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Health Systems Technical Advisor

Health Systems Technical Advisor

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GHSI-III - Global Health Support Initiative III
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CAMRIS International is an international development and research firm that realizes innovative solutions to health and development challenges through high-quality, cost-effective program and research management services. With experience working in more than 80 countries, we combine our proven systems with today’s most effective, evidence-based best practices to improve the lives of people around the world.


The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has contracted through Social Solutions International partnered with CAMRIS International, to recruit and hire qualified individuals for the following position:


Title: Health Systems Technical Advisor

United States Agency for International Development/Bureau for Global Health/Office of Health Systems (USAID/GH/OHS)

Application Deadline:   Open until Filled


The Health Systems Technical Advisor will be located in the Office of Health Systems (OHS) within the Bureau for Global Health (GH). OHS serves as the Agency’s knowledge hub for health systems strengthening (HSS) and is responsible for implementing the Agency’s approaches to HSS, disseminating health systems knowledge, and providing technical assistance and other support to USAID’s programs and field missions through analysis, strategy development, and program design.


OHS operates global projects that implement HSS activities in the six health systems functions: health finance; health governance; health information; human resources for health; medical products, vaccines, and technologies; and service delivery.


Working closely with technical teams across the six health system functions, the Technical Advisor will coordinate and lead OHS’ health systems research (HSR) agenda to promote and apply learning about health system performance to improve the health and well-being of people in low- and middle-income countries. The goal of the HSR agenda is to understand the key components of HHS programs that are most effective. The Technical Advisor will also contribute to the integration of knowledge and programming by actively applying complex systems analysis to his/her work in support of USAID’s health priorities (preventing child and maternal deaths, controlling the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and combating infectious disease threats). The Technical Advisor will also be responsible for budget management and execution for OHS investments in health systems strengthening.


S/he will work closely with and receive technical guidance from the Director, Deputy Director, and other senior staff in OHS. S/he will provide technical assistance, as assigned, to country, regional and international stakeholders. The Technical Advisor will manage multiple activities and assignments simultaneously, and work independently, proactively, and efficiently to conceptualize and develop new activities/initiatives related to health systems integration, systems thinking, and implementation research.  


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Health Systems Implementation Science and Research (45%)

  • Assemble, analyze, and disseminate the findings of peer-reviewed literature, published reviews, program evaluations, and technical reports of health system strengthening efforts
  • Assess the status of the OHS health systems research portfolio including collection/analysis of data, identification of strengths/gaps/potential synergies, and development of recommendations for optimizing OHS research investments
  • Provide technical support, guidance, and feedback to OHS teams, Mission staff, and other USAID operating units regarding design, implementation, and presentation of health systems research protocols, activities, and reports
  • Participate in evidence synthesis exercises on health systems strengthening topics
  • May contribute to technical reports, manuscripts, and commentaries/letters to the editor on health systems research topic
  • In coordination with the Senior Communications Advisor, prepare drafts for talking points, slide presentations, success stories, and other communications materials to disseminate information about health systems research results
  • Serve as OHS member on the Global Health Bureau’s Research Committee
  • Organize and synthesize the OHS inputs for the annual USAID Report to Congress on Health Research
  • Participate in external conferences, meetings, and other fora related to health systems research
  • Support OHS project management staff to monitor USAID and implementing partner contributions to important health systems research symposia, conferences, and other meetings

Health Systems Strengthening Technical Assistance and Support (40%)

  • Provide technical advice and apply systems thinking across the functions of health finance; health governance; health information; human resources for health; medical products, vaccines, and technologies; and service delivery
  • Work on program and activity designs that incorporate current evidence on systems thinking for integrated approaches bridging multiple health systems functions to improve performance of a country’s health system
  • Collaborate with Global Health staff, USAID Missions, and other USAID operating units to design projects and activities that integrate health systems strengthening functions into sector-specific technical activities (HIV/AIDS, malaria, maternal and child health, etc.)
  • In collaboration with the OHS Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor, design and conduct secondary data analyses related to health systems performance and outcomes in developing countries
  • Provide technical support to help USAID Missions follow up on results published in the 2017 Acting on the Call Report focused on health systems strengthening to end preventable child and maternal deaths.
  • Support global technical coordination in support of USAID priorities and initiatives in health system strengthening
  • Serve as an activity coordinator for HSS programs by providing technical input to activities as requested and ensuring timely obligation of funds
  • Keep abreast of literature and latest developments in the fields of HSS and international development and communicate/disseminate this information to others within OHS and USAID
  • Participate in inter- and intra-agency working groups as assigned and as appropriate to the scope of work
  • Serve as an OHS/HSS point of contact for GH country teams

Budget Management and Execution (15%)

  • Design and coordinate OHS cross-bureau budget tracking spreadsheets
  • Ensure that OHS budget plans are up-to-date and align with office priorities and leadership decisions
  • Support OHS project managers, as requested, in analyzing pipelines, estimating incremental funding needs, and tracking field support funding
  • Coordinate and track distribution, commitment, and obligation of OHS program and OE funds with the OHS Director, OHS project managers, and P3 staff
  • Analyze OHS budget data and produce/deliver budget trackers, reports, and presentations, including aggregated quarterly accruals reports, as requested


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.


  • Master’s degree or higher in public health, health systems strengthening or a related social science field and a minimum of two years professional experience (five years at the GS-13 equivalent).
  • Experience applying systems thinking to technical support of global health programs. Proven ability to apply innovative approaches, work independently and apply new methods to solve problems.
  • Experience designing and/or conducting health systems-related research (may include operational research, implementation research, etc.)
  • Ability to analyze quantitative information and communicate key findings through data visualization
  • Experience working with USAID, other donor organizations, host country governments and/or non-governmental organizations.
  • Excellent ability to communicate, influence and convince verbally and in writing.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships with people of varied professional, educational and cultural backgrounds.
  • High degree of independent judgment to assess his/her own work.
  • Ability to travel internationally (up to 20% of time)
  • US citizenship or US permanent residency required.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain, at a minimum, a Facilities Access clearance.


Oral and written communications skills and the ability to read, analyze, and interpret technical journals, reports, and other publications. Ability to effectively present complex qualitative and quantitative information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.


Ability to work with mathematical and statistical descriptive and inferential concepts in order to collect, analyze, interpret, present, and organize quantitative data.  


Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to independently analyze situations and develop proactive and effective responses.




The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

This is an opportunity for employment or a contract, but we reserve the right to make no selection or award.

Social Solutions International and CAMRIS International offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits. Please submit your resume online at

Social Solutions and CAMRIS are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law.