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Orphan and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Specialists

Orphan and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Specialist

The Global Health Program Cycle Improvement Project (GH Pro) is seeking Orphan and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Specialists for upcoming USAID assignments. The locations of the position will range from assignments in the Washington, D.C. area to international assignments.  Assignment durations ranges from 1-6 months.
The OVC Specialists are needed to support USAID field Missions and the Global Health Bureau, to conduct needs assessments, program evaluations, and program designs. The incumbent will be responsible for providing technical inputs into ongoing program planning, implementation, and evaluations. S/he will provide strategic technical guidance on OVC related issues to ensure that best practices, new developments and lessons learned are incorporated into USAID programming and projects. As OVC services are often interdisciplinary, the consultant may be required to work across USG agencies, programs and sectors, as well as collaborations with national governments and other donor organizations.  Tasks may include: strategic planning, preparing work plans, providing technical assistance and technical leadership on child protection and OVC services, assessing OVC landscape and opportunities, conducting program/project evaluation, and supporting USAID in a wide range of OCV related programmatic activities.
  • Advanced degree (Masters or Doctoral) in public health, social work, education, or health economics.
  • At least 10 years’ experience working OVC and related programs/projects.
  • Familiarity with USAID HIV and other health programs/projects.
  • Demonstrated knowledge/familiarity of USAID and PEPFAR HIV and OVC guidelines, policies, priorities and programs.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Experience in working in a developing country context preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to interact professionally with diverse people, clients, government official and consultants.
  • Demonstrated competence to assess priorities, manage a variety of activities in a time-sensitive environment, and meet deadlines with attention to detail and quality.
  • Ability to work as an effective team member in a complex and fast-paced environment.

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