Social Solutions

  • Senior Strategic Information Advisor

    Job Locations ZW
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(3 weeks ago)
    ID
    2018-1294
    # of Openings
    1
    Category
    Information Technology
  • 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 under-served 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:

     

    Title: Senior Strategic Information Advisor

     

    Location: Harare, Zimbabwe

     

    Classification: GS-15 equivalent

     

    Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

     

    In this position, the incumbent serves as the Senior Strategic Information (SI) Advisor in the Health Office of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission to Zimbabwe based in Harare, Zimbabwe.  The primary objectives of the position are to:

    • 1) provide technical expertise in SI and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) to the Health Office, implementing partners, and other counterparts;
    • 2) generate, analyze, and utilize health sector data to inform program design and implementation; 
    • 3) foster program learning and adaptation to maximize the public health impacts of USG investments in Zimbabwe.  In doing so, the incumbent will work closely with staff from the Health Office and the rest of the Mission, other USG agencies, host-country government, and other donor officials to improve program efficiency and effectiveness.

    The incumbent is expected to quickly demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of USG policy, the USAID Mission Country Development Cooperation Strategy, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEFPAR) Country Operational Plan, and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) Country Strategy.  S/he will operate within the context of the U.S. Country Team by actively promoting collaboration and coordination with the Department of State, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the PEPFAR Coordination Office, and others.  In addition, the incumbent must possess sufficient experience to provide senior-level advice and expertise in formal consultations with the wide range of USAID/Zimbabwe partners, including the Ministry of Health and Child Care, other line Ministries, National AIDS Council (NAC), various local, U.S. and international non-governmental organizations present in Zimbabwe, as well as representatives of the private sector and civil society. 

     

    The Senior SI Advisor is a member of the Program Support team within the Health Office that includes sector-wide monitoring, evaluation, supply chain, and management systems activities for the health program portfolio.  The Team Leader of the Program Support Team reports directly to the Health Office Director, and will be the USAID point of contact for the Senior SI Advisor.

    Responsibilities

    • Providing expert level strategic guidance and technical expertise in SI and M&E, including assisting with the preparation and/or review of strategies and plans to address needs at the global level, to USAID, other USG agencies, implementing partners, host government counterparts, and donors. 
    • Assessing and reviewing current health literature and international guidelines, policies, and standards, and providing recommendations to USAID.
    • Contributing to technical updates, briefs and other documents that describe USAID’s activities, research and progress; preparing portfolio reviews and reports; reviewing documents such as annual reports and operational plans; and preparing responses to Q&As and other requests for information.
    • Leading the technical design of program strategies, health-assistance mechanisms, and the identification of new health activities.
    • Designing and co-managing performance and impact evaluations, analyzing evaluation findings and lessons learned for applicability to mid-course corrections and future programs, and ensuring that findings are communicated effectively to Mission, partners, government, and USAID/Washington.
    • Leading or managing annual Health Office submissions for recurring technical planning or programming requirements, such as:  the PEFPAR Country Operational Plan (COP), Annual Program Report (APR), SAPR, PEPFAR Quarterly Reports, the USAID Operational Plan, Program Performance Report (PPR),  Portfolio Reviews and others.  In doing so, ensure that the technical components of the entire USAID health portfolio is accurately represented and documented.
    • Working closely with Program Managers to support implementing partners in adaptive management and implementation processes to address constraints to iterative adapting for better results.
    • Analyzing program and health sector data and presenting evidence to facilitate discussion of emerging program priorities. Through these discussions, along with bi-annual portfolio reviews, engaging the participation and viewpoints of key stakeholders. Documenting emerging programming priorities and learning, and ensuring that these are shared within the Health Office, across the Mission, and with implementing partners and other stakeholders as necessary.
    • Supporting management of implementing partners through coordination of quarterly and other performance reporting processes, analyzing and synthesizing results and identifying and communicating opportunities and obstacles to achieving results including opportunities for cross-partner engagement and collaboration.
    • Monitoring key contextual indicators and development objective assumptions that may indicate the need for convening of larger reflection meetings to determine course correction actions such as reprioritization of activities, communication of changing guidance, activity scale up or scale down, etc.
    • Conducting regular site visits to review program implementation including PEPFAR Site Improvement through Monitoring System (SIMS) visits and documenting findings through standard monitoring tools.
    • Ensuring that learning emerging from M&E efforts, including from the PEPFAR SIMS visits, is fed back in appropriate forms to USAID staff, partners, host country government, other donors, or beneficiaries, as appropriate. Support after action reviews, as needed, to establish simple feedback loops over quality, relevance and effectiveness of implementation.
    • Strengthening capacity of the Health Office to improve data utilization, visualization, and presentation in order to effectively communicate program results to key stakeholders and audiences.
    • Developing a Communications Strategy that supports regular communication of program data, project achievements and impact, and best and promising practices.  Leading the execution of the strategy within the team, and related duties could include the regular development of success stories for various audiences, preparation of talking points and other communications documents, and visiting program sites with dignitaries. 
    • Preparing and submitting papers to professional journals and meetings with implementing partners.
    • Providing technical advice and expertise in inter-agency USG meetings and in external fora and technical working groups involving host-country officials, international organization representatives and other donors.
    • Performing other health program support duties as assigned by the Program Support Team Lead.

    Qualifications

    • Master's degree in public health, social and economic development, public administration, international health, or other relevant field of study and 11+ years’ relevant experience (majority of which is overseas) or equivalent combination of education and experience. 
    • This position requires a highly experienced, senior development expert. Positive recommendations from past work experience, preferably working with or for a bilateral donor in progressively responsible positions is required.
    • At least 5 years of experience related to the design, management, monitoring and evaluation of USG health programs, especially HIV and AIDS, TB, FP, and/or MNCH is required.
    • Demonstrated senior-level experience in both monitoring and evaluation, and program management is required.
    • Relevant NGO or private sector experience will be considered.
    • Work experience with USAID, in Africa and/or a complex emergency will be given strong preference, as will related PEPFAR or PMI work.

    SOCIAL SOLUTIONS INTERNATIONAL RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MODIFY, INTERPRET, OR APPLY THIS JOB DESCRIPTION IN ANY WAY THE COMPANY DESIRES.  THIS JOB DESCRIPTION IN NO WAY IMPLIES THAT THESE ARE THE ONLY DUTIES, INCLUDING ESSENTIAL DUTIES, TO BE PERFORMED BY THE EMPLOYEE OCCUPYING THIS POSITION.  THIS JOB DESCRIPTION IS NOT AN EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT, IMPLIED OR OTHERWISE.  THE EMPLOYMENT RELATIONSHIP REMAINS “AT-WILL.”  THE JOB REQUIREMENTS ABOVE ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE TO REASONABLY ACCOMMODATE QUALIFIED DISABLED INDIVIDUALS.

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