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Technical Advisor I: Prioritizing Resilience, Inclusion, and Security from individuals to Movements

FHI 360

FHI 360

Posted on Monday, August 21, 2023

Job Summary:

Meeting Targets and Maintaining Epidemic Control (EpiC) is a global project funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). EpiC is dedicated to achieving and maintaining HIV epidemic control and the project provides strategic technical assistance (TA) and direct service delivery (DSD) to break through barriers to 95-95-95 and promote self-reliant management of national HIV programs by improving HIV case-finding, prevention, and treatment programming. EpiC is dedicated to achieving and maintaining HIV epidemic control among at-risk adult men, women, priority populations and key populations and the project is led by FHI 360 with core partners Population Services International (PSI), Palladium Group and Right to Care.

EpiC is providing support around implementer security, mental health, and LGBTQ+ rights and inclusion in over 15 countries globally with activities to protect implementers, improve the mental health of both service providers and program beneficiaries, and support LGBTQ+ communities in hostile environments. These combined approaches create an enabling environment for holistic HIV programming to advance both epidemic control and individual wellbeing.

The Technical Advisor, PRISM sits within the Incubation and Optimization Unit of the HIV Department. In this position, the Advisor will provide technical oversight to efforts across a range of assigned countries under EpiC and other programs within FHI 360, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, and Asia. The Technical Advisor will support country staff to develop and execute on workplans, share technical expertise and guidance related to implementer security, mental health, and LGBTQ+ rights and inclusion, manage consultants or staff focused on this work, ensure technical excellence in interventions delivered, and track achievements. The Technical Advisor will also play a critical role in knowledge management and be responsible for identifying opportunities for sharing knowledge internally and externally. External sharing will include creating or co-creating knowledge products such as blogs, briefs, success stories, technical meetings, and webinars. The Technical Advisor will also be engaged in new business development efforts across the HIV Department.


Technical Requirements:

  • Provide technical leadership to implementer security, mental health, and LGBTQ+ rights and inclusion efforts across aligned countries within the EpiC project.

  • Liaise and coordinate with key stakeholders related to the assigned projects’ security of implementers, mental health, and LGBTQ+ rights and inclusion portfolio including senior leadership with partner organizations, government officials and donors.

  • Mentor country teams in tracking, analysis, and synthesis of implementer security, mental health, and LGBTQ+ rights and inclusion results to advance learning both within the program and externally.

  • Develop knowledge products and events to share resources and learning from technical portfolio.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Project Design Implementation:

  • Coordinates closely with the technical teams in country to ensure that implementer security, mental health, and LGBTQ+ rights and inclusion activities are in line with program objectives and goals, workplan deliverables, and country needs.

  • With technical oversight, provide technical leadership in design, development, planning, implementation; and capacity- building of specific technical components related to implementer security, mental health, and LGBTQ+ rights and inclusion.

  • Provide inputs into technical portion of the project plan related to implementer security, mental health, and LGBTQ+ rights and inclusion, within the given resource and financial constraints.

  • Leads the day to day technical and operational activities of assigned projects related to implementer security, mental health, LGBTQ+ rights and inclusion.

  • Track delivery of project outputs

  • Coordinates requests from CO (Country Office) for technical assistance

  • Maintains a constructive dialogue and technical exchange with field counterparts and technical staff members of implementing partners.

  • Ensures technical implementation is consistent with best practices in the industry / subject and meet client / funder contractual obligations for of one or more large functional areas.

  • May supervise junior technical staff members, sub-contractors, and others implementing technical project work.

  • Functions at the advisor capacity with oversight of technical project administrative , technical deliverables, and team management. (Includes projects and consultants).

  • Develops tools for the design and implementation of specific technical components related to implementer security, mental health, and LGBTQ+ rights and inclusion.

Business Development and Client/Funder Support:

  • Collect data for inclusion in proposals

  • Assists with proposal research

  • Assists with developing proposal strategies

  • Draft proposals, budgets, and work plans

  • Develops and maintains relationships with potential clients / funders, partners, peers, etc. to develop new business.

  • Participate in business development meetings with partners/clients. Develop strategies to grow the business.

  • The other higher-level (develop strategies to grow the business, lead design, etc.) are appropriate.

  • Participate in client / funder meetings and provide technical input.

  • Draft sponsor reports and presentations.

  • Represents the organization and / or Institute to external entities at professional meetings and conferences.

  • Maintains collaborative relationships with donor/client organizations, relevant government agencies, bilateral and other NGOs (non governmental organizations) and consistently maintained and viewed as a knowledgeable resource in their technical area.

  • Continually maintains a dialogue and technical exchange with field counterparts and technical staff members of implementing partners.

  • Participate in client / funder meetings and draft reports/presentations.

Partner/Sub-Award Management:

  • May be daily POC (Point of Contact) with clients for some projects on technical matters.

Capacity Building, Training and Supervision:

  • Develops and implements technical training and capacity building interventions. Identifies strategies to address training gaps.

  • May supervise or provide technical guidance to staff members locally and in the region related to security, mental health, and LGBTQ+ rights and inclusion.

Operations Management (Finance, HR, etc.):

  • Escalate challenges or issues to project leadership as needed.

Project/Program Reporting:

  • Drafts sponsor financial and technical reports.

  • Prepares and delivers presentations to sponsors on progress.

  • Support the tracking of technical assistance and refinement of security, mental health, and LGBTQ+ rights and inclusion activities across the EpiC portfolio.

  • Supports documentation and collation of lessons learned, best practices, and success stories related to security, mental health, and LGBTQ+ rights and inclusion from across the EpiC portfolio.

