VACANT POST - BASIC INFORMATION
Organisation: 
GHSI-III - Global Health/CAMRIS International
Location: 

 Arlington, VA, United States

Overview

CAMRIS International is an international development and research firm that realizes innovative solutions to health and development challenges through high-quality, cost-effective program and research management services. With experience working in more than 80 countries, we combine our proven systems with today’s most effective, evidence-based best practices to improve the lives of people around the world.                            

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

United States Agency for International Development/Bureau for Global Health/Office of Population and Reproductive Health/Service Delivery Improvement Division (GH/PRH/SDI)

Title: Community-based Family Planning Technical Advisor

Application Deadline:   Open until Filled

INTRODUCTION

The Bureau for Global Health (GH) serves as USAID’s primary source of technical expertise, global leadership, and donor coordination for the health sector. GH is responsible for advancing field-relevant, state-of-the-art research and the transfer of new technologies and approaches to field programs. Through its staff, programs and country teams, GH provides critical support to USAID missions and field programs in more than 70 countries.

The Office of Population and Reproductive Health (PRH) advances and supports voluntary family planning and reproductive health programs worldwide to reduce unintended pregnancy and foster improved reproductive health behaviors.

The Service Delivery Improvement (SDI) Division within PRH develops and applies innovative strategies that improve the performance of individuals, organizations and systems for the sustainable delivery of quality family planning and reproductive health services. The Division has multiple projects that work to increase the use of family planning and health services and products and seeks to strengthen health systems to improve family planning and health outcomes.

This Technical Advisor (TA) position is located in the Service Delivery Improvement Division (SDI) of the Office of Population and Reproductive Health (PRH) in USAID’s Global Health Bureau (GH). The TA will serve as a technical advisor on family planning service delivery, especially community based family planning (CBFP) and partnerships with faith-based organizations, and provide technical and management support to projects and countries aligned with these technical areas.

Focus areas for projects this position oversees may include: global leadership and advocacy for community-based family planning programming; support to grant solicitation and program implementation; and organizational and technical capacity building. Projects will promote multiple approaches to expanding community service delivery to increase FP access to marginalized and rural populations, including but not limited to mobile services, community-based distribution, and pharmacy and private sector sales. A key focus is scaling up the provision of contraceptives by paramedical providers (e.g., community health workers/volunteers) in the public and private sectors to address the lack of trained medical providers and service delivery points needed to serve hard to reach and marginalized populations. Special audiences include gender, youth, and faith-based organizations.

Responsibilities

The TA will provide technical guidance to Division projects as called upon. S/he will serve as one of the PRH FP/RH advisors on youth and gender and/or faith based organizations. S/he will provide technical support to Mission health teams on issues related to overall family planning programming, including CBFP and FBO partnerships. S/he will assist in keeping Mission health teams informed on Washington directions and health sector initiatives. S/he will provide technical support to one or more Global Health Country Support Teams. S/he will coordinate with other staff in SDI, PRH, GH Bureau, and Regional Bureaus, other USG agencies, Cooperating Agencies (CAs), donors and host governments to identify and utilize synergistic project opportunities to avoid duplication of project products.

Under the supervision of the Agreement Officer’s Representative (AOR), and in collaboration with other team members, s/he will substantively contribute to the oversight, implementation, and monitoring of at least one project. This includes reviewing work plans, budgets, monitoring and evaluation plans, project products, annual management reviews and supporting the design and implementation of the sub-grants component. S/he will contribute regularly to the preparation of reports on Project performance, financial reporting, analysis, and projections as requested. S/he will contribute to advancing partnerships with faith-based organizations and coordinating with other projects building their capacity. As such, the Advisor will support the expansion of USAID’s partnerships with faith-based organizations (FBO) and partner with Missions and Washington based staff to disseminate best practices for partnering with FBOs and expanding the opportunities for PRH to advance the work of FP through FBO partnerships.

The Community Based FP Advisor will jointly develop an annual individual work plan to include specific work objectives, tasks and country visits (TDYs).

As SDI projects come to a close or evolve over time, the TA role may also change and evolve in response to Division staffing needs.

