Social Solutions

Technical Advisor for Child Health

Job Locations US-VA-Arlington
Posted Date 3 months ago(12/12/2017 6:59 AM)
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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:



Technical Advisor for Child Health

United States Agency for International Development, Bureau for Global Health, Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN), Division of Child Health and Immunization (CHI)


Application Deadline:   Open Until Filled



The world has witnessed an extraordinary 70 percent decline in child mortality over the last 50 years, and a reduction in child deaths from over 12 million in 1990 to 5.9 million in 2015. Over the same timeframe, maternal deaths declined by 43%, from an estimated 532,000 in 1990 to 302,000 in 2015. Despite this progress, significant work remains to increase coverage of high-impact interventions, strengthen the health systems that support these interventions, improve quality, and address equity gaps that are bottlenecks to ending preventable child and maternal deaths.


Building on the momentum of the June 2012 Child Survival Call to Action and the subsequent launch of A Promised Renewed (, USAID’s Bureau for Global Health has mobilized to support countries to Preventing  Child and Maternal Deaths- PCMD (, focusing on 25 countries where over two-thirds of these deaths occur (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Senegal, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen, and Zambia).


The USAID Advisor for Child Health (“Advisor”) will serve in the Bureau for Global Health’s (BGH) Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition Office (MCHN), Division of Child Health and Immunization (GH/MCHN/CHI), to support Agency efforts to prevent child deaths. The Advisor will work closely with the child health team to provide global technical leadership to revitalize USAID’s child health programs, in the context of the full “continuum of care” for newborn and child health and USAID’s broader health portfolio.  The Advisor will play a leading role in USAID’s development, implementation, and monitoring of global and country-level policies, strategies, research, programs and activities aimed at reducing infant and child mortality.  The Advisor will also foster relationships across the Office and Bureaus to strengthen collaboration and technical input into child health programs.


The MCHN Office serves as the Agency’s technical and policy lead on maternal and newborn health; child survival; immunization; and nutrition, with a focus on preventing child and maternal deaths.  Cross-cutting activities managed by the Office in support of this goal address private sector partnerships, social and behavior change communication, multilateral partnerships, gender, research, and monitoring and evaluation. The CHI Division provides technical and policy leadership, addressing the leading killers of children in the post-neonatal period.  This includes treatment of pneumonia, diarrhea, and other major contributors to death, vaccine-preventable diseases, as well as emerging issues.  The Division also manages the Agency’s significant investments in Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance as well as our contributions to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.


The Advisor for Child Health will provide technical assistance to the MCHN Office and to USAID field Missions on programmatic approaches to increase the uptake, use, and impact of key interventions to reduce child mortality, with an emphasis on case management.  The Advisor will serve as a member of the child health team in the CHI Division and liaise closely with other office teams (maternal health, newborn health, immunization, environmental health, research and nutrition), as well as other offices in the Bureau (the Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact, Office of Infectious Diseases, Offices of Health Systems, Office of Population and Reproductive Health, and Office of HIV/AIDS), to improve overall programming in child health.  The Advisor must have the capacity and interest to promote and program integrated approaches to child health consistent with the following documents: Acting on the Call ; A Promise Renewed (; Integrated Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhea (GAPPD), and USAID Country Level plans that have been developed to advance MCHN goals.


The Advisor's duties will be roughly equally divided among Technical Leadership, Technical and Program Oversight of Office Projects, and Support to USAID Country Programs, as follows:


Global Technical Leadership to Agency Programs on Child Health

  • Serve as a technical advisor on the child health team, providing technical expertise as requested to:
    • Contribute technical and program child health expertise to the planning, updating, and implementation of the GH Bureau's child health programs, research, and policy development activities;
    • Provide technical oversight of child health activities supported by USAID/GH cooperating agencies, including flagship programs managed by the Office;
    • Engage in and contribute expertise in priority technical areas of GH's child health technical and program activities, with an emphasis on state-of-the-art, high-impact child health interventions.
    • In coordination with other Division staff, participate in global, regional, and national-level Child Health fora, identifying connections with other USAID and MCH programs as appropriate;


  • Participate in strategic planning and resource allocation activities for GH's child health programs;
  • Stay current and share new knowledge on state-of-the-art technical, policy, and programmatic developments in child health, with an emphasis on new developments in case management.


Child Health Technical Support to USAID Country Programs

  • Join country teams, participate in country program reviews and action plans, and serve as a technical and programmatic liaison among headquarters and country teams on integrated case management and other child health priorities being advanced by the Global Health Bureau;
  • Provide technical support to USAID missions in selected MCH priority countries and assist in developing child health programmatic approaches;
  • Participate as a USAID representative in national assessments of health programs in order to assist host countries in sharpening their own plans and strategies to end preventable child deaths;
  • Monitor programs through reviewing technical reports, conducting field visits, analyzing outcome and impact data and reviewing routine reports;
  • Provide Child Health expertise in the design or evaluation of program activities (GH, regional bureau, or field mission) and participate in design committees and competitive reviews, as appropriate.


The contractor must have:

  • Post-graduate degree relevant to international public health and with focus on maternal and child health.
  • Minimum 10 years' experience in international health programs, with a focus on child health programs in developing countries, with at least seven years' experience on-the-ground in developing countries preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in child health program design, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with staff of USAID missions, other USG agencies, developing country governments and organizations, and other international organizations.
  • Strong ability to work both independently and as part of a team, and demonstrated experience to assume a leadership role in policy and program activities.
  • Excellent technical writing and presentation skills.
  • Willingness/ability to travel internationally to developing country program sites approximately 30 percent of time.
  • S. Citizenship required. Applicant selected will be subject to security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. 
  • Functional language ability (particularly in French and Portuguese), is highly desirable, though not required.

Social Solutions International offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits. Please submit your resume online at


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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