• Health Economics 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 HIV/AIDS/Systems and Program Sustainability Division/Health Finance and Economics Branch (GH/OHA/SPS/HFE)

    Title:  Health Economics Advisor

    Salary-GS13

    Application Deadline:   Open until Filled

     

    BACKGROUND:

    The United States Government (USG) has made the fight against HIV/AIDS a top priority, not only for humanitarian reasons, but because the HIV/AIDS crisis threatens the prosperity, stability and development of nations around the world. The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is a USG global initiative to control the HIV/AIDS pandemic. It is the largest commitment by any nation to combat a single disease. PEPFAR is committed to supporting activities that are grounded in science and critical to saving lives and preventing new HIV infections. PEPFAR’s core activities include a focus on health systems, including health finance; human resources for health; commodity procurement and supply chain systems; and laboratory systems.

     

    PEPFAR recognizes that donor resources alone cannot meet the needs of the 35 million people who will be living with HIV in 2020. As developing economies grow and begin to more fully realize their economic potential, unlocking domestic financing for HIV becomes a critical element of achieving long-term sustainability of the HIV/AIDS response. Countries are increasingly taking the lead in managing, implementing, and even financing their national HIV responses. As a result, PEPFAR has committed funding to support countries to strengthen their ongoing efforts to increase the use of their own resources.

     

    PEPFAR has recently launched an HIV/AIDS financing initiative to support countries to leverage their own domestic resources; USAID will serve as the lead agency for coordinating and implementing this initiative, and the expectation is that efforts could yield a significant benefit and a substantial return on the initial investment for impact on the resources these countries will be able to put towards increasing prevention, care, and treatment coverage for achieving sustainable control of the epidemic. 

     

    The overall objective of USAID's health systems strengthening (HSS) program, housed in the Bureau for Global Health, Office of HIV/AIDS, Systems and Program Sustainability Division (GH/OHA/SPS) is to provide USAID leadership in building sustainability of the HIV/AIDS response through investment in health systems.

     

    Within this context, the HIV/AIDS Health Economics Advisor (Advisor) will focus on health and HIV/AIDS financing, with key technical emphases on technical efficiency, domestic resource mobilization, cost modeling and cost effectiveness analysis, efficient resource allocation, economic evaluation, and generation of data and information for informed decision-making.

     

    The Advisor will be assigned to the Systems and Program Sustainability Division and will receive programmatic and technical guidance from the Health Economics, Finance and Policy (HFE) Team Branch Chief as her/his USAID point of contact. SPS provides technical leadership and strategic direction on issues related to health systems strengthening, financing, health workforce, advancing sustainability, commodity social marketing and public-private partnerships for HIV/AIDS programs. SPS consists of three branches –the Health Finance and Economics Branch, the Health Workforce Branch and the Capacity Building and Partnerships Branch.

    Responsibilities

    The Health Economics Advisor will serve primarily as a health economics and finance advisor on the OHA/SPS Health Finance and Economics Branch, and will provide key technical and programmatic support to the GH Bureau’s Cross-Office Team for USAID’s HIV/AIDS Sustainable Financing Initiative. S/he will help in advancing OHA's vision and goals for domestic resource mobilization for HIV/AIDS and long term sustainable programming for control of the epidemic. The Health Economics Advisor will be responsible for:

     

    • Providing technical advice, planning and program development support for USAID’s HIV/AIDS Sustainable Financing Initiative.
    • Providing technical advice to USAID GH projects on areas related to health finance and economics within PEPFAR.
    • Providing technical support to USAID Missions and PEPFAR country teams in areas of health finance and the assessment, design and implementation of HIV-related financing strategies.
    • Providing technical assistance to improve budgeting, budget execution, resource tracking and allocation.
    • Supporting briefings, management updates and communications.
    • Liaising with multiple PEPFAR technical working groups to provide technical and coordination support to financing and cost analyses, expenditure analyses and other economic evaluation activities.
    • Monitoring implementing partners' health financing work in the field, including fulfillment of a technical advisory role on specific projects as assigned.
    • Collaborating with the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) and other PEPFAR implementing agencies on OHA-led and jointly led health finance activities.
    • Supporting the annual development of the OHA PEPFAR Headquarters Operational Plan, including for funding and activity design for health and HIV/AIDS financing.
    • Supporting the annual PEPFAR Country Operational Plan (COP) technical review process for health and HIV/AIDS finance and economics.
    • Participating in the PEPFAR Interagency Collaborative for Program Improvement to support health economics activities.
    • Serving as a technical lead and resource for OHA, USAID and PEPFAR in the areas of health finance and the assessment, design and implementation of HIV-related financing strategies.
    • Liaising with the GH’s Office of Health Systems and the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and the Environment on Health Finance issues as related to PEPFAR.

    Qualifications

    • Master's degree or higher in economics, health economics, health finance, or other relevant field.
    • Minimum seven (7) years' experience in finance and economics, to include two (2) years in health finance, resource mobilization, research management and implementation, with experience in international or resource-challenged settings or 
    • or  equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Minimum of seven (7) years' experience in cost analysis, economic evaluation and capacity building in developing countries, and research design or  equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Demonstrated understanding of and ability to apply accepted tools, techniques and frameworks for health financing, economic evaluation and cost analysis of HIV/AIDS interventions.
    • High degree of judgment, ingenuity and originality to interpret strategy, to analyze, develop and present work and to monitor and evaluate implementation of programs.
    • Strong leadership and group facilitation skills.
    • Demonstrated experience working with a wide range of development partners, including multilateral and bilateral donors as well as private foundations and civil society.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of internal processes within the USG and other health sector development partners, (e.g., thematic priorities, decision-making mechanisms, and preferred funding channels).
    • Experience with global health partnerships and disease-specific initiatives.
    • Excellent interpersonal, communication and writing skills and the ability to work with diverse teams.
    • Strong teamwork, multi-stakeholder collaboration and management skills.
    • Ability to travel internationally.
    • US citizenship or permanent residency required.
    • The ability to obtain and maintain, at a minimum, a facility access 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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