Finance and Operations Manager, Data.FI Jamaica

The Finance and Operations Manager is a full-time position to support the local activities and oversee the Jamaica Data.FI project finances and operations. This position is responsible for managing and directing the finance, accounting and financial administration, and reporting of the project, including budget administration, accounting, banking and cash management and financial reporting.

The position reports to the Country Director (CD) on a day-to-day basis with specific financial reporting to the Director of Finance and Administration at Palladium’s US office in Washington, DC.

Country Director, Jamaica, Data.FI

Palladium is currently seeking a Country Director, Jamaica to support implementation of the Translating Data for Implementation (Data.FI) award. Data.FI is a five-year global project funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).  Data.FI partners with PEPFAR programs to accelerate and sustain access to high-quality data to expedite HIV and COVID-19 epidemic control and maintenance. Data.FI supports host country governments to enhance existing health information systems (HIS) and conduct in-depth analysis of epidemiologic and program data to inform management responses to gaps in programming and sustain impact by supporting local partner transition.

In Jamaica, Data.FI will lead a team of technical advisors with expertise in digital health and data analytics to support the government through USAID to better monitor and mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 epidemic. The Country Director for Data.FI, Jamaica will provide leadership to and be responsible for the successful management of the Data.FI program in Jamaica, including building and maintaining relationships with stakeholders and submission of all technical products to the highest standard of quality, financial management and compliance.

This position is based in Kingston, Jamaica. The initial position term is 12 months, with an extension dependent on continued project funding.

Expressions of Interest – Board Leadership Nomination Committee for the Global Fund

The Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Delegation to the Global Fund is seeking nominations from interested candidates in the Caribbean Region to support the Board Leadership Nomination Committee for the Global Fund with the selection of the next Chair and Vice-Chair of the Global Fund Board.

Interested candidates should write to the Caribbean Communications Focal Point (CFP) expressing interest to serve on the committee.

All Expressions of Interest must be accompanied by:

1. An updated Curriculum Vitae
2. A brief biography 
3. A letter of motivation confirming willingness and availability to serve

Expressions of Interest should be submitted via email to the Communications Focal Point (LAC), Dr Rosmond Adams, via rosmond.adams@caricom.org no later than noon on Friday 25 June 2021.

The LAC Delegation will consider the submissions and make final nominations to the Global Fund.

Only nominated candidates will be contacted.

The Terms of Reference of the Board Leadership Nomination Committee is below for guidance.

Expressions of Interest – Consultancy to Support the Establishment of Private Sector Advocacy Group on Resource Mobilisation for HIV/AIDS

The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) is seeking a consultant for the period 14 June 2021 to 17 September 2021 to support the establishment of the Private Sector Advocacy Group on Resource Mobilization for HIV/AIDS.

The consultant will support the establishment and operationalization of the PANCAP Private Sector Advocacy Group on Resource Mobilization by advocating with the private sector, identifying members to serve on the group and conducting meetings and training with the group in accordance with the established Terms of Reference to guide the group. The consultant will also work with PANCAP and other Key Partners to develop a two-year work plan to support the work of the Private Sector Advocacy Group on Resource Mobilization.

Interested candidates can download the complete Terms of Reference below. Please send expressions of interest to pancap@caricom.org, along with Curriculum vitae and a brief statement outlining availability and suitability for the role.

Expressions of interest must be received by 21 May 2021.

Expression of Interest – Consultancy to Support the Establishment of Social Contracting Mechanism between Governments and Civil Society Organizations (CSOS) in the Caribbean to Support HIV and Key Population Services

The purpose of this consultancy is to work with Governments and Civil Society Organizations in the Caribbean to support the establishment or strengthening of social contracting mechanisms as a financing option by which governments finance programmes, interventions and other activities implemented by Civil Society Organizations to respond to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the selected seven countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Jamaica, Haiti, Suriname and Guyana.

