Senior Digital Health Advisor

Posting Number: #012-24

Position Title: Senior Digital Health Advisor

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Washington, DC (Hybrid)

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Job Location: Washington, DC

Telework Eligible: Yes, at least 3 days per week in-person reporting at Washington, DC office.

Remote Eligible: No.


Summary Statement:

The Public Health Institute (PHI) is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting health, well-being, and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation and around the world. As one of the largest and most comprehensive public health organizations in the nation, we are at the forefront of research and innovations to improve the efficacy of public health statewide, nationally, and internationally.

PHI was distinguished as one of the top 50 “Best Non-Profit Organizations to Work For” by the Non-Profit Times in a national search.

The Global Health Training, Advisory and Support Contract (GHTASC) delivers effective global health programming to advance the mission of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Global Health (GH) through institutional support and workforce development services from junior, mid-level, senior and expert advisory and administrative professionals.

USAID’s Center for Innovation and Impact (CII) takes strategic risks to incubate new ideas, put them into practice, and scale effective approaches for critical health issues. CII applies expertise in innovation, market-based solutions, and digital health to work in partnership and through institutional change.


Position Summary:

The Senior Digital Health Advisor provides advisory services to USAID as an institutional support contractor under the GHTASC contract.

This position serves as a Senior Digital Health Advisor seated with CII in Washington, DC. The incumbent will be responsible for providing strategic oversight, project management, and technical guidance to various digital health activities supporting USAID’s global health work.

The Senior Digital Health Advisor will support the development and management of digital health strategies and programs, including projects and activities that are managed from within CII and coordinate with those that are managed by Missions, Bureaus, and Offices. The Senior Digital Health Advisor will also contribute to broader digital health work across the Bureau by supporting implementation of the Digital Health Vision.

Employment Type: Full Time

Full salary range for this position is $133,380 to $200,720, with the starting salary determined based on candidate’s knowledge, skills, experience, as well as budget availability.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Digital technologies can play a critical role in facilitating the Agency’s work to support its partner countries in building strong health systems, capable of combating and recovering from COVID-19 and resilient in the face of future health threats. The Senior Digital Health Advisor will work with digital health experts in CII and elsewhere in the agency to support the operationalization of recent USAID digital health policy documents and Center innovation frameworks. These include the USAID Digital Strategy and the USAID Digital Health Vision, in line with USAID’s Health System Strengthening Vision. Specific activities will include providing technical leadership within the CII Digital Health team and the agency to advance the following priorities:

  • Drive implementation of USAID’s policy guidance for digital health, providing strategic and technical assistance to the Global Health Bureau and the Agency on strong practices for investing in digital health systems.
  • In collaboration with USAID country offices and other in-country partners, identify country digital systems and capacity readiness gaps.
  • Support coordination within and between various USAID funding mechanisms providing digital health systems support.
  • Engage in-country funders, multilaterals, and implementing partners as relevant to support strong coordination and alignment of digital health investments and approaches.
  • Assess USAID’s digital systems and capacity.
  • Support the development of policy guidance, advisement, and external communication pieces related to digital health.
  • Contribute to CII’s team-building and supportive culture, such as troubleshooting across specialization areas and projects.
  • Identify and support opportunities and new initiatives as priorities within CII evolve.
  • Prepare reports, project plans, budgets, leadership talking points, briefers, and templates as needed.
  • Travel 15-20% of the time.
  • Work at least 3 days per week in-person at Washington, DC office.
  • Other duties as required.

In addition, the Senior Digital Health Advisor will participate actively in Digital Health Team and broader CII activities, including weekly meetings and cross-cutting projects that enable collaboration at the intersection of digital health, market access, innovative finance, and innovation; and support the Digital Health Team and broader CII reporting requirements.


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.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree and 10 years of relevant experience, bachelor’s degree with 12 years of relevant experience, Associate’s degree and 14 years of relevant experience or High School graduate and 16 years in international affairs, business, global health, or a related subject and experience should be progressively responsible, and in international development/project management.
  • US citizenship or US permanent residency with the ability to obtain and maintain Facility Access required.

Other Qualifications:

  • Possess, or rapidly develop, deep knowledge of and strategic perspectives on digital health policies and trends, globally and at the country-level, and systems-oriented digital health planning and implementation.
  • Demonstrated experience leading digital health activities that integrate insights and perspectives from multiple sectors.
  • Demonstrated experience applying change management tactics to influence organizational behavior (e.g., at policy, operations and/or accountability levels).
  • Strong written and oral communications, with facility communicating complex technical expertise strategically, to non-technical audiences.
  • Strong management and interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships and communicate effectively with people of varied professional, cultural, and educational backgrounds.
  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational and project management skills.
  • Entrepreneurial mindset, including ability to think strategically, operate independently, self-motivate, be flexible, and set and achieve ambitious targets.
  • Able to operate with minimal guidance/oversight and in a fast-paced environment.
  • Familiar/skilled with GSuite – including google docs, sheets, and slides.
  • Deep experience leading the development of technical guidance and briefing materials, s related to strategic investment in digital health systems, preferred.
  • Experience leading coordination efforts across programs and stakeholders to align and strengthen digital health systems, preferred.
  • Experience analyzing digital health investments in health emergency contexts, preferred.
  • Ability to travel 15-20% of the time.
  • Ability to work at least 3 days per week in-person at Washington, DC office.



  • Innovation: Takes initiative to propose new ideas/approaches and demonstrates ability to find new and better ways to accomplish work.
  • Client Service: Communicates with clients, handling any issues politely and efficiently; understands and is available to clients; maintains pleasant and professional image.
  • Accountability: Takes ownership of work responsibilities and holds high standards. Keeps commitments and takes appropriate actions to ensure obligations are met.  Pursues efficiency and effectiveness and adheres to organization policies and procedures.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Works in cooperation with others and communicates effectively with co-workers, supervisors, subordinates, clients, and other outside contacts.
  • Continual Learning: Assesses and recognizes own strengths and weaknesses; pursues professional development that is aligned with organizational role, contribution, and goals; proactively shares knowledge with others to foster learning across the organization.



Prior to submitting your application your resume must include relevant paid and non-paid experience showing dates held with month, year and hours worked per week for each position. Please ensure that all relevant experience and education is documented on your resume. There is no limitation to resume length; updates to resumes will not be accepted during the interview and selection process.



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.



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This position described in this announcement falls under a contract with the Federal Government, and therefore is subject to the provisions put forward in OMB Circular A-76 which prohibit contractors from performing inherently governmental functions.  Specifically, employees placed in agency positions will not perform inherently governmental functions, nor supervise any personnel other than the contractor’s own staff, nor make final decisions or sign documents that commit the U.S. Government.

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