Senior DREAMS Coordinator and Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) Technical Advisor

Posting Number: #250-21

Position Title: Senior DREAMS Coordinator and Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) Technical Advisor

Closing Date: Until Filled

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FELLOWSHIP TITLE: Senior DREAMS Coordinator and Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) Technical Advisor

HOST ORGANIZATION: United States Agency for International Development, Malawi

LOCATION: Lilongwe, Malawi

POSITION LEVEL: Senior Technical Advisor

TRAVEL: 25% estimated travel


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On December 1, 2014, World AIDS Day, PEPFAR, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Nike Foundation launched the DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-Free, Mentored, Safe) Partnership.  The goal of DREAMS is to substantially reduce new HIV infections in adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) aged 10-24.and the program is implemented in 15 countries, including Malawi. DREAMS is implemented through the delivery of a comprehensive package of evidence-based approaches and interventions that go beyond health, with an emphasis on addressing social economic determinants of HIV risks such as poverty, gender inequality, sexual violence, lack of education, and lack of social assets.

DREAMS programming is a response to data showing that adolescent girls account for most new HIV infections among adolescents and that HIV and AIDS is the leading cause of death for girls aged 15-19 in eastern and southern Africa. Preventing HIV among AGYW will not only contribute significantly to epidemic control in terms of incidence and prevalence but is likely to be one of the most effective interventions for impacting overall health, development, and well-being of AGYW. The Malawi DREAMS program provides a comprehensive package of services targeting the most-at-risk AGYW in Blantyre, Machinga and Zomba districts through a comprehensive DREAMS service delivery package. Interventions built on and complement ongoing prevention, care, and treatment interventions in the country. Planned activities for Fiscal Year, 2022 (October 2021– September 2022) build on the successes and lessons learned from the previous phase as well as global trends.


The Senior DREAMS Coordinator and Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) Technical Advisor (the Senior Advisor) will work across the U.S. State Department, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Defense, Peace Corps, and the United States Agency for International Development in Lilongwe in a coordinating role to ensure the success of DREAMS and integration of evidence based AGYW programming across the PEPFAR portfolio. The Senior Advisor will be responsible for leading a coordinated effort for DREAMS planning, monitoring, reporting, and communication, including supporting interagency technical assistance visits.  The Senior Advisor will also be responsible for all DREAMS and AGYW related reporting requirements to S/GAC and will provide high-level data analysis on DREAMS and AGYW implementation and achievements for various stakeholders, PEPFAR staff, and ad hoc requests for information.

The Senior Advisor will also coordinate the Secondary Education Expansion Development (SEED) initiative, AGYW National Strategy implementation, serve as the Gender point of contact for national and multilateral engagements and participate in the development of PEPFAR Malawi Country Operational Plan (COP), quarterly reporting through PEPFAR Oversight and Accountability Review (POART), and briefing memoranda to the Front Office and other stakeholders as needed. The Advisor will be a key member of the interagency Prevention Technical Working Group.

Reporting structure:

The Senior Advisor will be based at USAID in Lilongwe, Malawi. They will work closely with and receive technical direction from the PEPFAR Coordinator, who will serve as their Point of Contact.

Essential Duties and Outcomes

Outcome 1: Coordinate DREAMS and AGYW programming and policy efforts with USG, multilateral, and national counterparts (50%)

  • Serve as the PEPFAR interagency DREAMS Coordinator and provide leadership and oversight for DREAMS activities across the USG PEPFAR portfolio.
  • Coordinate DREAMS planning, monitoring, reporting, and communications activities, including preparation for and facilitation of DREAMS partner meetings and quarterly AGYW Strategy Steering Committee meetings.
  • Support interagency technical assistance visits.
  • Provide support and coordination for the USG PEPFAR team in its partnership with GoM efforts addressing AGYW, including implementation of the Malawi’s National HIV Prevention Strategy, National HIV and AIDS Strategic Plan, Health Sector Policy on Comprehensive HIV Prevention, and the National AGYW Strategy.
  • Support and advise the coordination of partners involved in the multi-sectoral response to gender-based violence (GBV), especially related to the DREAMS initiative.
  • Work directly with other DOD, PC, USAID and CDC related HIV technical leads and implementing partners drawing upon data generated from the DREAMS Database.
  • Engage key stakeholders including the Government of Malawi, UN organizations, the Global Fund, and other donors on AGYW activities and seek opportunities for joint programming, and on behalf of the USG, participate in quarterly Prevention Technical Working Groups meetings hosted by National AIDS Commission or Ministry of Health with an aim to ensure transparency and harmonization of USG investments with other in-country investments.
  • At the request of the Chief of Mission, provide briefing, progress reports, memoranda, and other Front Office communications materials.
  • Document and share success stories and best practices disseminating to local and global audiences.

