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: Senior Reproductive Science Specialist
United States Agency for International Development/Bureau for Global Health/Office of Population and ReproductiveHealth/Research, Technology, and Utilization Division (USAID/GH/PRH/RTU)
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
The Bureau for Global Health (GH) serves as USAID’s primary source of technical expertise, leadership, and donor coordination for the health sector, including HIV and AIDS, infectious diseases, child and maternal health and nutrition, family planning and reproductive health, and health systems strengthening and reform. GH is responsible for advancing field-relevant, state-of-the-art research and the transfer of new technologies and approaches to field programs. Through its staff, programs and country teams, GH provides critical support to USAID missions and field programs in more than 70 countries. The Office of Population and Reproductive Health (PRH) advances and supports voluntary family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) programs worldwide to reduce unintended pregnancy and foster improved reproductive health behaviors. PRH provides strategic direction, global technical leadership and support to field programs; ensures responsiveness to Congressional and Administration priorities, directives and restrictions; and, provides information on USAID’s FP/RH programs to a range of stakeholders. PRH provides critical support to the achievement of the goals of GH's signature initiatives, including FP2020, AIDS Free Generation (AFG) and Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths (EPCMD).
The objectives of USAID’s research program in FP/RH are to provide new and/or improved contraceptive and multipurpose prevention technologies (MPTs); improve the quality, accessibility and cost-effectiveness of FP/RH products and services; strengthen developing country institutional capabilities to use research to diagnose and solve service delivery problems; and enhance the dissemination and utilization of research results.
The Senior Health Science Specialist and Reproductive Health Advisor (Senior Advisor) will be an integral part of the team that works toward meeting and exceeding the goals of FP2020, AFG and EPCMD. The Senior Advisor will work under the technical and administrative direction of the Chief of the Research, Technology, and Utilization (RTU) Division, and coordinate activities with other Divisions in PRH, other technical Offices within GH, other parts of the Agency, and with other donors, cooperating agencies, and developing country organizations. Drawing on the latest biomedical and program research, the Senior Advisor will provide technical guidance to PRH, the Bureau for Global Health and to the Agency as a whole on issues related to the research and development (R&D) and introduction of contraceptives and MPTs, based on a comprehensive knowledge and thorough understanding of mechanisms of action, clinical provision and use, safety and efficacy issues, relevant regulatory approval processes, and interpretation of evidence from clinical, epidemiological and programmatic studies. The Senior Advisor will demonstrate a deep understanding of how these technologies fit into developing country programs.
The Senior Advisor will serve as one of the Agency's main technical experts for USAID-assisted FP/RH research and program efforts. By improving our understanding of existing contraceptives and MPTs, developing new technologies, and providing these technologies through health systems in developing countries, the Senior Advisor will assist PRH in improving the quality of life throughout the developing world by enabling couples to have access to appropriate FP/RH methods when they so desire. The Senior Advisor will work closely with the RTU Team and receive day-to-day guidance from the RTU Division Chief.
The Senior Health Science Specialist and Reproductive Health Advisor will be responsible for:
Serving as one of the Agency's primary resources for up-to-date and authoritative information on reproductive biology and contraceptive technology as they relate to the R&D, introduction, provision and use of new and refined FP/RH methods, and of MPTs for prevention of unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV. Specific duties include:
Providing technical guidance for program development, and reviewing and coordinating biomedical and program research on contraceptives and MPTs conducted through USAID-supported grantees and contractors (cooperating agencies). Specific duties include:
Serving as an expert in technical and policy discussions with leading scientists and officials of scientific institutions in the public, private and commercial sectors in the US and abroad. Specific duties include:
Providing technical support within GH/PRH/RTU, including:
International and domestic travel approximately 25%.
TRAINING AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, stand and walk. Overseas travel in developing countries is also required at least three times a year. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.
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.