Interested candidates can download the complete Terms of Reference below. Please send expressions of interest to pancap@caricom.org, along with Curriculum vitae, and a brief statement outlining availability and suitability for the role.

Expressions of interest must be received by 21 May 2021.

Solicitations for Consultant Services – Guyana

To apply, applicants must meet the following requirements. Applicants that do not meet these requirements but are interested in employment opportunities, please apply to the general employment career center and application by clicking here. Mandatory Requirement: Applicants must review the Consultant Terms and Conditions and then complete and attach an FHI 360 Biographical Data Form to their application for each opportunity of interest.

  1. Consultants are individuals who are not FHI 360 employees, engaged on an “as needed basis” to perform specific tasks within a specified duration.
  2. Consultants must be able to sign an agreement.
  3. Consultants are responsible for his/her working environment.
  4. Consultants must have specialized skill & knowledge.

Since solicitations are often modified to provide further information or extend solicitation closure dates, suppliers are encouraged to request solicitation notices, by clicking on “Sign up for Solicitations”.


Requests for Consultant Solicitations


Guyana HIV Key Populations Program Management Consultant
RFP No.: FY21-102533-1111_Consultant_02

Issue date: 8 Apr, 2021
Closing date: 24 Apr, 2021

Solicitation file(s):
FY21-102533-1111Program Management Consultant_Guyana_April 2021.docx (247 KB)


Guyana HIV Key Populations Finance Consultant
RFP No.: FY21-102433-2222_Consultant_02

Issue date: 8 Apr, 2021
Closing date: 24 Apr, 2021

Solicitation file(s):
FY21-102433-2222_Finance Consultant_Guyana_April 2021_.docx (247 KB)


Writer/Editor – Asia-Pacific Regional Office
RFP No.: APRO_022021_Consultant_01

Issue date: 8 Apr, 2021
Closing date: 12 May, 2021

Solicitation file(s):
RFP_Writer-Editor_APRO_2021 (190 KB)
purchasing-FHI-360-biodata-form.docx (46 KB)


EpiC El Salvador Vaccine Consultant
RFP No.: 4145_Consultant_02

Issue date: 14 Apr, 2021
Closing date: 3 May, 2021

Solicitation file(s):
FY21-102533-4145RFP El Salvador Vaccine.docx (246 KB)

Mini-grants to support advocacy campaigns focused on reducing the incidence and impact of gender-based and intimate partner violence on key population groups

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

MINI-GRANTS TO SUPPORT ADVOCACY CAMPAIGNS FOCUSED ON REDUCING THE INCIDENCE AND IMPACT OF GENDER-BASED AND INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE  ON KEY POPULATION GROUPS

The Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC) and its partners, the Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) and El Centro de Orientación e Investigación Integral (COIN), have received a Global Fund grant which will bring together organizations with complementary mandates, technical expertise and constituencies in a harmonized approach to leverage and support the effort of communities, civil society actors, governments and technical partners in advancing the regional HIV response. This project provides a unique opportunity to institutionalize partnerships between civil society and governments to achieve and sustain effective programmes that meet the needs of key populations (KPs) and diminish the HIV epidemic.

The project seeks to achieve the following objectives:

  1. To reduce structural barriers to key population services, including stigma and discrimination and gender-based violence;
  2. To improve knowledge generation and use of strategic information on key populations for decision-making and advocacy by communities and other stakeholders;
  3. To increase domestic resources for effective key population programming; and
  4. To mobilize resources for key population organizations.

