• Family Planning Policy Advisor

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

     

    Policy, Evaluation and Communication Division, Office of Population and Reproductive Health, Bureau for Global Health, United States Agency for International Development

    Title: Family Planning Policy Advisor

    Salary: GS 13

    Application Deadline:   Open until Filled

     

    BACKGROUND

     The Family Planning Policy Advisor (Advisor) will be based in the Policy, Evaluation and Communication (PEC) Division, one of four divisions in the Office of Population and Reproductive Health (PRH) in USAID’s Bureau for Global Health. The Division supports improved collection, analysis and use of data in policymaking and program planning, and promotes policies, behavior change, and community norms that result in improved family planning (FP) and reproductive health (RH) outcomes.

                             

    The policy portfolio of PRH is focused on policy, governance, financing and advocacy. Illustrative examples of work in each of these areas include: 1) policy: drafting legal and regulatory frameworks, developing and implementing operational policies and plans, as well as developing FP/RH and multi-sectoral strategies; 2) accountability:  promoting multi-sectoral engagement to improve accountability and transparency of FP programs; 3) financing: costing FP programs, resources tracking, conducting National Health accounts, developing performance-based financing schemes, and developing both national and community-level insurance schemes; and 4) advocacy:  increasing political will and commitment for FP, building the capacity of civil society to advocate for FP/RH policies and programs, and working with journalists to raise awareness about the importance of family planning.

    The Office’s current flagship policy project, Health Policy Plus (HP+), is designed to exercise global leadership and provide field level programming in health policy, financing, advocacy and accountability/transparency, particularly in family planning, HIV/AIDS, and maternal and child health. The project accepts both central core funding for global impact work and field support funding for in-country work. The HP+ project maintains a cross-cutting focus on capacity development for strengthened country ownership, gender equity, increased access to underserved populations and improved health systems.

     

    INTRODUCTION:

     

    The Family Planning Policy Advisor (Advisor) will serve as a technical advisor to the Office, and will work across the policy portfolio of the Office. Serving as a member of the Health Policy Plus (HP+) Project Team, the Advisor will substantively contribute to the oversight, implementation and management of the project, including technical review of project work plans, budgets, monitoring and evaluation plans, project products and annual management reviews.

     

    In addition, the Advisor will focus on a family planning agenda with crossover into HIV/AIDS and maternal and child health policy work. S/he will also contribute to the overall goals of the Office and the Division through participation in strategic technical discussions within and outside the Agency, including with technical partner institutions.  The Advisor will also participate in PEC Division and PRH projects and activities as assigned.

     

    The HP+ Project Agreement Officer’s Representative will be the USAID point of contact for the the Family Planning Policy Advisor.

    Responsibilities

    The primary responsibilities of the Family Planning Policy Advisor include:

     

          A.  Providing technical advice to the HP+ project

    • Providing overall technical guidance to the HP+ project, and focused support to the project in family planning policy and financing.
    • Providing input as requested across a range of substantive project issues, including policy, advocacy, financing, governance, accountability and crosscutting issues of capacity development, gender equity, access for underserved populations and health systems.
    • Supporting project implementation through participation in developing and reviewing documentation prepared by the implementing partner, including core budget requests, work plans, performance monitoring plans, progress reports, and technical products and publications.
    • Preparing and presenting HP+ results reviews, budget requests and financial reviews as requested.

          B. Providing technical advice to USAID Missions and In-Country Partners

    • In concert with Office team colleagues, establishing and maintaining communications with USAID missions; coordinating support for field activities through work planning; monitoring project implementation, performance and results in country programs. Responding to mission requests and questions related to the HP+ project.
    • Serving as a technical resource in policy and finance to USAID missions and providing technical guidance on the design, development and implementation of project activities, sharing leading practices and lessons learned.

         C. Coordination of and collaboration with activities on behalf of the PEC Division and the policy project

    • Providing technical support, coordination and collaboration on behalf of the PEC Division and the HP+ Project as an advisor in FP policy and financing to the Bureau for Global Health, other Bureaus, Agency programs and initiatives and missions.
    • Developing effective linkages and coordinated approaches to improve global FP efforts.
    • Providing specific FP policy advice to other Bureau and Agency Offices.

         D.Other Duties:

    • Keeping abreast of literature and latest developments in the fields of health and FP policy and finance.
    • Deepening knowledge of health and FP policy and finance.     
    • Participating in interagency and intra-agency working groups as appropriate.

    International travel: approximately 2-3 trips per year and for 2-3 week duration.

    Qualifications

    • Master’s degree in public health, health policy, international health or relations, social sciences or related field and 7 + years relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Relevant experience in health policy, FP/RH or related field or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Knowledge of and demonstrated experience with FP programming in international or resource poor environments.
    • Demonstrated understanding of public health issues: FP/RH, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, health systems or related field.
    • Experience in an international or resource challenged setting preferred
    • Knowledge or experience in crosscutting issues of capacity development, gender equity, access for underserved populations, and /or improving health systems desirable.
    • Experience in design, administration, management and implementation of health programs in public, NGO and/or private sectors in developing countries or resource challenged settings preferred.
    • Strong communications skills and ability to present information clearly in English both verbally and in writing.
    • French language skills are preferred, but not required
    • Ability to work well with multiple stakeholders.
    • Ability to travel internationally.
    • US citizenship or US permanent residency required and the ability to obtain and maintain a clearance.

     

     

    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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