Robert Clay is a Senior Foreign Service Officer with the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID). He is currently the Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Bureau for Global Health.
For the past three years, Mr. Clay was Director of the Office of HIV/AIDS within the Bureau for Global Health, responsible for leading the agency’s implementation of HIV/AIDS programs under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. In fiscal year 2009, USAID administered $3.3 billion of Emergency Plan resources, or approximately 60 percent of the U.S. global HIV/AIDS initiative. The OHA office has over 140 staff.
Prior to returning to Washington, Mr. Clay was the Director of the Population, Health and Nutition (PHN) Office at USAID/India. As the PHN Team Leader, he provided oversight for a budget of $100 million and 25 staff. His area of responsibilities included HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, reproductive health, tuberculosis, polio, urban health, nutrition, health systems development, health communication, health research, and evaluation and monitoring.
Mr. Clay also served as the Director of the PHN Office in Zambia from 1998-2003, where he oversaw the growth of the program from $10 million to $40 million, including Zambia being designated a rapid scale-up country for HIV/AIDS and a priority country for malaria and micronutrients expansions. Mr. Clay led the development of one of the first multi-sectoral HIV/AIDS programs at the Agency, which involved all U.S. government partners in Zambia.
Robert Clay’s 28 years of experience with USAID began in 1983, when he assumed the principal responsibility for expanding USAID’s efforts to increase the use of oral rehydration therapy worldwide. Since then, he has held several different positions at the agency, including Chief of the Health Services Division of the Bureau for Research and Development, and Deputy Director of the Office of Health and Nutrition in the Global Bureau at USAID headquarters. Through these assignments, he was responsible for such areas as diarrheal diseases, immunizations, health communication, health care financing, acute respiratory infections, maternal care, breastfeeding, private sector delivery of health services, urban health and pharmceuticals.
Mr. Clay worked for the American Public Health Association in Washington before his assignments at USAID.