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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 (www.apromiserenewed.org), USAID’s Bureau for Global Health has mobilized to support countries to Preventing Child and Maternal Deaths- PCMD (www.usaid.gov/ActingOnTheCall), 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 (http://www.apromiserenewed.org/); 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
Child Health Technical Support to USAID Country Programs
The contractor must have:
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