Social Solutions

  • Malaria Technical Advisor

    Job Locations US-VA-Crystal City
    Posted Date 7 days ago(12/3/2018 3:14 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:



    Malaria Technical Advisor

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


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


    Application Deadline:  Open Until Filled 


    The Malaria Division of the Health, Infectious Disease and Nutrition Office of USAID’s Bureau for Global Health is charged with the technical leadership for and management of USAID’s malaria portfolio, including leading the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI). The Division seeks a Malaria Technical Advisor (Technical Advisor) to work in the Division’s Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) Unit, providing technical assistance to PMI focus countries, assisting with the management and oversight of the PMI SBCC portfolio, and providing overall backstopping support to one to two PMI focus countries.


    The Technical Advisor is an integral member of USAID’s PMI team, assigned to the Malaria Division’s SBCC Unit. Key responsibilities include: providing guidance, monitoring, and technical support to USAID at headquarters, and in the field with USAID Missions, PMI country teams, technical counterparts, implementing partners, Ministries of Health, and USAID cooperating agencies. S/he will exercise independent judgment in planning and carrying out tasks, in serving USG priorities at critical technical and policy forums, in resolving problems and conflicts, and in taking steps necessary to meet deadlines. The Technical Advisor will receive day to day guidance from the Malaria Division Chief.



    The Bureau for Global Health (GH) serves as the Agency’s primary source of intellectual capital, technical leadership, and donor coordination for the health sector. GH is vested with the responsibility for advancing field-relevant, state-of-the-art research and the transfer of new technologies and approaches to field programs and in technically and programmatically supporting USAID Mission health program implementation in the field. The Office of Infectious Disease (ID) is one of GH’s eight offices. The Malaria Division is one of four divisions of the ID Office.  Leadership, management, and oversight of PMI are carried out from the Malaria Division under the leadership of the US Global Malaria Coordinator as are management of USAID’s malaria research investments (most notably vaccine, drug, and insecticide research programs) and USAID’s global partner engagement including WHO and RBM Partnership to End Malaria.   


    The U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative is the US Government’s (USG) flagship global malaria initiative led by USAID and implemented together with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The Initiative is results-based, focused, and exhibits a high level of financial and programmatic accountability.


    In 2015, PMI launched the next six-year strategy, setting forth a new bold vision, and an ambitious goal with specific objectives.  The PMI Strategy for 2015-2020 takes into account the progress over the past decade and the new challenges that have arisen, and reflects the U.S. Government’s commitment to work with PMI-supported countries and partners to further reduce malaria deaths and substantially decrease malaria morbidity working towards the long term vision of a world free of malaria.


    The Technical Advisor is a key member of the Malaria Division’s SBCC Unit, providing malaria-specific technical and programmatic guidance and support to strengthen and guide implementation across PMI focus countries with a focus on delivering high-quality SBCC. The Technical Advisor will support the work of PMI staff at USAID headquarters and at PMI country and regional mission programs. The Technical Advisor will work in collaboration with global malaria stakeholders and technical partners, Ministries of Health, and USAID cooperating agencies to provide technical leadership across the PMI portfolio but with a focus on malaria-related SBCC. S/he will exercise independent judgment in planning and carrying out tasks, in serving USG priorities at critical technical and policy forums, in resolving problems and conflicts, and in taking steps necessary to meet deadlines.  

    The Technical Advisor will:


    Technical Leadership and Project Management Support

    • Participate in the PMI SBCC Interagency Technical Working Group to advance key technical issues at the global and country level, and provide technical guidance to country programs related to those areas.
    • In conjunction with other Malaria Division team members, provide technical oversight and strategic guidance to the SBCC portfolio.
    • Maintain current knowledge of policy, frameworks, and research on SBCC, including state-of-the-art programming in malaria-specific SBCC.
    • Monitor and analyze country-level SBCC portfolios and PMI investments in SBCC.
    • Participate in consultations and working groups with colleagues from across USAID and the USG on SBCC activities, requests, and initiatives.
    • Support the management of one or more centrally-administered programs/projects, including advising and providing technical guidance and input on PMI policies and priorities.
    • Inform stakeholders about malaria development and USAID’s role by preparing and conducting presentations and other materials for colleagues, Bureau and Agency leadership, and other donors and contractors.


    Country Support

    • Provide technical and programmatic support to one or more PMI focus countries and participate as an integral member of one or more interagency country support teams.
    • Provide guidance and support to Missions and PMI country teams on the development of annual country malaria operational plans and assist in monitoring and tracking overall progress of PMI plans and activities.
    • Provide advice and assistance to Missions involved in malaria efforts, particularly the PMI-targeted countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
    • Provide support to Missions by participating in country support teams, reviewing mission strategies and annual reports and helping them to meet needs for technical and programmatic support. 


    Documentation and Reporting

    • Keep abreast of new developments and emerging issues in malaria that affect USAID’s technical priorities via literature reviews, attending technical meetings and workshops, and participating in relevant training events.
    • Formulate recommendations for the Malaria Team’s responses to these developments and sharing with colleagues, bureau leadership, and missions.


    • Master’s degree in public health, international health, social sciences or other related discipline and 7+ year’s relevant experience in designing, implementing, and/or managing communications and/or behavior change related programs or projects OR Bachelor’s degree in public health, international health, social sciences or other related discipline and 9+ year’s relevant experience in designing, implementing, and/or managing communications and/or behavior change related programs or projects.(Graduate studies in behavioral communication science preferred)
    • Demonstrated project management, technical leadership, policy experience, and problem solving on complex projects.
    • Malaria program experience desirable.
    • Knowledge of public health development assistance programs, procedures, and systems for program design, management and monitoring desirable.
    • Knowledge and experience of state of the art health promotion, social marketing and behavior change communication science and methodologies.
    • Ability to work effectively with a broad range of USG personnel and partners, and in a team environment.
    • Strong oral and written communications skills and the ability to read, analyze, and interpret public health and malaria technical reports and data. Excellent writing skills in English required.
    • Ability to communicate technical health information to both health and non-health audiences.
    • Computer skills in MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, and Access.
    • Ability to travel internationally.
    • French language skills desirable.
    • US citizenship or US permanent residency required.
    • A Secret security clearance is required and must be obtained.

    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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