Family Planning and Reproductive Health Technical Advisor

Posting Number: #181-21

Position Title: Family Planning and Reproductive Health Technical Advisor

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Washington, DC

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A. Position Identification
Position Title: Level II Technical Professional – C: Family Planning and Reproductive Health Technical Advisor
Division: USAID Global Health
Department: Office of Population and Reproductive Health, Research, Technology, and Utilization Division (PRH/RTU)
Work Location: Washington, DC
Supervisor’s Title: GHTP Deputy Director
Work Status: Full-time
FLSA: Exempt
Classification: GS 13 Equivalent
Funding Source: Family Planning and Reproductive Health (FP/RH)

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 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 and Development and Implementation Science.

The Division’s Implementation Science group manages a complex portfolio focused on three key areas: Implementation Research, Knowledge Translation, and Knowledge Management. The Implementation Science Team focuses on developing, testing and supporting the scale-up of innovative solutions to address gaps and barriers to family planning with emphasis on the following areas:

  • Family Planning Systems, e.g., expanding method choice, reducing barriers to care, improving service delivery models including commodity supply and public/private partnerships, understanding and responding to the gap between unmet need and demand/use of services.
  • Normative change, especially changing gender norms and other proximate determinants of fertility.
  • Reaching special populations, especially youth, women, men and underserved populations.
  • Crosscutting work in cost analysis, demographic and epidemiological analysis, GIS mapping, evaluations and other types of scientific work in support of evidence-based decision making.
  • Accessibility and use of evidence, e.g., through data syntheses, case studies, reports and identification, documentation, and dissemination of High Impact Practices.
  • Scale-up evidence-based practices, e.g., through monitoring and tracking scale-up and supporting regional and country efforts.

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 FP/RH Technical Advisor will provide technical assistance to the RTU Division of PRH and, additionally, as directed to the PRH Office, the Global Health (GH) Bureau, and the entire Agency. As a member of the RTU Division, the Advisor works collaboratively with colleagues in other divisions in PRH and offices of the GH Bureau. S/he will receive day-to-day guidance from the Chief of the RTU Division.

D. Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The primary responsibilities of the FP/RH Technical Advisor include:

  • Providing technical assistance to the Implementation Science Team projects and serving as the primary Technical Advisor for at least one RTU project, including coordinating the team technical review of project deliverables and drafting and delivering technical feedback to the project prime; contributing to the annual project budget drafting and regularly tracking budget and pipeline with PA to inform AOR’s decision-making; contributing to the design and methodology of proposed research; monitoring of research activities and technical initiatives; conducting field visits for project development and assessments; and supporting evaluations and technical reviews.
  • Providing technical advisement in PRH for the IBP network, including close collaboration with the PRH activity manager of the WHO grant, and membership on the IBP steering committee to review strategies and provide strategic technical guidance, as required.
  • Provide strategic planning that contributes broadly to the work of the RTU Division, PRH Office and the GH Bureau.
  • Serving as co-technical advisor on the High Impact Practices in Family Planning partnership including providing the strategic vision for the production, dissemination, and utilization of the HIPs.
  • Providing country support as a technical advisor for a PRH high priority country Mission, including providing technical support on Health Implementation Plan (HIP) development and reviewing the final HIP; participating in regular country team calls; providing briefings for mission staff on FP country situation and mission portfolio; and coordinating provision of technical input into mission family planning investments.
  • Actively participating in the annual work plan review process of RTU operations and social science research activities.
  • Actively participating in one or more relevant working groups within the PRH Office and/or the GH Bureau. Serving on a range of interagency and international research committees.
  • Participating in professional continuing education, skills training and professional meetings to enhance relevant technical skills and career development
  • Completing and executing an Individual Learning and Training Plan and Annual Work Plan

E. Minimum Qualification Requirements

  • Master’s degree and 7 years relevant experience or Bachelor’s degree and 9 years relevant experience in public health, social science, or related discipline.
  • Experience in public health, with two years’ experience in an international or resource challenged setting.
  • 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.
  • At least 5 years of professional experience with two or more BS 50 technical disciplines.
  • Ability to travel internationally.
  • US citizenship or Permanent Residency with the ability to obtain and maintain Facility Access required.

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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.

Please note: The Public Health Institute (PHI) and its partner, Credence Management Solutions, are both employers for the Global Health Technical Professionals (GHTP) project which provides expertise in support of USAID global health programs. The hiring of this position will be through the PHI and as such the selected person will become a PHI employee. Your applicant data will be shared with both organizations.

The Public Health Institute is committed to a policy that provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition including genetic characteristics, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identification and expression, sexual orientation, and to make all employment decisions so as to further this principle of equal employment opportunity. To this end, the PHI will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition including genetic characteristics, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identification and expression, sexual orientation, and will take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are offered employment and employees are treated during employment without regard to these characteristics.

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