• Program Assistant (CII)

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

    CAMRIS 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, to recruit and hire qualified individuals for the following position:


    United States Agency for International Development/Bureau for Global Health/ Center for Innovation and Impact (CII)


    Title:  Program Assistant


    GS:7 $47,016.00-$61,122.00


    Application Deadline:   Open until Filled




    USAID’s Center for Innovation and Impact (CII) in the Bureau for Global Health 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 and sub-Saharan Africa. A low-cost rapid diagnostic test could ensure a feverish child receives the treatment she needs. A new treatment used to treat HIV in the US could be introduced in sub-Saharan Africa. 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:

    • Serves as a catalyst, driving innovation and partnerships;
    • Works with the Bureau’s technical offices to help prioritize existing and new innovations and interventions that align directly with the Agency’s priorities in global health;
    • Supports rapid introduction of and/or access to these priority interventions; and
    • 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.


    CII is seeking a Program Assistant to help bring life-saving products to the people who need them most.  The Program Assistant will be part of a dynamic team that will help shape the direction of the Center, building partnerships with key thought leaders globally and pushing new boundaries in this critically important area of development.  


    The Program Assistant will provide support to technical staff, performing a variety of both complex and routine analytical and administrative duties. These duties range from research and writing support, including collecting and analyzing data, updating CII websites and materials, and researching key issues around innovation, introduction and scale up; operations support; program and communications support for CII; presentation development; and administrative tasks such as scheduling meetings.  The Program Assistant ranks tasks in order of importance and impending deadlines, and can effectively juggle multiple tasks simultaneously.  The individual must develop a working knowledge of USAID policies and guidelines, as well as corporate practices and procedures.  She/he will also be expected to rapidly develop knowledge of the Global Health Bureau’s and CII’s research and innovation pipeline; a solid understanding of market dynamics for product introduction and scale up; and proficiency with cross-cutting enablers like digital health, human-centered design and private sector engagement.


    We are seeking a highly motivated, entrepreneurial individual with outstanding problem-solving, analytical, and communication skills.  The candidate must be able to function well independently and have a commitment to excellence and producing results.  CII places great value on the following personal qualities: resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, collaboration, energy, sense of humor, and positive attitude.   


    CII management and operations

    • Assists in the preparation of CII’s materials for the operational plan, annual budget request, and portfolio review.Provides scheduling, administrative, technical and operational support for CII’s Director.
    • Maintains and updates CII’s workplan, working closely with CII’s Director.
    • Assists in the preparation of various program documents and correspondence, such as activity authorization documents, action memos and waivers, ensuring that all documentation is complete and in compliance with USAID rules, regulations and standards.
    • Responds to routine requests for information from the Global Health Bureau (GH) Front Office and the Office of Policy, Programs and Planning (P3). Facilitates regular communication with P3 staff to ensure that CII operations are aligned with GH Bureau standard operating procedures.
    • Assists in planning retreats and internal and external technical meetings/workshops.
    • Records, files and distributes notes from various meetings.
    • Receives and announces visitors.


    • Coordinates strategy and execution of internal and external communications, including annual impact brief, technical reports, report readouts, social media, newsletters and other communications.
    • Coordinates logistics planning for select CII events, engaging with external partners to organize forums that highlight CII’s work and other technical contributions.
    • Supports the research, analysis and organization of technical and/or statistical information and develops data and information for use in briefings, publications, and reports.
    • Ensures that schedules and deadlines are met.
    • Assists in writing and compiling talking points to streamline CII messaging at internal and external conferences and events.
    • Drafts and designs PowerPoint slides or other discussion and presentation-related materials for CII and its projects.
    • Supports the development of new partnerships and programs.
    • The Program Assistant is encouraged to attend internal and external informational and brownbag sessions on USAID projects and other global health topics that appeal to her/his interests.


    The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

    • Associate's degree in related field and 3+ years relevant or Bachelors and 1 year of experience
    • Requires proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office Excel and PowerPoint, Internet and e-mail applications.
    • Familiarity with social media and InDesign preferred but not required.
    • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills will be important.
    • US Citizenship or US Permanent Residency required; and the ability to obtain and maintain, at a minimum, 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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