• Program Assistant (ID/Malaria)

    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/ Office of Infectious Disease/Division of Malaria


    Title:  Program Assistant


    GS:7 $47,016.00-$61,122.00


    Application Deadline:   Open until Filled




    The Malaria Division of the Infectious Disease Office of USAID’s Bureau for Global Health is charged with the technical leadership for and management of USAID’s malaria portfolio, including leading the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI). The Division seeks a program assistant to provide to perform a variety of both complex and routine administrative and programmatic duties. These duties range from administrative-type tasks such as scheduling briefings and meetings, preparing action memos, and maintaining program files, to more complex analytical-type tasks such as collecting, compiling, and analyzing data for various program documents and designing and maintaining spreadsheets in support of financial tracking systems.  The program assistant will also work with members of the PMI team to provide overall administrative support and perform other duties and support liaising and communication across the interagency. 




    The Bureau for Global Health (GH) serves as the Agency’s primary source of intellectual capital, technical leadership, and donor coordination for the health sector. GH is vested with the responsibility for advancing field-relevant, state-of-the-art research and the transfer of new technologies and approaches to field programs and in technically and programmatically supporting USAID Mission health program implementation in the field. The Office of Infectious Disease (ID) is one of GH’s eight offices. The Malaria Division is one of four divisions of the ID Office.  Leadership, management, and oversight of PMI are carried out from the Malaria Division under the leadership of the US Global Malaria Coordinator as are management of USAID’s malaria research investments (most notably vaccine, drug, and insecticide research programs) and USAID’s global partner engagement including WHO and RBM Partnership to End Malaria.   


    The U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative is the US Government’s (USG) flagship global malaria initiative led by USAID and implemented together with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The Initiative is results-based, focused, and exhibits a high level of financial and programmatic accountability.


    In 2015, PMI launched the next six-year strategy, setting forth a new bold vision, and an ambitious goal with specific objectives.  The PMI Strategy for 2015-2020 takes into account the progress over the past decade and the new challenges that have arisen, and reflects the U.S. Government’s commitment to work with PMI-supported countries and partners to further reduce malaria deaths and substantially decrease malaria morbidity working towards the long term vision of a world free of malaria.



    The Program Assistant will provide overall routine and ad hoc administrative and programmatic support to the Malaria Division staff to enable successful implementation of routine programmatic and core functions for the Division, including but not limited to:

    • Assists staff in the preparation of program documents and correspondence such as memos and waivers, amendments, project authorization documents, Congressional Notifications, and Technical Notifications, ensuring that all documentation is complete and in compliance with USAID rules, regulations, and standards.
    • Provides operational support to the PMI team on contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements.  This includes working with technical staff and external partners to ensure that work plans, financial reports, and progress reports and other deliverables are prepared, submitted, and reviewed.
    • Works with USAID staff on general management-related activities, such as orientation for new staff, updating contact information and list serves, and administering malaria operational plan reprogramming requests.
    • Maintains/or provides assistance with administrative and financial tracking systems, and assists in the design and maintenance of spreadsheets and databases to support these systems.
    • Assists PMI colleagues in coordinating and preparing for meetings, events, and presentations.  Responsibilities include scheduling meetings, booking rooms, receiving visitors, taking notes, preparing slides, and summarizing meeting results.
    • Drafts program communications such as cables, memoranda, and letters that seek approval or request information relative to program matters.
    • Collects, organizes, and analyzes 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.
    • Collects and makes arrangements for distribution of material to the USAID missions, USAID/W offices, host country institutions, and cooperating agencies.
    • Participates in administrative and communications team meetings, and other technical team meetings as needed.


    • Associate's degree in related field and 3+ years relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and experience or Bachelors and 1 year of experience
    • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
    • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
    • Experience and knowledge of global health/malaria preferred
    • 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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