Senior Gender Advisor for MCHN and ID

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


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 100 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 Population and Reproductive Health (MCHN)


Title:  Senior Gender Advisor for MCHN and ID


GS: 14 - Equivalency


Application Deadline:   Open until Filled



The USAID Global Health Bureau (GH) supports field health programs, advances research and innovation in selected areas relevant to overall Agency health objectives, and transfers new technologies to the field through its own staff’s work, coordination with other donors, and a portfolio of grants. Global health issues have global consequences that not only affect the people of developing nations but also directly affect the interests of American citizens. The overall goals of the Global Health Bureau are to prevent maternal and child deaths, control the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and combat infectious diseases.


The Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition (GH/MCHN) serves as the Agency’s technical and policy lead on maternal and newborn health; child survival; immunization; and nutrition, with a focus on ending preventable child and maternal deaths. Cross-cutting activities managed by the Office in support of this goal address private sector partnerships, community health systems, social and behavior change communication, multilateral partnerships, gender, and monitoring and evaluation. The MCHN office contributes to the achievement of the Agency's Feed the Future goals as well as those laid out in the Agency's Multi-sectoral Nutrition Strategy and Water and Development Strategy.  The Office consists of four divisions:  Maternal and Newborn Health; Child Health and Immunization; Nutrition and Environmental Health; and Research and Policy.


The Office of Infectious Diseases (GH/ID) is the Agency's lead for infectious disease programs and issues, and manages the Global Health Bureau's activities and engagement in infectious diseases, including tuberculosis (TB), neglected tropical diseases (NTD)s, malaria through the President's Malaria Initiative (PMI), and global health security. GH/ID is responsible for technical direction and leadership and external engagement on infectious disease issues, including working with external partners, providing technical support to USAID's field missions and programs, and managing programs and centrally-managed infectious disease funding.


The Senior Gender Advisor for MCHN and ID serves as the lead technical advisor and resource across complex portfolios on social inclusion and gender considerations and integration across MCHN and ID’s Divisions and for MCHN and ID activities in the field.  In coordination with other GH Senior Gender Advisors, they  may also represent MCHN, ID or GH with the  Office for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, as well as at international meetings and fora. 


Key responsibilities for the Senior Gender Advisor for MCHN and ID include:  providing technical coordination and guidance on gender and social inclusion to MCHN and ID; proactively facilitating integration of gender into MCHN and ID central program and activity design; engaging with activity management teams to promote and facilitate operationalization of gender principles into the implementation of MCHN and ID managed activities; responding to gender-related requests related to MCHN and ID; and providing monitoring and technical support on gender considerations for MCHN, ID and missions, technical counterparts, implementing partners, and cooperating agencies.  The Senior Gender Advisor may also be selected to represent GH in high-level fora.  The Senior Gender Advisor will work closely with leadership and colleagues from MCHN and ID’s technical areas and confer, as necessary, across GH and regional bureaus to develop or compile policies, strategies, and reports on gender-related activities within MCHN and ID.  As a member of the GH gender team, s/he will serve as a point person for all gender-related issues in MCHN and ID and may serve as a member of interagency gender working groups


The Senior Gender Advisor for MCHN and ID will receive day to day guidance from the MCHN Office Director or his/her designate with input from the ID Office Director or his/her designate. 



Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition (45%)

Technical coordination

  • Keep abreast of new developments and emerging issues in gender that affect USAID’s MCHN technical priorities.
  • Provide technical coordination, guidance, training, assistance, and mentoring in gender and gender-based violence for MCHN programs and activities in GH and in the field.
  • Identify and share information and evidence-based best practices regarding gender and MCHN programming.
  • Respond to gender-issue tasks on behalf of MCHN, including Congressional reports, USG and donor queries, indicator development, ad-hoc submission requests, and other reports as directed.
  • Under direction from MCHN leadership, serve as gender representative for MCHN in partnerships with PVOs/NGOs, bilateral and multilateral donors, other USG institutions, think tanks, Congressional staff, and others.
  • Contribute to Bureau reports and other information products highlighting USAID’s accomplishments in women’s and gender assistance
  • .Prepare and present technical presentations at MCHN global, regional and country level meetings and workshops, as requested