A.        Serve as the Technical Advisor on Community-based Family Planning (20%)

  • Work in collaboration with the AOR to strategize, plan, and strengthen CBFP programming within projects and initiatives managed by GH/PRH staff and in field missions demonstrating USAID's technical leadership; collaborate on the design and implementation of a strategic plan to strengthen CBFP,
  • Keep abreast of major developments in CBFP, and contextualizing these developments for potential Agency use; expand and oversee CBFP activities by implementing partners, review for overlaps, mine gaps and encourage coordination;
  • Serve as a technical counterpart working on community-based efforts in other Offices and Bureaus, coordinate and share lessons learned from PRH and promote utilization of that knowledge in different sectors;
  • Collaborate with other US Government (USG) agencies, donors and multilateral agencies on the promotion of CBFP as appropriate.

B.        Serve as a Technical Advisor to Advance Partnerships with Faith-Based Organizations (15%)

  • Work in collaboration with the AOR to strategize, plan, expand and support FBO activities implemented by projects, including reviewing them for overlaps, mining gaps and encouraging coordination;
  • Serve as a technical counterpart to staff in other USAID offices and Bureaus working on faith-based efforts. Coordinate and share lessons learned from PRH and promote utilization of that knowledge in different sectors;
  • Collaborate with other US Government (USG) agencies, donors and multi-lateral agencies on the promotion of CBFP as appropriate;
  • Collaborate on the design and implementation of a strategic plan to strengthen partnerships with Faith-Based Organizations

C.        Serve as a Technical Advisor to Advance PRH Priorities (5%)

  • Support the field, through virtual or in-country support in key PRH Priority areas.
  • Serve as a technical advisor for specific integrated FP programming supported by PRH, GH, and USAID broadly.
  • Keep abreast of major developments in cross-sectoral health for youth and other technical areas, and contextualizing these developments for potential Agency use.
  • Act as a key resource for country programs on compliance to FP regulations and policies. 

D.        Provide ongoing technical support for one or more USAID country health programs (15%)

  • Participate as a member of a Global Health Bureau Country Support Team
  • Provide information, guidance and technical support to field missions to expand and strengthen community-based family planning
  • Keep abreast of major developments in family planning and community-based family planning, USAID programs and policies, and related activities of other donors
  • Conduct site visits to assess and/or monitor progress of community-based programs
  • Assist field missions in the design, implementation, management and/or evaluation of family planning programs, with a focus on community-based family planning

E.        Serve as a Technical Advisor on a Project Management Team (45%)

  • Participate in the development of annual core budget requests and program results reporting.
  • Support the AOR’s management and financial oversight of the project.
  • Participate in work plan reviews, mid-term evaluations, and final reports of sub-award grantees
  • Support the AOR’s management and oversight of the project sub-award program.
  • Support the preparation of grant solicitation documents and support technical review panels to ensure fair selection process of individual sub-awards as needed
  • Support the review and revision of grant documents, program descriptions, work plans, and provide technical recommendations to the AOR for executing awards.
  • Coordinate with missions on management and oversight of individual sub-awards.
  • Ensure project adherence to USAID rules, regulations and requirements.
  • Participate in project design and developing strategic directions for the program.
  • Provide support for the project field support activities.
  • Conduct site visits to assess and/or monitor progress of programs and provide technical support to grantees.The Technical Advisor may travel internationally 3-4 times a year for approximately 2-3 weeks at a time.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in public health, business, social sciences, or related discipline.
  • 5-10 years’ experience managing and overseeing community-based family planning programming with international or resource challenged settings.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in an inclusive and collaborative team environment
  • Technical expertise in public health and the NGO community, with a focus on family planning or other health.
  • Demonstrated understanding of public health and family planning issues in developing countries.
  • Excellent management and interpersonal skills and ability to work as a member of a team.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including presentation experience.
  • Excellent computer skills, including experience using PowerPoint, Excel, and Word.
  • Experience managing USAID funded programs desired
  • Previous experience working in a developing country context desired.
  • Experience with the Faith-Based community desirable.
  • French language fluency desirable.
  • US Citizenship or US Permanent Residency required.
  • The ability to obtain and maintain, at a minimum, a Facilities Access clearance.

This is an opportunity for employment or a contract, but we reserve the right to make no selection or award.

Submission Instructions: 

Social Solutions International and CAMRIS International offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits. Please submit your resume online at www.camris.com

Social Solutions and CAMRIS are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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