BACKGROUND

The Universal Declaration of human rights guarantees every human equal and inalienable rights based on dignity, equality, and mutual respect (UN General Assembly 1948). Violence against women (VAW) is not only a violation of human rights; it is rooted in gender inequality, as well as a public health problem, and an impediment to sustainable development… Gender-Based Violence (GBV) includes physical, sexual, economic, and emotional abuse. GBV also includes discrimination that violates human rights, such as being denied basic necessities; being arbitrarily stopped, detained, or incarcerated; and being refused healthcare and other services (UNFPA et al. 2015). Adolescent girls, young women, women belonging to ethnic and other minorities, transwomen, and women with disabilities face a higher risk of different forms of violence. GBV has serious consequences for women’s health and wellbeing, ranging from fatal outcomes, such as homicide, suicide and AIDS-related deaths, to non-fatal outcomes such as physical injuries, chronic gynaecological problems, unwanted pregnancy, miscarriage, and sexual dysfunction. Low education, exposure to violence in childhood, unequal power in intimate relationships, and attitudes and norms accepting violence and gender inequality increase the risk of experiencing intimate partner violence and sexual violence. Low education, child maltreatment or exposure to violence in the family, harmful use of alcohol, attitudes accepting of violence, and gender inequality increase the risk of perpetrating intimate partner violence (World Health Organization 2019). Many people think of GBV only in relation to women and girls. Studies show that much of the violence experienced by MSM and TG, particularly intimate partner violence (IPV) and sexual coercion, is similar to that experienced by women. Studies show that among MSM, there is a high prevalence of  Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and that exposure to IPV as a victim is associated with increased odds of substance use, depressive symptoms, being HIV positive, and unprotected anal sex (UAS) among MSM.[i] MSM and TG also experience violence at the hands of their families, friends, fellow students, teachers, health professionals, and the wider community. This violence occurs in the context of extreme forms of stigma and discrimination, which can be equated with emotional and psychological abuse.[ii]

Transphobia and gender-based violence (GBV) deprive transgender (Trans) women not only of their fundamental rights but also of their very personhood (United Nations Development Programme et al. 2016). Transgender (Trans) women experience gender-based violence (GBV) throughout their lives, which impedes their access to services and contributes to poor health outcomes and quality of life. A 2016 Study conducted in El Salvador, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, and Haiti found that a high proportion of transgender women experienced GBV in education (85.1%), healthcare (82.9%), from police (80.0%), and other state institutions (66.1%). Emotional abuse was the most common in all contexts. However, participants also experienced economic, physical, and sexual violence and other human rights violations based on their gender identity and expression.  The research found that service providers not only failed to meet the specific needs of Trans women but also discriminated against them when they sought services, exacerbating their economic, health, and social vulnerability.[iii]

Experiences of violence increase the risk of key populations acquiring HIV, and deeply affect their desire and ability to obtain health care, get tested for HIV and adhere to HIV treatments. In most countries in the Caribbean, there is no legal recognition of transgender people’s affirmed gender identity. Without official documents that recognize their gender; harassment and stigmatization; limited access to protection, justice and redress; and inadequate provision of health care services. Where information is available, it indicates significantly higher rates of HIV prevalence. Estimates show that HIV prevalence for transgender women in the region range from 8% to 31% and there are few support programmes that address their specific needs. Transgender women are also more susceptible to violence, including physical and sexual violence; transgender women are often denied access to basic rights, including the right to health, education, justice and social welfare.

GBV and IPV are pervasive in the Caribbean and requires urgent action at the highest level. In addition, data indicate significantly higher rates of HIV prevalence among key populations in the Caribbean and the limited access to support programmes that address their specific needs. Understanding and addressing the broader gender-based aspect of this problem will also allow us to strengthen the networks and combine the resources of the groups that are working to dismantle gender-based discrimination and advance the human rights of sexual and gender minorities. We will not make sustainable gains against the HIV epidemic if we do not also address the violence that key populations experience at the hands of family, community members, health care providers and police.

All people have an equal right to live free from violence, persecution, discrimination and stigma. International human rights law establishes legal obligations on States to ensure that every person, without distinction, can enjoy these rights. By developing a more inclusive view, we can help ensure that policies, preventive efforts and response systems benefit all those who experience such violence. For many Key Population members these rights exist only in form, not in substance. They are denied not only fundamental rights to equality, dignity, health and security of being, but their very personhood.

