Social Solutions

Health Workforce Analytics & Programming Advisor

US-VA-Crystal City
2 weeks ago(12/4/2017 1:20 PM)
ID
2017-1201
# 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: 

Health Workforce Analytics & Programming Advisor

United States Agency for International Development/Bureau for Global Health/Office of HIV/AIDS/Systems and Program Sustainability Division (USAID/GH/OHA/SPS)

 

Application Deadline:   Open Until Filled

 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

 

The Health Workforce Analytics & Programming Advisor will provide programmatic and technical support to headquarters and field staff in order to advance the use of health workforce analytics in HRH programming.  The Advisor will support key components of PEPFAR and USAID health workforce priorities, advancing use of data for effective HRH program development and demonstrating the impact of HRH investments.  Key technical emphases include health labor markets, workforce development, health workforce policy and planning, and HIV service delivery.

 

S/he will be assigned to the Bureau for Global Health, Office of HIV/AIDS, Systems and Program Sustainability Division (SPS), and receive day-to-day programmatic and technical guidance from the Health Workforce Branch Chief, who will serve as his/her onsite manager. The Systems and Program Sustainability Division (GH/OHA/SPS) provides technical leadership and strategic direction on issues related to systems strengthening, financing, health workforce, advancing sustainability, commodity social marketing and public-private partnerships for HIV/AIDS programs.  SPS consists of three branches –the Health Finance and Economics Branch, the Health Workforce Branch and the Capacity Building and Partnerships Branch.

 

BACKGROUND:  Office of HIV/AIDS

 

The United States Government (USG) has made the fight against HIV and AIDS a top priority, not only for humanitarian reasons, but because the HIV and AIDS crisis threatens the prosperity, stability and development of nations around the world.  The US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is a USG global initiative to control the HIV and AIDS pandemic.  It is the largest commitment by any nation to combat a single disease.  Over the past decade, the US government has committed more than $52 billion to bilateral HIV and AIDS programs, the Global Fund to Fight HIV & AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and bilateral tuberculosis programs.  To achieve an AIDS-free generation, PEPFAR works closely with a variety of stakeholders including partner countries, multilateral organizations, civil society, people living with and affected by HIV, the faith community, and the public and private sectors. USAID has been, and continues to be, at the forefront of the USG response in the fight against the HIV and AIDS pandemic since inception of its international HIV & AIDS program in 1986.

With a focus on transparency, accountability, and impact, PEPFAR is actively working with partners to control the HIV and AIDS pandemic to help achieve an AIDS-free generation.  PEPFAR is committed to supporting activities that are grounded in science and critical to saving lives and preventing new HIV infections.  PEPFAR’s core activities include a focus on health systems, including health finance; human resources for health (HRH); commodity procurement and supply chain systems; and laboratory systems.

PEPFAR recognizes that donor resources alone cannot meet the needs of the 35 million people that will be living with HIV in 2020.  As developing economies grow and begin to more fully realize their economic potential, unlocking domestic financing for HIV becomes a critical element of achieving long-term sustainability of the HIV and AIDS response.  Countries are increasingly taking the lead in managing, implementing, and even financing their national HIV responses.  As a result, PEPFAR has committed funding to support countries to strengthen their ongoing efforts to increase the use of their own resources to help deliver an AIDS-free generation.  Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) is a key strategy to secure the sustainability of past and future achievements.  PEPFAR provides an opportunity to strengthen health systems and health policy, as the USG's and its partners' efforts to combat HIV and AIDS transition from an initial emergency approach to a more long-term sustainable approach in order to ensure maintenance of country advances made in HIV. USAID's HSS program provides support to ensure that developing country health systems are effective, efficient, and equitable.

A strong health workforce composed of both facility- and community-based workers is an essential health systems building block for achieving an AIDS-free generation.  New evidence suggests how smart investments in the health workforce can also be a powerful force-multiplier of socio-economic dividends.  However, in most countries with a high HIV burden, health workforce shortages and misalignment are commonplace and create significant barriers to achieving HIV targets and sustained epidemic control.  Limited HRH data availability across countries often impedes countries’ ability to assess needs and programmatic impact of health workforce interventions.  Advancing health workforce data analysis and utilization is vital to answering critical questions and making smart investments to enable the supply, quality and retention of the health workforce needed to achieve HIV goals.

