Technical Advisor I, Research Utilization and Knowledge Management

FHI 360, Durham NC, United States

Skill Required:, Project ManagementResearch and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
14th March, 2021

Job Description

Job Summary:

We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Technical Advisor I for Research Utilization/ Knowledge Management (RU/KM) for a proposed HIV biomedical prevention product introduction project. Pending funding by USAID and in partnership with PEPFAR, this project would be a 5-year cooperative agreement focused on providing product introduction support for HIV biomedical prevention products, e.g., oral PrEP and the dapivirine vaginal ring. This position is expected to begin as early as September 2021.  Availability of position is contingent upon funding by USAID.

The Technical Advisor I (TA) will report to a Project Deputy Director and support the project’s research utilization (RU) and knowledge management (KM) portfolio.  Specifically, the Technical Advisor will be responsible for working with research utilization teams in multiple countries in sub-Saharan Africa to operationalize the project’s RU and KM priorities. S/he will support the development of country- and workstream-specific RU plans and monitor progress against these plans. S/he will support teams in identifying and mitigating any roadblocks in executing these plans and alert project leadership to any significant changes to the RU plans. The Technical Advisor will also support the gathering, synthesis, and dissemination of information, including development of evidence-based tools and technical resources. S/he will be responsible for working with HQ-based staff, country-based staff and may supervise others.


  • Works closely with Project Leadership and provides technical support for all RU/KM activities.
  • Leads and oversees implementation of country-level RU plans for project activities, provides guidance to country-based staff, ensures that work is carried out according to the timeline established in the RU plans and alerts project leadership of any deviations to these plans.
  • Strengthens capacity of country-based RU staff as well as junior staff at HQ on RU practices and principles.
  • Provides guidance to country staff and project leadership to ensure any changes made to implementation plans continue to support project objectives.
  • Works closely with Project’s technical teams to ensure knowledge products are responding to country-level identified needs, synthesizes evidence and develops knowledge products, and provides input on learning technology and learning exchange activities.
  • Works closely with project leadership to support the synthesis and curation of evidence and experience emerging from programming, routine data analysis, and research.
  • Works closely with science writers, editors, designers, and language translation specialists to produce high-quality, audience-appropriate print and digital content, including peer-reviewed publications, blog posts, technical briefs, reports and fact sheets, conference abstracts and posters, and training materials and other technical tools.
  • Contributes to the preparation of annual work plans and progress reports in a timely fashion for submission to USAID.
  • May supervise staff and support performance management and professional development of direct reports, including ongoing feedback, coaching, and career support.
  • Responsible for planning and scheduling own work flow and timetables, within area and function guidelines.
  • Identifies areas for improved efficiency or effectiveness within prescribed parameters, and institutes enhancements to procedures.
  • Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with donor/client organizations, relevant government agencies, bilateral projects, and other NGOs.
  • Develops tools to support the implementation of plans for biomedical prevention products introduction and scale-up. Ensures that project implementation adheres to the appropriate global strategy and remains technically sound.
  • May serve as a departmental resource on procedural, administrative and operational issues. Performs other duties as assigned.


Master’s Degree or its International Equivalent in international development, public health or related field required.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Typically requires 5-8 years of relevant project management experience.
  • Prior work experience with research utilization and knowledge management.
  • Prior work experience with HIV prevention and PEPFAR programming.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects, set realistic priorities, and plan for the successful implementation of activities.
  • Highly proficient writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Competent computer software skills.
  • Fluency in being able to read, write and speak in English.


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