Social Solutions International, Inc. (Social Solutions) is a Hispanic and woman-owned business emphasizing 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 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) provides strategic direction, technical leadership, and support to field programs around HIV/AIDS. OHA provides input to decisions concerning the strategic allocation of financial and human resources in the sector and assists in designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating HIV/AIDS 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 relevant USAID offices and Missions teams in support of local partner transitions efforts, implementation, and sustainability of partner and civil society engagement.
In April 2018, S/GAC announced PEPFAR Local Partner (LP) Targets at a Principal’s meeting. Targets were defined as percent funding to Local prime partners including: 25% by FY2018; 40% by FY2019; 70% by FY2020. The transition to local implementation is an essential element of PEPFAR’s vision for sustainable control of the HIV epidemic. These efforts are also in line with USAID’s vision of realizing Self- Reliance in our partner countries and represent a first step to domestic support of PEPFAR program areas like HRH, supply chain, and service delivery. USAID is well-positioned to play a leadership role in promoting Local Partnerships within PEPFAR. USAID has a long history of leadership around local ownership, capacity building and sustainability. Additionally, USAID also has a depth of experience working to strengthen civil society, FBOs, NGOs, academia, and host country governments.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has contracted Social Solutions International, Inc. (Social Solutions) to recruit and hire qualified individuals for the following position:
Title: Senior Local Partner Transition Advisor
Location: Cystal City/Washington, D.C.
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Salary Range: GS-14 equivalent
ESSENTIAL DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Senior Local Partner Transition Advisor will be an essential member of the Capacity Building and Partnerships (CBP) Branch within the Systems and Program Sustainability (SPS) division. The Senior Advisor will receive day-to-day guidance from the Capacity Building and Partnerships (CBP) Branch Chief. The Senior Advisor will be expected to perform the following duties as described below. Reasonable accommodations may be made to ensure the incumbent is able to perform the duties required of the position:
Country specific support -
● Provide expert technical advice in Capacity development to Missions and local organizations in local partner landscape assessment, organizational development, financial management, accounting, PEPFAR M&E systems, MER indicator reporting.
● Provide strategic direction to country teams during the project design phase for new local awards; including strategic approaches for work with local partners, project descriptions, evaluation criteria, risk management plans, and performance monitoring and communication strategies.
● Initiate dialogue and strategic planning with Mission teams in support of
o Government to Government agreements
o Increasing the capacity of local private sector
o Transition planning/ coordination USAID officials and host country counterparts.
● Lead technical engagement with local partners in support of Mission to share results of assessment, advise special award conditions, identify and recommend technical assistance needs, and recommend capacity development plans.
Washington specific support -
● Lead efforts with USAID’s Office of Acquisition and Assistance (OAA), Chief Financial Office (CFO), and General Counsel (GC) providing recommendations to streamline agency processes for work with Local partners.
● Serve as senior technical expert on local capacity development, transition planning, and internal policy efforts.
● Present and advise on transition efforts to senior office and agency leadership.
● Lead OHA’s engagement with Implementing partner community around Transition planning.
● Initiate coordination with other Washington- based technical units on transition efforts in priority PEPFAR topic areas such as: Care and Treatment (C&T) services, Human Resources for Health (HRH), Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC), Faith-based Organizations (FBO), Supply Chain, and others, providing recommendations to address barriers and develop cross-cutting strategies for transition efforts in these areas.
● Serve as an Implementation Subject-Matter Expert (ISME) on local partner investments and as a resource to country teams including designing tools and programs to support partner transition plans.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND EXPERIENCE:
• Master's degree and 9+ years of experience or PhD and 4+ years of experience.
• Field experience in the development sector, with extensive experience working with local organizations, government, academia, civil society, or faith-based organizations.
• Strong credentials in capacity development, proven experience providing capacity building TA to local organizations.
• Experience using tools like organizational capacity assessment (OCA) or ITOCA to conduct organizational assessments and develop capacity plans for local organizations.
• Demonstrated health systems knowledge; understanding of policy landscape that supports local organizations and successful program implementation.
• Previous work with USAID or PEPFAR desired but not required.
• Experience with HIV service delivery programs and/or planning for epidemic control desired but not required.
• Language skills in PEPFAR countries desired, but not required.
• Exceptional analytical and communication (written and verbal) skills.
• Proficiency working with large volumes of data, ability to use data to think critically and inform decisions.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google; particularly Excel and PowerPoint and google counterparts.
• Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships and communicate effectively with people of varied professional, cultural, and educational backgrounds.
• Entrepreneurial mindset, with 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.
• Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills.
• Willingness to travel both domestically and internationally.
• International travel approximately 20-30%
• U.S. Citizenship and ability to obtain, at a minimum, a facility access-level security clearance.
• Other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned based on organizational and programming needs.
Social Solutions offers competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits. Please submit your resume online at www.socialsolutions.biz.
Social Solutions is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. 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.