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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:
United States Agency for International Development/Bureau for Global Health/Office of Maternal and Child Health & Nutrition/Research & Policy Division (USAID/GH/MCHN/RP)
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
The Bureau for Global Health (GH) provides technical expertise, leadership and donor coordination for health, including programming and international policy development related to HIV/AIDS, malaria, other infectious diseases, maternal and child health, family planning, reproductive health, nutrition, and health systems strengthening.
Within GH, the Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) is USAID’s technical and policy lead on maternal and newborn health, child survival, immunization, environmental health, and nutrition, with a focus on preventing child and maternal deaths.
Within MCHN, the Research and Policy (RP) Division provides technical leadership, guidance, and coordination to advance the integrated use of policy, data, research and development to accelerate the uptake, scaling up, and sustained and effective use of maternal, newborn, child, and environmental health and nutrition programming. RP supports the work of MCHN through the work of a multidisciplinary approach to implementation research, technology development, policy, and monitoring and evaluation.
The Policy Advisor (the Advisor) serves as a technical expert to advance the health and development objectives of USAID/GH/MCHN and to support USAID/USG policy engagement and programmatic investments with host governments, UN specialized agencies, bilateral donors, and other stakeholders working in health and related areas. Plans and conducts analyses, evaluations and investigations, conducts policy analyses, develops options papers, and makes presentations on program areas of critical importance to MCHN. Assists in developing GH policies and strategies and serves on working groups related to multilateral and bilateral engagement and other policy groups in support of MCHN and related fields. Works closely with the MCHN Senior Policy Advisor, GH technical experts and management to advance USG policy positions and maximize efficiencies and impact of USG policy engagement with host governments and multilateral health agencies on important Agency and USG initiatives. Supports the management of the USAID/GH PIO agreement with UNICEF, working in close coordination with MCHN and other operating units in GH and the field. Develops options to address challenging policy and program management issues regarding UNICEF and other multilateral organizations and institutions working in global health. Initiates drafts USG/MCHN-related position papers and other related documents in advance of governance meetings, including the World Health Assembly, UNICEF and WHO Executive Board meetings, requiring development and coordination of Agency positions in the inter-agency space; this is vital, given the growing agenda in global health and its multiplicity of actors. The Senior Policy Advisor/Team Lead will be the USAID point of contact, who will provide day-to-day guidance to the Advisor.
Advances MCHN priorities, through policy analysis and other policy-related activities, liaising with teams across the Office/ Bureau and Agency, other USG agencies and external partners, including multilateral/bilateral agencies, NGOs/PVOs, philanthropic organizations, and other private sector organizations and companies. This includes:
Activity Management Support (40%)
Supports the management of a PIO agreement with UNICEF, working under the overall guidance of the Agreement Officer’s Representative (AOR), and more generally serves to advance project management of USAID’s MCHN-related agreements with major multilateral agencies and partnerships. This includes:
Research and Research/Evidence Utilization (20%)
The Advisor will also contribute to advancing the objective of MCHN/RP to advance the integrated use of policy, data, research and development to accelerate the uptake, scaling up, and sustained and effective use of maternal, newborn, child, community and environmental health and nutrition programming by:
Fulfilling the above responsibilities effectively will require the Advisor to: (a) keep abreast of USAID/USG policies and strategies pertaining to MCHN programming, as well as broader policy-related developments in the global RMNCAH partnership landscape; and (b) build and maintain effective working relationships with diverse teams across the RP Division, MCHN Office, GH Bureau and other USAID bureaus as well as external partners. The specific knowledge, skills and experience required for this position are outlined below.
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