Senior Household Economic Strengthening Advisor

Arlington, Virginia, United States
Apply by 15 September 2017
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 11 July 2017

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:

Title: Senior Household Economic Strengthening Advisor

United States Agency for International Development, Bureau for Global Health, Office of HIV/AIDS, Implementation Support Division (USAID/GH/OHA/IS)

Application Deadline: Open until Filled


The U.S. Government’s (USG) engagement to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS is a top priority worldwide. The USG response includes coordination among USAID, the Centers for Disease Control, Department of Defense, Peace Corps, and other entities. This initiative is collectively known as the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). USAID has been at the forefront of the USG’s response to provide quality HIV/AIDS services to over one hundred countries to mitigate the health crisis that threatens the prosperity, stability and development of these nations. Economic strengthening of highly vulnerable households and individuals plays a key role in the PEPFAR program by enabling youth and adults infected and affected by HIV/AIDS to pursue healthier, more economically secure livelihoods and to better meet the everyday needs of orphans and vulnerable children.


The Senior Household Economic Strengthening Advisor (Advisor) position presents an opportunity for an experienced economic strengthening and social protection specialist, skilled in working across multiple constituencies, to provide key leadership in the development and implementation of economic strengthening/social protection strategies and frameworks for vulnerable populations, including people living with HIV/AIDS, adolescent girls and young women, older orphans and vulnerable children and their caregivers. The key objectives of the assistance are to develop economic and social protection strategies to improve food security, increase livelihoods and encourage household savings that result in long term gains for health and well-being and reduction of risk.

The Senior Advisor will:

Technical Assistance

  • Act as the primary provider of technical support and guidance for household economic strengthening and social protection programming for interagency PEPFAR Country Teams and USAID Missions implementing PEPFAR funded activities
  • Provide assessment, design, implementation and evaluation assistance to headquarters and mission staff
  • Mentor mission staff on how to identify implementing partners and technical assistance providers in the areas of social protection (including cash transfers), micro-savings, and microenterprise interventions
  • Develop strategic recommendations and technical guidance for the delivery of quality economic strengthening and social protection interventions.
  • Oversee development of technical tools and resources to ensure quality, relevance, and usability by field programs and partners
  • Supervise implementation science studies to further the evidence base in regard to HES/SP interventions that benefit children and families affected by AIDS including review of methodology, protocols, survey tools and results.
  • Regularly review and summarize program data pertaining to HES/SP interventions and outcomes.
  • Liaise with other donors on strategies, programming and policies in the areas of household economic strengthening and social protection as it relates to children and families affected by or at risk of HIV.
  • Engage in regular consultation and communication with the field through phone and email
  • Support the procurement process for new programs by assisting with developing the program design, participating in proposal evaluation, and work plan development
  • Participate in relevant PEPFAR Technical Working Groups (e.g., Orphans and Vulnerable Children) and project Technical Advisory Committees
  • Liaise with USAID’s Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition, Bureau for Food Security, and the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment on relevant initiatives, such as Feed the Future.

Advance technical leadership

  • Participate with a range of appropriate stakeholders, lead the development/revision of annual program guidance, best practice guides, manuals, and other technical resources to improve the quality of household economic strengthening programs
  • Collaborate with other units/sectors to develop guidance and resource materials that incorporate principles and practices for household economic strengthening and social protection
  • Stimulate innovations – within both the USG and its implementing partners – that advance the frontier for effective, scalable, replicable, and sustainable household economic strengthening and social protection programming
  • Expand the evidence base for understanding both the connections between household economic strengthening/social protection and PEPFAR’s development objectives as well as successful intervention models or theories of change

Develop internal and external capacity

  • Devise strategies, processes, and resources to improve field capacity for designing, managing, and evaluating household economic strengthening and social protection programming
  • Oversee technical deliverables related to improvement of household economic strengthening and social protection interventions.
  • Encourage more bilateral technical support and information sharing directly between PEPFAR country teams

Build partnerships across sectors

  • Actively build bridges between staff from PEPFAR and other technical sectors/agencies within the USG who share similar development objectives or strategies involving economic strengthening and social protection
  • Liaise and work closely with the Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN), Bureau for Food Security (BFS), and Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment (E3) on the Feed the Future Initiative.
  • Promote greater understanding of PEPFAR objectives, priorities, and practices among non-traditional PEPFAR partners to expand their engagement with PEPFAR’s household economic strengthening and social protection strategies and programs

Represent USAID and PEPFAR at relevant fora

  • Identify priority networks and external fora on household economic strengthening and social protection issues
  • Represent USAID and PEPFAR in selected interagency and donor meetings, workshops, and conferences

Provide briefings on HIV and household economic strengthening/social protection programs including emerging issues and technical innovations to a range of audiences, including USAID and PEPFAR staff, and inter-age

    • Advanced degree in economics, finance, development studies or other related fields.
    • Demonstrated flexibility and openness in responding to changing work priorities and environment
    • Demonstrated ability to develop positive working relationships with donors, other partners and host country officials in a cross-cultural environment
    • Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships across teams and organizations and with external partners in a complex international and multi-cultural environments
    • Strong organizational skills with the ability to plan, coordinate and implement work inputs from several sources and partners, and manage the simultaneous delivery of multiple outputs
    • Ability to draft briefing materials for non-technical audiences and deliver oral presentation of evaluation findings in concise, jargon-free language
    • Strong computer and writing skills with proven ability to produce concise technical reports and high quality presentations in word, Excel and Power Point with graphics
    • 10-15 years of related work experience combined with an academic background (masters or higher) in an appropriate field (such as economics, finance, sociology, rural development, or international affairs)
    • 5 or more years of experience working in developing country settings with preference for Sub Saharan Africa experience.
    • Proven technical expertise in a broad range of relevant intervention strategies (such as microfinance, enterprise development, private sector development, and social protection) as applied to very poor and highly vulnerable households
    • Strong understanding of characteristics, issues, and drivers of vulnerability for households affected by HIV and AIDS
    • Sensitivity to gender, cultural, ethnic and geographic considerations that influence programming
    • Demonstrated experience in a senior advisory role working with a diverse group of stakeholders/clients
    • Direct experience in developing requests for proposals, evaluating funding applications, or managing donor-financed projects that can provide a solid foundation for understanding, advising, and participating in USAID’s procurement processes.
    • Solid organizational skills and flexible work attitude: the ability to work independently and productively in a fast-paced environment
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills: the ability to successfully listen to, collaborate with, and communicate clearly with people from diverse nationalities and backgrounds
    • Excellent writing and editing skills as demonstrated through the preparation of reports, memos, technical resources, policy papers, etc.
    • Proficiency in English is required.
    • US Citizenship required
    • Ability to obtain and maintain at a minimum, a facility access clearance.
    • Ability to travel overseas up to 30% of the time.

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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