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
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:
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
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:
International travel approximately 20%.
Other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned based on organizational and programming needs.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:
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.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
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.