Social Solutions

  • Senior Private Sector Financing Advisor

    Job Locations US-VA-Crystal City
    Posted Date 2 months ago(10/8/2018 8:51 PM)
    ID
    2018-1306
    # of Openings
    1
    Category
    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:

                     

    Title: 

    Senior Private Sector Financing Advisor

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

     

    Location: Arlington, Virginia (Crystal City)

     

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

     

    Application Deadline:  Open Until Filled

     

    INTRODUCTION:

     

    The United States Government (USG) has made the fight against HIV/AIDS a top priority, not only for humanitarian reasons, but because the HIV/AIDS crisis threatens the prosperity, stability and development of nations around the world. The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is a USG global initiative to control the HIV/AIDS pandemic. It is the largest commitment by any nation to combat a single disease. PEPFAR is committed to supporting activities that are grounded in science and critical to saving lives and preventing new HIV infections. PEPFAR’s core activities include a focus on health systems, including health finance; human resources for health; commodity procurement and supply chain systems; and laboratory systems.

     

    PEPFAR recognizes that donor resources alone cannot meet the needs of the 35 million people who will be living with HIV in 2020. As developing economies grow and begin to more fully realize their economic potential, unlocking domestic financing for HIV becomes a critical element of achieving long-term sustainability of the HIV/AIDS response. Countries are increasingly taking the lead in managing, implementing, and even financing their national HIV responses. As a result, PEPFAR has committed funding to support countries to strengthen their ongoing efforts to increase the use of their own resources.

     

    The USAID-led Sustainable Financing Initiative (SFI) is a focused approach to encourage domestic financial participation in the delivery of HIV/AIDS services in PEPFAR countries. As the HIV/AIDS response ramps up for ‘Test and Start,’ meeting the needs of the 36 million people living with HIV over the next five years will exceed current donor commitments. Therefore, USAID collaborates with relevant stakeholders, including Missions, to support new and ongoing health financing activities that aim to increase domestic resources for the health sector. SFI is working with the public sector on reform and with the private sector on innovative financing. As plans are developed, four areas of assistance are considered: Advocacy through information; improved public financial management; efficiency gains; and strengthening the private sector.

     

    The Senior Private Sector Financing Advisor (Senior Advisor) serves as a technical expert within the Global Health Bureau’s Office of HIV/AIDS (GH/OHA) to provide technical guidance and leadership to SFI and in the development of private and cross-sectoral approaches to HIV/AIDS. The Senior Advisor will also promote and expand public and private sector collaboration, including the private sector contributions to service coverage and health insurance markets in addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The primary areas of responsibility include: 1) Advocating for the adoption and implementation of approaches to HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment that maximize and rationalize the use of financing from multiple sectors, including households, insurers, lenders and the commercial sector; 2) providing technical and thought leadership to centrally managed projects and initiatives that involve private sector engagement and approaches, innovative financing models, and public-private partnerships to leverage resources and capacity; and 3) providing technical support to PEPFAR country teams, USAID Missions and other in-country stakeholders on the role of the private sector and private financing in the HIV/AIDS response, market segmentation, market analysis, models of innovative financing, and risk-pooling mechanisms that leverage private resources or capacity. 

     

    Responsibilities

    The Senior Advisor will be based in Health Finance and Economics Branch within the Systems and Program Sustainability Division of GH/OHA (GH/OHA/SPS/HFE), and will receive technical direction from the HFE Branch Chief in identifying, designing, monitoring, evaluating and reporting on HIV/AIDS activities and projects. As such, the Senior Advisor will keep abreast of current developments in HIV/AIDS and related health issues and will establish and maintain close working relationships with other USAID operating units, the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) and other USG agencies engaged in the PEPFAR initiative, and with representatives of public, private and not-for-profit organizations working in the HIV/AIDS field.

     

    The Senior Private Sector Financing Advisor will be responsible for:

     

    Adoption and Implementation of Multisectoral and Private Sector Approaches:

    • Implementing a conceptual and operational framework for private sector engagement in the HIV/AIDS global response within PEPFAR, with a focus on health insurance and innovative financing approaches that leverage private (rather than donor or government) funding sources to support sustainable HIV/AIDS programming.
    • Liaising with other offices in GH, the Regional Bureaus, OGAC, and other USG agencies involved in the PEPFAR Sustainable Financing Initiative on implementation, planning and design of approaches to maximize private sources of financing for HIV/AIDS programming.
    • Supporting development and implementation of private sector strategies for the PEPFAR-funded Sustainable Financing Initiative for HIV/AIDS being led by USAID in selected PEPFAR countries.
    • Designing mechanisms for improved collaboration between private and public sector in HIV, including the development of concrete demonstration activities capable of being scaled up and adopted by the field.
    • Supporting USAID/GH/OHA and Missions with program design for increased domestic resource mobilization from private sector sources, including expansion of health insurance markets, market segmentation and private sector provision of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment services.

    Implementation and Coordination of Programs:

    • Providing technical guidance to selected USAID projects, especially those that support market analysis, market segmentation, private sector engagement and innovative financing partnerships and collaborations in HIV/AIDS.
    • Providing technical guidance to Bureau-wide private sector activities that include an HIV/AIDS component.
    • Providing cross-Bureau technical guidance for the design and implementation of private sector strategies and programs for USAID’s Sustainable Financing Initiative for HIV/AIDS.

    Provision of Technical Support to Field Programs:

    • Providing technical assistance to in-country PEPFAR teams in the design, implementation, and evaluation of innovative models of private sector engagement in the HIV/AIDS response, including private health insurance and innovative financing activities that contribute to reaching epidemic control.
    • Participating on inter-agency country teams and providing technical backstopping and support to selected country Missions in HIV/AIDS programming.
    • Serving as a member of selected interagency technical working groups on HIV/AIDS.

    Qualifications

    • Master’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience in public health, business or a related field.
    • Minimum seven (7) years’ relevant experience in the design and implementation of private health sector programs, including private health financing approaches to HIV/AIDS or similar programs with at least three to five (3-5) years’ experience in an international or resource-challenged setting.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in developing countries.
    • Experience in the technical design, administration, and implementation of HIV/AIDS programs or other health programs in developing countries.
    • Demonstrated ability in strategic planning and program management.
    • Experience in working with USAID Missions, donor organizations, host country governments and non-governmental organizations is desirable.
    • Strong interpersonal communication and writing skills.
    • Ability to work with diverse teams.
    • High degree of independent judgment, ingenuity and originality to interpret strategy, to analyze, develop and present work and to monitor and evaluate implementation of programs.
    • Fluency in a foreign language preferred.
    • Working knowledge of MS Office and ability to navigate the web.
    • Ability to travel internationally.
    • US citizenship or permanent residency required.
    • Ability to obtain and maintain, at a minimum, a facility access clearance.

     

    Social Solutions International offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits. Please submit your resume online at www.social solutions.biz

     

    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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