Senior Technical Advisor for Child Health

Job Locations US-DC-Washington
# of Openings
1
Category
GHSI-III - Global Health Support Initiative III
Type
Regular Full-Time

Overview

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 Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN), Division of Child Health and Immunization (CHI)

 

Title:  Technical Advisor for Child Health

 

GS: 14 - Equivalency

 

Application Deadline:   Open until Filled

 

BACKGROUND

 The world has witnessed an extraordinary 70 percent decline in child mortality over the last 50 years, and a reduction in child deaths from over 12 million in 1990 to 5.3 million in 2018. Over the same timeframe, maternal deaths declined by 43%, from an estimated 532,000 in 1990 to 302,000 in 2015. Despite this progress, significant work remains to increase coverage of high-impact interventions, strengthen the health systems that support these interventions, improve quality, 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 (www.apromiserenewed.org), USAID’s Bureau for Global Health has mobilized to support countries to Preventing  Child and Maternal Deaths- PCMD (www.usaid.gov/ActingOnTheCall), focusing on 25 countries where over two-thirds of these deaths occur (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Senegal, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen, and Zambia).

 

The USAID Advisor for Child Health (“Advisor”) will serve in the Bureau for Global Health’s (BGH) Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition Office (MCHN), Division of Child Health and Immunization (GH/MCHN/CHI), to support Agency efforts to prevent child deaths. The Advisor will work closely with the child health team to provide global technical leadership to revitalize USAID’s child health programs, in the context of the full “continuum of care” for newborn and child health and USAID’s broader health portfolio.  The Advisor will play a leading role in USAID’s development, implementation, and monitoring of global and country-level policies, strategies, research, programs and activities aimed at reducing infant and child mortality.  The Advisor will also foster relationships across the Office and Bureaus to strengthen collaboration and technical input into child health programs.

 

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 also manages the Agency’s significant investments in Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance as well as our contributions to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

Responsibilities

The Advisor for Child Health will provide technical assistance to the MCHN Office and to USAID field Missions on programmatic approaches to increase the uptake, use, and impact of key interventions to reduce child mortality, with an emphasis on case management.  The Advisor will serve as a member of the child health team in the CHI Division and liaise closely with other teams across the Bureau and Office (e.g. private sector and nutrition), to improve overall programming in child health.  The Advisor must have the capacity and interest to promote and program integrated approaches to child health consistent with the following documents: Acting on the Call ; A Promise Renewed (http://www.apromiserenewed.org/); Integrated Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhoea (GAPPD), and USAID Country Level plans that have been developed to advance MCHN goals.

 

The Advisor's duties will be roughly equally divided among Technical Leadership, Technical and Program support to the managementof Office Projects, and Support to USAID Country Programs, as follows:

 

Provide Global Technical Leadership to Agency Programs on Child Health:

  • Contribute technical and program child health expertise to the planning, updating, and implementation of the GH Bureau's child health programs;
  • Engage in and contribute expertise in priority technical areas of GH's child health technical and program activities, with an emphasis on state-of-the-art, high-impact child health interventions;
  • In coordination with other Division staff, participate in global, regional, and national-level Child Health fora, identifying connections with other USAID and MCH programs as appropriate;
  • Participate in strategic planning and resource allocation activities for GH's child health programs; and
  • Stay current and share new knowledge on state-of-the-art technical, policy, and programmatic developments in child health.

 

 Serve as a technical advisor on MCHN Office and/or Bureau-wide project team(s):

  • Provide expert technical guidance on developing, implementing, and monitoring annual work plans;
  • Monitor programs through reviewing financial and technical reports, making field visits, and analyzing outcome and impact data;
  • Review quarterly and annual reports of progress and problems;
  • Design and conduct management reviews, monitoring and evaluation plans, and external evaluations, as needed; and
  • Provide expert technical input to the development of the child health components of the MCH research agenda.

 

Support to USAID country programs:

  • Join country teams, participate in country program reviews and action plans, and serve as a technical and programmatic liaison among headquarters and country teams on integrated case management and other child health priorities being advanced by the Global Health Bureau;
  • Provide technical support to USAID missions in selected MCH priority countries and assist in developing child health programmatic approaches;
  • Participate as a technical expert in national assessments of health programs in order to assist host countries in sharpening their own plans and strategies to end preventable child deaths;
  • Monitor programs through reviewing technical reports, conducting field visits, analyzing outcome and impact data and reviewing routine reports; and
  • Provide Child Health expertise in the design or evaluation of program activities (GH, regional bureau, or field mission) and participate in design committees and competitive reviews, as appropriate.

Qualifications

  • Master's degree (or higher) in a relevant degree relevant to international public health and 9+ years of relevant technical experience in international health programs, with a focus on child health programs in developing countries, with at least two years' experience on-the-ground in developing countries preferred. or a Bachelor's degree and 11 years of relevant technical experience is required.
  • Relevant experience must be linked to the fields mentioned above
  • Demonstrated experience in child health program design, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with staff of USAID missions, other USG agencies, developing country governments and organizations, and other international organizations.
  • Strong ability to work both independently and as part of a team, and demonstrated experience to assume a leadership role in policy and program activities.
  • Excellent technical writing and presentation skills.
  • Willingness/ability to travel internationally to developing country program sites approximately 20 percent of time.
  • Functional language ability (particularly in French and Portuguese), is highly desirable, though not required.
  • Applicants selected will be subject to a background investigation and must obtain and maintain a favorable adjudication as applicable to their position/duties.

 

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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