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Desk Officer

Job Description:

Leidos's Military & Veterans Health Solutions Group is seeking a Desk Officer (Life Scientist) to work with the Department of Defense (DoD) HIV/AIDS Prevention Program (DHAPP) in San Diego, CA.

The Desk Officer will be responsible to coordinate all US-partner military HIV/AIDS prevention activities under the direction of the Country Team Leader of the countries assigned. This includes but is not limited to project management, liaising, advising, planning, organizing, monitoring, data monitoring, evaluating and collecting, and evaluating of project progress. The incumbent will collaborate and coordinate with the DHAPP Team and Team Lead, the USG HQ staff from various agencies (USAID, CDC) mission colleagues of all USG implementing agencies, in-country colleagues, host-country military officials, and with non-government organizations (NGO) and Universities where applicable. The Desk Officer will work under the direction of the Country Team Leader and the Leidos Management team. The incumbent will work with a high level of independence. S/he will establish priorities with the country team lead, adhere to and meet established deadlines, and perform responsibilities and duties with minimal guidance and little follow up. The incumbent must be able and willing to work additional hours beyond the established 40 hour work week and outside the established Monday through Friday workweek.

The Desk Officer will exercise independent judgment and formal decision making authority to:
  • 1) provide policy and technical input in the development of appropriate HIV prevention, care and treatment strategies,
  • 2) serve as a contact point for all matters related to US-host military HIV/AIDS issues,
  • 3) work with USG and NGO partners to implement the HIV/AIDS prevention plan,
  • 4) represent the USG, DoD, and DHAPP in coordinating HIV/AIDS prevention in-country efforts with other donors and collaborators,
  • 5) participate in policy making and technical discussions with decision makers from host-country government on HIV/AIDS issues as appropriate

Specific Duties and responsibilities of the DHAPP Desk Officer will include but are not limited to the following:

  • 1. Understand the country and military HIV epidemiology, medical capabilities, and HIV policies.
  • 2. Determine an appropriate 5 year HIV prevention strategy based upon local resources and potential partners, current host military HIV efforts.
  • 3. Identify funding opportunities, request funding, and assist with preparation of proposals.
  • 4. Liaison with appropriate in-country members.
  • 5. Coordinate activities with Unified Combatant Commands.
  • 6. Implement the planned prevention, care and treatment strategy.
  • 7. Provide program oversight, milestone monitoring, and evaluation, including partners.
  • 8. Provide financial oversight and review for appropriate disbursement, including partners.
  • 9. Maintain current military HIV knowledge and information.
  • 10. Participate in knowledge exchange and program progress with in-country members.
  • 11. Provide additional support to DHAPP by participating as a technical expert as appropriate, review proposals and strategic plans as requested.
  • 12. Serve on USG Technical Working Groups (TWGs) in specific HIV technical areas, as appropriate.
  • 13. Strong monitoring and evaluating skills in order to direct, manage and evaluate large amounts of data from a variety or resources


1. Education: Minimum of a Masters Degree in a relevant technical field from an accredited college or university and at least two years of HIV related experience. Master of Public Health is preferred.

2. Prior Work Experience: Minimum of two years of experience in international health, health sciences, or in HIV/AIDS programs. Prior work experience with a USG Agency, military, or other international/local organization is advantageous.

3. Language Proficiency: Written and oral proficiency in English is required. Intermediate or better French speaking ability is preferred . The incumbent must be able to communicate effectively and accurately with 1) all categories of project employees, 2) USG, NGO, and local government officials. The incumbent is required to be capable of preparing briefing documents such as technical, progress, and fiscal reports. Reports, correspondences, and documents are to be prepared in a professional and competent manner requiring little or no editorial changes.

4. Knowledge: Knowledge of concepts, principles, techniques and practices of HIV/AIDS prevention, care, treatment, and support programs is desired. An understanding and knowledge of USG regulations and procedures is beneficial. The incumbent should have an interest in working with and on behalf of militaries. Be able to interact positively and professionally within an academic/evidence based environment. Have excellent critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Capable of planning, developing, managing, and evaluating complex programs independently. The incumbent must be able to work both independently and cooperatively in an established culturally diverse team setting. The incumbent will be required to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and be flexible in responding to changing demands, timelines, and priorities. In addition, the incumbent must be very skilled in using, managing, very large excel documents and know how to create tables, convert to graphs, diagrams, and manipulate the excel spreadsheets to create PowerPoint presentations for the countries assigned and for the team. Both strategic information (database management, excel, PowerPoint, access) skills as well as programmatic skills are highly desired.

5. Travel: The incumbent must be willing and be able to travel domestically, internationally, and regionally as requested or necessary. Please note this position involves the ability to travel out of the continental US approximately 25% of the year.

6. Citizenship: Due to Federal contract regulations, US citizenship (no dual US citizenship) and the ability to obtain a Secret Clearance is required.Supervision Received:

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