Social Solutions

Strategic Communications Advisor

Job Locations US-DC-GHSI
# of Openings
GHSI - Public Health


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: Strategic Communications Advisor

Location: Washington, DC

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Salary Range: GS-14 equivalent


The launch of the Presidents Malaria Initiative (PMI) in 2005 had a primary goal 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, 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 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 Subregion of Southeast were added in 2011.


PMI's Strategy for 2015–2020 considers the progress over the past decade and the new challenges that have arisen. Malaria prevention and control remain a primary U.S. foreign assistance objective. PMI's Strategy fully aligns with the U.S. Government's vision of ending preventable child and maternal deaths and ending extreme poverty. 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 Subregion of Southeast Asia. PMI is in the process of developing the next PMI 2021- 2025 Strategy.


The Strategic Communications Advisor is a member of the PMI team based within the Malaria Division, in the Office of Infectious Disease, in the Bureau for Global Health.


  • In collaboration with other members of the Malaria Division’s Communications Team,the Strategic Communications Advisor will interface with PMI staff and key partners to identify, develop, and communicate compelling stories and implement a strategic and proactive outreach strategy both domestically and internationally.
  • Develop material for social media, blogs, press releases, op-eds, media statements, speeches, and other materials.
  • Develop consistent internal and external messaging that is aligned with broader USAID priorities.
  • In collaboration with other members of the Malaria Division’s Communications Team, develop and maintain relationships and regularly interface with external partners such as Malaria No More, UN Foundation, UN Special Envoy for Malaria, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Center for Global Development, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, etc.
  • In collaboration with other members of the Malaria Division’s Communications Team, coordinate closely with USAID’s Legislative and Public Affairs (LPA) Bureau to maintain effective working relationships.
  •  Lead the planning and implementation of public outreach events, including symposiums, Congressional briefings, and other large-scale events, both domestically and abroad.
  • Participate in brainstorming sessions to develop high-level, creative messaging for reports such as PMI’s Annual Report to Congress.
  • In collaboration with other members of the Malaria Division’s Communications Team, maintain a calendar of opportunities for the USG Global Malaria Coordinator, Deputy Malaria Coordinator, and other members of the interagency PMI leadership team to pursue
  • Monitor media activities related to malaria and provide analysis and reporting.


Qualification at the GS-14 equivalent Strategic Communications Advisor level requires a Master's degree and 9 years of relevant work experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


Other qualifications include:

  • Requires exceptional ability to think strategically and collaborate across teams;
  • Build and influence relationships with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Use data to strengthen creative story-telling; quickly understand complex science, global health, and development issues for communications purposes;
  • Take initiative, prioritize; and complete projects in a fast-paced environment;
  • Proven experience with communications and messaging strategy, content development, presentation development, and public relations;
  • A strong understanding of media landscape and communications trends and tools.
  • A passion for global health and enthusiasm for PMI’s mission to save lives;
  • Must have exceptional communication skills - effective oral and writing skills in English;
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from a broad audience;
  • 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;
  • Must be proficient with basic financial management and budgeting concepts; and
  • Must have excellent Excel skills.

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

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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