Social Solutions

Senior Malaria Technical Advisor

Job Locations US-Washington, D.C.
# 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: Senior Malaria Technical Advisor

Location: Washington, DC 

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Salary Range: GS-14


The Senior Malaria Technical Advisor is an integral member of USAID’s PMI headquarters team, developing and providing malaria-specific technical and programmatic guidance and support to strengthen and guide implementation across PMI countries with a focus on support to PMI’s francophone countries. The Senior Technical Advisor will provide direct PMI program backstopping support to up to three francophone PMI focus countries, serving as an extension of the in-country team. They will participate in annual PMI Malaria Operational Plan development, will convey and interpret requests and guidance from PMI headquarters to the field teams, and will serve as a day-to-day resource for the in-country teams. They will exercise independent judgment in planning and carrying out tasks, in serving USG priorities at critical technical and policy forums, in resolving problems and conflicts, and in taking steps necessary to meet deadlines. The Technical Advisor will contribute to PMI policy and technical guidance development, participating on at least one PMI headquarters based technical team with experts across the interagency. The Technical Advisor will carry out activities that contribute to PMI achieving the goal and objectives in its current strategy. The Technical Advisor, in collaboration with fellow PMI senior technical staff, will work with global malaria stakeholders and technical partners, Ministries of Health, and USAID cooperating agencies to provide technical leadership across the PMI portfolio.


Country Support

  • Provide strategic, technical and programmatic guidance and support to up to three PMI partner countries, including participating as an integral member of the PMI interagency country support teams
  • Support the planning and operationalization of malaria control activities in up to three PMI countries and provide technical input into the development of Malaria Operational Plans and partner work plans for these countries
  • Provide strategic leadership for new bilateral malaria-related program designs and evaluations
  • Assist in monitoring and tracking overall progress of PMI plans and activities in up to three PMI countries.


Strategic and Technical Leadership

  • Develop and provide technical leadership and guidance, in one or more technical area, to USAID Missions, Regional bureaus, and country teams in malaria endemic countries
  • Serve as a key USAID team member for one or more PMI interagency Technical Working Group, which includes chairing meetings, garnering consensus on PMI priorities, and drafting and disseminating revised technical guidance for the technical area
  • Review Malaria Operational Plans for PMI countries and tracking trends and activities across countries for one or more technical area
  • Serve as a member of the SMC and SME teams and provide technical support to PMI countries
  • Coordinate and collaborate with other donors and technical partners such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, World Health Organization, and RBM Partnership to End Malaria on global malaria issues and priorities
  • Inform stakeholders about malaria development and USAID’s role by preparing and conducting presentations and other materials for colleagues, USG and global partners, and other donors and contractors
  • Work with GH/ID and technical offices in regional bureaus to enhance linkages between malaria and other development-related activities
  • Advise Bureau and Agency senior management and the US Global Malaria Coordinator on technical and programmatic issues that arise during the course of carrying out work responsibilities.


Documentation and Reporting

  • Participate in report and manuscript writing related to PMI activities
  • Keep abreast of new developments and emerging issues in malaria that affect USAID’s technical priorities via literature reviews, attending technical meetings and workshops, and participating in relevant training events
  • Formulate recommendations for the Malaria Team’s responses to these developments and sharing with colleagues, bureau and PMI leadership, and missions


Minimum Requirements

  • Master's degree in public health, international health, social sciences or other related discipline
  • Minimum 9 years of progressively responsible experience in designing, implementing, and/or managing malaria and/or public health development programs
  • Knowledge and specialized experience in infectious disease control programs including malaria
  • Knowledge of development assistance programs, procedures, and systems for program design, procurement, logistics, management and monitoring desirable
  • Ability to work effectively with a broad range of USG personnel and partners, and in a team environment
  • Experience working with other donors and development partners to jointly plan and coordinate execution of program activities
  • Flexibility and openness in responding to changing work priorities and environment
  • Strong oral and written communications skills and proven ability to communicate quickly, clearly and concisely.  Excellent writing skills in English required
  • Proven ability to effectively communicate in French
  • Ability to communicate technical health information to both health and non-health audiences
  • The ability to use verbal communication skills to negotiate activity plans and resolve activity implementation issues with counterparts, partners, and team members
  • Computer skills in Google and Microsoft suites 
  • Willingness and ability to travel domestically and internationally
  • US citizenship or US permanent residency and ability to obtain at a minimum a facility access clearance.


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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