  • Reviews and strengthens regular programmatic reporting on security, mental health, and LGBTQ+ rights and inclusion activities

  • Helps in the development and review of work plans related to security, mental health, and LGBTQ+ rights and inclusion activities.

Quality Assurance:

  • Ensures technical deliverables related to security, mental health, and LGBTQ+ rights and inclusion from assigned countries are of high quality and meet client / funder contractual obligations

Applied Knowledge & Skills:

  • Ensures appropriate and timely technical support for field projects.

  • Ensures the quality of implemented technical activities and systems at all levels. Conducts routine coordination with employees and consultants, on-site and in the field.

  • Strong knowledge and skills in security, mental health, and LGBTQ+ rights and inclusion and general understanding of concepts and principles of related technical areas/functions.

  • Solid knowledge of standards for the technical area/field, operational processes and procedures, work, and task flow.

  • Has the ability to manage projects, set realistic priorities, and plan for the successful implementation of activities.

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills.

  • Relevant computer software skills (including, at a minimum, the standard applications in MS Office).

  • Ability to manage their own work to job and performance standards.

  • Must be able to read, write and speak fluent English fluent in host country language.


There are 31 FHI 360 development competencies, of greatest focus for this particular job will be:

  • Project Management (Planning and Time Management) - Accurately scopes out length and difficulty of tasks (sets objectives/goals/measures). Breaks down work into steps, schedules, task/people assignments. Marshals people, time, and resources efficiently. Arranges information in a useful manner and orchestrates multiple activities at once.

  • People Management (Making Others Great) – Facilitate professional development of staff by providing challenging, learning assignments and opportunities. Shares and solicits feedback monthly at the very least. Helps establish compelling development plans. Assigns responsibility and accountability for tasks/decisions. Monitors process, progress, and results. Creates a climate in which people want to do their best.

  • Creating and Managing Systems and Processes – Recognizes the need for standardization and balances client and organization need in systems design. Anticipates the effects of process change on people while optimizing task efficiency and simplicity.

  • Employees are expected to possess or have high potential for the development of these three fundamental competencies.

Problem Solving & Impact:

  • Demonstrates the ability to assess needs within agreed upon duties and considers course of action best to meet those needs.

  • Effectively applies knowledge of technical area to solve a range of problems.

  • Demonstrates the ability to develop solutions to problems that cannot be solved using existing methods or approaches.

  • Faulty decisions/ recommendations /failures to complete assignments will normally result in serious delays to assigned projects resulting in considerable expenditure of additional time, resources, and funds.

  • Decisions and actions impact primarily workflow, project processes and timeframes.

  • Problems encountered are varied, requiring review of practices and precedents to resolve.

  • Problem solving involves evaluating and resolving discrepancies with data, analyses, processes, etc. within prescribed guidelines.

  • Policies or guidelines exist for most problems; others must be referred to by a supervisor or more senior professional.

Supervision Given/Received:

  • May supervise junior staff members.

  • Coordinates own workflow and sets individual priorities.

  • Works under general guidelines for completion and accuracy as determined by the supervisor.

  • Accomplishes results through lower-level staff managers or through experienced staff who exercise independence in their assignments.

  • May manage a centralized functional area of activity.

  • Serves as mentor to more inexperienced technical staff.

  • Typically reports to a Director.


  • Master’s Degree or its International Equivalent in Knowledge/Information Services, Communications, Education, Environment, Health, Behavioral, Life/Social Sciences International Development, Human Development or Related Field.

  • Project Management (PM) Certification preferred.


  • Typically requires 8+ years of relevant experience in technical implementation of large projects and/or programs – may manage activities of lower-level staff, however, main function is individual contributor.

  • Documented experience providing technical assistance, capacity building and business development in the specific technical domain.

  • Prior work experience in a non-governmental organization (NGO), government agency, or private organization.

  • International or Domestic (US) Program Development or Program management preferred.

Typical Physical Demands:

  • Typical office environment.

  • Ability to spend long hours looking at computer screen and doing repetitive work on a keyboard.

  • Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time.

  • Ability to lift/move up to 5 lbs.

Technology to be Used:

  • Personal Computer/Laptop, Microsoft applications (i.e., Office 365, SharePoint, Skype/Zoom/Teams), cell phone/mobile technology, and standard office equipment.

Travel Requirements:

  • 10% - 25%

The expected hiring salary range for this role is listed below. FHI 360 pay ranges represent national averages that vary by geographic location. When determining an offer amount, FHI 360 factors in multiple considerations, including but not limited to: relevant years of experience and education possessed by the applicant, internal equity, business sector, and budget.

Base salary is only one component of our offer. FHI 360 contributes 12% of monthly base pay to a money purchase pension plan account. Additionally, all US based staff working full-time, which is calculated at 40 hours/week, receive 18 days of paid vacation per year, 12 sick days per year, and 11 holidays per year. Paid time off is reduced pro rata for employees working less than a full-time schedule.

Hiring Salary Range: $85,000 - $157,000

This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.

Our values and commitments to safeguarding: FHI 360 is committed to preventing any type of abuse, exploitation and harassment in our work environments and programs, including sexual abuse, exploitation and harassment. FHI 360 takes steps to safeguard the welfare of everyone who engages with our organization and programs and requires that all personnel, including staff members and volunteers, share this commitment and sign our code of conduct. All offers of employment will be subject to appropriate screening checks, including reference, criminal record and terrorism finance checks. FHI 360 also participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme (MDS), facilitated by the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response. In line with the MDS, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any substantiated findings of sexual abuse, exploitation and/or harassment during the applicant’s tenure with previous employers. By applying, job applicants confirm their understanding of these recruitment procedures and consent to these screening checks.

FHI 360 will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws.

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