• Public Finance Advisor (OHS)

    Job Locations US-VA-Arlington
    # of Openings
    GHSI-III - Global Health Support Initiative III
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    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:


    United States Agency for International Development, Office of Health Systems, Bureau for Global Health, United States Agency for International Development


    Title: Public Finance Advisor

    Salary Range: $114,590-148,967 (GS-14 equivalent)

    Application Deadline:   Open until Filled



    The Office of Health Systems (OHS) serves as a center of excellence and focal point for USAID’s worldwide leadership and technical expertise in health systems strengthening (HSS).  The Office is responsible for developing and leading implementation of the Agency’s Vision for Health Systems Strengthening, as well as developing the Agency’s talent and ensuring widespread knowledge sharing in health systems, and providing field and program support to USAID Missions. OHS provides technical leadership and expertise within a network of HSS colleagues throughout the Bureau for Global Health in the development and implementation of USAID’s agenda and strategy to promote effective, sustainable, country-owned health systems capable of promoting health, preventing disease, advancing reproductive, maternal, neonatal and child health and nutrition; combating infectious diseases including HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and neglected tropical diseases; and addressing emerging public health priorities. OHS works across the six functions of the health system:  Health Finance, Governance and Information; and Human Resources for Health, Medical Products/Vaccines/ Technologies, and Service Delivery. OHS leads the Agency’s health systems research efforts including development of a research portfolio and of metrics and tools for measuring health systems improvements. OHS also works to build partnerships and synergies to support this agenda and strategy, including with other U.S. government agencies, host country governments, donors, the private sector, and civil society.


    OHS’s health finance and governance team supports the Office’s work to promote financial protection for target populations seeking health care, and to increase domestic resource mobilization in the countries where USAID supports health sector programming. The team provides technical input to the management of USAID projects and programs, interacts with other development partners to advance global goals related to health financing, and supports relevant research activities. Team members often work on cross-office and cross-bureau groups to advance these goals. In particular, the team actively participates in, and helps to lead, the Technical Practice Group (TPG) for Health System Financing and a working group that coordinates PEPFAR’s Sustainable Finance Initiative for HIV/AIDS (SFI). The TPG seeks to harmonize approaches to health financing across the Bureau for Global Health and USAID’s regional bureaus, with activities that promote the Agency’s capacity development and global technical leadership. SFI brings to bear advocacy and technical assistance to help participating countries strengthen their efforts to increase the use of their own resources to deliver an AIDS-free generation. Team members also represent OHS on Bureau-wide country support teams by collecting and synthesizing technical suggestions for the management of USAID Missions’ HSS programs.


    The Public Finance Advisor will be assigned to GH’s Office of Health Systems. S/he will receive day-to-day guidance and technical oversight from the Senior Health Economist at the Office of Health Systems as his/her point of contact. S/he will focus on strategies and interventions in areas of tax policy and tax administration, improving public finance management, transparency in budgeting, and increased efficiency in how resources are allocated and used.


    The successful candidate for this position will have broad, in-depth knowledge of health system financing in low- and middle-income countries, and specialized expertise in public finance and public financial management.


    The Public Finance Advisor will devote significant time supporting USAID’s country programs, working with USAID Missions, implementing partners, development partners, and other institutions to strengthen the design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of in-country health finance activities – particularly in the area of public finance – and, as called upon, participate as a technical expert in global technical meetings and coordination efforts. The Public Finance Advisor will:


    • Provide global technical leadership on health system financing; initiate and expand collaboration with USAID’s international partners in specific technical areas.
    • Provide technical expertise within GH, to other USAID/Washington operating units (e.g., regional bureaus), and to USAID missions on health system financing; and
    • Provide central-level performance monitoring and technical management support for relevant USAID global projects and implementing partners.




    The Responsibilities for the Public Finance Advisor will be as follows, and will emphasize application of the Advisor’s expertise to global leadership and country support.


    The Public Finance Advisor will:


    • Work collaboratively with colleagues from GH and the Bureau of Economic Growth, Education, and the Environment (E3) to strategize, develop scopes of work, operationalize work plans, and monitor and report progress under SFI and other health finance-related activities.
    • Monitor implementing partners' Domestic Resource Mobilization (DRM) and Public Financial Management (PFM) work in the field, including fulfillment of a technical advisory role on discrete activities as required.
    • Provide technical assistance, analysis, and design support to other GH offices, USAID missions, GH country teams, and other USAID/Washington operating units on how to leverage public finance interventions to increase DRM and sustainable health financing.
    • Contribute technical expertise to develop strategies, tools, and systems related to public finance management including public expenditure reviews, fiscal and taxation policies, revenue collection and management, and budgetary reforms.
    • Track and raise awareness of the latest concepts, emerging trends, and innovative approaches around improving governance, transparency and management in the public finance sector in support of mobilizing domestic resources for health.
    • Develop and deliver presentations and short courses, as needed, on public finance basics for USAID/GH, field missions, and other relevant stakeholders.
    • Conduct briefings for Bureau and Mission management, and producing technical papers and reporting cables on DRM for health and HIV.
    • Mentor team members and other staff on DRM and PFM.
    • International and domestic travel approximately 15 – 25%.


    • Master's degree or higher in field related to health financing, such as economics, public finance, public administration or related discipline(s).
    • Minimum seven (7) years' experience in the field of health financing or public finance, with demonstrated expertise in tax policy and administration, program-/performance-based budgeting, budget execution, and other areas of PFM, with at least three (3) years’ experience in an international or resource-challenged setting.
    • Experience in the field of health financing or public finance, with demonstrated expertise in tax policy and administration, program-/performance-based budgeting, budget execution, and other areas of PFM
    • Experience in an international or resource-challenged setting.
    • Extensive experience working with ministries of finance, tax administrations, and other ministries, departments, and agencies in the design and implementation of DRM and PFM reforms.  
    • Proven track record of technical advisory support to high level decision-makers in the public, private and civil society sectors.
    • Experience with capacity building, institutional development, coaching and mentoring especially in cross-cultural and inter-disciplinary settings.
    • Strong background in program development and management, including experience in the design, management, and implementation of technical assistance in developing countries.
    • Demonstrated ability to apply accepted tools, techniques and frameworks for tax and broader fiscal policy analysis.
    • Demonstrated experience and results in conducting high-level fiscal policy dialogue and advocacy.
    • Demonstrated understanding of health financing issues in developing countries, including the role of domestic resource mobilization, allocative and technical efficiency, results-based financing, and related issues.
    • High degree of judgment, ingenuity and originality to interpret strategy, to analyze, develop, and present work, and to monitor and evaluate implementation of programs.
    • Demonstrated experience working with a wide range of development partners, including multilateral and bilateral donors as well as private foundations and civil society.
    • Solid teamwork skills and experience working with diverse teams.
    • Excellent communication, presentation and writing skills.
    • Ability to travel internationally.
    • US citizenship or US permanent residency required.

    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 www.camris.com


    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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