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 undeserved populations worldwide.
The Coordinating Implementation Research to Communicate Learning and Evidence (CIRCLE) project provides technical, logistical and administrative support to the USAID Health Research Program, to facilitate and support research-to-use processes to advance USAID’s global health priorities. CIRCLE supports the Health Research Program through stakeholder engagement, strategic planning, expert mobilization and consultation, knowledge management, implementation research, and research translation.
In 2015 USAID commissioned a landscape analysis to explore the evolution of child health, and to map leadership and stakeholder networks to inform future investments in child health. Based on recommendations from this initial study, CIRCLE will implement a follow-on study to deepen understanding of progress on child health by exploring the effects of leadership, governance, and networks on programs and outcomes over the past 10-15 years in four selected Sub-Saharan African countries. This activity will elucidate country perspectives on important drivers of change in child health, and assess how these drivers can be harnessed to advance outcome achievement. Findings are intended to help inform future USAID investments and support for child health at the global and country levels. The objectives of the country analysis are to:
- Distill and synthesize existing information about facilitators and barriers to progress in child health in selected countries since approximately 2002. (e.g. from PMNCH success factors studies, Countdown case studies, country evaluations, etc.)
- Describe how key strategies and tactics were employed, how leadership was exercised and decisions made, and how stakeholder groups acted to influence child health programs and outcomes in selected countries over this time period.
- Document the effects of recent global initiatives for child health on programs and results in selected countries.
Identify what might be done differently to enhance progress on child health over the next 5 to 10 years in selected countries, given local and global contextual changes.
Social Solutions International, Inc. (Social Solutions) seeks a locally based Qualitative Researcher for the Enhancing Outcomes for Child Health: Country Perspectives on Leadership, Networks, Governance, and Other Drivers of Change study. The position is based in Zambia and considered a contract opportunity. The duration of the project is March 5, 2018 until January 31, 2019