Technical Manager, Pediatric HIV (CIPHER Program) – Switzerland

About IAS:

IAS – the International AIDS Society – unites, educates and advocates for a world in which HIV no longer poses a threat to public health and individual well-being. After the emergence of HIV and AIDS, concerned scientists established the IAS to bring together experts from around the world and disciplines to promote a concerted response to HIV. Today, the IAS and its members unite scientists, policy makers and activists to galvanize the scientific response, strengthen global solidarity and enhance human dignity for all who live with and are affected by HIV. The IAS is also the steward of the most prestigious HIV conferences in the world: the International AIDS Conference, the IAS Conference on HIV Science and the Conference on Research for HIV Prevention.

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Job details:

The Technical Lead, Pediatric HIV will be based in Geneva, Switzerland and will report to the Senior Director, HIV Biomedical Science. The position is permanent and full-time to start as soon as possible.

Purpose of the position:

The Technical Lead, Pediatric HIV will provide technical leadership for the IAS Collaborative Initiative for Pediatric HIV Education and Research (CIPHER), which strives to accelerate an evidence-based HIV response evidence-based, human rights-based and integrated for infants, children, adolescents and young people living with and affected by HIV. To do this, the holder:

  • Closely monitor developments in pediatric HIV science and service delivery and regularly engage with other actors in the field to identify priority knowledge and implementation gaps and appropriate means to address that the IAS can remedy this.
  • Work closely with the IAS Capacity Development and Engagement team to define thematic areas of focus for CIPHER research grants, fellowships and evidence-to-action forums.
  • Use evidence to highlight critical issues for children, adolescents and young people in the HIV response and enable the creation of opportunities for meaningful engagement of these populations.
  • Collaborate with different IAS teams to accurately reflect and appropriately position pediatric HIV in IAS activities.

Main responsibilities:

  • Monitor the field of pediatric HIV and proactively engage with key stakeholders from normative agencies, program implementation, funding agencies, civil society, industry, etc. to identify gaps, define priority issues and develop a mobilization, education and advocacy work plan.
  • Design and implement activities to address strategic issues, leading or contributing to the conceptualization and convening of meetings tailored to different audiences, capacity development and engagement activities, and advocacy actions.
  • Provide technical input and strategic advice on the content of the IAS conference program, in collaboration with the IAS conference team.
  • Develop publications – for scientific and lay audiences – and other media.
  • Contribute to concept notes, proposals, outreach and reporting to support resource mobilization and donor relations for CIPHER and related IAS initiatives, in collaboration with the IAS development and partnerships team .
  • Perform any additional duties requested by the Senior Manager, HIV Biomedical Science.

Academic Qualifications:

  • Masters or PhD in biomedical sciences, health sciences, public health, pediatrics or other fields related to the duties of the position, or medical degree with relevant specialization.

Professional experience:

  • At least 7 years of experience in a similar position
  • Experience working with a diversity of stakeholders in a convening and facilitating role
  • Relevant experience in scientific research and publication
  • Although not essential for this position, the IAS recognizes the value of the experience of living with HIV and will take this into account when assessing applications.


  • Excellent knowledge of pediatric HIV, preferably in an international context, as well as established networks in pediatric HIV science, programs and advocacy
  • Ability to self-motivate, propose and implement strategic initiatives in changing environments
  • Strong sense of diplomacy and excellent stakeholder management and intercultural interpersonal skills
  • Excellent writing and communication skills – for scientific and lay audiences – and ability to represent the program and speak in public
  • Highly organized, systematic and with strong analytical skills
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure, occasionally working overtime and traveling internationally.

Languages ​​:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with a perfect professional command of English.
  • Knowledge of other languages ​​is an asset.

How to register

Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV and cover letter, in English and by email only, to [email protected] on a rolling basis. Note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Only applicants from Switzerland, an EU/EFTA country or applicants who already have a valid Swiss work permit to work full-time will be considered. Candidates must mention their work authorization in Switzerland on their CV.

IAS is committed to ensuring a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment and to greater involvement of people living with HIV (GIPA) in all aspects of our work. To help us achieve this, we welcome applications from all qualified candidates who share the values ​​of IAS (learn more here), regardless of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, HIV status, their race, national origin, cultural or ethnic origin, disability, religion or age.

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