The U.S. Department of State, our country’s lead foreign policy agency, provides a rich international experience whether at home or abroad, and opportunities to become responsible leaders.
Each day, our employees make a difference as they contribute to our global society and defend and advance our country’s interests and values. They work on the business of diplomacy and high priority issues that impact the safety, security, and prosperity of our world – human rights, environment, energy, food security, public health, and technology – all while experiencing a unique opportunity.
Our talented workforce reflects and champions all of our strengths and diversity – personal, professional, and educational. We offer a workplace that values and rewards leadership, collaboration and innovation, and personal and professional development.
Foreign Service PEPFAR Country Coordinators serve as the embassy-based expert on all matters concerning the Department of State’s Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy (S/GAC). The Coordinator represents the PEPFAR program and policies of S/GAC in the host country.
Job Title: PEPFAR Country Coordinator – Ghana
The Coordinator leads the U.S. PEPFAR interagency team in the designated country in the conception, formulation, and recommendation of initiatives in response to the epidemic profile in the designated country. The Coordinator has responsibility for a PEPFAR program that is appropriate for the local context, and will contribute to epidemic control and to a sustainable national HIV/AIDS response. The Coordinator ensures coordination and linkage of U.S. government (USG) bilateral assistance with those of the host country, other bilateral donors, particularly the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, non-governmental organizations, and international multilateral organizations engaged in the fight against the global HIV/AIDS epidemic.
The Coordinator also evaluates the relative need, local conditions, and capability of the designated country to develop or improve its infrastructure and programs necessary to provide or strengthen the quality, availability and sustainability of HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention and care services.
The Coordinator ensures outreach to and engagement of civil society and private-sector partners, including advocacy groups, faith- and community-based organizations, and businesses in the HIV/AIDS response, and encourages the engagement of these groups by all USG agencies responding to the epidemic in-country.
PEPFAR Country Coordinators lead the USG PEPFAR interagency team in the designated country. They:
- Are responsible for advancing the PEPFAR’s teams progress towards to sustainable control of the HIV epidemic and, ultimately, achieving an AIDS-free generation;
- Ensure that the PEPFAR program fits within the strategies and regulations of the partner country government and aligns with international policies and recommendations;
- Are responsible for ensuring accountability, transparency and impact for the USG resources directed to controlling the HIV/AIDS epidemic in country;
- Communicate USG policy and technical direction to implementing agency leadership;
- Coordinate and facilitate the interagency approach to PEPFAR within the USG;
- Coordinate and facilitate with PEPFAR implementing agencies on the restructuring, reorienting and recasting of immediate and long range goals, objectives, plans and schedules to meet substantial changes in policy, legislation, program authority and/or funding, and facilitate discussion with the interagency team regarding determinations of projects to be initiated, ended or refocused;
- Develop annual country operational plans (COPs);
- Oversee changes in interagency organizational structure;
- Lead the interagency process in-country in long range planning in connection with prospective changes in USG funding, policies, and programs;
- Provide expert guidance and advice to Direct Hire (DH) officers and to Locally Employed (LE) staff who perform reporting and analytical work and provide administrative support;
- Establish appropriate controls to ensure the integrity—financial, technical, and operational—of all HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and care programs implemented pursuant to PEPFAR;
- Decide, in coordination with the U.S. embassy leadership and PEPFAR implementing agencies, how best to direct the funds allocated to the country for successful program impact, fully understanding the current levels of expenditure and pipeline, develop budgets, and ensure continued flow of funds necessary to implement the program;
- Ensure the use of data collection and knowledge-based program management in regard to all aspects (implementation, technology, costing) of treatment, prevention and care strategies;
- Provide leadership and guidance to other USG interagency leaders in-country who implement and monitor the PEPFAR program portfolio; and
- Analyze the unique operational context of the PEPFAR program in the designated country and coordinate the interagency process to establish a vision and strategy for responding to this context within the guidelines of the S/GAC policy and U.S. diplomatic priorities.
- Occasional Travel
- PEPFAR LNAs serve in the country or region specified and may be assigned to or perform Temporary Duty travel overseas and at times, lives away from family and/or in difficult or isolated conditions. Selected applicants will be notified of an interview requirement. Interviews may take place by telephone or in-person in Washington, D.C. All travel and other expenses incurred in connection with an in-person interview are the sole responsibility of the applicant.
- This LNA position is initially for 27 months, and may be extended periodically up to a maximum of five years, based on satisfactory performance and the needs of the Service. A PEPFAR Country Coordinator is assigned to a specific U.S. embassy or consulate with the expectation that the PEPFAR Country Coordinator’s appointment will permit completion of a 24 month tour of duty.
- Be a U.S. citizen and available for worldwide service.
- Be able to obtain a Top Secret Security Clearance.
- Be able to obtain an appropriate Foreign Service Medical Clearance.
- Be able to obtain a favorable Suitability Review Panel determination.
- Be at least 20 years old and at least 21 years old to be appointed.
- LNAs do not lead to permanent employment with the State Department.
Required Work Experience
Applicants must have a minimum of eight years of senior experience managing HIV/AIDS, health, or other development programs. Of the eight years, at least five years must be managing and implementing HIV/AIDS programs or working with large complex international or domestic programs.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
This position requires a highly qualified and experienced individual with exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, the ability to foster team work, the capacity for strategic thinking, and an understanding of the technical and policy requirements to achieve the PEPFAR goals in the Country. The incumbent must be familiar with and be able to work well in an overseas environment and with a wide range of governmental and non-governmental counterparts. The PEPFAR Coordinator must have the following qualifications and demonstrated abilities:
- Ability to work with partner government to strengthen capacities to lead the response to the epidemic and other health demands;
- Ability to track large amounts of data and manage complex interagency planning, reporting, and performance processes;
- Ability to empower PEPFAR team members to apply available resources and expertise to addressing the local epidemic;
- Ability to integrate and coordinate HIV/AIDS programs with broader global health and development programs to maximize impact on health systems;
- Ability to mediate interagency conflicts and facilitate decisions on complex technical, programmatic, strategic and financial issues;
- Capacity to promote sustainable country programs;
- Capacity to expand prevention, care and treatment in both concentrated and generalized epidemics;
- Strong interpersonal, teamwork, facilitation and negotiation skills;
- Strong managerial skills;
- Strong oral and written communication skills;
- Strong analytical skills;
- Strong capacity to multi-task, including managing, prioritizing and fulfilling competing demands in real time;
- Cross-cultural sensitivity and awareness;
- Availability and willingness to work outside the regular 40-hour workweek when required/necessary; and
- Willingness to travel to work sites and other offices as/when requested. Level IV English ability (fluent) is required. Successful applicants must also consistently meet a high standard for English, both written (overall structure as well as grammar, spelling and punctuation) and spoken (overall structure as well as delivery, clarity and succinctness).
Candidates must be eligible for diplomatic privileges and immunities in the country of assignment.
In addition to the general requirements for employment, applicants must hold a Master’s degree or higher in a relevant professional discipline such as Public Policy, Public Health, Business Administration or other related subjects.
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order to be credited towards qualifications.
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.