Senior Technical Advisor for Demography and Health Policy

Job Locations US-DC-Washington
# of Openings
1
Category
GHSI-III - Global Health Support Initiative III
Type
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 of Global Health ,Evaluation and Communication Division 

 

Title: Senior Technical Advisor for Demography and Health Policy

 

GS: 14 - Equivalency

 

Application Deadline:   Open until Filled

 

Background

 

The Policy, Evaluation and Communication (PEC) Division within the Bureau for Global Health’s (GH) Office of Population and Reproductive Health (PRH) creates the enabling environment for family planning. The PEC division works with partners within USAID and externally in order to promote effective family planning advocacy, policy, financing, and governance (policy); collect, analyze, and evaluate data for evidence-based decision making (evaluation); develop and implement communication efforts to influence attitudes, norms, and behaviors or beneficiaries and providers (communication). PEC provides technical leadership, strategic direction, and implementation oversight, support to field missions, partner coordination, and performance tracking for family planning, especially as a component of Preventing Child and Maternal Deaths. PEC also provides technical input for evaluation efforts across the population, health and nutrition sector.

Responsibilities

The Senior Technical Advisor for Demography and Health  (Advisor) serves in the PEC Division within the Office of Population and Reproductive Health in the Bureau for Global Health. The Advisor will

contribute to the Global Health Bureau's family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) program by providing advanced technical support in the design, implementation, and evaluation of data collection, monitoring, and data use efforts supported through PRH. S/he will support the FP/RH program broadly and the PEC Division specifically by participating in the team tasked with managing the GH’s flagship survey programs, the Demographic and Health Surveys Program (DHS) as well as PRH’s longstanding agreement with the US Census Bureau. The Advisor will receive overall programmatic guidance from both the Senior Demographer of the Office of PRH, as well as the management team leads—the Agreement/Contracting Officer’s Representatives (A/COR)—of the DHS Program and US Census Bureau interagency agreement.

 

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Senior Technical Advisor for Demography and Health will be responsible for:

 

DHS Program

  • Participating as a member of the team tasked with managing the DHS Program contract, by contributing to the monitoring of the DHS contract’s technical and financial performance and participating in planning activities regarding direction of the DHS Program.
  • In collaboration with the DHS COR, providing technical and management oversight to the DHS Program on issues related to demography or FP/RH such as: developing and refining indicators; improving data collection and analysis to measure current and emerging priority issues; identifying innovative tools and techniques to meet data needs, improve data quality, and facilitate complex analyses; identifying and prioritizing research needs; and facilitating DHS data dissemination and use.
  • Providing technical backstopping and support for DHS Program activities in selected countries.
  • Traveling to support DHS planning, monitor DHS field activities, and facilitate DHS data use for evidence-based programming.

 

US Census Bureau Interagency Agreement

Participating as a member of the team tasked with managing the US Census Bureau interagency agreement, by contributing to the monitoring of the technical and financial performance and participating in planning activities regarding direction of the agreement.

  • In collaboration with the interagency agreement COR, providing technical and management oversight on issues related to demography or FP/RH, including identification and prioritization of relevant research and complex analyses and global technical leadership.
  • Providing technical backstopping and support for US Census Bureau activities in selected countries.
  • Engaging in activities that raise the profile of and increase awareness about the census data and their use for evidence-based programming.

 

PEC Division and Office of Population and Reproductive Health

  • Responding to the Office and Bureau demography and FP/RH information requests, through analyses of DHS and other data.
  • Developing accurate interpretations and effective technical presentations for non- technical audiences, through the use of data visualization.
  • Participating in technical collaborations with internal and external health and population data technical working groups and communities of practice including the Global Health Data Collaborative, Track20, PMA, and other family planning and reproductive health data and measurement activities.
  • Conducting research addressing priority issues in family planning and reproductive health relevant to USAID and PRH interest and needs.
  • Collaborating with Missions to assist with monitoring and evaluation (M&E), as needed, including the identification of data needs, promotion of data use, and provision of FP/RH measurement guidance.
  • Advancing technical professional network relationships that maintain USAID Office of Population and Reproductive Health’s reputation as a global leader in demography and health.

 

Country Team

  • Serving on country support team(s) as Country Lead, Alternate Country Lead, or FP point person, preferably for a PRH priority country.
  • Traveling to assist the country team’s Mission, as resource permit.

 

Team support

  • Collaborating with colleagues on development of scientific papers and presentations, particularly as related to priorities of the Office and/or the DHS Program and US Census Bureau interagency agreement.
  • Participating in relevant working groups or global leadership priorities.
  • Providing technical assistance to project management teams across PRH to support project results and goals. Serve on project management teams as a technical team member as needed. 
  • Carry out additional duties as assigned.

 

Participate in professional continuing education, skills training and professional meetings to enhance relevant technical skills and career development

 

Complete and execute an Individual Learning and Training Plan and Annual Work Plan

 

International and domestic travel approximately 15%.

Qualifications

  • Doctoral level academic degree(s) in demography, public health, or related fields with at least 5 years of relevant experience preferred;
  • Master’s degree and 9 years’ experience in demography, public health, or a related field.
  • Experience in the design and implementation of national population-based surveys and/or in monitoring and evaluation in the international health field, with at least two (2) years’ experience in an international or resource challenged setting.
  • Track record of publishing and presenting high quality research papers, preferably analyzing the DHS and/or the Service Provision Assessment data.
  • Advanced analytical skills and knowledge of demography and statistics, including multivariate techniques, and M&E methodologies.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct advanced quantitative data analysis and research, using both micro- and macro-level data, that are relevant for FP/RH program and policy discussion and to present analytic findings tailored to various audiences.
  • Familiarity with both quantitative and qualitative research methods and their application in low-income countries.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of population, family planning and reproductive health programming.
  • Knowledge of child health, HIV/AIDS, and infectious diseases desirable.
  • Knowledge of and experience in project design, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Strong program management skills, especially as it relates to work plans, budgeting, results reporting, etc.
  • Familiarity with USAID assistance programs preferred.
  • Excellent verbal and writing skills.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and collaboratively as part of a team.
  • French language skills desirable.
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally.
  • 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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