Social Solutions

  • Senior Youth and Reproductive Health Advisor

    Job Locations US-VA-Crystal City
    Posted Date 2 months ago(4/10/2018 10:01 AM)
    # of Openings
    Public Health
  • Overview

    Social Solutions International, Inc. is a woman and minority-owned company. 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:



    Senior Youth and Reproductive Health Advisor

    USAID/Bureau for Global Health/Office of Population and Reproductive Health/Service Delivery Improvement Division (USAID/GH/PRH/SDI)


    Salary Range: $114,590 – $148,967 (GS-14 equivalent)


    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 family planning and reproductive health programs to a range of stakeholders.  PRH identifies youth as an important priority population that requires specific attention so as to achieve the goals of GH's signature initiatives, including FP2020, and Controlling the AIDS Epidemic and Preventing Child and Maternal Deaths (PCMD).  Key programmatic approaches include efforts to delay first pregnancy to at least age 18 and to ensure improved pregnancy spacing among adolescent mothers.


    The Senior Youth and Reproductive Health Advisor is responsible for: a) recommending improvements in youth programming within projects and initiatives managed by GH/PRH staff and in field Missions; b) presenting and communicating USAID's technical leadership on youth; c) working effectively across multiple sectors of the Agency in support of the Youth in Development Policy and programs to promote cross-sectoral collaboration and synergies; d) collaborating with other USG agencies, donors and multilateral agencies on youth activities as appropriate.


    The Senior Youth and Reproductive Health Advisor will:


    Serve as Technical Advisor for specific youth-focused activities supported by PRH, GH, and USAID broadly


    • Work in collaboration with the Agency Youth Coordinator and the PRH Senior Youth Health Advisor in the implementation of USAID Youth Policy
    • Catalyze and support the design and implementation of a strategic plan for strengthening and expanding youth activities within PRH-funded projects managed by Washington staff, including identifying youth-appropriate indicators and designing activities
    • Develop an action plan for youth programming globally and in the field
    • Recommend and support the development of annual budget requests, present at annual results reviews and support technical oversight of youth-specific activities of implementing partners
    • Provide strategic input and technical expertise to senior GH staff and other Agency staff on proposed service delivery activities, policy initiatives, and research proposals
    • Collaborate with other USAID programs and initiatives such as the EPCMD, PMI, PEPFAR, Feed the Future, etc.

     Serve as a technical expert on health sector or multi-sector programs and initiatives for youth

    • Keep abreast of major developments in health and cross-sectoral interventions for youth, and contextualize these developments for potential Agency use
    • Serve as a thought leader in youth programing within USAID, cooperating agencies, Missions, donors and/or other partners; through this leadership emphasize the importance of youth as a critical area of family planning and reproductive health programming
    • Coordinate and share lessons learned from youth programming and promote utilization of that knowledge across different offices and bureaus, including strengthening training for staff on youth issues
    • Serve as a senior technical counterpart to youth advisors in other offices and bureaus, including, but not limited to those working in the Offices of HIV/AIDS, Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, Office of Maternal and Child Health, the USAID Intra-agency Youth Working Group, Youth Development Policy, Public Law 109-95 Assistance to Highly Vulnerable Children, and other Agency-wide initiatives
    • Coordinate with other development donors in regards to youth development issues

     Support the field, through TDYs or virtual support, regarding youth health activities


    • Provide information, guidance, and technical expertise to identify, adapt, and replicate evidence-based interventions for youth reproductive health and HIV programs, particularly during design and implementation stages
    • Increase Health Officers’ awareness of the most effective interventions for improving health outcomes among youth through technical leadership and outreach
    • Facilitate the development of strengthened youth-focused health programs, activities, country strategies, and/or policies
    • Organize and support the monitoring and evaluation of youth health activities in the field
    • Collaborate with staff from USAID Missions, other USG agencies, NGOs, FBOs, donors and multilaterals in-country, and representatives from the host government and commercial sectors
    • Facilitate the development of youth programming that supports USG initiatives and policies and host government objectives, policies and national plans
    • Support efforts to strengthen the evidence base regarding investments in positive youth development, cross-sectoral programming and very young adolescents that lead to positive reproductive health and family planning behaviors and outcomes
    • Organize and support PRH youth team to implement activities that strengthen PRH's capacity to support improved Mission-level programming for youth

     Provide technical support and staff other duties within GH/PRH as assigned

    • Assist, as needed, with the preparation of information briefs, etc., including information for Congress and other activities in regards to youth programming
    • Participate in strategic initiatives at the Office or Bureau level, as needed
    • Provide technical support as a member of one or more USAID/Washington Health Country Teams


    • Master’s degree in public health or relevant field and nine (9) years’ relevant experience in designing, managing, implementing, and/or evaluating programs targeting youth populations with at least three years’ experience in international/resource-poor setting or equivalent combination of education and experience
    • Excellent understanding of youth issues in the context of reproductive health, with mastery of current and emerging knowledge on youth, sexual risk-taking behavior, HIV, and RH programs
    • Familiarity with multi-sectoral approaches to youth development and youth participation
    • Strong professional networks in youth programs and research
    • Strong leadership skills and the ability to play an advisory role with credibility
    • Demonstrated flexibility and openness in responding to changing work priorities and environment
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills; presentation experience to high-level audiences (policy makers, program managers, donors) is highly desirable
    • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to work in teams and working groups
    • Highly self-motivated, action-oriented and committed to productive and efficient working methods
    • Foreign language fluency highly desirable
    • Strong computer skills including PowerPoint, Excel, and word
    • Ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally 3-4 times a year for approximately 2-3 weeks at a time
    • US Citizenship or Green Card Holder
    • Ability to obtain and maintain a FAC level clearance




    Excellent oral and written communication skills. Presentation experience to high-level audiences (policy makers, program managers, donors) is highly desirable.  Foreign language fluency highly desirable.






    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.


    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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