Social Solutions

Zika and Health Systems Assessment Manager, CIRCLE Project

1 month ago
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International Public Health


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?


  • Review and finalize scope of work for the Zika and Health Systems Assessment together with USAID and other stakeholders
  • Lead, plan and facilitate stakeholder engagement activities including meetings and formation of technical working group
  • Lead and manage situational analyses, including desk reviews, of extant MCH systems capacity and bottlenecks in three LAC countries
  • Lead and manage country case studies in three Zika-impacted LAC countries, including development of methodology, data collection, analyses and reporting
  • Manage country teams, including consultant agreements and budgets
  • Build relationships and maintain regular communication with USAID, technical working group and country stakeholders


  • Master’s degree required in global health or related discipline such as implementation science, public health or other social science
  • At least 10 years of professional experience in international public health
  • Demonstrated experience in leading and managing health system assessments in MCH, including managing country teams
  • Experience implementing both quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Experience analyzing and using secondary data from different sources, including document reviews in Spanish and/or Portuguese
  • Experience working with multiple health stakeholders (donors, government, implementing partners)
  • Experience working with USAID
  • Experience living or working in LAC countries, preferably in those recently affected by Zika
  • Prior work in MCH, Health Systems Strengthening and Zika desirable


Knowledge, Abilities and Skills

  • Demonstrated understanding of health systems in LAC, particularly MCH
  • Strong understanding of USAID and assistance to LAC countries
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong observation, listening and synthesis skills
  • Strong facilitation skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to build trust and maintain relationships with diverse stakeholders
  • Fluency in spoken and written English and Spanish required; Portuguese desirable
  • Ability to travel up to 30% of time

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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