Social Solutions

  • Senior Program Advisor

    Job Locations US-VA-Crystal City
    Posted Date 2 months ago(10/15/2018 12:14 PM)
    # 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:



    Senior Program Advisor (This is a two (2) year term position)

    United States Agency for International Development/Bureau for Global Health


    Location: Arlington, Virginia (Crystal City)


    Salary: $114,590 – $148,967 (GS-14 Equivalent)


    Application Deadline:  Open Until Filled




    The U.S. Government’s (USG) global health priorities are to prevent child and maternal deaths, control the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and combat infectious diseases.  In support of these priorities, USAID’s Bureau for Global Health (GH) is committed to the availability of high-quality pharmaceuticals, diagnostics and other essential health supplies for health programs in low- and middle-income countries worldwide through commodity donations and technical assistance that builds self-reliant country supply chains and local capacities to lead for health commodity security.  GH currently manages an array of central commodity procurement and supply chain technical assistance mechanisms, collectively known as the implementing architecture for the Global Health Supply Chain Program (GHSC) to support USG field programs and USAID's global technical leadership.  These mechanisms are managed across multiple GH technical offices that support HIV/AIDs, malaria, family planning/reproductive health, maternal and child health, and other public health programs.


    GHSC mechanisms will end over the next few years, beginning in 2019.  GH is thus embarking on a comprehensive redesign of the GHSC implementing architecture, with the aim to ensure that GH continuously improves its supply chain programs in order to serve the needs of USG global health programs.  The redesign process will be complex, requiring various activities such as surveys and advisory groups to gather inputs from USG field programs, private sector/industry, academia, other stakeholders; regular communications with senior leaders in and outside the Agency; multiple technical working groups; close work with the Agency’s Office of Acquisition and Assistance (OAA), Office of General Counsel (GC), Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), and other Agency units; preparation and approval of redesign-related presentations and documents; and more.  The redesign will be extremely high-profile, complex, and on a tight timeline.  It calls for a dedicated, full-time, senior-level advisor to manage the redesign process and ensure strategic, out-of-the-box thinking, close coordination, adherence to established timelines, work product quality, effective communications, etc.


    • Serves as the primary point-of-contact in GH for the redesign of the GHSC implementing architecture.
    • Manages the redesign process.
    • Ensures that field perspectives, private sector best practices and innovation, and other technical input are incorporated into the redesign.
    • Ensures that innovative approaches to project design, procurement, implementation, and oversight and management are considered and incorporated as appropriate in the redesign.
    • Ensures effective coordination and communications between redesign activities.
    • Ensures redesign activities adhere to established timelines and work products meet quality standards.
    • Ensures that senior leaders in GH, Agency, and elsewhere in the USG are regularly informed and given opportunity to provide feedback on redesign activities and products.
    • Coordinates meetings with key stakeholders (GHSC staff; GH, Agency leadership; OAA, GC, OSDBU; inter-agency partners; industry; etc.).
    • Ensures that ad hoc requests from stakeholders in and outside the Agency regarding the redesign are effectively responded to. 
    • Ensures that redesign-related approval documents, procurement packages, etc. are prepared and routed in compliance with USAID rules, regulations, and standards.
    • Ensures that all redesign-related documents and other materials are appropriately handled and shared within and outside the Agency, in compliance with applicable USAID rules and regulations.
    • Ensures that all redesign-related documentation is appropriately maintained, complete and in compliance with USAID rules, regulations, and standards.
    • Other duties as assigned.


    • Master’s degree or higher, with nine (9) years relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and experience managing large, complex global health programs/projects, from design to completion, in low- or middle-income countries, for USAID. Experience managing global supply chain programs preferred.
    • Demonstrated experience managing large, complex assignments that are exceptionally high visibility and time-sensitive.
    • Strong quantitative and qualitative analytical skills, with an ability to think logically; derive strategic, executive insights; use mature, discerning judgment to facilitate positive change in programs.
    • Have the skills and confidence to reach out to various experts for strategic, out-of-the box thinking and facilitate its adapting to the USAID context/environment.
    • Able to work independently with minimal supervision, contribute to and lead teams, establish effective relationships among a wide range of partners, bring a common-sense understanding and proactive problem-solving approach to the work.
    • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills, with proven ability to coordinate/manage multiple work streams and prioritize effectively.
    • Proven ability to listen well and communicate complex concepts to executives.
    • Diplomacy and ease working within an international community and in diverse cultural settings.
    • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written with proficiency at organizing and presenting information for diverse audiences.
    • Knowledge of USAID project design and procurement specifically in the health sector.
    • Experience with PEPFAR, PMI and/or other Global Health programs.
    • Proficiency in the use of Google applications (Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, internet and email applications) and the Microsoft Office Suite (including Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
    • S. Citizenship or permanent residency.
    • Ability to obtain U.S. Government Secret clearance.


    • 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.


    •  The Senior Program Advisor will work in a fast-paced environment in an active office.


    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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