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Senior Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Research and Evaluation Advisor

Senior Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Research and Evaluation Advisor

# of Openings 
1
Job Locations 
US-VA-Arlington
Category 
GHSI-III - Global Health Support Initiative III
Type 
Regular Full-Time

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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:

 

U.S. Agency for International Development/Bureau for Global Health/ Office of HIV/AIDS/Priority Populations, Integration and Rights Division/ Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Branch

 

Title: Senior OVC Research and Evaluation Advisor

Application Deadline:   Open until Filled

The Senior OVC Research and Evaluation Advisor (Senior Advisor) will work in the Global Health Bureau’s (GH) Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA) in the Priority Populations, Integration and Rights (PPIR) Division. The Senior Advisor is expected to work as a key member of the OVC Team. Additionally, s/he will be a member of the MEASURE Evaluation Management Team, which is a cross-Division team focused on health and social information systems, high quality evaluation of HIV/AIDS programs,  and data use for decision making. The Senior Advisor will work across multiple constituencies to provide key technical leadership and expertise in the areas of OVC implementation science and evaluation strategies; collection and analysis of routine program data; and dissemination of research and program results. The Senior Advisor will serve as the liaison for the broader PEPFAR Strategic Information (SI) structures including the PEPFAR Interagency Collaborative for Program Improvement (ICPI).

 

BACKGROUND:

The US Government’s (USG) engagement to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS is a top priority worldwide. The USG response includes coordination among USAID, the Centers for Disease Control, Department of Defense, Peace Corps, and other entities. This initiative is collectively known as the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). USAID has been at the forefront of the USG’s response to provide quality HIV/AIDS services to over one hundred countries to mitigate the health crisis that threatens the prosperity, stability and development of these nations.

 

The OVC Branch, located in the Office of HIV/AIDS’ (OHA) Priority Populations, Integration and Rights (PIR) Division, in the Bureau for Global Health (GH), provides global technical leadership to USAID Missions, host governments, partners and stakeholders to improve programming for orphans and vulnerable children. The branch works with various USAID operating units, US Government and Civil Society Organization (CSO) partners in the implementation of orphans and vulnerable children’s initiatives that contribute to achieving the goals of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

 

Responsibilities

The Senior OVC Research and Evaluation Advisor will be responsible for:

  • Providing technical guidance to centrally funded implementation science research studies; pilot evaluations within the global/central OVC mechanisms, multi-country, USG-supported, OVC project evaluations and special studies to address policy and cross-cutting programmatic issues.
  • Integrating results of various studies and analyses into comprehensive technical briefs and evaluation reports for GH/OHA, PEPFAR and Mission staff; and contributing to peer-reviewed journals and other scholarly publications.
  • Developing systems and processes to enhance oversight of Mission-funded country studies of particular importance.
  • Promoting a common understanding among implementers and host country counterparts that research and evaluation data and program recommendations will serve as the basis for any substantive changes to improve targeting and resource programming for OVCs.
  • Serving as OHA’s senior OVC technical advisor for the ICPI, Expenditure Analysis (EA), the MER, and the SIMS.
  • Leading efforts to build the evidence for advancing key evidence based OVC programs.
  • Coordinating with the Global Health Bureau and the Policy and Public Liaison office on USAID evaluation efforts to improve transparency of data such as USAID’s Global Health Data Access Plan, the Data for Development (Open Data) Policy and the foreign assistance dashboard.
  • Leading efforts to ensure that “lessons learned” and “best practices” are disseminated and that OVC evaluation results are used to inform ongoing programs and new program development.
  • Providing expert technical advice for OVC activities under the current and any follow-on MEASURE Evaluation award and the SOAR project.
  • Promoting sophisticated analysis of existing data sources on child health and wellbeing, including, but not limited to rigorous systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and modelling studies.
  • Establishing and nurturing key collaborations with research institutions and academics, with the aim of advancing the collective capacity to design, manage and interpret rigorous evaluation and research studies on vulnerable children and their families across USAID’s Missions.
  • Leading efforts to identify, adapt, refine and pilot/integrate within the research portfolio of PEPFAR’s OVC programs, metrics and research methodologies that advance the state of the art in evaluation of PEPFAR’s OVC portfolio.
  • Conducting complex analysis of policy and program goals and objectives to identify and formulate specific policy and program options in the OVC area based on research and evaluation findings.
  • Participating in review of proposed OVC studies, including protocols for IRB submission.
  • International and domestic travel approximately 20%.

 

Other Duties:

  • Keeping abreast of literature and latest developments in the fields of OVC research and evaluation.
  • Deepening knowledge of OVC research and evaluation.
  • Participating in interagency and intra-Agency working groups as appropriate.

 

 

Qualifications

  • Master's degree in psychology, education or related social or behavioral science discipline. PhD preferred .
  • Proven experience with evaluation methodology including frameworks, data quality assurance, analysis reporting and best practices in data dissemination and data use required.
  • Verified expertise in data management processes and tools including web-based database systems.
  • Knowledge of and experience in information management systems.
  • Experience providing technical guidance on large-scale child welfare and development, or education evaluations.
  • Demonstrated flexibility and openness in responding to changing work priorities and environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop positive working relationships with donors, other partners and host country officials in a cross-cultural environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships across teams and organizations and with external partners in complex international and multi-cultural environments.
  • Strong organizational skills, with the ability to plan, coordinate and implement work inputs from several sources and partners, and manage the simultaneous delivery of multiple outputs.
  • Experience drafting briefing materials for non-technical audiences and delivering oral presentations of evaluation findings in concise, jargon-free language.
  • Strong computer and writing skills with proven ability to produce concise technical reports and high-quality presentations in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint with graphics.
  • US citizenship or US permanent residency required.
  • The ability to obtain and maintain, at a minimum, a secret clearance.

 

LANGUAGE SKILLS:

Oral and written communications skills and the ability to read, analyze, and interpret general information is critical. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public is necessary. 

 

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:

None

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

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.

 

The work involves intermittent travel to and in developing countries up to 20%. Intermittent air travel usually entails long flights. Travel within developing countries usually entails use of buses or cars over unpaved roads to locations where further physical adjustments must be rapidly made to occasionally severe conditions that require prolonged walking, working in cramped rooms, standing for long periods of time and eating and resting in inadequate facilities.

 

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.

 

Relocation

None

 

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.