The emergence of Zika in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) in 2015 with novel clinical complications has proven to be a sustained crisis with ramifications about how chronic conditions are addressed in low and middle-income countries. Critical to responding effectively to Zika, is the capacity and responsiveness of the maternal and child health (MCH) primary care systems. For USAID specifically, it is important for the agency to understand the enduring health system weaknesses as well as resiliency in countries that have graduated, or are nearing graduation, from MCH and/or Family Planning. Given that the Zika outbreak affected a region that had recently graduated, lessons learned from Zika programming will provide future insight into agency transition planning.
Social Solutions International, Inc. (Social Solutions), through the Coordinating Implementation Research to Communicate Learning and Evidence (CIRCLE) Project, seeks a full-time “Zika and Health Systems Manager” who will be responsible for leading and managing a Zika and Health Systems Assessment in three LAC countries. Overall, the assessment will explore the effects of health systems functioning (readiness) on the response of three LAC countries to Zika. The assessment will aim to answer key questions such as: How did the Zika crisis affect existing health systems, and more specifically, MCH services in affected countries in LAC? What aspects of the response in LAC facilitated care-seeking among pregnant women and newborns? What did we learn from the health systems and facilities response to the crisis in terms of response to the epidemic and delivery of primary care services? To what extent did USAID graduation from health assistance impact national responses? How did the Zika epidemic affect equity of services?
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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.