Biomedical Program Advisor
Posting Number: #051-22
Position Title: Biomedical Program Advisor
Closing Date: Until Filled
Location: Washington, DC
A. Position Identification
|Position Title:||Level II Technical Professional – Biomedical Program Advisor|
|Division:||USAID Global Health|
|Department:||Office of Population and Reproductive Health, Research, Technology, and Utilization Division|
|Work Location:||Washington, DC|
|Supervisor’s Title:||Deputy Director, GHTP|
|Work Status:||☒ Full-time ☐ Part-time: hours per week|
|Classification:||GS 12 Equivalent|
|Funding Source:||Family Planning|
B. Summary Statement
The Research, Technology, and Utilization Division (RTU) of the Office of Population and Reproductive Health (PRH) provides technical leadership in building scientific and empirical knowledge and ensures its use in the design and implementation of effective, efficient, high-quality family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) programs. The objectives of RTU’s research program in Family Planning and Reproductive Health are to provide new and/or improved technologies; improve the quality, accessibility and cost-effectiveness of family planning and related reproductive health care services; strengthen developing country institutional capabilities to use research to diagnose and solve service delivery problems; and enhance the dissemination and utilization of research results.
To achieve these broad objectives, the RTU Division is organized into two teams: Biomedical Research & Development and Implementation Science.
The Division’s Biomedical Research & Development Team manages a complex portfolio focused on four key areas:
- Refining existing contraceptive methods to make them more acceptable, affordable and accessible;
- Developing new contraceptive methods that fill gaps in the existing method mix;
- Evaluating the overall health impact of contraceptive use; and
- Developing new multipurpose prevention technologies that provide simultaneous protection from unintended pregnancy, HIV, and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and possibly provide other health benefits.
The Biomedical Research & Development portfolio includes applied research, pre-clinical studies, clinical trials, pre-introductory studies and post-marketing surveillance carried out by a range of Cooperating Agency partners.
The RTU Division maintains close working relationships with other United States Government Agencies involved in research & development (e.g., the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health), United Nation Agencies (e.g., the World Health Organization) and private sector (e.g., the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and pharmaceutical industry partners).
C. Job Requirements
The Biomedical Program Advisor will assist the Biomedical Team Lead and Biomedical Research Advisor in developing technical guidance and resources for the RTU Division, PRH Office, GH Bureau, Agency, and its partners. The Biomedical Program Advisor will work closely with the Biomedical Research & Development Team to advance USAID’s technical programming in the areas of reproductive biology and contraceptive technology, as they relate to the R&D, introduction, provision and use of new and refined contraceptive technologies, of MPTs for prevention of unintended pregnancy and STIs, including HIV, and establishing goals and objectives for USAID- supported research in these areas. As a member of the RTU Division, the Advisor will work collaboratively with colleagues in other technical offices in the GH bureau. The Advisor will receive day-to-day guidance from the Chief of the RTU Division.
Pay: $89,834 to $116,788 per year. The salary range for this position is $89,834 to $116,788 based on 100% FTE. The starting salary is determined based on the candidate’s knowledge, skills, and experience.
D. Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Support the Biomedical Research & Development Team in providing technical oversight to its projects. This may include assisting in the development of programmatic guidance; reviewing subproject proposals; working with the Biomedical Team Lead and Research Advisor on the design and methodology of proposed research; assisting in the coordination of protocol reviews; assisting with monitoring and coordination of research activities and technical initiatives with other stakeholders; field site visits for project development and assessments; and assisting in the development or undertaking of evaluations and reviews.
- Support the Biomedical Research & Development Team with developing new and innovative research strategies, including around product criteria and milestones for new contraceptives or MPTs. This may include assisting with the coordination of technical meetings focused on product development; participating in site visits to research facilities; disseminating information regarding progress in these areas; presenting this research at domestic and international scientific meetings; and assisting the Biomedical Research and Development Team in working with international donors or other normative bodies to determine pathways for emerging USAID technologies to maximize impact at the country level.
- Participate in professional continuing education, skills training and professional meetings to enhance relevant technical skills and career development.
- Complete and execute and Individual Learning and Training Plan and Annual Work Plan.
E. Qualification Requirements
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
- Master’s degree and 5 years of relevant experience or Bachelor’s degree and 7 years of relevant experience in biomedical engineering, biology, pharmaceutical sciences, and/or public health.
- At least 5 years of professional experience with two or more technical disciplines (such as HIV, monitoring and evaluation, performance improvement, etc.) and job duties/responsibilities generally related to PD requirements.
- Experience in public health, with two years’ experience in an international or resource challenged setting.
- Strong interest in family planning, contraceptive technology, and R&D.
- Regulatory experience is desirable, but not required.
- Understanding the work of major national and international organizations and foundations that support research and knowledge management in FP/RH (e.g., USAID, NIH, WHO, Gates Foundation, FP2020 and their respective partners).
- Excellent research and analytical skills.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Strong interpersonal skills.
- Ability to multitask in a complex environment.
- Ability to work effectively within time constraints, individually, and as a member of a team.
- Ability to travel internationally.
- US citizenship or US permanent residency with the ability to obtain and maintain Facility Access required.
F. Clearance Required
Facility Access Clearance
FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT (FLSA) STATUS
This position is classified as exempt based on the job duties. However, based on the FTE, salary level of the employee, or federal/state/local laws, the employee may be classified as nonexempt.
PHI WORKFORCE MANDATORY COVID-19 VACCINATION POLICY
Per the PHI Workforce Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is a condition of employment for all domestic based employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless they are granted a reasonable accommodation under applicable law.
New hires need to provide proof of full vaccination prior to their start date or apply for an exemption/accommodation within three business days after their start date. Depending on the circumstances, new hires who do not comply with this Policy, or who cannot be reasonably accommodated, will either have their employment suspended or terminated. Candidates who are non-compliant will have their offers rescinded.
Credence Management Solutions, LLC and Public Health Institute are Equal Opportunity Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, or disability.
This position described in this announcement falls under a contract with USAID, and therefore is subject to the provisions put forward in OMB Circular A-76 which prohibit contractors from performing inherently governmental functions. Specifically, TPs placed in USAID positions will not perform inherently governmental functions, nor supervise any employees other than the contractor’s own staff, nor make final decisions or sign documents that commit the U.S. Government.