Social Solutions

  • Senior Private Sector Advisor

    Job Locations US-VA-Crystal City
    Posted Date 2 months ago(5/15/2018 9:47 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 Private Sector Advisor (GS 14 equivalent)

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


    Salary: $114,590-$148,967


    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/AIDS, infectious diseases, child and maternal health and nutrition, family planning and reproductive health, and health systems strengthening and reform.


    Within GH, the Office of Population and Reproductive Health (PRH) works to advance and support voluntary family planning and reproductive health programs worldwide to reduce unintended pregnancy and foster improved reproductive health behaviors.


    Within PRH, the Service Delivery Improvement Division (SDI) develops and applies innovative strategies that improve the performance of individuals, organizations and systems for the sustainable delivery of quality family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) services. The Division manages, among other mechanisms, the Sustaining Health Outcomes through the Private Sector (SHOPS Plus) Project, GH’s flagship private sector project.


    The SHOPS Plus Project is a five-year Cooperative Agreement with a $150M ceiling. The project’s mandate is to increase use of priority health services through strategic expansion of private sector approaches in the health system in order to reach the project’s strategic goals of improving health outcomes and supporting the achievement of U.S. government priorities in Preventing Child and Maternal Death, controlling the AIDS epidemic, and Family Planning 2020 initiatives at the global, regional, and country levels.


    The Senior Private Sector Advisor (the Advisor) will contribute to and lead technical efforts to further the objectives of the SDI Private Sector Team, GH, and overall Agency efforts in the private sector, including partnerships with public, commercial, and NGO sectors as they relate to achieving health objectives. S/he will work collaboratively with the SHOPS Plus project to ensure technical leadership and support. In collaboration with the AOR, other USAID staff, cooperating agencies, and external organizations, the Advisor will substantively contribute to the implementation and evaluation of SHOPS Plus. Considering the increased broad nature of SHOPS Plus requiring expanded collaboration with internal and external stakeholders, s/he will lead operational efforts for technical collaboration.


    Additionally, s/he will support Missions with overall health programming, including how it relates to the overall private sector as well as the SHOPS Plus project. In addition to support related to the SHOPS Plus project, this health programming support includes serving as technical lead on USAID/Washington Health Country Teams, and leading and supporting program and project designs and evaluations as they relate to the private sector, and other Mission support.


    The Advisor will be responsible for: (a) contributing to the management, oversight and technical guidance  of the SHOPS Plus agreement in close collaboration with the AOR; (b) providing/leading technical support to the field regarding overall health programming, particularly as it relates to the private health sector; (c) leading as a technical resource on private and commercial health sector initiatives, including serving on technical groups and committees internal and external to USAID; (d) providing technical guidance to staff pertaining to programmatic development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation; (e) leading and/or providing other support to technical efforts within GH/PRH, within and outside USAID as appropriate/assigned. The AOR of SHOPS Plus will be the USAID point of contact and provide overall programmatic guidance to the Advisor.


    Specific duties of the position include, but may not be limited to:


    Contribute to and lead technical efforts as the lead technical advisor for the SHOPS Plus project in addition to providing collaborative project management support, working closely with the SHOPS Plus AOR; project staff; the PRH private sector team, relevant GH and other USAID private sector internal stakeholders; and relevant external stakeholders:

    • Provide collaborative management support and advice, including leading operational efforts for technical collaboration;
    • Review work plans, financial reporting, cost share and performance monitoring plans for the SHOPS Plus project;
    • Provide/lead technical support to USAID field Missions on the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of SHOPS Plus project activities;
    • Develop and recommend core requests for budgets, present results reviews, and contribute substantially to improving overall technical project oversight.


    • Support the field regarding health programming, including private sector activities in collaboration with the private sector team:
    • Provide/lead technical efforts to support field Missions in developing and improving private sector programming in the context of overall country policies and country strategies;
    • Provide/lead support efforts to field Mission health offices for overall technical expertise, strategic planning guidance and management support, such as through country teams;
    • Conduct country visits to provide/lead technical support to field Missions and/or work with private sector entities or programs in the design, implementation, management and/or evaluation of private sector health programming. Approximate international/domestic travel: 25-30%.


    Serve/lead as a technical resource on private sector collaboration, including commercial health sector programs and initiatives:

    • Participate in/lead technical working groups or committees within and outside USAID;
    • Keep abreast of major developments in the private health sector;
    • Collaborate with other USAID programs and initiatives such as the regional bureaus, E3 Bureau, and the Global Development Lab to coordinate strategic approaches to public-private partnerships across different bureaus and disseminate state-of-the-art findings on private sector topics.


    Provide technical guidance to staff as it relates to programmatic development, implementation, and evaluation.


    Lead/provide support in other technical efforts within PRH, and GH, and internal and external to USAID, as appropriate/assigned based on organizational and programming needs.


    • Master’s degree or higher in public health, public policy/administration, business, social sciences or other related field;
    • Minimum nine (9) years’ relevant experience in designing, implementing and evaluating private sector programs, of which 3-5 years were spent in international/resource-poor setting(s) or equivalent combination of experience and education.
    • Technical expertise in public health and the private sector, with a focus on family planning and/or other private sector health;
    • Excellent leadership, program management, and interpersonal skills ;
    • Demonstrated understanding of public health and family planning issues in developing countries;
    • Foreign language fluency preferred;
    • Strong oral and written communication skills, including substantial presentation experience to high-level audiences (policymakers, program managers, donors, corporations/business enterprises), as well as experience in facilitation and small group process;
    • Excellent writing skills; good computer skills including PowerPoint, Excel, Word and other software relevant to presentations;
    • Ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally;
    • US Citizenship or US Permanent Residency required;
    • Ability to obtain and maintain, at a minimum, a facility access clearance.



    None are required.



    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. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, stand and walk. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.



    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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