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 United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has contracted Social Solutions to recruit and hire qualified individuals for the following position:
Title: Senior Scientific Advisor
Location: Washington, DC
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Salary Range: GS-15 equivalent
The Emerging Threats Division (ETD) has programmed more than one billion dollars over the last 15 years as a key component of USAID’s Global Health Security (GHS) efforts. The overall GHS program is projected to program over $100 million per year in the future, including activities related to Emerging Threats and the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA). The GHS portfolio focuses on early identification of, response to, and reduction of infectious disease threats in animals and humans. The GHS portfolio builds on USAID’s successes and draws on expertise from across the animal- and human-health sectors to build regional, national, and local capacities for early disease detection, laboratory-based disease diagnosis, rapid disease response and containment, and risk reduction. These efforts target a limited number of geographic areas, known as “hot spots,” where new disease threats have emerged in the past. A key component of USAID’s GHS efforts is the Global Health Security Agenda Program, a United States Government priority health security initiative focused on preventing, detecting, and responding rapidly and effectively to outbreaks. The GHSA implements a multi-sectoral and multilateral approach to accelerate progress toward implementation of the International Health Regulations, the legally binding instrument adopted by 196 States Parties that set requirements for public health emergencies of all types. Ultimately, GHSA seeks to achieve a world safe and secure from infectious disease threats, whether naturally occurring, accidental, or deliberately released.
The Senior Scientific Advisor (“Advisor”) will provide technical expertise to USAID’s Global Health Security Program within the Emerging Threats Division, Office of Infectious Diseases, Bureau for Global Health (GH/ID/ETD).
The Advisor is responsible for supporting the design of the technical aspects of ETD’s GHS Program activities and coordinating the associated technical staff in USAID/W and Missions to achieve Program goals. This includes working at the country, regional, and international levels to contribute to strategy development and program design, providing expert advice to project implementation, and interacting with high-level representatives among donors to support GHS activities worldwide. The Advisor also monitors outbreaks and epidemics of high-consequence infectious diseases (e.g. Ebola, influenza, Marburg, MERS-CoV, Nipah, SARS) that affect animals and people and provides technical support during outbreaks caused by known or unknown pathogens. The Advisor serves as a support to the project management team for projects managed within the ETD division or as part of the GHS Program, providing critical technical expertise to these projects.
The Advisor will report to the ETD Division Chief and will liaise with USAID Missions, the Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), and other relevant Agency/interagency offices
Strengthen USAID’s leadership in Global Health Security and improve stakeholder coordination:
Improve internal technical expertise and coordination in the area of Global Health Security:
Improve quality of USAID’s GHS projects and programmatic strategic direction
Qualification at the GS-15 equivalent Senior Scientific Advisor requires a master's degree in a related field and a minimum of 11 years of relevant experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Alternately, an individual may qualify at the GS-15 equivalent Senior Scientific Advisor level with a bachelor's degree and a minimum of 13 yeasr of relevant experience.
Other qualifications include:
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.