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Senior Zika Advisor

Senior Zika 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: Senior Zika Advisor


United States Agency for International Development/ Bureau for Global Health/ Office of Infectious Diseases (GH/ID)


Application Deadline:   Open until Filled



Since late 2015, the Administration has been working to combat the Zika virus, which is primarily spread through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. CDC has determined that there is a link between the Zika virus infection and birth defects, specifically microcephaly, and other neurological diseases. There is no known vaccine to prevent or specific medicine to treat Zika infections but USAID is working along with other federal agencies and international partners to support efforts to identify, localize, and prevent continuing spread of the Zika virus throughout Central and South America, the Caribbean, and other affected areas, to limit the spread and effects of the virus, and to protect international and domestic populations. USAID, working with our interagency and international partners is working to address this through many of our existing programs. USAID’s Zika response builds on ongoing preparedness efforts by supporting a range of activities: provide effective communications and messaging to keep impacted publics informed; support efforts to mitigate the spread of the disease through Integrated Vector Management; leverage new technologies; and provide care and support for women, pregnant women, and children in the affected countries, while adjusting practices as new information becomes available.


In order to appropriately respond to the emergency the Global Health Bureau (GH) established the Zika Team in the Infectious Disease (ID) Office which oversees programs that support affected countries’ ability to control mosquitoes and the transmission of the virus; support maternal and child health; expand public education on prevention and response; and create new incentives for the development of vaccines and diagnostics.


The Senior Zika Advisor will work with a team of two to three non-direct hire staff and two inter-Agency secondees to implement USAID’s Zika response portfolio. Additionally, the Senior Advisor works closely on these activities with the Latin America and Caribbean Bureau (LAC) health staff in Washington and the field, who provide on-the-ground oversight and high-level regional coordination to Zika programming. Work is performed primarily in ID, but the Senior Advisor is expected to participate in assignments that cross Bureau, Office, and organizational lines. The Senior Advisor works in the technical area of ID Zika, at the level described below, and specially performs the following major duties and responsibilities.

The Deputy Director of the Office of Infectious Diseases will be the USAID point of contact (POC) for this position.

Agency and Bureau-Wide Advice on Zika

As an expert advisor and technical authority on complex and precedent-setting policy and program issues, the Senior Zika Advisor advices on the development of strategies, plans and technical guidance for USAID Zika programs and projects for Agency-wide application. The incumbent presents and exchanges technical and programmatic information at governmental, inter-governmental and private sector meetings concerned with advancing the Zika response.

Provides senior technical advice and input as requested to identify and recommend Zika lines of work, including Social and Behavior Change Communication, Service Delivery, Vector Control, Community Health, Research and Innovation, especially as it relates to achieving USAID’s Zika response strategy as articulated in the supplemental requests to Congress and spend plans submitted as part of Congressional Notification requirements. The Senior Advisor also provides support and guidance to staff working on Zika in Washington and the field.

Serves as a technical resource on USAID’s overall Zika response program of work for USAID Missions. Provides technical guidance and responds to requests for technical support on the development and implementation of field-level project activities, sharing leading practices and lessons learned. Establishes and maintains communications with USAID Missions; facilitates support for field activities and supports work planning; tracks and monitors project implementation, performance and results in country programs.

Communicates USAID's vision and efforts to advance and support Zika programs worldwide, but especially in Latin America and the Caribbean; communicates USAID’s strategy to internal and external audiences, linking to ID’s Strategic Objectives, and the Agency's overall global health and development goals. Works in close coordination with the Bureau Communications Team, including providing technical advice and guiding the development of communication materials. Supports the coordination of Zika Team efforts to provide technical education and information to policymakers and the public, as well as global partner organizations and colleagues in health, development and related fields. Facilitates information exchange with USAID Missions, bilateral and multilateral donors, implementing partners, and other partners in support of Zika programs in Latin America and Southeast Asia. Provides technical assistance to USAID Missions on communicating program results at local, regional, and national levels.

Works closely with USAID regional bureaus, USAID Mission Zika staff, and GH project management teams to link technical assistance with Zika programming . Advises USAID Missions and host-country governments on new developments and the most effective approaches to Zika challenges in a region or country, and articulates the benefits of interventions to effectively reach specific target audiences, from high-level government and opinion leaders to technical audiences and community groups. Guides staff and partner development of tools and approaches to assist with implementation of the Zika program.

Program Support

Evaluates and provide technical inputs to centrally administered project management teams that are engaged in the Zika response. Facilitates coordination of, and assists in preparation of reports, briefings, conferences, publications, training, and other means of promoting wide understanding of project performance with respect to the Zika program.

Coordinates with other GH staff, as necessary, to implement project actions, assuring that the views of technical specialists are reflected in the final product. Facilitates the organization of technical project teams of diverse individuals and provides technical guidance to junior staff.

Program/Project Development Support

Carries out analyses and feasibility studies; develops recommendations of terms of reference and team configurations to provide technical assistance and participate in Zika meetings internationally, regionally, and in country.

Performs other advisory duties based on organizational and programmatic needs.


  • Master’s degree or PhD in public health, international health, or social sciences from a recognized institution. Clinical qualifications preferred
  • Minimum fifteen years’ experience in health program design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of public health programs of which ten of those years are senior leadership experience in a large organization planning, designing and implementing large scale public health and infectious disease programs.
  • Strong knowledge of public health development sector, including provision of technical, strategic and operational oversight of emergency response activities.
  • Knowledge of vector born disease programming desirable
  • Ability to communicate and work cross-culturally at a high level, in a challenging and ever-changing environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills, excellent oral communication, team player, and proven ability to multi-task and lead diverse technical teams.
  • Experience developing program reports and work plans
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with teams in program implementation and interact with governments, partners, contractors and other stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to be proactive and to work independently with minimum supervision including ability to provide technical guidance to contractors, technical and support staff.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and in diverse team environments
  • Ability to work under pressure and in teams
  • US Citizenship required
  • Capable of obtaining and maintaining a secret security clearance is required.


  • This position will end on or about 1/31/2020, 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 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.


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