Technical Advisor for Child Health (Pneumonia Focus)

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Arlington, Virginia, United States
Apply by 20 January 2017
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 20 December 2016

Job Description

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has contracted through CAMRIS International partnered with IAP World Services Inc. (IAPWS), to recruit and hire qualified individuals for the following position:

Title:

Technical Advisor for Child Health (Pneumonia Focus)

United States Agency for International Development

Bureau for Global Health/Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition/Division of

Child Health and Immunization (GH/MCHN/CHI)

Application Deadline: Open until Filled

BACKGROUND:

The world has witnessed an extraordinary 70 percent decline in child mortality over the last 50 years, and a reduction in child deaths from over 12 million in 1990 to 5.9 million in 2015. Over the same timeframe, maternal deaths declined by 43%, from an estimated 532,000 in 1990 to 302,000 in 2015. Despite this progress, significant work remains to increase coverage of high-impact interventions, strengthen the health systems that support these interventions, improve quality, and address equity gaps that are bottlenecks to ending preventable child and maternal deaths. Although overall child mortality has seen significant declines, progress in reducing pneumonia-related mortality has been relatively slower than other causes of child mortality such as diarrhea. For this reason, USAID is recruiting a Child Health Technical Advisor to focus on increasing attention to pneumonia within USAID’s child health programming, ensuring that recent evidence and emerging innovations are incorporated in child health programming. The emphasis of USAID’s child health portfolio and all supporting investments remains integrated child health services to holistically address the major drivers of child mortality.

Building on the momentum of the June 2012 Child Survival Call to Action and the subsequent release of the Acting on the Call reports, USAID’s Bureau for Global Health has mobilized to support countries to end preventable child and maternal deaths, focusing on 25 countries where over two-thirds of these deaths occur (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burma, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Senegal, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen, and Zambia).

The Technical Advisor for Child Health (“Advisor”) will serve in the Bureau for Global Health’s (BGH) Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition Office (MCHN), in the Division of Child Health and Immunization (GH/MCHN/CHI). The Bureau for Global Health (GH) is the USAID/Washington operating unit charged with providing technical support to improve the health of people in the developing world by expanding health services, including family planning/reproductive health and maternal/child health; strengthening health systems; and addressing HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, avian influenza and other public health threats. GH’s primary role in the health program area is to strengthen field operations, promote research and technical innovation, and provide leadership and training.

The MCHN Office serves as the Agency’s technical and policy lead on maternal and newborn health; child survival; immunization; and nutrition, with a focus on ending preventable child and maternal deaths. Cross-cutting activities managed by the Office in support of this goal address private sector partnerships, social and behavior change communication, multilateral partnerships, gender, and monitoring and evaluation. The CHI Division provides technical and policy leadership, addressing the leading killers of children in the post-neonatal period. This includes treatment of pneumonia and diarrhea, vaccine-preventable diseases, as well as emerging issues. The Division also manages the Agency’s significant investments in Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance as well as our contributions to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Advisor for Child Health will provide technical assistance to the MCHN Office and to USAID field Missions on programmatic approaches to increase the uptake, use, and impact of key interventions to reduce child mortality, with an emphasis on pneumonia. The Advisor will serve as a member of the child health team in the CHI Division and liaise closely with other office teams (maternal health, newborn health, immunization, environmental health, and nutrition), as well as other offices in the Bureau (the Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact, Office of Infectious Diseases, Offices of Health Systems, Office of Population and Reproductive Health, and Office of HIV/AIDS), to improve overall programming in child health. The Advisor must have the capacity and interest to promote and program integrated approaches to child health consistent with the following documents: Acting on the Call ; A Promise Renewed (http://www.apromiserenewed.org/); Integrated Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhea (GAPPD), and USAID Country Level plans that have been developed to advance MCHN goals.

The Advisor’s duties will be roughly equally divided among Technical Leadership, Support to USAID Country Programs, and Technical and Program Oversight of MCHN Office Projects, as follows:

Global Technical Leadership to Agency Programs on Child Health

  • Serve as the pneumonia point-of-contact within the child health team, providing technical expertise and momentum to advance USAID’s programming to reduce under-5 mortality:
    • Contribute technical and program child health expertise to the planning, updating, and implementation of the GH Bureau’s MCHN programs, research, and policy development activities;
    • Provide technical oversight of child health activities supported by USAID/GH cooperating agencies, including flagship programs managed by the MCHN Office;
    • Engage in and contribute expertise in priority technical areas of GH’s child health technical and program activities, with an emphasis on state-of-the-art, high-impact child health interventions;
    • In coordination with other MCHN Office staff, participate in global, regional, and national-level Child Health fora, identifying connections with other USAID and MCHN programs as appropriate;
  • Participate in strategic planning and resource allocation activities for GH’s MCHN programs; and
  • Stay current and share new knowledge on state-of-the- art technical, policy, and programmatic developments in child health, with an emphasis on new developments in pneumonia.

Child Health Technical Support to USAID Country Programs

  • Join country teams, participate in country program reviews and action plans, and serve as a technical and programmatic liaison among headquarters and country teams on pneumonia and other child health priorities being advanced by the Global Health Bureau;
  • Provide technical support to USAID missions in selected MCH priority countries and assist in developing child health programmatic approaches;
  • Participate as a USAID representative in national assessments of health programs in order to assist host countries in sharpening their own plans and strategies to end preventable child deaths;
  • Monitor programs through reviewing technical reports, conducting field visits, analyzing outcome and impact data and reviewing routine reports; and
  • Provide child health expertise in the design or evaluation of program activities (GH, regional bureau, or field mission) and participate in design committees and competitive reviews, as appropriate.

CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSE, PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS OR OTHER

EXPERTISE REQUIRED.

The contractor must have:

  • Post-graduate degree relevant to maternal and child health, and international public health. Clinical background is not required, but desirable.
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in international health programs, preferably with a focus on child health programs in developing countries, with at least five years’ experience on-the-ground in developing countries preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in health program planning, development, and management, including in monitoring and evaluation.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with staff of USAID missions, other USG agencies, developing country governments and organizations, and other international organizations.
  • Strong ability to work both independently and as part of a team, and demonstrated experience to assume a leadership role in policy and program activities.
  • Excellent technical writing and presentation skills.
  • Willingness/ability to travel internationally to developing country program sites approximately 25 percent of time.
  • U.S. Citizenship required and the ability to obtain and maintain a, at a minimum, a Facilities Access clearance.
  • Functional language ability (particularly in French and Portuguese), is highly desirable, though not required.

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

CAMRIS and IAP 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.

CAMRIS International and IAP World Services Inc. offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits. Please submit your resume online at www.camris.com

About the Organization

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.

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