Program Economist

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 9 August 2018
  • Arlington, Virginia, United States
  • Closing on 8 September 2018
  • Current

Job Description

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:

Office of Health Systems, Bureau for Global Health, United States Agency for International Development

Title: Program Economist

Application Deadline: Open until Filled

Salary GS14 114,590.00-148,967.00


The Office of Health Systems (OHS) serves as a center of excellence and focal point for USAID’s worldwide leadership and technical expertise in health systems strengthening (HSS). The Office is responsible for developing and leading implementation of the Agency’s Vision for Health Systems Strengthening, as well as developing the Agency’s talent and ensuring widespread knowledge sharing in health systems, and providing field and program support to USAID Missions. OHS provides technical leadership and expertise within a network of HSS colleagues throughout the Bureau for Global Health in the development and implementation of USAID’s agenda and strategy to promote effective, sustainable, country-owned health systems capable of promoting health, preventing disease, advancing reproductive, maternal, neonatal and child health and nutrition; combating infectious diseases including HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and neglected tropical diseases; and addressing emerging public health priorities. OHS works across the six functions of the health system: Health Finance, Governance and Information; and Human Resources for Health, Medical Products/Vaccines/ Technologies, and Service Delivery. OHS leads the Agency’s health systems research efforts including development of a research portfolio and of metrics and tools for measuring health systems improvements. OHS also works to build partnerships and synergies to support this agenda and strategy, including with other U.S. government agencies, host country governments, donors, the private sector, and civil society.

OHS’s Equity Team supports the Office’s work to promote equitable access to quality, affordable, appropriate health care services for all. The team’s work is integrated with OHS efforts to optimize the use of scarce resources in the health sector and to improve the quality of services. The team works to identify the socioeconomic determinants and consequences of inequities in the health sector and the adverse impact on health outcomes. The team provides technical input to the management of USAID projects and programs, interacts with other development partners to advance global goals related to health equity, and supports relevant research activities. Team members often work on cross-office and cross-bureau groups to advance these Team members also represent OHS on Bureau-wide country support teams by collecting and synthesizing technical suggestions for the management of USAID Missions’ HSS programs.

The Program Economist will be assigned to GH’s Office of Health Systems. S/he will receive day-to-day guidance and technical oversight from the OHS Equity Team Leader as his/her USAID point-of-contact. S/he will focus on economic strategies and interventions to support equitable access to quality, affordable health care services.

The successful candidate for this position will have broad, in-depth knowledge of socioeconomic factors that contribute to, and result from, inequities in the health system, and will have significant expertise in applying analytical skills to better understand and address these issues.

The Program Economist will devote significant time supporting USAID’s country programs, working with USAID Missions, implementing partners, development partners, and other institutions to strengthen the design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of in-country health system strengthening activities – with an emphasis on mitigating inequities that have an adverse impact on health status and broader economic development. As called upon, s/he will participate as a technical expert in global technical meetings and coordination efforts on these topics.


The responsibilities for the Program Economist will emphasize application of his/her expertise to global leadership and country support.

The Program Economist will:

  • Provide technical expertise and analysis in areas such as economic evaluation, technical efficiency, efficient resource allocation, data analysis, and/or generation of information for informed decision-making.
  • Provide technical analysis and support for programs that help countries transition to greater self-reliance and sustainable health systems through effective and equitable mobilization of domestic resources.
  • Provide technical assistance to help USAID missions develop, implement, monitor, and evaluate sustainable financing solutions that support transparency, accountability, and sustainability of development investments in health programming that also advance economic growth especially for vulnerable and at-risk populations.
  • Provide global leadership on health system financing and equity; initiate and expand collaboration with USAID’s international partners in specific technical areas.
  • Provide technical expertise within GH, to other USAID/Washington operating units (e.g., regional bureaus and other technical bureaus), and to USAID missions on economics and equity issues as they impact health system performance and population health outcomes.
  • Provide central-level performance monitoring and technical management support for relevant USAID global projects and implementing partners.
    • Monitor implementing partners’ work as it relates to economic factors and equitable health services, including fulfillment of a technical advisory role on discrete activities as required.
    • Contribute technical expertise to develop strategies, tools, and systems related for health systems strengthening, including improved capacity and performance in indicators of health sector equity.
    • Track and raise awareness of the latest concepts, emerging trends, and innovative approaches around improving governance, transparency, and management in the public sector in support of equity in health care access and quality.
    • Develop and deliver presentations, short courses, briefings, and technical papers, as needed, on topics related to health economics and health equity to USAID/GH, field missions, and other relevant stakeholders.
    • Mentor team members and other staff on socioeconomic determinants of health and equity issues.

International and domestic travel approximately 15 – 25%.

  • Master’s degree and 9+ years relevant expereince or equivalent combination of education and expereince.
  • Degree in a relevant social science field such as economics, finance, public administration, management, or related discipline(s).
  • Experience in the field of economic or social sector analysis and programming, including work with underserved or vulnerable populations to address inequities. At least three (3) years’ experience in an international or resource-challenged setting. Experience in the health sector preferred, but not required.
  • Proven track record of technical advisory support to high level decision-makers in the public, private and/or civil society sectors.
  • Experience with capacity building, institutional development, coaching and mentoring especially in cross-cultural and inter-disciplinary settings.
  • Strong background in program development and management, including experience in the design, management, and implementation of technical assistance in developing countries or other low resource settings.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply accepted analytical tools, techniques and frameworks to field of expertise.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the determinants of social and economic inequality in developing countries.
  • Demonstrated experience working with a range of development partners, including multilateral and bilateral donors as well as private foundations and civil society.
  • High degree of judgment, ingenuity and originality to interpret strategy, to analyze, develop, and present work, and to monitor and evaluate implementation of programs.
  • Solid teamwork skills and experience working with diverse teams.
  • Excellent communication, presentation and writing skills.
  • Ability to travel internationally.
  • US citizenship or US permanent residency required.
  • The ability to obtain and maintain, at a minimum, facility access clearance.

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

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

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.

About the Organization

CAMRIS International is a growing 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. We apply a customized, customer-centric, cost-effective business approach to offer greater value to our clients and challenge the way things have always been done in our field.

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