Social Solutions

  • Local Partners Strategy Advisor

    Job Locations US-VA-Crystal City
    Posted Date 2 months ago(9/26/2018 8:59 AM)
    # of Openings
    International 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:



    Local Partners Strategy Advisor

    United States Agency for International Development; Bureau for Global Health; Office of HIV/AIDS; Systems and Program Sustainability Division (GH/OHA/SPS)


    Salary Range: $96,970 – $126,062 (GS-13 equivalent)    


    Application Deadline:  Open Until Filled



    The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is at the forefront of the U.S. Government (USG) response in the fight against HIV/AIDS.  USAID is a key partner in the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and works closely with other USG agencies on this multi-billion dollar initiative in developing countries around the world. 


    The Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA) is the center of HIV/AIDS technical leadership for the Agency with primary responsibility for the Agency’s HIV/AIDS program.  OHA provides strategic direction, technical leadership, and support to field programs in HIV/AIDS.  It provides input to decisions concerning the strategic allocation of financial and human resources in the sector and assists in designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs.


    The Systems and Program Sustainability Division (GH/OHA/SPS) provides technical leadership and strategic direction on issues related to systems strengthening and financing of HIV/AIDS programs.  Under the SPS Division, the Capacity Building and Partnerships Branch (GH/OHA/SPS/CBP) coordinates with related USAID offices and the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator at the State Department (OGAC) in support of Missions and United States Government (USG) teams in their efforts related to sustainability, local partner transitions, civil society and public-private partnerships. 



    The Local Partners Strategy Advisor (Advisor) will be an essential member of the Capacity Building and Partnerships (CBP) Branch within the Systems and Program Sustainability (SPS) division.  The Capacity Building and Partnerships (CBP) Branch Chief with be the USAID point of contact for the Local Partners Strategy Advisor.  The Advisor will be expected to perform the following duties as described below; reasonable accommodation may be made to ensure the incumbent is able to perform the duties required of the position.

    Local Partner Transition Strategy Support:

    • Support to local partner strategy process, including country consult calls, review of local partner (LP) data including: local prime funding, budget/expenditure analysis, sub-award data, partner performance data, and other data relevant to country specific local partner transition (LTS) strategies.
    • Support to LTS country teams in the development of LP Transition strategies including drafting strategic approaches, mitigation plans, project design documents and input on local partner programming.
    • Serve as an Implementation Subject Matter Expert (ISME) on local partner investments and as a resource to LP priority country teams; including designing tools and programs to support HQ and field partner transition plans.
    • Work with OAA/General Counsel and other stakeholders to help LTS countries develop project design and procurement plans in line with LP Transition strategies including programming to increase local partner capacity, G2G programming, and private sector engagement.


    Private Sector Engagement:

    • Lead technical efforts to support field Missions in developing and improving private sector programming, particularly in the context of country LP Transition strategies and overall country policies.
    • Conduct country visits to provide technical support to field Missions and/or work with private sector entities or programs in the design, implementation, management and evaluation of private sector health programming.
    • Serve as a technical resource on private sector collaboration, including commercial health sector programs and initiatives.
    • Lead relevant 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.


    General Technical support:

    • Serve as Private Sector and Local Partner technical advisor to USAID field staff, Epidemic Control Teams (ECTs), and country clusters teams.
    • Provide technical leadership to USAID field Missions on the design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of private sector and LP Transition activities.
    • Review and provide advice on work plans, financial reporting, cost sharing and performance monitoring plans for OHA/SPS/CBP as needed.
    • Develop and recommend core requests for budgets, present results reviews, and contribute substantially to improving overall technical project oversight.
    • Provide/lead support efforts to field Mission health offices for overall technical expertise, strategic planning guidance and management support, such as through country teams.


    • Master and 7+ years of relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and experience or a PhD and 3+ years of experience
    • Demonstrated development experience in the global health sector, with a particular focus on local health systems and partners. Previous work with USAID or PEPFAR desired but not required.
    • Demonstrated international health program experience, and knowledge and experience working with USAID and/or donor international and indigenous development partner organizations, particularly with the private sector, government, academia, civil society or faith-based organizations
    • Previous experience in strategy/management consulting, business, marketing, or other fields that require an understanding of marketplace dynamics desired but not required.
    • Demonstrated resourcefulness, responsibility, and capacity for effective coordination.
    • 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 and Google Suite applications.
    • Willingness to travel both domestically and internationally.
    • US Citizenship and ability to obtain, at a minimum, a facility access-level security clearance.   
    • International travel approximately 35%. Other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned based on organizational and programming needs.

    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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