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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 (USAID), Bureau for Global Health, Office of Maternal and Child Health, Division of Child Health and Immunization
Title: Global Immunization Program and Policy Advisor
Application Deadline: Open until Filled
USAID’s Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN), Division of Child Health and Immunization (CHI), in the Bureau for Global Health, is seeking a dynamic individual to provide technical direction to USAID’s immunization activities worldwide at the country, regional, and international levels. This senior-level position will directly contribute to one of USAID’s global health objectives getting attention at the highest levels of the Agency: Preventing Child and Maternal Deaths.
The world has witnessed an extraordinary 70 percent decline in child mortality over the last 50 years, and a reduction in the burden of child deaths from nearly 12 million in 1990 to 5.4 million in 2017. Maternal deaths are also falling and declines in maternal mortality are currently averaging five percent per year. Despite this progress, significant work remains in order to increase coverage of high-impact interventions, strengthen the health systems that support these interventions, and address equity gaps that are bottlenecks to ending preventable child and maternal deaths.
Building on the momentum of the June 2012 Child Survival Call to Action and the subsequent launch of A Promised Renewed, USAID’s Bureau for Global Health is mobilized to support countries to prevent child and maternal deaths, focusing on 25 countries where 70 percent of these deaths occur (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Benin, Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen, and Zambia).
Seventy-five percent of the world’s unvaccinated children reside in the 25 priority countries. Immunization is a central component of USAID’s strategy to prevent maternal and child deaths. USAID is working with national governments; UNICEF,WHO, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, key donors, civil society and others to build sustainable health systems able to provide timely and safe universal coverage of life-saving immunizations to all children.
USAID supports immunization programs through a variety of mechanisms. Over the years, USAID has evolved as one of five “Anchor Donors” to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. Between 2001 and 2018, USAID will have contributed more than $2 billion to Gavi. The Agency commitment to Global Polio Eradication, which amounted to $59 million in 2018, has been strong and steady since 1996, and before that in the America’s beginning in 1988. While a disease eradication effort is intrinsically different in its approach, USAID is committed to the possibilities for stronger immunization and health systems as a result of the polio eradication effort. Complementing the very large investments in Gavi and polio, USAID supports a flagship maternal and child health program, the Maternal and Child Survival Project (MCSP), through which USAID Missions can access technical support for immunization programming in support of their in-country bilateral programs. Finally, USAID Missions support immunization activities through their own bilateral programs. The Global Immunization Program and Policy Advisor will advise efforts to strengthen USAID’s approach to immunization through all of these mechanisms.
The MCHN Office serves as the Agency’s technical and policy lead on maternal and newborn health; child survival; immunization; and nutrition, with a focus on preventing child and maternal deaths. Cross-cutting activities managed by the Office in support of this goal address private sector partnerships, social and behavior change communication, multilateral partnerships, gender, research, and monitoring and evaluation. The CHI Division provides technical and policy leadership, addressing the leading killers of children in the post-neonatal period. This includes treatment of pneumonia, diarrhea, and other major contributors to death, vaccine-preventable diseases, as well as emerging issues. The Division Chief will be the USAID point of contact for the Global Immunization Program and Policy Advisor.