• Innovation 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:

     

    United States Agency for International Development, Bureau for Global Health, Office of the Assistant Administrator, Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact

     

    Title: Innovation Advisor

    Salary: GS 14

    Application Deadline:   Open until Filled

     

    BACKGROUND

     USAID’s Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact (CII), within the Bureau for Global Health (GH), was developed to accelerate the development, introduction and scale-up of priority global health interventions. To do so, CII promotes and reinforces innovative, business-minded approaches to address the key bottlenecks in development, introduction and scale-up, applying business and marketplace principles to accelerate impact against some of the world’s most important health challenges.

     

    Despite the existence of hundreds of technologies to improve global health, relatively few are available to save lives in the developing world, where morbidity and mortality burdens are greatest. An antiseptic that costs less than 10 cents could be used to reduce neonatal infection across South Asia. An injection that costs just 60 cents could halve a premature infant’s risk of respiratory distress. A set of pills costing less than a dollar could reduce maternal death from postpartum hemorrhage. All of these technologies exist, yet none reaches more than a tiny fraction of the mothers and babies whose lives they could save.  Those technologies that do eventually reach those hardest-to-reach populations often take far too long to get there.

     

    To address these and other challenges, the Center:

     

    • Serves as a catalyst, driving innovation and partnerships;
    • Works with the Bureau’s technical offices to help prioritize existing and new innovations and interventions that align directly with the Agency’s priorities in global health;
    • Supports rapid introduction of and/or access to these priority interventions;

    Seeks not only to develop best practices in innovation, introduction and uptake across sectors, but to push the boundaries of current thinking to improve the health and efficiency of the marketplace

    Responsibilities

    This role will require creative thinking and business-savvy, and experience to both develop and implement innovative and impactful programs that accelerate progress towards USAID’s global health priorities. The Innovation Advisor will be expected to have substantial experience in global health entrepreneurship, innovation, and commercialization, and will leverage his/her background to develop and execute strategies in supporting the Grand Challenge and other future innovation programs. He/she will possess, or will be expected to rapidly develop, extensive knowledge and strategic perspectives on particular innovations and interventions that have been selected, and to think creatively on partnerships and collaborations that would help to foster their success and maximize their impact. Additionally, he/she will have experience with human-centered design and its application to global health programming, from products and services to program and business-model design.

    The Center Director will be the USAID point of contact for the Innovation Advisor, who will perform the following duties and responsibilities:

     

    • While working independently, support a diverse portfolio of innovators, identifying opportunities for scale up and technical assistance (e.g., human-centered design, business-model design, market assessments, etc.);
    • Lead activities, applying business-minded thinking and human-centered design with innovators;
    • Identify and develop initiatives, partnerships, and/or activities that support innovations;
    • Work closely with the Innovation Team to help build and support a community of innovators, including contributing ideas and resources;
    • Maintain key relationships with manufacturers, developers and other implementing organizations, as well as senior officials from foundations and governmental, multilateral and nongovernmental organizations to advance product introduction and uptake priorities;
    • Contribute to the strategic direction of CII, helping to set priorities for the Center, seize opportunities to maximize impact, and effectively support Bureau priorities;
    • Keep abreast of major developments in global health innovations, including programming, science and technology, service delivery approaches, and demand-side creation, both internal and external to USAID and its partners;
    • Work with partners to disseminate lessons learned and promote new advances both within this community and to external audiences, including participating in and presenting at international and domestic meetings, workshops, and conferences;
    • Present USAID programs and policies at relevant meetings with external parties and conferences;
    • Identify opportunities and new initiatives as priorities to expand within the Center;
    • Prepare reports, project plans and templates as needed;
    • Conduct other activities as required.

     

    Qualifications

    • Master’s degree and 9+ years of relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. MBA strongly preferred;
    • Experience managing change in a complex bureaucratic environment;
    • Entrepreneurial mindset, with a demonstrated ability to operate independently, self-motivate, be flexible, and set and achieve ambitious targets;
    • Familiarity with global health innovation strongly desired;
    • Exceptional strategy development, analytical and communication (written and verbal) skills;
    • Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation of public health programs as well as the research-to-practice continuum for new technologies;
    • Demonstrated ability to analyze and synthesize information, and to develop priorities, solutions, and strategies to address issues and gaps;
    • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to build relationships and communicate effectively with people of varied professional, cultural, and educational backgrounds;
    • Ability to be effective in high-pressure situations, juggle multiple tasks simultaneously, problem solve in a fast-paced environment and set priorities;
    • Detail-oriented with strong organization skills;
    • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Excel and PowerPoint;
    • Willingness to travel both domestically and internationally;
    • Ability to obtain and maintain, at a minimum, a facility access clearance;
    • US Citizenship or permanent residency required. 

    International travel approximately 20%.

    Other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned based on organizational and programming needs.

    CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:

    • None required.

    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;
    • 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.

    WORK ENVIRONMENT:

    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

    • The Advisor will work in a fast-paced environment in an active office.

    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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