Social Solutions

  • Program Assistant-ID MAL

    Job Locations US-VA-Crystal City
    Posted Date 5 days ago(7/12/2018 11:42 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:



    Program Assistant-ID MAL

    United States Agency for International Development/Bureau for Global Health/Office of Infectious Diseases/Malaria Division


    Salary Range: $50,912 – $66,191 (GS-8 equivalent)


    Application Deadline:  July 26, 2018




    The program/project assistant provides support to the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) team located in the Malaria Division of the Infectious Diseases Office of the Global Health Bureau (see for more information).  This position will be responsible for performing a variety of both complex and routine administrative and analytical duties to support the division chief and team as a whole. These duties range from administrative-type tasks such as scheduling briefings and meetings and maintaining program files, to more complex analytical-type tasks such as collecting, compiling, and analyzing data for various program documents and designing and maintaining spreadsheets in support of financial tracking systems.  The program assistant will also work with members of the PMI team to provide overall administrative support and perform other duties and support liaising and communication across the interagency. 


    The program assistant ranks tasks in order of importance and impending deadlines, and handles several tasks simultaneously.  The individual must develop a working knowledge of USAID policies and guidelines, as well as corporate practices and procedures. 


    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



    • Provides overall routine and ad hoc administrative and programmatic support to the Malaria Division Chief and other Malaria Division staff to enable successful implementation of routine programmatic and core functions for the Division.


    • Assists technical staff in the preparation of program documents and correspondence such as memos and waivers, amendments, project authorization documents, Congressional Notifications, and Technical Notifications, ensuring that all documentation is complete and in compliance with USAID rules, regulations, and standards.


    • Provides operational support to the PMI team on contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements. This includes working with technical staff and external partners to ensure that work plans, financial reports, and progress reports and other deliverables are prepared, submitted, and reviewed.


    • Works with USAID staff on general management-related activities, such as orientation for new staff, updating contact information and list serves, and administering malaria operational plan reprogramming requests.


    • Maintains/or provides assistance with administrative and financial tracking systems, and assists in the design and maintenance of spreadsheets and databases to support these systems.


    • Assists PMI colleagues in coordinating and preparing for meetings, events, and presentations.  Responsibilities include scheduling meetings, booking rooms, receiving visitors, taking notes, preparing slides, and summarizing meeting results.


    • Drafts program communications such as cables, memoranda, and letters that seek approval or request information relative to program matters.


    • Collects, organizes, and analyzes data for use in regular and ad hoc reporting on the status of programs from various sources such as cooperating agency reports, USAID reports and documents, and technical staff.


    • Collects and makes arrangements for distribution of material to the USAID missions, USAID/W offices, host country institutions, and cooperating agencies.


    • Participates in administrative and communications team meetings, and other technical team meetings as needed.



    The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

    The position requires an Associate’s degree and four (4) years of relevant professional experience or a combination of education and experience. Requires proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office with an emphasis on Excel spreadsheet skills, PowerPoint, Internet and e-mail applications including Google mail suite. Candidate must have strong attention to detail and organizational skills. Applicants selected will be U.S. citizens and will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for a secret security clearance.  Experience and knowledge of public health/malaria preferred.



    Must have excellent writing skills in English.  Oral and written communications skills and the ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.  Fluency in French or Portuguese is a plus. 



    Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to reports and financial tracking systems.  Must be proficient with basic financial management and budgeting concepts.  Must have excellent Excel skills. 


    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. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.  As travel may be required for up to 10% of the time, employee must be able to travel to USAID Missions in Africa with malaria funding for short term temporary duty up to two weeks at a time. 



    Must have excellent analytic skills and reasoning ability.  The incumbent should be able to work under moderate supervision and bring a problem solving approach to carrying out duties.  The successful candidate will demonstrate initiative and an eagerness to learn technical and program management. 







    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.


    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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