• Costing Advisor

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

    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/Strategic Information, Evaluation and Informatics Division, Expenditure Analysis Branch (GH/OHA/SIEI/EA)

     

    Title: Costing Advisor

     

    GS: 12

     

    Application Deadline:   Open until Filled

     

    Introduction

    The U.S. Government’s (USG) engagement to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS is a top priority worldwide. The USG response includes coordination among the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Peace Corps (PC), and other entities. This initiative is collectively known as the U.S. 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 Bureau for Global Health’s Office of HIV/AIDS (GH/OHA) is the center of HIV/AIDS technical leadership for USAID and has primary responsibility for the Agency’s HIV/AIDS program. OHA provides strategic direction, technical leadership, and support to field programs in HIV/AIDS. It provides input to decisions concerning the strategic allocation of financial and human resources in the sector and assists in designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs. 

     

    The Strategic Information, Evaluation, and Informatics Division (SIEI) within OHA, to which the Costing Advisor will be assigned, provides technical expertise to advance and support country-owned, sustainable strategic information systems and promotes data-driven program planning. The SIEI Division has primary responsibility of supporting USAID headquarters and its Missions to build capacity in managing and utilizing data systems to improve impact and accountability of HIV/AIDS programs.

     

    The Expenditure Analysis (EA) Branch, located within SIEI, provides global technical leadership to advance the collection, analysis, and use of financial data for increasing transparency, efficiency and accountability across programs to achieve the greatest impact in the HIV/AIDS response. The Branch supports USAID Headquarters, Missions and inter-agency field teams by building capacity for financial data collection, analysis and application for strategic program planning, budgeting and management.

     

    The Costing Advisor position plays a vital role in the Division, providing support in advancing the EA Branch agenda by performing a variety of both routine and complex program efficiency and financial analysis-related activities, including resource tracking, budgeting, costing, cost modeling, and cost-effectiveness analysis to advance OHA’s vision for the use of financial information for strategic decision-making in collaboration with headquarters (HQ) and country teams. The Costing Advisor provides support to headquarters and field Mission staff, performing a variety of both complex and routine data analyses, to strengthen program efficiency and accountability, through the triangulation of financial data with other programmatic data streams. Additionally, the Costing Advisor provides technical support to PEPFAR-implementing countries to report, collect and interpret financial data as it influences programmatic performance and the budgeting process, supports Agency programs, and assists countries to efficiently achieve their HIV targets and reach epidemic control.

     

    The Chief, Expenditure Analysis Branch will be the USAID point of contact (POC) for the Costing Advisor.

     

     

    Responsibilities

    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

     

    A.Provide technical assistance and support processes for PEPFAR financial monitoring.

     

    • Provide technical assistance to USAID headquarters and country teams in the collection, analysis, and use of financial data, including targeted technical assistance for data triangulation for country/regional operational planning and
    • Assist in the formulation and review of country planning and budgeting, including the linkages to implementing mechanism planning and budgeting, for implementation of PEPFAR priorities.
    • Work closely with headquarters and field colleagues to ensure quality and integrity of data used to report on progress toward achieving epidemic control and provide accountability for PEPFAR resources.
    • Provide technical assistance, monitor, and manage activities of implementing partners' data reporting and collection in the field, including fulfillment of a technical advisory role on specific projects.

     

    B. Serve as Agency and interagency technical resource on collection, quality, and use of financial data for HIV/AIDS program planning and budgeting.

     

    • Serve as technical resource for USAID and PEPFAR on financial monitoring, resource tracking, costing, and economic evaluation practices.
    • Strengthen headquarters and field teams’ capacity to use financial, and other strategic information in order to better guide and inform Agency leadership on issues related to program planning, budgeting, performance, and efficiency.
    • Participate in internal and external technical working groups as needed to provide analytical support to improve efficient HIV programming through application and use of applicable financial data.
    • Collaborate with other teams within OHA to ensure cross-training.

     

    C. Provide analytical support to intra-Agency, interagency, and external stakeholders (Global Fund, UNAIDS, etc.) on activities related to costing, HIV resource tracking, and program efficiency as needed and applicable.

     

    • Provide input on technical content and analytical plans related to financial data as it relates to planning, budgeting, and monitoring.
    • Analyze HIV-related economic and financial data to inform USAID/PEPFAR programmatic and policy decisions.
    • Support development of innovative approaches, analytics, and tools for using financial and other data to support the field and HQ.
    • Contribute to developing strategies and technical guidance to support headquarters and field staff on activities related to financial data analysis.

     

    Qualifications

    • Master's degree in economics, finance, accounting, public health/policy, health management or other relevant field,
    • 5 years relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Expereince in cost analysis, resource tracking, economic evaluation, data analytics and triangulation, budgeting, resource allocation, resource management and implementation, data analysis and research design, policy analysis, management and implementation, and capacity building.
    • Experience in an international or resource-challenged setting preferred.
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently and successfully prioritize competing tasks with shifting deadlines and multiple points of contact.
    • Demonstrated understanding of and ability to apply accepted tools, techniques and frameworks for resource tracking, economic evaluation, and cost analysis of HIV/AIDS interventions.
    • Specific technical expertise in conducting resource tracking, economic evaluation, and analyzing financial and programmatic data.
    • Experience working on one or more additional areas in health, preferably: HIV/AIDS, health systems strengthening, health policy, and statistics.
    • Knowledge of USAID programming processes, the foreign assistance framework and uses and purposes of USAID health funding preferred.
    • Strong quantitative and qualitative research skills required.
    • Excellent writing, editing, research, and presentation skills.
    • Knowledge of public health research methodology as related to data collection instruments, data collection, analysis, and interpretation.
    • Knowledge of statistical methods used in data analysis.
    • Knowledge of and ability to use electronic data processing systems to gather, store, retrieve and analyze data.
    • Experience using MS-Excel and preferably relevant statistical software packages such as SPSS, SAS, R and Stata.
    • Demonstrated experience working with a wide range of development partners, including multilateral and bilateral donors as well as private foundations and civil society.
    • Demonstrated flexibility and openness in responding to changing work priorities and environment.
    • Demonstrated ability to grasp knowledge of internal processes within the USG and other health sector development partners (e.g., thematic priorities, decision-making mechanisms, and preferred funding channels).
    • Strong interpersonal communication and writing skills and ability to work with diverse teams and stakeholders.
    • Strong teamwork, multi-stakeholder collaboration and management skills.
    • Resourceful in resolving problems and initiating solutions.
    • Ability and willingness to travel internationally to developing countries.
    • US citizenship or permanent residency required.
    • The ability to obtain and maintain, at a minimum, a facility access clearance.

     

    LANGUAGE SKILLS:

     

    • Must have excellent writing skills in English.

     

    MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:

     

    • Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to reports and financial tracking systems.
    • Must be proficient with basic financial management and budgeting concepts.
    • Must have excellent Excel and Pivot Table skills.

     

    REASONING ABILITY:

     

    • Must have excellent analytic skills and reasoning ability.
    • Ability to work under moderate supervision and bring a problem solving approach to carrying out duties.
    • Demonstrated initiative and an eagerness to learn technical and program management.

     

    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.

     

    CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:

     

    None.

     

    WORK ENVIRONMENT:

     

    The work environment-characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

     

     

    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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