• Zika Community Engagement and Communication Technical Advisor

    Job Locations US-VA-Arlington
    # of Openings
    GHSI-III - Global Health Support Initiative III
    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 Infectious Diseases


    Title:  Zika Community Engagement and Communication Technical Advisor


    GS: 12 $83,398-108,422.00


    This  limited term position until June 2020 and/or based on availability of funds.


    Application Deadline:   Open until Filled



    The Office Infectious Diseases (ID) in USAID’s Bureau for Global Health (GH) covers five broad public health areas: TB, Malaria, Neglected Tropical Diseases, and Emerging Pandemic Infectious. Within each of these areas, specialists work in providing technical assistance and managing programs in countries, developing and scaling up innovations in public health, and exercising global leadership in their fields in national and international fora. The USAID is in the final year of a four-year response to the Zika outbreak in Latin America and the Caribbean. USAID works with seven community engagement partners to increase awareness of how the Zika virus is transmitted and how to prevent infection, stop the spread of the virus, and support affected individuals. The focus for the final year will be to guide close out activities, capture lessons learned, and to facilitate the retention of Zika control capacity among local institutions. 


    USAID has developed a communication strategy to keep stakeholders informed of our work and progress toward meeting our goals and objectives.  This strategy includes stakeholder events, mass media communication and print media.  The Adviser will support the completion of activities and ensure they are in compliance with USAID regulations and accurately reflect the outcomes and outputs of the Zika project. 


    Finally, as the Zika portfolio winds down the Washington based team members will be called upon to support the oversight of activities in certain countries.  The Zika Team Lead will recommend the country/countries assignments in coordination and collaboration with the USAID missions as the needs arise.



    The Zika Community Engagement and Communication Adviser (Adviser) will serve as a member of the Zika Team housed in the Office of Infectious Diseases in the Bureau for Global Health. Day to day guidance is provided by the Deputy Office Director as the USAID point of contact (POC), and the incumbent works with multiple teams within USAID (GH, other Bureaus, Missions), USAID Cooperating Agencies, and key global and national stakeholders to strengthen the role of community approaches (spanning delivery, equitable access and demand; broader empowerment; and governance and accountability) in national and GH policies and programs. With approximately 15 months remaining on the Zika response timeframe the adviser is expected to support the transition of community engagement activities to local partners.

    The adviser will take the lead for providing technical leadership and assistance with seven community engagement partners toward aligning handover strategies and collaboration with a focus on close-out and transition to local governments/entities.  S/he will work with the Senior Zika Advisor supporting a comprehensive method to sustaining activities through a structured approach with local partners.  Additionally, the adviser will collaborate with the Zika team in developing the lessons learned process for the community engagement line of effort, contributing to the body of knowledge in the Bureau for Global Health for preparing for and responding to future health emergencies. 


    The adviser will also be responsible for supporting the implementation of strategies and deliverables aimed at communicating the impact of USAID’s investments in Zika response throughout the LAC region to key audiences.  S/he will work with the Team Lead, the Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs, and the Global Health Communications Team to ensure that communications efforts are high quality, effective, and in-line with Agency messaging priorities.  


    The Zika Community Engagement and Communication Adviser will be responsible for:


    Community Engagement - 40%

    • Support the Zika team in aligning closeout process and in guiding implementing partners for transition/handover of activities to local government partners.
    • Assist with program monitoring and close-out for compliance with Statutory and Legislative policies and Agency-specific guidance related to Zika response efforts. 
    • Maintain administrative and financial tracking systems and spreadsheets and databases used to support these systems.
    • As member of Zika team, contribute to legacy documentation and assessment of lessons learned by synthesizing and analyzing data collected.


    Communication 35%

    • As a member of the Zika team support implementing the communication strategy, including providing information for the Zika webpage on USAID.gov, and overseeing the development/updating of external communications deliverables such as Fact Sheets, photo exhibits, videos, Congressional and public events, and social media communications.
    • Support the collection and compilation of data for use in regular and ad hoc reporting on the status of programs from various sources such as cooperating agency reports, USAID reports and documents, and technical staff.
    • Provide Zika-related inputs into GH and LAC Bureau briefs and communications materials (newsletters, talking points, social media materials, etc) as relevant.


    Support Region/Country specific oversight - 20%

    • Provide day-to-day support and guidance to Zika activities in assigned country, as well as strategic and technical input to USAID partners implementing Zika activities.  Keep USAID missions abreast of activities and developments.
    • Collaborate with Zika team (HQ and mission) and implementing partners in executing a transition strategy of Zika activities in country of assignment.
    • In coordination with AOR and OAA, support closeout of ZIKA-specific activities in country/region of assignment, identify challenges, and recommend appropriate actions to ensure compliance USAID rules and regulations. 


    Budgetary  - 5%

    Assist the technical office in conducting financial reconciliation and pipeline analysis exercises with a particular focus to end of project requirements.  Identify potential areas of risk and advise Team Lead.



    • Collaborate with other Zika lines of effort leads and activity manager to align close-out processes and handover of Zika portfolio.
    • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all echelons of the organization, both internal and external to GH, to further USAID global health program goals and objectives.
    • Assist in responses to requests from other USG agencies, private organizations, and the public.
    • International and domestic travel approximately 5%


    • Master’s degree or higher in public health, international health or a related social science field.
    • Minimum 5+ years’ experience in health programming, policy, or research, with experience in an international or resource challenged setting.
    • Prior experience working with USAID or other donor institutions desirable
    • Foreign language proficiency in French and/or Spanish, or other desirable
    • Must be a team player and work well in groups
    • Well-organized, attentive to detail, and able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
    • Works well with minimal supervision
    • Flexibility required
    • Pro-active in anticipating work requirements and problem solving
    • US citizenship or permanent residency required.
    • The ability to obtain and maintain, at a minimum, a facility access clearance.
    • Ability to obtain and maintain the clearance/adjudication required for the position
    • Lived or worked in the United States for 3 of the last 5 years.  If not, supported USAID or the State Department during those years abroad

    This  limited term position until June 2020 and/or based on availability of funds.


    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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