FUNDING PRIORITIES/AREAS OF INTEREST

CVC is pleased to announce funding for small grants to support Advocacy Campaigns inclusive of associated/related actions in support of key population groups, specifically women and girls, transwomen and men who have sex with Men. The campaign should focus on the following general areas:

  • to improve laws and policies focused on GBV and/or IPV or to promote the development of strong zero-tolerance policies
  • strengthening the health sector’s response to GBV and IPV, including screening for abuse, risk assessment, providing medical care, counselling referrals to a network of service providers, and community-focused prevention initiatives.
  • To  improve intersectoral coordination and monitor progress in developing national plans and policies on violence – creates commitment and political space for dialogue between civil society and the state, e.g. scorecards
  • Development of community-based networks for coordinating services to victims, improving access to justice and promoting violence prevention – to enhance the quality of care provided to survivors, and help mobilize public support for survivors and decrease tolerance of violent behaviour, e.g. coordination meetings
  • Community-based educational activities to:
    1. increase knowledge of legal and social rights and empower persons to seek help for abuse; and
    2. promote community-wide changes in attitudes and practices related to gender norms and violence-related attitudes and behaviours against select KP groups.
  • Social media campaigns designed to document, disseminate and promote services for survivors of GBV and IPV provided through multi-sectoral initiatives include telephone hotlines, emergency shelters, police intervention, legal assistance, counselling, psychological care, support groups, income-generation programmes, etc.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY

Civil Society Organizations serving key populations based in Belize, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.

FUNDING LIMIT

Each organization may apply for an award of maximum US$5,000 USD to support project-related costs for up to four (4) months. Allocations for salaries, stipends, incentives and overheads should not exceed 40% of the total budget for the grant.

DESCRIPTION OF THE ADVOCACY CAMPAIGN

  1. Give the background to the preparation of the action, in particular on the sector/country/regional context (including key challenges).
  2. Explain the objectives of the action.
  3. Describe the key stakeholder groups, their attitudes towards the action and any consultations held.
  4. Briefly outline the objectives of the proposed advocacy action, indicating the expected output(s), outcomes(s) and impact as well as underlying the main risks and assumptions towards their achievement.
  5. Briefly outline the types of advocacy actions proposed, including a description of linkages/relationships between the proposed activities.
  6. Explain how the action will mainstream relevant cross-cutting issues such as the promotion of human rights, addressing GBV and IPV, combating stigma and discrimination, and reducing related structural barriers to health, justice and /or social protection services for key population groups.

REVIEW PROCESS

All proposals will be considered and reviewed by a Committee, which will consider the organization’s past grant performance and proposal for strengthening or expanding its current work.

Project proposals will be reviewed and scored against the criteria outlined below:

  • RelevanceAre objectives based on good evidence as to which kinds of intervention are most effective? Does the project target a clear population or sub-population? (e.g. transgender sex workers, as opposed to sex workers in general)
  • EfficiencyAre available financial and other resources (including collaboration and resource-sharing with partners and volunteer contributions of labour, expertise and material) being used to good advantage? Does the project use resources creatively and get the biggest “bang for the buck?”
  • Sustainability: Does the proposal identify how the project’s outcomes/outputs will be sustained in the future, beyond CVC support?
  • Rights-focusedIs the project rights-based? Does it promote the human rights of vulnerable groups? Does it refer to the international human rights framework?
  • LeverageWill this grant result in outside support or government buy-in?
  • Strength of plan and measurable outcomesDoes the proposal have a clearly defined plan of action with measurable outcomes for success?
  • Documentation: Does this proposal include a reasonable plan for communicating the project’s successes and the lessons learned?
  • Partnerships/CollaborationsDoes the project reflect collaboration between multiple groups, especially those with different levels of capacity and expertise, including government?