Program and Activity Design, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Provide technical coordination, technical assistance, and guidance in assessing gender, gender-based violence, and social inclusion in MCHN and mission strategic and other planning.
  • Provide gender input for MCHN centrally-managed procurement documents and concept notes.
  • Review partner work plans and other documents for gender integration and requirements.
  • Refine methods to track, monitor and measure progress and impact in all gender-related programming within MCHN.
  • Organize and/or participate in conducting gender-related MCHN program evaluations and/or preparing scopes of work for independent evaluations.

Office of Infectious Diseases (45%)

Portfolio and project management:

  • Provide technical oversight and technical backstopping on gender considerations related to infectious diseases.
  • Provide technical oversight and support for gender, gender-based violence, and social inclusion on pandemic outbreaks such as Zika, Ebola, and COVID-19 programs.
  • Engage on design teams for new projects and provide technical guidance in the implementation and evaluation of the programs.
  • Oversee program development and review partner work plans and products.
  • Join prioritized project management teams to promote and facilitate operationalization of gender principles into the implementation of infectious disease and MCHN activities.
  • Travel to monitor the gender aspects of field activities of centrally-managed projects as needed.
  • Serve as senior gender representative for ID and programs in partnerships with PVOs/NGOs, bilateral and multilateral donors, other USG institutions, think tanks, Congressional staff, and others.
  • Coordinate and prioritize gender-related activities of ID and all related sub-regional and program offices
  • Facilitate sharing of gender-related materials and best practices across US Government programs in different countries.
  • Prepare and submit occasional papers to professional journals, public policy briefs and meetings.
  • Organize and/or participate in technical committees as appropriate and organize program evaluations and/or draft scopes of work for independent evaluations.
  • Prepare and present technical presentations at global, regional and country level meetings and workshops, as appropriate.
  • Provide technical coordination in cross-cutting gender projects within ID and collaborating with the Office of Maternal, Child Health and Nutrition, Office of HIV/AIDS and the Office of Population and Reproductive Health staff on GH gender projects.
  • Other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned based on organizational and programming need.


Support to Bureau and Agency (10% across both MCHN and ID)

  • Collaborate on gender issues within GH, across USAID Bureaus, across the USG, and with external partners such as the UN and other donors.
  • Advise senior management on ways to strengthen the integration of gender considerations into USAID policies, programs, and procedures, including innovations and new strategic directions.
  • Monitor and provide input into gender Global Leadership Priority activities on behalf of the MCHN technical areas and across GH.
  • Identify opportunities to include gender in USAID training and dissemination activities/mechanisms (e.g., USAID intranet, State of the Art Conferences, mini-university, e-learning).
  • With other GH Senior Gender Advisors, provide technical coordination, strategic planning, and programmatic guidance for the work of the Interagency Gender Working Group (IGWG) and Gender Champions meetings.
  • Synthesize, package, and disseminate evidence on best program practices based on emerging outcomes from gender special initiatives, projects, and policy analyses.


Master's degree and 9+ years’ relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Demonstrated ability in managing gender analyses, program design, strategic planning, program coordination and implementation, especially within a developing country context.    

Experience in leading and facilitating training/workshops and public speaking.     

Proven technical expertise in a broad range of programs and strategies including but not limited to: addressing gender norms, preventing and responding to gender-based violence, and/or human rights and LGBTI issues.

Strong organizational skills with the ability to plan, coordinate and implement work inputs from several sources and partners, and manage the simultaneous delivery of multiple outputs. 

Demonstrated experience managing and prioritizing workflows in a complex environment and context.

Demonstrated experience in translating abstract or theoretical concepts of gender and inclusion into practical, measurable activities and services.

Up to 25% travel is required.


Applicants selected will be subject to a background investigation and must obtain and maintain a favorable adjudication as applicable to their position/duties


 *******In order to fully evaluate your eligibility, your resume must include relevant paid and non-paid experience showing dates held with month, year and hours worked per week for each position.******


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


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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