Social Solutions

  • Market Access Advisor

    Job Locations US-VA-Crystal City
    Posted Date 2 months ago(4/10/2018 8:34 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:



    Market Access Advisor

    United States Agency for International Development/Bureau for Global Health/AA/CII


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


    Application Deadline:   Open Until Filled



    In 2012, USAID established a center of excellence in the Global Health Bureau to accelerate the development, introduction and scale up of priority global health interventions.  This “Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact” (CII) promotes and reinforces innovative, business-minded approaches to address the key bottlenecks in development, introduction and scale-up.  CII applies business and marketplace principles to accelerate impact against some of the world’s most important health challenges. 


    Despite the existence of hundreds of technologies to improve global health, relatively few are available to save lives in the developing world, where morbidity and mortality burdens are greatest.  Those technologies that do eventually reach the most remote and beleaguered populations often take far too long to get there.  To address these and other challenges, CII:


    • Serves as a catalyst, driving innovation and partnerships;
    • Works with the Bureau’s technical offices to support innovations and interventions that align with the Agency’s priorities in global health;
    • Supports rapid introduction of and/or access to these priority innovations and interventions;
    • Seeks to strengthen the efficiency of markets, and leverage diverse sources of capital, to better deliver these innovations and interventions; and
    • Aims not only to develop best practices in innovation, introduction and uptake across sectors, but to push the boundaries of current thinking to overcome market access challenges.


    USAID/CII is seeking a Market Access Advisor to help bring life-savers like these to the people who need them most.  The Market Access Advisor will be part of a dynamic start-up team that will help shape the direction of CII, building partnerships with key thought leaders globally and pioneering new approaches in this critically important area of development.   


    The Market Access Advisor will be expected to have substantial experience in market introduction or uptake, and leverage this background to develop and execute strategies on priority supply- and demand-side issues to accelerate introduction and utilization of priority interventions, working in close partnership with Global Health technical staff and USAID Mission staff.  He/she will possess, or will be expected to rapidly develop, deep knowledge and strategic perspectives of select product markets, and will be held accountable for showing substantial results in terms of increased access and utilization for improved health outcomes on relatively short timelines.


    Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential responsibilities of this position, listed below:


    • Contribute as a core member of CII’s Market Access Team, helping to set priorities for CII, seize opportunities to maximize impact, and effectively support the Global Health Bureau priorities.
    • Accelerate progress of USAID’s Global Health priorities through product introduction and scale-up planning, identifying and designing market-shaping interventions, leveraging innovative financing, and partnering with the private sector.
    • Coordinate projects, applying business-minded thinking and human-centered design with our implementing partners.
    • Possess, or will be expected to rapidly develop, deep knowledge and strategic perspectives of select product markets. This will include analyzing and prioritizing critical bottlenecks to introduction, utilization and scale-up for key global health interventions at the global and country level.
    • In close collaboration with USAID’s technical offices and Missions, develop and execute strategies on priority supply- and demand-side issues to accelerate introduction and utilization of priority interventions; efforts may include analyzing bottlenecks to uptake, developing product introduction strategies, designing market shaping opportunities, structuring innovative financing options, encouraging entry of new suppliers, ensuring affordable pricing, supporting user research and segmentation, and maximizing efficiency in product development, manufacturing and procurement practices.
    • Develop strategic and analytical tools to address introduction and uptake challenges, apply them to product-specific challenges, and disseminate the approach and learnings.
    • Support implementation of interventions by providing strategic, analytical, communication, and project management support to USAID technical offices, country teams, product developers, manufacturers, other funding agencies, and other stakeholders.
    • Ensure technical offices and Missions have the market access tools to integrate best practices and lessons learned into their program planning.
    • Build key relationships with senior executives and manufacturers, product developers and other implementing organizations, as well as senior officials from foundations and governmental, multilateral and nongovernmental organizations.
    • Present USAID programs and policies at conferences and relevant meetings with external parties.
    • Identify opportunities and new initiatives for CII.
    • Support the preparation of strategies, market assessments, and project plans as needed.
    • Conduct other activities as required.


    The contractor must have:


    • Master's degree (MBA preferred) and 9+ years’ relevant experience ideally in strategy/management consulting, business, marketing, or corporate development, or other fields that require deep understanding of marketplace dynamics, product introduction, and product uptake or equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Experience working in, or directly with, the pharmaceutical, biotechnology or medical device industry preferred.
    • Demonstrated resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, energy, and positive attitude.
    • Familiarity with global health strongly desired.
    • Exceptional strategy development, analytical and communication (written and verbal) skills.
    • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships and communicate effectively with people of varied professional, cultural, and educational backgrounds.
    • Ability to absorb and synthesize a broad range of information, including financial, regulatory, clinical, demographic, marketing and scientific information.
    • Entrepreneurial mindset, with demonstrated ability to operate independently, self-motivate, be flexible, and set and achieve ambitious targets.
    • Ability to be effective in high-pressure situations, juggle multiple tasks simultaneously, problem solve in a fast-paced environment and set priorities.
    • Ability to understand incentive structures, and engage and persuade senior-level executives and other stakeholders.
    • Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills.
    • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Excel and PowerPoint.
    • Willingness to travel both domestically and internationally.
    • S. Citizenship and ability to obtain, at a minimum, a facility access-level security clearance 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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