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Job Title: Senior Advisor for Newborn Health
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Organization: Social Solutions International
Posted: 6/12/2017
Type: Full-Time
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Arlington,  VA   
Position Description: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has contracted through Social Solutions International to recruit and hire qualified individuals for the following position:

Title: Senior Advisor for Newborn Health United States Agency for International Development/Bureau for Global Health/Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN)/Division of Maternal and Newborn Health (MNH)

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). Newborn health is a growing field in global health programs. A decade of evidence- generation that culminated in the endorsement of the Every Newborn Action Plan at the 2014 World Health Assembly has inspired unprecedented political commitment and the development of national newborn strategies and action plans. The nature of newborn health program is changing; in the past, it was primarily focused on routine, essential care for all babies, and newborn resuscitation, while today there is a growing need to address complications among sick newborns who survive the first few minutes after birth. Countries are increasingly introducing care for preterm and sick newborns in special newborn care units. While USAID is responding to this emerging need for expertise in pediatrics and specialized neonatology, the need for stronger linkages with maternal health programs to prevent complications due to intra-uterine growth restriction and preterm birth continues to remain strong. Therefore, the newborn team’s skills-mix must include an understanding of the interaction of the maternal and newborn dyad. The Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition (GH/MCHN) serves as the Agency’s technical and policy lead on maternal and newborn health, child survival, immunization, nutrition and environmental health, 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. GH/MCHN provides leadership in designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating maternal and child health and nutrition programs. This entails ensuring the technical integrity of USAID’s headquarters and Mission programs; providing global leadership in maternal and child health and nutrition policy and research; and supporting USAID Missions to work with partners, donors and other government agencies to accelerate progress towards the Agency’s goal of ending preventable child and maternal deaths. The Office comprises the following functional divisions: Maternal and Newborn Health Division; Child Health and Immunization Division; Nutrition and Environmental Health Division; and Research and Policy Division. The Maternal and Newborn Health Division of the Maternal, Child Health, and Nutrition Office within the Bureau for Global Health (GH/MCHN/MNH) provides technical leadership, and supports strategic planning, innovative program design, and monitoring and evaluation in maternal, newborn, child health, immunization, nutrition and environmental health and related health programs globally and in USAID field Missions. Additionally, the MNH Division focuses on the major causes of mortality and associated morbidity by introducing and expanding evidence-based, innovative and cost-effective MNH interventions to address these issues through its centrally funded projects. The Senior Advisor for Newborn Health will contribute to the overall development of MNH strategies and activities and serve as a senior advisor within the MCHN Office. The Advisor will have the following major areas of responsibility: (a) technical leadership to the Agency for Newborn Health as well as forging links with maternal fetal health for the prevention of preterm birth, low birth weight, and stillbirth; (b) technical assistance to USAID missions, regional bureaus and other Global Health offices and divisions on links with other health programs that impact newborn outcomes, and routine and special care of newborns; and (c) technical assistance to and oversight of GH projects. S/he will be supervised and receive overall programmatic guidance from the Newborn Health Team Leader. ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The Senior Newborn Health Advisor will primarily work in the following areas: Technical leadership to the Agency on Newborn Health (NH) issues ? Provide senior level expert leadership and guidance regarding NH issues and priorities, with special focus on the links between maternal, fetal, and newborn health; ? Analyze global NH issues and develop/review GH guidance on these topics; ? Assist in development of project design documents, Requests for Applications (RFAs) program descriptions and Requests for Proposals (RFPs) scopes of work; ? Serve as a key team member on technical evaluation panels for RFAs/RFPs; ? Collaborate with US Department of State, other US Government (USG) partners, bilateral donors, multilateral organizations, foundations, universities, and nongovernmental/private voluntary organizations in policy and programming related to NH; ? Make presentations to Congressional staff, outside audiences, new health officers, state of-the-art courses, etc.; ? Coordinate development of NH sections of the annual USAID reports to the Agency and to Congress; ? Bring new findings from technical literature to the attention of program directors; and ? Work with communications team to develop technically accurate materials. Technical assistance to field missions, GH offices, and regional bureaus ? Serve as country coordinator or country team member for a subset of MCH priority countries; ? Serve as an expert resource for newborn health for a subset of MCH priority countries, as needed; ? Provide senior level expertise to countries in design and evaluation of NH programs; ? Promote and support collaboration and coordination of USAID missions and bureaus with development partners; ? Serve as an expert resource for GH offices and regional bureaus in integrated strategy development for NH; ? Provide expert technical assistance and support coordination with other USG partners; ? Respond to internal and external requests; prepare background and briefing documents; and ? Serve as a technical mentor and member of working groups and technical committees, as necessary. Technical Advisor for MNH Division and other GH projects ? Provide technical guidance and evaluate progress on annual work plans, quantitative and qualitative performance monitoring goals and accomplishments; ? Monitor programs through reviewing financial and technical reports, making field visits, analyzing outcome and impact data and reviewing quarterly and annual reports; ? Contribute to the development of the NH component of the MCH research agenda; ? Provide analysis and recommendations from budget requests for NH; ? Assist with the coordination and technical oversight of the MNH Division’s projects on NH; and ? Assist with day-to-day management of the MNH Division’s work on NH in close collaboration with maternal health.

Qualifications: Master’s degree in Nursing/Midwifery or in Public Health, or MD with experience in newborn health. Clinical background strongly preferred. A minimum of ten years’ experience in design, implementation and evaluation of international health, especially maternal and neonatal health, programs of which five years’ are in international or resource poor settings. ? Demonstrated experience in maternal and newborn health programs. ? Demonstrated skill in conducting critical analysis and evaluation of technical and programmatic aspects of programs. ? Ability to think and operate strategically and programmatically, analyzing complex situations in order to assist in the development of USAID strategic plans, and assessing the impact of host country policies and practices on US Government or USAID programs in the health sector. ? Excellent understanding of current issues in international maternal and neonatal health programs. ? Demonstrated experience in working directly with developing country program clinicians, managers and policy makers in newborn and maternal health, preferably acquired by having lived in one or more developing countries. ? Understanding of field and program implementation realities, especially in the context of working with communities. ? Good understanding of programs and organizational aspects of major international donors, multilateral agencies, and nongovernmental/private voluntary organizations supporting the social sector, with a focus that includes maternal, newborn and child health. ? Excellent interpersonal and diplomacy skills and experience in working effectively in an independent capacity and as a member of a team. ? Excellent verbal and written communications skills, including ability to write technical documents and give state-of- the-art presentations to colleagues in and outside of USAID. ? Good computer skills. ? Ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally. ? US Citizenship with the ability to obtain and maintain, at a minimum, a Facilities Access clearance.

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

Social Solutions is an 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, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by law.

Organization Description: Social Solutions International, Inc. is a Small Disadvantaged Business. Hispanic and woman-owned, Social Solutions emphasizes quality research and evaluation, training and technical assistance, and institutional support services. We are a mission-driven organization that believes that superior science can improve the world. Social Solutions is dedicated to the creation of social and health solutions to improve the welfare of underserved populations worldwide.

Closing Date: 9/12/2017
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Contact Name: Carlton Davis,  Senior Advisor for Newborn Health
Contact Location: 5840 Hubbard Drive

Rockville   MD  20852
United States
Contact Location: 5840 Hubbard Drive
  Rockville   MD  20852
  United States
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