Social Solutions

Malaria Technical Advisor

US-VA-Crystal City
1 month ago
ID
2017-1171
# of Openings
1

Overview

Social Solutions International, Inc. is a Small Disadvantaged Business. Hispanic and woman-owned, Social Solutions emphasizes quality research and evaluation, training and technical assistance, and institutional support services. We are a mission-driven organization that believes that superior science can improve the world. Social Solutions is dedicated to the creation of social and health solutions to improve the welfare of underserved populations worldwide.

 

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has contracted through Social Solutions International to recruit and hire qualified individuals for the following position:

              

Title: 

Malaria Technical Advisor

United States Agency for International Development/Bureau for Global Health/Office of Infectious

Disease (ID)/Division of Malaria

 

Application Deadline:   Open until Filled

 

 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

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 US President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI). The Malaria Division seeks a Malaria Technical Advisor (Technical Advisor) to provide technical, programmatic, and management support to up to three francophone PMI country programs, serve as a member of one or more PMI interagency technical working groups, and provide guidance and support to the Malaria Division Chief and the Initiative at large.

 

The Technical Advisor is an integral member of USAID’s PMI headquarters team. Key responsibilities include: providing strategic guidance and technical support to USAID at headquarters and in the field with USAID Missions, PMI country teams, technical counterparts, implementing partners/cooperating agencies, and Ministries of Health with a specific focus on support to PMI country programs in francophone countries. The Technical Advisor will provide direct PMI program backstopping support to up to three francophone PMI focus countries, serving as an extension of the in-country team.  S/he will participate in annual PMI Malaria Operational Plan development, will convey and interpret requests and guidance from PMI headquarters, and will serve as a day-to-day resource for the in-country teams. S/he will exercise independent judgment in planning and carrying out tasks, in serving USG priorities at critical technical and policy forums, in resolving problems and conflicts, and in taking steps necessary to meet deadlines. The Technical Advisor will contribute to PMI policy and technical guidance development, participating on at least one PMI headquarters based technical team with experts across the interagency.

 

 

BACKGROUND: BUREAU FOR GLOBAL HEALTH/OFFICE OF INFECTIOUS DISEASE /DIVISION OF MALARIA

 

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 is management of USAID’s malaria research investments (most notably vaccine, drug, and insecticide research programs).   

 

The 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 Elimination. The aim of PMI is to reduce the intolerable burden of malaria and help relieve poverty on the African continent. When PMI was launched in 2005, the goal was to reduce malaria-related mortality by 50% by a rapid scale-up of a package of proven malaria prevention and treatment measures: artemisinin-based combination therapy; insecticide-treated mosquito nets, intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy, and indoor residual spraying. USAID is the lead agency for implementation of the PMI. 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.

Responsibilities

The Malaria Technical Advisor is an integral member of USAID’s PMI headquarters team, developing and providing malaria-specific technical and programmatic guidance and support to strengthen and guide implementation across PMI countries with a focus on support to PMI’s francophone countries. The Technical Advisor will provide direct PMI program backstopping support to up to three francophone PMI focus countries, serving as an extension of the in-country team.  S/he will participate in annual PMI Malaria Operational Plan development, will convey and interpret requests and guidance from PMI headquarters to the field teams, and will serve as a day-to-day resource for the in-country teams. S/he will exercise independent judgment in planning and carrying out tasks, in serving USG priorities at critical technical and policy forums, in resolving problems and conflicts, and in taking steps necessary to meet deadlines. The Technical Advisor will contribute to PMI policy and technical guidance development, participating on at least one PMI headquarters based technical team with experts across the interagency. The Technical Advisor will carry out activities that contribute to PMI achieving the goal and objectives in its current strategy. The Technical Advisor, in collaboration with fellow PMI senior technical staff, will work with global malaria stakeholders and technical partners, Ministries of Health, and USAID cooperating agencies to provide technical leadership across the PMI portfolio.

 

The Malaria Technical Advisor will:

 

  1. Country Support
  • Provide strategic, technical and programmatic guidance and support to up to three francophone PMI focus countries, including participating as an integral member of the PMI interagency country support teams
  • Support the planning and operationalization of malaria control activities in up to three PMI focus countries and provide technical input into the development of Malaria Operational Plans and partner work plans for these countries
  • Provide strategic leadership for new bilateral malaria-related program designs and evaluations
  • Assist in monitoring and tracking overall progress of PMI plans and activities in up to three PMI countries.

 

  1. Strategic and Technical Leadership
  • Develop and provide technical leadership and guidance, in one or more technical area (e.g., case management, vector control, etc.), to USAID Missions, Regional bureaus, and country teams in malaria endemic countries
  • Serve as a key USAID team member for one or more PMI interagency Technical Working Group, which includes chairing meetings, garnering consensus on PMI priorities, and drafting and disseminating revised guidance for the technical area
  • Review Malaria Operational Plans for PMI focus countries and tracking trends and activities across countries for one or more technical area
  • Coordinate and collaborate with other donors and technical partners such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, World Health Organization, and UK Department for International Development on global malaria issues and priorities
  • Inform stakeholders about malaria development and USAID’s role by preparing and conducting presentations and other materials for colleagues, USG and global partners, and other donors and contractors
  • Work with GH/ID and technical offices in regional bureaus to enhance linkages between malaria and other development-related activities
  • Advise Bureau and Agency senior management and the US Global Malaria Coordinator on technical and programmatic issues that arise during the course of carrying out work responsibilities.

 

  1. Documentation and Reporting
  • Participate in report and manuscript writing related to PMI activities
  • Keep abreast of new developments and emerging issues in malaria that affect USAID’s technical priorities via literature reviews, attending technical meetings and workshops, and participating in relevant training events
  • Formulate recommendations for the Malaria Team’s responses to these developments and sharing with colleagues, bureau and PMI leadership, and missions

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in public health, international health, social sciences or other related discipline
  • Minimum 8 years progressively responsible experience in designing, implementing, and/or managing malaria and/or public health development programs, with at least five years’ experience working within an international setting and/or providing direct technical assistance to in-country programs
  • Knowledge and specialized experience in infectious disease control programs including malaria
  • Knowledge of development assistance programs, procedures, and systems for program design, procurement, logistics, management and monitoring desirable
  • Ability to work effectively with a broad range of USG personnel and partners, and in a team environment
  • Experience working with other donors and development partners to jointly plan and coordinate execution of program activities
  • Flexibility and openness in responding to changing work priorities and environment
  • Strong oral and written communications skills and proven ability to communicate quickly, clearly and concisely.  Excellent writing skills in English required
  • Proven ability to effectively communicate in French
  • Ability to communicate technical health information to both health and non-health audiences
  • The ability to use verbal communication skills to negotiate activity plans and resolve activity implementation issues with counterparts, partners, and team members
  • Computer skills in MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, and Access
  • Willingness and ability to travel domestically and internationally
  • US citizenship or US permanent residency required
  • A Secret security clearance is required and must be obtained

Social Solutions International offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits. Please submit your resume online at www.social solutions.biz

 

Social Solutions is an 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, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by law.

 

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