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Senior Policy and Strategy Advisor

Posting Number: #048-22

Position Title: Senior Policy and Strategy Advisor

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Washington, DC

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A. Position Identification

Position Title: Senior Policy and Strategy Advisor
Division: VADI
Department: FO
Work Location: 500 D St SW, Washington DC 20457
Work Status: ☒ Full-time         ☐ Part-time:        hours per week
FLSA:  Exempt
Classification: GS-14 Equivalent

 

B. Summary Statement

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Bureau for Global Health (GH) serves as the agency’s primary source of technical expertise, leadership, and donor coordination for the health sector, including HIV and AIDS, infectious diseases, child and maternal health and nutrition, family planning and reproductive health, and health systems strengthening and reform. GH is responsible for advancing field-relevant, state-of-the-art research and the transfer of new technologies and approaches to field programs. Through its staff, programs and country teams, GH provides critical support to USAID missions and field programs in more than 70 countries.

Over 6.2 million people have died from the COVID-19 pandemic. It has further disrupted access to essential services including immunization and put tens of millions at risk of contracting vaccine-preventable diseases. The Biden Administration has called on the world to collectively end the COVID-19 pandemic as soon as possible and has introduced ambitious targets in three critical areas for ending this pandemic and preventing and preparing for the next: Vaccinate the World; Save Lives Now; and Build Back Better. As noted in the COVID-19 Global Response and Recovery Framework (GRRF), the U.S. government (USG) has committed to supporting the target of vaccinating 70% of the world population by the end of 2022.

To meet the ambitious goals set by the Biden-Harris Administration and the GRRF, the Bureau for Global Health joined forces with the Agency’s COVID-19 Task Force (CTF) to launch USAID’s COVID-19 Vaccine Access and Delivery Initiative (VADI) to support the USAID Administrator’s Global VAX commitments including overseeing the historic rollout of more than a billion vaccine doses; working closely with USAID Missions to coordinate, supply, and strengthen country readiness and delivery; and managing our partnership with COVAX; Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF); the World Health Organization; and others.

The key to controlling the pandemic lies in implementing a comprehensive public health and clinical strategy in every country. To prevent transmission and expand access to evidence-based, high-quality care and treatment for patients with moderate to severe COVID-19 infections, the Global Health Bureau has launched the Saving Lives Now agenda. Saving Lives Now aims to reduce morbidity and mortality, mitigate transmission, and strengthen health systems, including to prevent, detect, and respond to pandemic threats to respond to COVID more broadly.

C. Job Requirements

The Senior Policy & Strategy Advisor will develop and maintain knowledge management systems as needed in support of USAID’s COVID-19 response across both the vaccine access and delivery and Saving Lives Now agendas.

Pay: $126,233 to $164,102 per year. The salary range for this position is $126,233 to $164,102 based on 100% FTE. The starting salary is determined based on the candidate’s knowledge, skills, and experience.

D. Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Senior Policy and Strategy Advisor will support USAID’s COVID-19 response, including its policy and strategy positions with regards to USAID, the interagency, multilateral institutions, as well as at the country, regional, and international levels. These services will directly contribute to USAID’s global health objectives of Preventing Child and Maternal Deaths, and combating infectious diseases.

The Senior Policy and Strategy Advisor supports the VADI Director, Deputy Director, and Program Planning and Operations Lead and the Saving Lives Now Director. They will support the development, analysis and utilization of high-quality, up-to-date policy and strategy materials related to global COVID-19 vaccination efforts. The Senior Policy and Strategy Advisor will also liaise with appropriate Global Health Bureau offices, Regional Bureaus, and COVID-19 Task Force colleagues.

The responsibilities of the Senior Policy and Strategy Advisor include, but are not limited to, the following:

Policy and Strategy Engagement with Interagency

  • Coordinate engagements with intra-agency and interagency partners to monitor and analyze evolving policy environment for the COVID-19 response and, in particular, COVID-19 vaccine access and delivery and the successful implementation of Global VAX.
  • Participate in interagency and global meetings, consultations, working groups, and negotiations related to COVID-19 vaccine access and delivery, with a focus on policy and strategy.
  • Support the V-TWG in joint USG efforts to inform and develop policy and strategy as they relate to COVID-19 vaccine access and delivery and Global VAX implementation.
  • Serve as policy liaison between VADI and the COVID-19 Task Force, (particularly Pillar 2 of the Task Force), USAID bureaus and interagency partners, and multilateral and private sector partners.
  • Support the V-TWG in USG interagency meetings, including meetings with the White House and NSC, as requested.
  • Support the development of informed, high quality, and strategic responses to requests for information and policy analysis from Task Force and USAID leadership, USG interagency partners, the White House, NSC, and Members of Congress.
  • Liaise with the V-TWG and Task Force communications teams to guide content generation for external briefing materials for various audiences, e.g., Congress, the Administration, media, etc.

Policy and Strategy Development for the V-TWG, the VADI, and Saving Lives Now

  • Lead policy analysis of political, structural, biomedical, and epidemiologic developments as they relate to COVID-19 vaccine access and delivery to inform and guide strategy and programming for the VADI.
  • Develop core VADI policy and strategy documents that reflect and integrate engagements with interagency partners, information and data collected by the V-TWG, as well as broader political and epidemiologic shifts.
  • Provide regular updates to V-TWG leadership on key developments related to COVID-19 vaccination policy and strategy.
  • Support the process for V-TWG review, input, and clearance on taskers and briefers, ensuring alignment of V-TWG policy positions and strategic messaging across a range of public and private fora.
  • In collaboration with V-TWG and Task Force leadership and communications leads, lead development of high quality and strategic briefing documents, talking points, and slide decks for high-level meetings and external events.

Management Support for V-TWG and Global VAX

  • Work closely with V-TWG pillar leads and country cluster coordinators to understand Mission questions and needs to inform and refine VADI strategy and policy.
  • Liaise with VADI, Task Force, Global Health, and regional bureau leadership and teams to communicate, coordinate, and manage Global VAX policy and strategy to ensure successful implementation of Global VAX.
  • Liaise with interagency Global VAX partners and POCs to facilitate interagency programmatic and technical coordination and ensure successful implementation of Global VAX.
  • In collaboration with VADI, Task Force, and Global Health leadership, support the development of Global VAX policy and strategy documents for various USAID and interagency audiences.
  • In collaboration with Task Force colleagues, support intra-agency and interagency input and clearance of Global VAX strategy and policy materials.
  • Develop Global VAX-specific talking points, slide decks, and briefers for events, presentations as requested.
  • Develop high quality and strategic responses to White House, NSC, Congressional and interagency inquiries on Global VAX.
  • Participate in interagency and global meetings, consultations, and working groups related to Global VAX.

 

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.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree and a minimum of 9 years of relevant experience or bachelor’s degree with 11 years of relevant experience in the field of global public health.

Other Qualifications

  • Significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field, including but not limited to program and project management or public health, social science, emergency international operations, or supply chain and immunization.
  • Experience working in program and project management, global health or humanitarian assistance.
  • US citizenship or US permanent residency with the ability to obtain and maintain Facility Access required.

 

F. Clearance Required

Facility Access

 

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.

 

Prior to submitting your application, 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.

 

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 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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