide in-depth knowledge of the country represented to the project senior management team and aid in the development of country plans and activities, including advocacy plans
- Educate stakeholders and government official on proposed national policies and legal frameworks that address HIV-related stigma and discrimination, with focus on key populations
- Establish working relationships with CSOs and empower their participation through providing/coordinating capacity building support in the areas of: advocacy, organization development, planning & implementation, strengthening key population leadership and monitoring & accountability.
- Engage with CSOs to improve strategic coordination and encourage the leveraging of their diverse capacities and community reach for greater impact
- Coordinate community forums to increase the participation of vulnerable men and women in decision-making
Knowledge, Skills, Behaviours, and Experience Required to Achieve Role’s Objectives:
Consideration for this pivotal role will be given to health professionals with 1) a clear understanding of HIV work within the country; 2) experience in PASCA or PEPFAR project management and 3) the ability to meet rigorous timelines, track results, effectively manage staff and multi-stakeholder relationships, and influence decision-making at the national level to create positive change.
In order to succeed in the challenging and varied role, you will have extensive experience in the following areas:
- Possess a master’s degree in public health or a related field;
- A minimum of 8 years of experience managing public health programs in Central America with a minimum of 5 years of experience in HIV/AIDS programming
- Demonstrated ability to develop and mange economic and cost effectiveness analysis to advise health policy at the national level
- Demonstrated experience generating programmatic and technical data
- Experience collaborating with diverse stakeholders, such as local NGOs, government officials, donor representatives, and local and international staff.
- Proven leadership, interpersonal, and cross-cultural skills, with the ability to build and motivate diverse teams.
- Excellent command of English and Spanish, with strong verbal and written communication skills
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, and Outlook.
Closing Date: August 2, 2017.
Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.
Please note that only applications and CVs written in English will be accepted. Please submit your applications to
Important Note: These positions will be hired once obtained the approval of the project and its corresponding funding.
A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International's Child Protection Policy. As an international child centred community development organisation, Plan International is fully committed to promoting the realisation of children's rights including their right to protection from violence and abuse. That means we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with.