CONFIDENTIALITY AND COMMUNICATIONS

CVC respects the applicant’s privacy and is committed to protecting from disclosure any confidential or proprietary information contained in a submitted proposal. While we will make every effort to ensure confidentiality in these situations, CVC cannot guarantee complete confidentiality and/or be held liable for the disclosure of information that causes harm to individuals or groups associated with funded projects.

Groups should be aware that any information provided carries the risk of being shared publicly through open dialogue about funding priorities, peer review processes, and communications about the project, decisions, and reported outcomes. Submission of a funding application is deemed to indicate the applicant’s understanding and acceptance of these risks.

REQUIREMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS

CVC seeks to support quality and accountable programs. Therefore, all organizations funded through this grant-process will be required to provide monthly, mid-term and final reports and will be required to utilize the community web-based M&E platform and database designed by CVC specifically for its partners.

Organizations should be able and ready to document appropriate financial and accounting controls, including measures to prevent duplicated use or misappropriation of funds. PANCAP/CVC/COIN will provide close technical support and financial oversight of all mini-grants awarded.

SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS

Please submit all applications to programms@cvccoalition.org.

Please access application documents here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ePDIdu7mDopX7vz3VlOgSDAMDzJXIpkT…

Please include the subject line – Advocacy Campaign Grant Proposal. All applications must be received no later than  Thursday, 25 March 2021.

[i] Buller AM, Devries KM, Howard LM, Bacchus LJ. Associations between intimate partner violence and health among men who have sex with men: a systematic review and meta-analysis. PLoS Med. 2014;11(3):e1001609. Published 2014 4 March. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001609

[ii] Betron, M. and E. Gonzalez-Figueroa. Task Order 1. 2009. Gender Identity, Violence, and HIV among MSM and TG: A Literature Review and a Call for Screening. Washington, DC: Futures Group International, USAID |Health Policy Initiative, Task Order 1.

[iii] Lanham M, Ridgeway K, Dayton R, et al. “We’re Going to Leave You for Last, Because of How You Are”: Transgender Women’s Experiences of Gender-Based Violence in Healthcare, Education, and Police Encounters in Latin America and the Caribbean. Violence Gend. 2019;6(1):37–46. doi:10.1089/vio.2018.0015

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Project Management Specialist (Strategic Information/Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning) – FSN-11

I. GENERAL INFORMATION

  1. SOLICITATION NO.: V011 -2021         
  1. ISSUANCE DATE:   March 8, 2021
  1. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: March 26, 2021 by 4:00 p.m.
  1. POSITION TITLE:  Project Management Specialist (Strategic Information/Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning) – FSN-11

MARKET VALUE:     JMD$ 5,930,057 – JMD$ 8,895,077 equivalent to FSN – 11, in accordance with AIDAR Appendix J and the Local Compensation Plan. Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value.

  1. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE:  Contract of 3 years, renewable pending approval and need for the position and the availability of funds.
  1. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE:  Kingston/Jamaica
  1. SECURITY LEVEL REQUIRED:  Non-sensitive, Local Security Certification or Public Trust
  1. STATEMENT OF DUTIES

General Statement of Purpose of the Contract
USAID/Jamaica is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Project Management Specialist (Strategic Information/Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning). The USAID Project Management Specialist (SI/MEL) is located in the Office of Environment and Health (OEH) and plays a lead role in the development of effective PEPFAR strategic information and monitoring, evaluation, and learning systems in support of the full range of Contracting/Agreement Officer’s Representative (C/AOR) managing Mission PEPFAR programs/projects/activities.

The Senior Specialist applies evaluation research to the monitoring of program/project/activity implementation in order to document results, and to translate SI and MEL and other data into meaningful policy and program improvements. The Senior Specialist serves as a subject matter expert and key contributor to strengthening the capacity of information systems, providing senior-level technical guidance to OEH leaders, the broader USAID Mission, implementing partners (IPs) involved in PEPFAR program monitoring and evaluation, and within the host government. The Senior Specialist serves as a C/AOR or Activity Manager, responsible for providing technical and programmatic guidance to assigned activities.

