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The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has contracted through Social Solutions International to recruit and hire qualified individuals for the following position:
Assistant to the Coordinator/Innovation Advisor
United States Agency for International Development, President’s Malaria Initiative
Salary Range: $96,970 – $126,062 (GS-13 equivalent)
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
BACKGROUND: When it was launched in 2005, the goal of the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) was to reduce malaria-related mortality by 50 percent across 15 high-burden countries in sub-Saharan Africa through a rapid scale-up of four proven and highly effective malaria prevention and treatment measures: insecticide-treated mosquito nets; indoor residual spraying; accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment with artemisinin-based combination therapies; and intermittent preventive treatment of pregnant women.
With the passage of the Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde Global Leadership against HIV/AIDS, the position of a USG Global Malaria Coordinator (the Malaria Coordinator) was established within the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Appointed by the President of the United States, the Malaria Coordinator has primary responsibility for the oversight and coordination of all resources and international activities of the United States Government relating to efforts to combat malaria. In response to the Lantos-Hyde Act, PMI developed a U.S. Government Malaria Strategy for 2009–2014. Consistent with this strategy and the increase in annual appropriations supporting PMI, four new countries in sub-Saharan Africa and one regional program in the Greater Mekong Sub-region of Southeast Asia were added in 2011.
PMI’s Strategy for 2015–2020 takes into account the progress over the past decade and the new challenges that have arisen. Malaria prevention and control remains a major In FY 2017, PMI announced plans for a five-country expansion adding programs in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Niger and Sierra Leone, which grew PMI’s reach to 24 malaria-endemic countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including those with the highest burden, and three programs in the Greater Mekong Sub-region of Southeast Asia.
From the start of the Initiative to 2017, Rear Admiral Tim Ziemer served as the US Global Malaria Coordinator (Malaria Coordinator). Dr. Kenneth Staley, the current Malaria Coordinator, was appointed In April 2018.
Specifics of Position: The US Global Malaria Coordinator is seeking an Innovation Advisor to provide full-time assistance to him as he leads the US President’s Malaria Initiative. The Innovation Advisor will have day-to-day responsibilities assisting the Coordinator and serving as a member of the Coordinator’s Senior Staff, as well as leading special projects for PMI with a focus on innovation.
In a unique partnership, the Innovation Advisor will spend approximately 10% of time working in partnership with USAID’s Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact (CII), within the Bureau for Global Health. CII was developed to accelerate the development, introduction and scale-up of priority global health interventions. To do so, CII promotes and reinforces innovative, business-minded approaches to address the key bottlenecks in development, introduction and scale-up, applying business and marketplace principles to accelerate impact against some of the world’s most important health challenges. The advisor will draw on the expertise housed in CII to advance the PMI Coordinator’s priorities. CII:
- Serves as a catalyst, driving innovation and partnerships;
- Works with the Bureau’s technical offices to help prioritize existing and new innovations and interventions that align directly with the Agency’s priorities in global health;
- Supports rapid introduction of and/or access to these priority interventions; and
- Seeks not only to develop best practices in innovation, introduction and uptake across sectors, but to push the boundaries of current thinking to improve the health and efficiency of the marketplace.
The Innovation Advisor will leverage the experience, networks, and business-minded approaches of CII while serving on the Senior Staff of PMI, focused on defined special projects and providing overall assistance to the PMI Coordinator.