Outcome 2: Provide technical expertise in HIV prevention among adolescent girls and young women (25%)

  • Lead USG efforts to monitor, provide technical assistance in analyzing data trends and also highlighting successes in implementation of DREAMS package of evidence-based interventions—related to adolescent-friendly reproductive health, strengthening the family, strengthening the community, and decreasing the risk of partners— that address HIV risk behaviors, HIV transmission, and gender-based violence among the target population; and
  • Review work plans and progress reports for program quality

Outcome 3: Project Management (25%)

  • Support the development of the Country Operational Plan (COP), PEPFAR Oversight and Accountability Review (POART), and Performance Reviews with targeted focus on issues related to AGYW, including Sexual Risk Avoidance and Reduction, Violence Prevention, DREAMS programing, Engaging Men and Boys, and other HIV prevention and treatment programming;
  • Provide advice to support annual budget allocation and work plan development for DREAMS programming; and
  • Facilitate/prepare information sheets, presentations, and other documents about US government funded AGYW programs in Malawi.

Anticipated learning outcomes:

  • Apply HIV/AIDS and AGYW knowledge to strengthen program.
  • Apply and distinguish international standards within technical/content area to support programming.
  • Cultivate leadership skills based on the STAR GH mentorship curriculum to effectively facilitate capacity building and knowledge sharing activities amongst staff and peers.
  • Expand access to knowledge and resources through networking and collaborative practice within global health.


  • Minimum 13 years of relevant technical experience with master’s degree or a minimum of 15 years of relevant technical experience with bachelor’s degree.
  • At least five (5) years of work experience with strong preference for experience in public health and/or social welfare programs to mitigate the effects of HIV on children, adolescents, and their families.
  • At least (2) years of experience working with U.S. Government (USG) Missions, implementing partners, community-based organizations, and/or other bilateral donors internationally, particularly in resource-challenged settings.
  • At least two (2) years of experience working directly with host-country governments at the national, district, or sub-district level, especially on relevant public health challenges for AGYW and their male peers, including HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence response and prevention, education, etc.
  • High-level knowledge and demonstrated application of planning, designing, implementing, and providing technical guidance.
  • Demonstrable understanding of HIV/AIDS prevention, community-based social welfare initiatives, and AGYW and Gender-Based Violence programing including program design, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Demonstrated capacity to monitor and oversee a health initiative and/or campaign.
  • Demonstrated strong data analysis skills; must have the ability to obtain, analyze, synthesize, and disseminate data and present findings in both oral and written form.
  • Advanced capacity in qualitative and quantitative data presentation (including Excel, PowerPoint, and Word) are required.
  • Demonstrated capacity to use data-informed decision-making with regards to programs policies.
  • Excellent coordination skills with strong attention to detail and follow-through, including balancing competing priorities in a fast-paced working environment and working under pressure to meet project or event deadlines.
  • Strong management and analytical skills are required to strategize, develop, and implement effective USG-supported HIV/AIDS programs.
  • Demonstrated facilitation skills with an eye towards presentation, judgment, and diplomacy amongst diverse stakeholder groups.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and team building skills: must have the ability to engage effectively with others in a multi-cultural team environment and proactively work to achieve consensus on policy, project, and administrative matters.
  • Strong written and verbal skills and ability to communicate technical information clearly and effectively to both technical and non-technical colleagues, including via project briefings, reports, and other communications.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain relationships and contacts with counterparts in host government from the National AIDS Commission, Ministry of Health (MoH) to the community level, UN Agencies, other bi-lateral Donor and NGO partners working in HIV prevention among adolescent girls and young women.

Additional skills (preferred):

  • Prior PEPFAR experience or interfacing strongly desired.
  • Strong understanding of resource-challenged context, particularly at the rural level.


All applicants are required to apply for this position through STAR’s online recruitment system at, which allows you to store your CV/resume and separate cover letter describing your qualifications and experience, interest and familiarity with issues relating to this position, and how this position relates to your career goals is required for each application. The position will remain open until filled.


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