The role of the position includes building internal USAID systems for data management and engaging with partners to influence programming based on data analysis.

  1. Statement of Duties to be Performed

Interested persons are encouraged to view the full copy of the PD, which may be accessed from: before applying.

  1. Supervisory Relationship

The US Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning [SI/MEL]) works under the very general supervision of the Health Team Lead, and the closer but general supervision of the Office of Environment & Health Director. The supervisor makes assignments in terms of overall objectives and resources available.  Completed work is reviewed in terms of achievement of program/project/activity goals, effectiveness in meeting host-country and USAID objectives, and integration with other initiatives in the Office and Mission portfolio.  Some technical direction may come from other professionals in the Office; in general, however, the Senior Specialist will be expected to exercise considerable autonomy and best judgment in discharging the duties of the assignment.

  1. Supervisory Controls: Continuing supervision of other Division and Office staff is not anticipated. The Senior Specialist may be assigned as a group/Team Leader but will not serve as a full supervisor.  The Senior Specialist is expected to serve as mentor to C/AORs, Assistant-level staff, and others in SI and MEL systems and processes, and to provide other work guidance as assigned.
  1. AREA OF CONSIDERATION: (Who May Apply)

All interested candidates (Non-Jamaican applicants much possess legal residence within the country and a work permit).

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

  1. PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The work requested does not involve undue physical demands.

POINT OF CONTACT: Knetia Landells-Wiggan

II. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION

  1. Education: Completion of a US-style University Master’s Degree in a field related to social science, statistics, mathematics, economics, computer science, epidemiology, health informatics, public health, infectious disease, zoonotic disease, biology or other quantitative discipline, or the local equivalent, is required.
  1. Experience: Five years of progressively responsible job-related professional-level experience in monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) and other surveillance systems, evaluation of program/project/activity implementation, in direct program/project/activity management, or in a closely related activity is required.  At least two years of this experience in a development-oriented workplace, or a related field, for USAID, other donor agencies, host-country organizations, or private-sector institutions, and which included project design, performance monitoring, and/or the analysis and interpretation of large amounts of data, is required.
  1. Post Entry Training:  Familiarization training in USAID- and PEPFAR-specific procedures, regulations, and methods, and orientation to working from a donor-Agency perspective, will be provided. Successful completion of formal C/AOR training is necessary for proper job performance and will be provided.  Training to maintain professional capability in the field, and other courses offered for professional USAID staff, as appropriate; and, courses, seminars, conferences, and other activities in fields related to the function and needed to maintain and update professional qualifications may be provided as they become available, subject to availability of funds.
  1. Language Proficiency: Level IV (fluent proficiency) in English, and in the appropriate host-country business language, both written and spoken, is required.  Language competence may be tested.
  1. Job Knowledge:  The Senior Specialist must have in depth, professional-level knowledge of development approaches and methods for performance analysis, data visualization, and program design, monitoring and evaluation.  The Senior Specialist must have excellent knowledge of MEL systems, public health programming, and international donor operations in the sector.  The Senior Specialist must have knowledge and understanding of the economic, political, social, and cultural characteristics of the host country; development problems in the health sector in the host country and the region; an understanding of the resources, resource constraints, and overall development prospects and priorities of the host country and the region.  The Senior Specialist must have working knowledge of USG legislation, policy, and practice relating to monitoring, evaluation, and learning, and of USAID programming policies, regulations, procedures, and documentation, and of the objectives, methodology, and status of assigned activities.
  1. Skills and Abilities: The Senior Specialist must have the ability to plan, organize and execute complex SI/MEL activities, including the ability to provide technical leadership and apply this ability to programming in the host country and the region. The Senior Specialist must have the ability to issue precise and accurate factual reports using rigorous analytical and interpretive skills. Excellent communication skills both writing and speaking, especially in being able to communicate technical subjects to individuals with nontechnical background. This role requires the ability to respond professionally and adjust in fluid situations in order to meet deadlines in the face of competing priorities and time pressures. Excellent computer and software skills including ability in excel, SPSS, STATA, R and/or other analytical databases.
  1. EVALUATION AND SELECTION FACTORS

Applicants will be evaluated based on stated requirements.  The selection process will be done in two stages (1) a Proficiency Test and (2) an interview.

