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:
Senior Health Advisor
United States Agency for International Development/ Technical Support (TS) Health/ Asia Bureau
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
The Asia Bureau fields a small team that is responsible for backstopping 17 countries in Asia, providing technical support, particularly in urban health, health financing and governance and health systems to Missions. In addition, the health team in Asia sits on Country Teams managed by the Office of Country Support in the Global Health Bureau, the Agency’s Urban Working Group and other ad hoc groups as dictated by events, such as the Nepal Task Force to respond to the 2015 earthquake. This position is at a senior level and is expected to represent the Bureau in the inter-agency and global development circles, and provide thought leadership, particularly as it relates to the quantification of populations in urban slums and frames the Bureau’s work in transition.
The Asia Bureau is one of the smaller regional bureaus within USAID but it has a vibrant health portfolio, which is managed by the health team within the Office of Technical Support (Asia/TS). The Office leads the Bureau’s strategic thinking in technical areas, reviews the performance of Bureau offices and programs, and advises Asia offices on the appropriate allocation of resources. The Office serves as the Bureau’s principal point of contact and coordination on all substantive technical aspects of programs in sectors of assigned specialization.
Asia/TS makes recommendations for allocating Bureau resources among missions and prioritizes sector programs throughout the region. Within the Office of Technical Support, the Health Team is responsible for providing technical input on all health related programs and matters in the region.
The Health Team provides technical leadership and support to 17 USAID field teams across the region in implementing evidence-based interventions proven to save lives and reduce disease burden. While the scope of work covers traditional health sectors such as family planning, maternal and child health, infectious disease, nutrition, and health systems, we are also invested in navigating and managing complex adaptive systems, which better reflect the dynamism of Asia. The Health Team engages in cutting-edge programs that address gaps and unfinished agendas in health across Asia. Some areas of interest include:
In addition to supporting Global Health priorities, the Asia Bureau provides technical assistance to countries that have not been designated as priority countries for the Global Health Bureau programming purposes, as is the case of work currently planned in Laos and Timor Leste with Asia Bureau funds. One of the policies of the Health Team is to look at strategic future programming and to design research and interventions that will enable missions to keep abreast of and manage technical changes in the field. Included in this approach is consistent collaboration with colleagues in the Economic Growth sector, as well as Democracy Rights Governance. The Team also works closely with The Global Development Lab and the Global Health Bureau, as well as DCHA. Going forward, the expectation is to develop closer relationships with Bureau for Policy Planning and Learning and Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment, key players in innovation and financing.
We have added an urban component to our programming, adapting the Agency’s 2012 Urban Strategy and the Policy, Planning, and Learning Bureau’s current implementation guide for urban programming due to the recent significant urban growth in the region and potential inequities among residents of urban slums as an area of concern. The first Urban Health Program managed by the team was awarded in September 2017 and we have been providing informal technical assistance to other regional bureaus that are engaged in moving their portfolios toward a more urban focus. The Team also works with interagency partners, such as the Department of Defense and Department of State, to support civilian-military partnerships, particularly when it comes to Global Health Security.
Develop private sector networks and serve as a facilitator to get private partners interesting in supporting ongoing portfolio initiatives.
The Senior Health Advisor will be responsible for:
Developing and Implementing Multi-sectoral Approaches to Development:
Provide Technical Support to Field Programs:
Technical Training and Professional Development:
Country and Bureau Backstopping:
Communication and Collaboration:
Social Solutions International offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits. Please submit your resume online at www.social solutions.biz
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