Responsibilities

The Health Workforce Data Analytics Advisor will be responsible for:

 

  • Designing and implementing analyses utilizing PEPFAR and non-PEPFAR HRH data to support and inform development of HWF branch activities that span health workforce financing, policy and planning, and utilization within public and private sector HIV service delivery models.
  • Creating and maintaining updated HRH datasets, analysis, and data visualization for use by the health workforce branch and OHA.
  • Providing technical guidance on development and use of metrics to track and assess impact of HRH programming.
  • Monitoring implementation of implementing partner HRH activities, including serving as an activity manager on specific activities assigned.
  • Providing technical assistance to USAID Missions and PEPFAR country teams in building capacity to conduct and apply HRH analytics as related to PEPFAR programs.
  • Providing technical assistance to USAID Missions, and PEPFAR country teams in advancing data-driven assessment, design, and implementation of HRH programming for HIV service delivery.
  • Liaising with OHA strategic information advisors to support USAID Mission and PEPFAR country teams in reporting on PEPFAR HRH indicators.
  • Liaising with colleagues across the USAID Bureau for Global Health and Bureau for Education, Economic Growth and Environment to advance use of health workforce data with other sector data sources as related to PEPFAR.
  • Serve as a USAID implementation subject matter expert (ISME) providing technical assistance with other interagency staff to PEPFAR country programs on human resources for health.
  • Liaise with the PEPFAR Interagency Collaborative for Program Improvement (ICPI), based at the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC), on HRH data analytic issues.
  • Supporting the annual development of the OHA PEPFAR Headquarters Operational Plan (HOP), including for funding and activity design for health workforce activities.
  • Supporting the annual PEPFAR Country Operational Plan (COP) technical review process for health workforce activities.
  • Supporting the preparation and delivery of presentations and other materials for colleagues within the Bureau for Global Health and Offices, OGAC, and other PEPFAR implementing agencies.
  • Participating and presenting in technical meetings, seminars and conferences for HRH as needed.
  • International travel approximately 30%.

Qualifications

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

 

  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in the assessment, design and implementation of interventions related to human resources for health with at least 2-3 years’ experience in an international or resource-challenged setting.
  • Master's degree in public health, health management/administration, business administration or other relevant field.
  • Minimum 5 years professional experience.
  • Experience in an HIV/AIDS programmatic context highly preferred.
  • Demonstrated understanding and ability to apply accepted tools, techniques and frameworks for conducting health workforce analytics for HIV service delivery.
  • Knowledge and experience in conducting health workforce related assessments and/or quantitative and qualitative research methods as related to data collection instruments, data collection, analysis and interpretation.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of health workforce data sources. Experience with Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS) preferred.
  • High degree of familiarity using MS-Excel and data analytical models and visualization tools.
  • Ability to travel internationally.
  • US Citizenship or Permanent Residency required.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain, at a minimum, a Facilities Access clearance.

 

LANGUAGE SKILLS

  • Must have excellent writing skills in English.
  • Oral and written communications skills and the ability to read, analyze, interpret and summarize financial reports.
  • Ability to present information effectively and respond to questions from managers, customers, and the State Department.

 

REASONING ABILITY

  • Demonstrated judgment, ingenuity and originality to interpret strategy, to analyze, develop and present work and to monitor and evaluate implementation of programs.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing positive working relationships with a wide range of development partners, including multilateral and bilateral donors as well as private sector.
  • Demonstrated ability to grasp knowledge of internal processes within the US Government and other health sector development partners (e.g., thematic priorities, decision-making mechanisms, and preferred funding channels).
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and writing skills and the ability to work with diverse teams and stakeholders.
  • Strong teamwork, multi-stakeholder collaboration and management skills.

 PHYSICAL DEMANDS

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. 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. 

 

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS

None.

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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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