  1. PRESENTING AN OFFER
  1. Eligible Offerors are required to complete and submit the offer form

Universal Application for Employment (UAE) (Form DS-174)

Required Documents:  Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application:
•     Current Resume
•     Qualification(s)
•     Three (3) references

  1. Offers must be received by the closing date and time specified in Section I, item 3, and submitted to the Point of Contact in Section I, item 11.
  1. To ensure consideration of offers for the intended position, Offerors must prominently reference the Solicitation number in the offer submission.
  1. Via E-mail:  Application forms may be emailed in PDF form to jmjobs@usaid.gov using the subject “Application V011-2021: <Your Name>”.

V. AnchorBENEFITS/ALLOWANCES

As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, a PSC is normally authorized the following benefits and allowances:

  1. BENEFITS:

Benefits are paid to Locally Employed Staff as outlined in the Local Compensation Plan

  1. ALLOWANCES (as applicable):

Allowances are paid to Locally Employed Staff as outlined in the Local Compensation Plan.

  1. TAXES

Employees are responsible to make payments for all relevant taxes.

  1. USAID REGULATIONS, POLICIES AND CONTRACT CLAUSES PERTAINING TO PSCs

USAID regulations and policies governing CCN/TCN PSC awards are available at these sources:

  1. USAID Acquisition Regulation (AIDAR), Appendix J, “Direct USAID Contracts With a Cooperating Country National and with a Third Country National for Personal Services Abroad,” including contract clause “General Provisions,” available at https://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/documents/1868/aidar_0.pdf
  1. Contract Cover Page form AID 309-1 available at https://www.usaid.gov/forms
  1. Ethical Conduct.  By the acceptance of a USAID personal services contract as an individual, the contractor will be acknowledging receipt of the “Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch,” available from the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, in accordance with General Provision 2 and 5 CFR 2635.  See https://www.oge.gov/web/oge.nsf/OGE%20Regulations

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY:

The US Mission in Jamaica provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.  The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs. 

The EEO complaint procedure is not available to individuals who believe they have been denied equal opportunity based upon marital status or political affiliation.  Individuals with such complaints should avail themselves of the appropriate grievance procedures, remedies for prohibited personnel practices, and/or courts for relief.

Epidemiologist, Epidemiological Surveillance Kingston, Jamaica

Background

The Jamaica Ministry of Health and Wellness seeks to strengthen the capacity for analysis of surveillance data at the national level.  This is in recognition of the increased availability of data and the need for rational use of data to inform interventions. This includes the use of data generated via routine disease/event-based and sentinel surveillance systems as well as the identification and harnessing of non-traditional data sources. It is apparent in light of recent outbreaks that a critical component of the national surveillance system is the ability to maintain capacity and remain resilient in the face of new public health threats.  The system must therefore be able to maintain routine data management functions while responding to increased demand for useful information synthesized in the face of public health threats.

To this end, the Ministry of Health and Wellness is building a data science team capable of processing large volumes of routine and new or Big data in ways that meet the needs of various stakeholders.  This includes building the capacity to develop and maintain resilient systems for timely data capture, processing and information synthesis and dissemination.  The data science team will consist of existing staff with the addition of data scientists and other staff who will enhance the analytical capabilities at the national level and improve the capacity for data analysis and use at the subnational levels.

An Epidemiologist will be recruited to form a bridge between the data analysis and the interpretation for public health purposes of noted phenomena.

