Senior Advisor for Child Health

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 CAMRIS International partnered with IAP World Services Inc. (IAPWS), to recruit and hire qualified individuals for the following position:
Title:
Senior Advisor for Child Health
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.
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 USAID Senior Advisor for Child Health ("Advisor") will serve in the Bureau for Global Health's (BGH) Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition Office (MCHN), Division of Child Health and Immunization (GH/MCHN/CHI), to support Agency efforts to end preventable child deaths. The Advisor will work closely with the child health team to provide global technical leadership to revitalize USAID's child health programs, in the context of the full "continuum of care" for newborn and child health and USAID's broader health portfolio. The Advisor will play a leading role in USAID's development, implementation, and monitoring of global and country-level policies, strategies, research, programs and activities aimed at reducing infant and child mortality. The Advisor will also foster relationships across the Office and Bureaus to strengthen collaboration and technical input into child health programs.
Responsibilities:
The Advisor's duties will include technical and strategic leadership for child health (CH) activities, as follows:
Demonstrate Global Technical Leadership (50 %)
Participates in inter-agency and global meetings, consultations, working groups, and negotiations related to child health;
Develops and supports partnerships, where appropriate, with other USG or international development partners;
Represents and makes presentations on USAID's approaches, strategies, and accomplishments in child health;
Stays current with, and applies as appropriate, state-of-the-art public health literature, reports and international guidelines and standards in child health and related components of program implementation (e.g., financing and insurance mechanisms, community-based approaches, health systems, public-private partnerships, behavior change/communication);
Disseminates state-of-the-art information in child health to appropriate audiences within and outside USAID, including briefings and technical/program updates;
Prepares and submits occasional papers to professional journals and meetings, based on work accomplished at USAID; and
Participates in planning and implementation of Agency-level initiatives and public relations activities related to child health.
Provide strategic leadership to USAID's work in child health (30%)
Operationalizes Agency's child health strategy to ensure strategic investment of MCH resources in child health;
Supports Division Chief's efforts to coordinate child health activities with the other Offices and Bureaus within the Agency, including the Office of HIV and AIDS, Office of Infectious Diseases, Office of Population and Reproductive Health, and the Regional Bureaus;
Coordinates closely with the child health team to foster relationships across the Office and GHB to strengthen child health programming;
Participates in the procurement of new CH-related grants, agreements and contracts;
Prepares briefers or other documents to summarize USAID activities and progress in child health. Monitors and analyzes trends and issues related to child health, and applies these analyses to global, regional and country level programs supported by USAID;
Identifies and helps operationalize opportunities to harmonize CH-related research, programming, health systems strengthening investments, and monitoring/evaluation activities with activities carried out by other components the BGH; and
Contributes to the routine work of the MCH Division teams, including preparation of portfolio reviews and reports and reviews of mission/bureau documents such as annual reports and operational plans.
Support to Country Programs (20%):
Provides state-of-the-art technical and program expertise, assistance and support to regional bureaus and USAID field missions in the development and evaluation of child health-related strategies, programs, and implementation mechanisms;
Assist with the roll-out and uptake of the new agency child health strategic vision; and
Provides senior-level strategic and programming guidance, including assisting with the preparation and/or review of strategies and program plans to advance the development and at-scale implementation of child health programming, in the context of the maternal-newborn-child health continuum of care.
Qualifications:
The contractor must have:
Advanced degree in the health sciences or relevant disciplines with applicability to international public health;
Minimum of twenty years of combined experience in MCH, particularly child health, in public health settings;
Minimum of five years experience living and working in international resource poor settings;
Demonstrated experience working in teams; strong interpersonal skills required;
Demonstrated experience in senior-level health policy dialogue;
Demonstrated experience working collaboratively in dynamic group settings to advance an agenda and achieve targets;
Knowledge of and familiarity with key global health and MCH initiatives, organizations, and stakeholders;
Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills;
Willingness/ability to travel internationally to developing country program sites at least 30% of time;
Ability to work under pressure; and
US Citizenship required and 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.
CAMRIS International and IAP World Services Inc. offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits. Please submit your resume online at www.camris.com
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.
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