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Zika Health Advisor

Zika Health 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: Zika Health Advisor


Office/Bureau: Regional Sustainable Development Office, Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean


Application Deadline:   Open until Filled



The Office of Regional Sustainable Development in the Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC/RSD) is responsible for providing technical leadership, regional expertise and advice to the Bureau and Agency in the areas of democracy and participation, economic growth, the environment, population/health, and education. The Zika Technical Advisor will join the Health Team in LAC/RSD. The Health Team is responsible for carrying out a regional health program whose primary functions are to: collaborate with the Global Health (GH) Bureau to advance Agency health priorities; provide technical support for USAID’s field-based health programs; manage regional health activities in maternal and child health and nutrition, family planning and reproductive health, infectious diseases, and health systems strengthening; facilitate productive communication among LAC field missions, the LAC/Front Office, desk officers, and other AID/Washington operating units; engage in cross-sectoral programming; and support the growth of regional health partnerships and institutions.


The Zika Health Advisor will be based in the LAC/RSD Health Team in Washington, DC. S/he will provide technical and strategic direction to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and support evidence-based Zika prevention and control interventions. S/he will coordinate within and outside of USAID on technical and programmatic Zika issues, to ensure quality technical programs. The Zika Health Advisor will work closely with the Global Health /Infectious Disease (GH/ID) Zika Team that manages the Zika program.




A. Zika Program Coordination:

  • Assisting the GH/ID Zika Team with the development and administration of short-term and long-term program activities.
  • Supporting input and recommendations based on research and analyses to technical office staff to assist in decision-making.
  • Assisting the GH Zika Team in tracking activities, responding to program-related communications, preparing various program documents (i.e. action memos and waivers) and ensuring that all documentation is complete and in compliance with USAID rules, regulations, and standards for the Zika Team’s action.
  • Assisting with program monitoring for compliance with Statutory and Legislative policies and Agency-specific guidance related to Zika response efforts.
  • Coordinating and monitoring implementation of key Zika response efforts in areas such as vector control.
  • Developing and maintaining administrative and financial tracking systems and the spreadsheets and databases used to support these systems.
  • Researching, planning, analyzing, and organizing technical and/or statistical information and preparing data for use in briefings, portfolio reviews, publications, and reports.
  • Drafting program communications such as cables, memoranda, and letters that seek approval or request information relative to technical program matters.
  • Collecting and compiling data for use in regular and ad hoc reporting on the status of programs from various sources such as cooperating agency reports, USAID reports and documents, and technical staff.
  • Provide technical guidance and advice to PAHO to support evidence-based Zika prevention and control interventions.
  • Coordinate with the Agreement Officer’s Representative and provide support in managing PAHO activities: assist inproject budgeting, administration, record-keeping, reporting, monitoring and evaluation of performance.
  • Promote synergies and data sharing across partners and other stakeholders to leverage and maximize resources towards common goals.
  • Develop scopes of work for evaluation of Zika programming.
  • Assist Bureau Environmental Officer to work with partners to develop and report against environmental compliance reporting requirements.
  • Develop indicators for Zika programming and once collected synthesize the data to understand program progress and report out to GH Zika Team.
  • Develop other analytical reviews as identified by the GH Zika Team .


B. Budgetary and Financial Support:

  • Provide support in financial reconciliation and pipeline analysis exercises
  • Assist in developing quarterly accruals for funded projects.

C. Liaison Activities:

  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with all echelons of an organization, both internal and external to GH, to further USAID global health program goals and objectives.
  • Assisting in responses to requests from other USG agencies, private organizations, and the public.


  • Other tasks or responsibilities may be added based on organizational and programing needs.
  • International Travel approximately 15%-20%, especially to Zika-affected countries.
  • This position maybe performed through a remote telework agreement from a country in the LAC region, especially as that could facilitate travel.



  • Master’s degree or higher in public health, international development, or related field.
  • Superior technical skills with minimum 10 years of experience working on global health/development programs with at least three (3) years of experience working on vector-borne or other infectious diseases preferred.
  • Demonstrated broad technical knowledge and experience in program management and planning.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication (including diplomacy), oral communication and writing skills.
  • Ability to speak, read, write and make presentations in both Spanish and English required. Spanish fluency preferred.
  • Ability to travel internationally required, especially to Zika-affected countries.
  • Demonstrated leadership and problem-solving skills working on complex projects in a highly-sensitive, fast-paced environment where priorities can change rapidly.
  • Ability to work within tight time constraints to produce high-quality work products.
  • Experience with USAID programming, budgeting, and evaluation functions and procedures, both in USAID/Washington and in USAID Missions preferred.
  • Understanding of programs and organizational aspects of major international donors, multilateral agencies, and NGOs supporting the social sector, preferably with a focus that includes vector-borne or other infectious diseases.
  • Proven decision-making skills and sound judgment. Ability to analyze, develop and present work, and to monitor and evaluate implementation of programs.
  • Ability to manage and work successfully with diverse teams and individuals as well as independently.
  • Ability to clearly and convincingly articulate an evidence-based vision, as well as USAID and USG policies regarding Zika and related topics to a variety of audiences, including host country experts, ministry staff, and other donors, and U.S. Government and USAID colleagues.
  • Computer proficiency required. Experience with Google Products including Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Sites and cloud technologies preferred. Willingness to learn new software and programs is required.

Period of Performance:

  • This position will end on or about 12/31/2018, depending on the availability of funds.

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.