2.    Objectives

•    Interpret the results of data analysis
•    Support planning for mitigation of potential public health threats
•    Support programme interpretation and intervention planning in keeping with the information generated from public health data

3.    Scope of Work 

•    Very close liaison with data scientists and GIS Analysts for the targeted generation of HIV surveillance information
o    Deployment of electronic data collection and transmission systems in the field
o    Training of field and head office staff in HIV surveillance data use
•    Preparation of epidemiological surveillance reports and reporting requirements and templates
•    Support surveillance teams at the subnational level in generating and using information
o    Monitoring use of data at all levels
o    Monitoring use and utility of dashboards
•    Design and execution of HIV-related and other scientific studies to elicit additional information
•    Use of statistical packages for additional interrogation of existing HIV surveillance data
•    Any other related duties that may be assigned by the Medical Epidemiologist
•    Support the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/MOHW Cooperative Agreement (CoAg) and data science team in building capacity for analysis of HIV/AIDS-related data at the national level

4.    Responsibilities of the Ministry of Health and Wellness

•    The Ministry of Health and Wellness will provide access by the Epidemiologist to the relevant data and hardware and software tools to facilitate completion of specified tasks. The Ministry will also provide guidance and feedback to ensure adequacy of work outputs.

5.    Responsibility of the Contractor

•    The Contractor will ensure that (i) assigned tasks and regular duties are effectively carried out in accordance with the standards and principles of the Ministry of Health and Wellness (ii) support is provided to sub-national teams in a timely manner and (iii) confidentiality is maintained in the execution of duties.

6.    Accountability and Reporting Systems 

•    Services will be contracted by the Ministry of Health and Wellness. The Contractor will report to the Medical Epidemiologist, Communicable Disease Surveillance, and will also work with the Principal Medical Officer, National Epidemiologist.

7.    Deliverables 
Table 1.  Deliverables and due dates

8.    Eligibility Requirements

The Contractor should have:
•    An undergraduate degree from a recognized university in computing or a natural science
•    A graduate degree from a recognized university in Epidemiology or other scientific research-based degree
•    A minimum of 5 years work experience in epidemiology or public health
•    Excellent interpersonal skills
•    Excellent organization skills
•    Attention to detail
•    Proficiency in the scientific method and study design
•    Proficiency in the application of biostatistics to solving public health problems
•    Proficiency in use of STATA, SAS or R for statistical data analysis
•    In-depth understanding of the public health system in Jamaica
•    In-depth understanding of public health principles
•    Proficiency in Python or Java an asset

9.    Funding

Funding for the contracted service will be supported through the CDC CoAg allocation to the Ministry of Health and Wellness. We are currently in year 1 (Sept 2020 – Sept 2021) of a 5 year CoAg.

10.    Duration

The duration of the contract will be for the period of one year. The option for renewal will be subject to the availability of additional funds from the CDC over the five-years of the CoAg.

11.    Instructions 

Email Submissions to Belinda.brownaustin@moh.gov.jm
What to Submit:  Application letter and CV
Deadline: March 2, 2021

12.    Evaluation criteria
Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of:


Candidate must attain a minimum mark of 70 to be considered.

Consultancy to document the Impact Of COVID-19 on the Continuity of Care for People Living with HIV (PLHIV) and Key Populations (KPs) in the Caribbean

PANCAP is seeking a consultant for the period March 2021 to April 2021 to document the impact of COVID-19 on the Continuity of Care for People Living with HIV (PLHIV) and Key Populations (KPs) in the Caribbean.

The consultant will document and highlight how COVID-19 is impacting the delivery of services for PLHIV and KPs in the selected countries. The consultant will also document strategies that have been implemented in countries to mitigate against the impact of COVID-19 on the lives of PLHIV and KPs.

Interested candidates can download the Terms of Reference and express interest by submitting an updated CV, and indicating their availability with a short statement highlighting suitability for the role in the email message.

Expressions of Interest must be submitted no later than 15:00 hours on Wednesday, 17 February 2021 to the following e-mail: procurement@caricom.org

Click here to download the complete Request for Expressions of Interest.