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Desk Officer
Title:Desk Officer
Location:San Diego, CA
Company:Seneca Solutions
Security Level:None

The DoD HIV/AIDS Prevention Program (DHAPP) is responsible for the Department of Defense’s program to reduce HIV/AIDS in Foreign Militaries. In support of this Program it is requested that the contractor identify a Desk Officer. Specifically, the need is for project support to help DOD achieve their goal of reducing the transmission of STIs and HIV in foreign militaries. These services include, but are not limited to coordinating all US-partner military HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment activities under the direction of the Branch Chief for Country Programs. This includes but is not limited to project management, technical assistance, liaising, advising, planning, organizing, monitoring, data collecting, and evaluating of project progress. The incumbent will collaborate and coordinate with the Branch Chief for Country Programs, 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 incumbent must be able and willing to work additional hours beyond the established 40 hour work week and outside the established Monday through Friday work week.

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:

80% of the specific duties of the DHAPP Desk Officer will include but are not limited to the following:

  • Understand the country and military HIV epidemiology, medical capabilities, and HIV policies.
  • Determine an appropriate 5-year HIV strategy based upon local resources and potential partners, current host military HIV efforts.
  • Identify funding opportunities, request funding, and assist with preparation of proposals.
  • Liaison with appropriate in-country members.
  • Coordinate activities with Unified Combatant Commands.
  • Implement the planned prevention strategy.
  • Provide program oversight, milestone monitoring, and evaluation including implementing partners.
  • Provide financial oversight and review for appropriate disbursement including implementing partners.
  • Maintain current military HIV knowledge and information.
  • Participate in knowledge exchange and program progress with in-country members.
  • Formulate a team of expert resources in prevention, treatment, care and support activities as needed.
  • Provide additional support to DHAPP by participating as a technical expert as appropriate, review proposals and strategic plans as requested.

20% of the specific duties of the DHAPP Desk Officer will include but are not limited to the following prevention team activities:

  • Provide HIV prevention technical assistance to the field with regard to program planning, behavior change communication, HIV service linkages, HIV testing and counseling, partner notification/index testing, PMTCT, VMMC, general population prevention and other related HIV-specific programming.
  • Provide various technical training including HIV testing services, partner notification and other training as needed internationally.
  • Serve on USG technical panels in specific HIV technical areas.
  • Direct, manage, and evaluate large amounts of data from a variety of resources.


  • Education: Minimum of a master's 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.
  • 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.
  • Language Proficiency: Written and oral proficiency in English is required. Intermediate or better French speaking ability is preferred.  Ability to communicate effectively and accurately with 1) all categories of project employees, 2) USG, NGO, and local government officials.
  • 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.
  • 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. Possess strong monitoring and evaluation skills. 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. Both data use (database management, Excel, PowerPoint) skills as well as programmatic skills are highly desired.
  • 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 U.S. approximately 25% of the year.
  • Citizenship: Due to Federal contract regulations, U.S. citizenship (no dual U.S. citizenship) and the ability to obtain a Secret Clearance is required.



Seneca Nation Group offers competitive compensation and a strong benefits package including comprehensive medical and dental care, matching 401K, paid time off, flexible spending accounts, disability coverage, and other benefits that help provide financial protection for you and your family.

Seneca Nation Group provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex/gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, genetic information and/or predisposing genetic characteristics, victim of domestic violence status, veteran status, or other protected class status. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leave of absence, compensation and training. The Company also prohibits retaliation against any employee who exercises his or her rights under applicable anti-discrimination laws. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Company does give hiring preference to Seneca or Native individuals. Veterans with expertise in these areas are highly encouraged to apply.


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