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Senior Clinical Pediatric Advisor

Company Overview

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

Project Overview and Role

Palladium's Health Policy Plus project is seeking a Senior Clinical Pediatric Advisor with strong Pediatric and Adolescent HIV clinical and or research experience to be based in our Washington, DC office. The successful candidate will provide senior-level management and technical support to HPplus, ensuring that technical solutions remain at the forefront of industry requirements and overseeing knowledge sharing around industry innovations and project successes.  The Senior Clinical Pediatric Advisor will provide expertise, leadership, and management support with an emphasis on delivering results and impact, continually meeting the changing needs and priorities of our clients and beneficiaries. 

The Senior Clinical Pediatric Advisor, under the HPplus project, will be responsible for leading the pediatric technical area with a primary focus on pediatric and adolescent HIV, including strategic initiatives, work planning, financial accountability, staffing, and reporting and contribute to business development. The Senior Clinical Pediatric Advisor, will serve as a subject matter expert and coordinator for pediatrics in general with an emphasis on pediatric and adolescent HIV. The Pediatric Advisor will support projects that aim to improve quality and access to clinical HIV care for HIV exposed neonates, infants and children and adolescents living with HIV and postnatal and child health programming.   The incumbent will provide senior level technical leadership, management, consultation and support for the development and execution of project/program specific pediatric and adolescent HIV strategies. The incumbent will be expected to exercise judgement within broadly defined practices and policies in selecting methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria for obtaining results.   


As Senior Clinical Advisor, Pediatric and Adolescent HIV (85% time): 
  • Provides pediatric and pediatric and adolescent HIV expertise technical and management support to the program, technical staff and administrators as per project/program requirements or as directed by the Deputy Director, HIV (Health Policy Plus) at Palladium.
  • Identifies and proposes solutions to emerging issues in need of support and guidance in the continuum of HIV clinical services across the age spectrum.
  • Provides technical guidance on pediatric and adolescent integration between OVC, ANC, MNCH, PMTCT, clinical nutrition and adolescent health platforms.


Other corporate requirements (est. 10% time)
  • Maintain coordination with Palladium U.S. Business Unit health practice area
  • Maintain knowledge of funding and strategic trends in the pediatric and adolescent HIV field, particularly for USAID, and
  • Provide support and input to corporate health practice area and to business development (BD) on related oppoortunities. 
Reporting requirements
  • The role reports to the Deputy Director, HIV (Health Policy Plus) at Palladium.  Reporting requirements include:
  • Attendance at all weekly and/or management team meetings. 
  • Regular updates with manager.
  • Monthly submission of assigned project forecasts and activity reports.
  • A monthly update on the status of performance and revenue, as well as any other important areas for attention.
  • Any other reporting request as requested.
  •  The role will join part of Palladium's International Development portfolio, Americas region.
  • The role will be required to liaise closely with Team Leaders, Senior Managers, Technical Advisors, other employees, donor agencies and service providers. 
Authority levels
  • Compliance with corporate delegated authorities
  • Appropriate consultation with manager regarding important decisions involving your area of responsibility
  • Formulation of sound, evidence-based recommendations relevant in your areas of responsibility in the Health Practice.
Minimum education and professional experience required
  • Medical doctor or clinic equivalent [e.g. nurse] with pediatric specialty training with at least 5 years of global public health experience (clinical, program design and development and team management).
  • Masters-level degree in health-related field (public health or research-related field) is preferred

Key competencies required
  • Skills and experience in pediatrics, neonatology, nutrition, early childhood development and adolescent health
  • Quantitative skills with data analysis, statistical interpretation, and ease with using data as part of applying policy models. 
  • A record of authorship of technical reports and peer-reviewed journal publications.
  • Attention to detail and ability to effectively and efficiently perform multiple tasks and balance competing priorities often within a required timeframe.
  • Experience translating and communicating data for decision making and policy reform.
  • Strong program management skills and supervisory skills are highly desirable.
  • Strong interpersonal, writing, presentation, and organizational skills are required.
  • Demonstrated problem solving, analytic, and evaluative skills.
  • Professional and mature demeanor and conduct.
  • Ability to respond and adapt quickly to changing requirements and competing demands.
  • Ability to take initiative and/or respond independently to situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with culturally diverse team and exhibit high diplomacy and interrelation skills.
  • English is required
  • Fluency in Portuguese and is preferred.
  • Willingness to travel internationally to support field activities and provide management and technical assistance.
Core competencies
  • Pediatric and adolescent HIV clinical skills and experience
  • Program management and leadership experience
  • Quantitative skills and experience
  • Monitoring and evaluation experience
  • People management
  • Writing skills
  • Health policy experience