Child Health Technical Advisor
Division of Child Health and Immunization, Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition, Global Health Bureau, United States Agency for International Development
Mid-career Technical Advisor
TRAVEL: 30% estimated travel
STAR PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) is a project of the Public Health Institute (PHI) supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Global Health (GH) Bureau. Its purpose is twofold: (1) Through individual fellowships, STAR will help strengthen the capacity of diverse American and low-and-middle-income country (LMIC) health professionals at all levels to make innovative contributions to global health (GH); and (2) STAR will create ground-breaking opportunities for both US and LMIC GH academic institutions and other groups, including professional associations, to create systems for open-access knowledge sharing, resulting in effective partnerships. STAR’s individual and institutional participants are contributing to the development of self-sustaining systems and tools that will produce global citizens with the full spectrum of relevant health competencies. STAR is managed by the Public Health Institute and implemented in partnership with Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH).
ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP
The STAR Fellowship is a two-year global health and learning opportunity with:
FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION
- Individualized, tailored support to enhance the fellow’s achievement personal and professional goals
- Personalized learning plans and access to learning resources (courses, conferences, mentoring) based on fellow’s learning style and preferences.
- Access to broad professional networks to enhance peer learning and knowledge sharing.
USAID’s Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN), Division of Child Health and Immunization (CHI), in the Bureau for Global Health, is seeking a dynamic individual to support USAID’s child health portfolio at the country, regional, and international levels. This position will directly contribute to one of USAID’s global health objectives: Preventing Child Deaths.
The world has witnessed an extraordinary 70 percent decline in child mortality over the last 50 years, and a reduction in the burden of child deaths from nearly 12 million in 1990 to 5.3 million in 2018. Despite this progress, significant work remains in order to increase coverage of high-impact interventions, strengthen the health systems that support these interventions, and address equity gaps that are bottlenecks to ending preventable child and deaths.
The MCHN Office serves as the Agency’s technical and policy lead on maternal and newborn health; child health; immunization; nutrition and environmental health; with a focus on preventing 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, research, system strengthening, 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, diarrhea, and other major contributors to death, vaccine-preventable diseases, as well as emerging issues.
The Child Health Technical Advisor will work primarily on the child health portfolio. More specifically, the Advisor will (1) Provide technical assistance to USAID Missions on child health programs; (2) Participate in influencing policies and programs at the global, regional, and country-level; and 3) Strengthen linkages between child health and other technical teams within the Bureau Strengthen linkages such as malaria, social and behavior change, community systems, etc. within the Bureau.
The Advisor will be based in the Child Health and Immunization Division within the Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition. They will work closely with and receive technical direction from the Child Health Team Leader. The Division Chief will serve as the Onsite Manager.
Essential Duties and Outcomes:
Build capacity of USAID Mission and GH Bureau staff to design and implement child health programs (40%):
Influence policies and programs at the global, regional, and country level (30%):
- Provide state-of-the-art technical and programmatic assistance both in-person and virtually, as well as support to the GH Bureau, regional bureaus and USAID field missions in the development and evaluation of child health and immunization -related strategies, programs, and policies;
- Monitor, evaluate, and analyze USAID child health and immunization program progress; participate in country-level activities, as required;
- Operationalize the new Agency strategic vision for child health to ensure prudent investment of MCH resources in the USAID Missions; and
- Facilitate the gathering and use of child health and immunization data for reporting, planning, and investment prioritization purposes.
Strengthen linkages between child health and other technical teams within the Bureau (30%):
- Contribute to USAID’s efforts to leverage programmatic and financial resources with other Agencies, such as UNICEF and WHO, in order to strengthen child health programs;
- Participate in inter-agency and global meetings, consultations, working groups, and negotiations related to child health;
- Make presentations on USAID’s approaches, strategies, and accomplishments in child health programs;
- Provide technical assistance for the Global Health Bureau in global discussions related to child health and immunization with international partners;
- Keep abreast of new developments & emerging issues that affect USAID’s health priorities;
- Support implementation of Agency-level initiatives and public relations activities related to child health programs; and
- Contribute to briefers or other documents to summarize USAID activities and progress in child health and immunization programs.
Anticipated learning outcomes: * Required 10% time
- Identify and help operationalize opportunities to strengthen linkages between the child health team and other global health bureau teams. Illustrative examples of collaboration across technical areas include, immunization, social and behavior change, and monitoring and evaluation;
- Provide technical guidance of child health activities supported by USAID/GH cooperating agencies, including flagship programs managed by the Office;
- Participate in strategic planning and resource allocation activities for GH's child health programs and ensure linkages with other core MCHN and Bureau-wide investments; and
- Contribute to efforts to develop an implementation research agenda to support the implementation of the child health strategic vision.
- Demonstrate proficiency across the core global health competencies defined as development practice, cross cultural awareness, communication, capacity strengthening, ethics of public health, health equity, gender equality and global burden of disease that is necessary for persons practicing in global health.
- Apply immunization programming and child health knowledge to strengthen program
- Apply and distinguish international standards within technical/content area to support programming
- Cultivate leadership skills based on the STAR GH mentorship curriculum to effectively facilitate capacity building and knowledge sharing activities amongst staff and peers.
- Expand access to knowledge and resources through networking and collaborative practice within global health.
- Minimum 7 years of relevant technical experience with master's degree or a minimum 9 years of relevant technical experience with bachelor's degree.
- Knowledge of current issues in the areas of international health policy, research, and program implementation, with specific expertise in child health.
- Technical expertise in one or more of the following areas: immunization, health systems strengthening, iCCM / IMNCI, gender, Social and Behavior Change, and digital health preferred.
- Experience working in developing countries, with a focus in sub-Saharan Africa; working in USAID maternal and child health priority countries and in fragile settings a plus.
- Ability to design, implement, monitor and evaluate global health programs, especially in child health.
- Ability to effectively collaborate with multiple partners including UN agencies/multilateral organizations, other bilateral donors, NGOs, universities, foundations, etc.
- Proven knowledge and experience with USAID programs, procedures, and systems for program design, monitoring, evaluation is preferred.
- Excellent leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills to work effectively with a broad range of partners and USG personnel.
- Excellent oral and written communication and computer skills.
- Ability to spend up to 30% of the time in international travel, preferably with a focus in fragile environments.
- French language skills highly desirable; other languages (e.g., Arabic, Portuguese, Spanish) also an asset.
- US citizenship or US permanent residency required.
All applicants are required to apply for this position through STAR’s online recruitment system at https://www.ghstar.org/
, which allows you to store your CV/resume and separate cover letter describing your qualifications and experience, interest and familiarity with issues relating to this position, and how this position relates to your career goals is required for each application. All online applications must be submitted by December 30, 2019 by 5:00 pm Eastern time.
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