Social Solutions

Program Analyst

Job Locations US-DC-GHSI
ID
2020-1587
# of Openings
1
Category
GHSI - Public Health

Overview

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.

Overview of the Position

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has contracted Social Solutions to recruit and hire qualified individuals for the following position:

 

Title: Program Analyst

Location: Washington, DC

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Salary Range: GS-9 equivalent

 

The USAID Global Health Bureau supports field health programs, advances research and innovation in selected areas relevant to overall Agency health objectives, and transfers new technologies to the field through its own staff’s work, coordination with other donors, and a portfolio of grants. The Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition (GH/MCHN) serves as the Agency’s technical and policy lead on maternal and newborn health, child survival, immunization, nutrition, and water, sanitation and hygiene, with a focus on ending preventable child and maternal deaths. Cross-cutting activities managed by the Office in support of this goal address private sector partnerships, community health systems, social and behavior change communication, multilateral partnerships, gender, and monitoring and evaluation. This position will reside with GH/MCHN, and will support the work of the Nutrition and Environmental Health Division (GH/MCHN/NEH).  The NEH Division provides global technical leadership and support to USAID missions to improve nutrition, WASH, and maternal and child health strategies, policies and programming. The NEH Division also manages the Congressionally-mandated Child Blindness Program.

The program analyst reports to the NEH Division Chief and supports the administration and management of the division. The program analyst provides expert support to technical staff, performing a variety of both complex and routine administrative, project management and analytical duties. These duties encompass analytical-type tasks such as collecting, compiling, and analyzing data for various program documents, drafting comments and approval packages for sub-award requests, and creating and maintaining spreadsheets for financial tracking systems. The program analyst works closely with the team and provides input on related technical and managerial issues. The individual must maintain a working knowledge of USAID policies and procedures, particularly with respect to Agency policies and regulations, corporate practices and procedures, including budgeting and financial management. The analyst will also be knowledgeable about technical areas and provide administrative, management and financial guidance on activities. The program analyst will work closely with the division technical staff and provide input on various technical and managerial issues, as well as attending administrative and technical meetings with implementing partner organizations. The analyst ranks tasks in order of importance and impending deadlines, and handles several complicated tasks simultaneously. The individual is expected to become familiar with office/division technical issues and policies.

Responsibilities

  • Serve as an Program Analyst for the nutrition and environmental health portfolio, currently consisting of three contracts, USAID Advancing Nutrition, WASHPals, and the Child Blindness Program. This work involves developing sub-award packages for contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements for It entails analyzing budgets, researching USAID’s operational policy (ADS), negotiating with collaborating partners, and drafting approval letters. It also entails working with internal technical staff and external partners to help ensure that projects’ annual work plans are compliant with agency requirements and mission concurrence.
  • Coordinate procurement-related actions and approval requests with the Office of Acquisition and Assistance (OAA). This includes key personnel changes, budget realignments, extensions, ceiling increases, incremental funding and other actions.
  • Participate in program design, including drafting concept papers and project appraisal documents. Components of program design include: reviewing lessons-learned; drafting gender analyses, the initial environmental examination, and the source nationality waiver; as well as participating in choice of mechanism discussions, supporting in management of deadlines, and communication with appropriate stakeholders.
  • Conduct site visits for project monitoring and prepare documentation, as appropriate.
  • Create and analyze budgets and financial tracking sheets to be used by the technical teams to track anticipated incremental funding, funding modifications, and assist in financial monitoring (e.g. track financial status and determine quarterly accruals for funded projects) and prepare financial action forms to facilitate annual obligations for the nutrition and WASH portfolios.
  • Assist technical staff in the preparation of various program documents and correspondence such as project authorization documents, action memos, Congressional Notifications, Technical Notifications and waivers, ensuring that all documentation is complete and in compliance with USAID rules, regulations, and standards. This includes assistance to technical staff and recipient organizations to ensure that financial and technical reports are prepared and submitted as required.
  • Assist with the organization and management of the annual review processes of all units of the NEH Division. This includes monitoring project spending and receipt of deliverables, contributing and participating in portfolio reviews, assisting with project extensions and close-outs.
  • Provide management and technical support to the portfolios participating in technical meetings and managing meeting minutes and distributing them.
  • Participate in relevant technical and managerial meetings for the purpose of assisting in management duties including serving as a rapporteur.
  • Coordinate and prepare for meetings, events, presentations, and travel, as necessary.
  • Schedule meetings, organizing a variety of internal information sharing events, preparation of PowerPoint slides, and preparing country information folders.
  • Assist with general management-related activities, such as compiling information for portfolio reviews.
  • Respond to miscellaneous requests and actions pertaining to portfolios within the NEH Division.
  • Backstop Program Assistant with maintaining division-wide systems for communications, documentation, and coordination through calendars, field trip reports, A/COR files and other electronic records.
  • Lead management of the Admin Actions Tracker for OAA for the Division and facilitate communication with OAA.
  • Research, analyze, and organize technical and/or statistical information and develop data to assist and respond to diverse informational and communication needs.  
  • Draft program and project communications such as memoranda, Congressional Notifications and letters that seek approval or request information relative to program matters.
  • Collect and compile data for use in regular and ad hoc reporting on the status of programs from various sources such as cooperating office reports, team reports and documents, financial information and technical staff.  Ensure that schedules and deadlines are met.
  • Manage day-to-day communications systems for division and Agency-wide Nutrition Group, including establishing and managing technical documents for shared Google folder.
  • Division point of contact for TDY Mission Request System

Qualifications

Qualification at the GS-9 equivalent Program Analyst level requires a bachelor’s degree in a related field and a minimum of 3 years of relevant experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Alternately, an individual may qualify at the GS-9 equivalent Program Analyst level with a master’s degree and a minimum of 1 year of relevant experience.

 

Other qualifications include:

  • Excellent oral and written communications skills in English and the ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
  • Strong interpersonal communications skills and ability to work effectively with teams is essential.
  • Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to reports and financial tracking systems.
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.
  • Microsoft Office, Internet and e-mail applications are required. Advanced Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe experience desired.
  • Experience in the use of database applications is desired.
  • Microsoft Office, internet and e-mail applications are required. Advanced Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe experience desired.
  • Experience in the use of database applications is desired.
  • Applicants selected will be subject to a background investigation and must obtain and maintain a favorable adjudication as applicable to their position/duties.

 

In order to fully evaluate your eligibility, your resume must include relevant paid and non-paid experience showing dates held with month, year and hours worked per week for each position.

 

 

Equal Employer

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.

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