HIV/AIDS Costing Advisor
Opportunity in Crystal City 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. 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: HIV/AIDS Costing Advisor United States Agency for International Development/Bureau for Global Health/Office of HIV/AIDS/Strategic Information, Evaluation, and Informatics Division (USAID/GH/OHA/SIEI) Application Deadline: Open Until Filled GENERAL DESCRIPTION The Bureau for Global Health's Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA) is the center of HIV/AIDS technical leadership for USAID and has primary responsibility for the Agency's HIV/AIDS program. OHA provides strategic direction, technical leadership, and support to field programs in HIV and AIDS. It provides input to decisions concerning the strategic allocation of financial and human resources in the sector and assists in designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs. The Strategic Information, Evaluation, and Informatics Division within OHA (OHA/SIEI), to which the Costing Advisor will be assigned, provides programmatic expertise to help the Agency and its missions develop programs that respond to USG, USAID, and Congressional policy and budget priorities and incorporate innovations, best practices, and lessons learned. The Costing Advisor provides support to technical and managerial staff, performing a variety of both complex and routine expenditure analyses, including costing, cost modeling, cost- effectiveness analysis, and the use of cost information, to advance OHA's vision for the use of c.ost information in collaboration with OHA technical teams and country teams. The Costing Advisor reports to the Chief, Expenditure Analysis Branch. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Provide technical assistance and direction on PEPFAR resource tracking and data use for decision-making, including development and the future of the Expenditure Analysis Initiative Provide technical assistance to OHA Divisions, USAID Missions, and USAID country teams in the assessment, design, and implementation of HIV-related resource tracking, economic evaluations, and cost analyses, including targeted technical assistance for expenditure analysis for country/regional operational plan programming and budgeting for maximizing program impact. Provide technical assistance, monitor and manage activities of implementing partners' economic evaluation and resource tracking work in the field, including fulfillment of a technical advisory role on specific projects. Serve as Agency and inter-Agency expert on collection, quality, and use of financial data Provide technical assistance to HQ and the field to strengthen capacity to use financial/expenditure, cost, and other strategic information in order to better guide and inform Agency leadership on issues related to program planning, budgeting, partner performance, and efficiency. Advise on development of innovating approaches, analytics, and tools for using financial and other data to support the field and HQ. Collaborate with other teams within USAID, including the Strategic Information Team, to ensure cross-training and joint capacity-building while becoming an expert in multiple data streams. Serve as a technical advisor on the EATAP follow-on project management team Provide technical assistance to support the EATAP follow-on project's provision of inter-agency technical assistance for expenditure analysis. Serve as a resource to facilitate Agency-specific use of expenditure data. Advance knowledge of resource tracking, economic evaluation, costing, cost modeling, cost-effectiveness, and efficiency analysis and the use of financial and program data for HIV/AIDS program planning and budgeting Maintain knowledge of state of the art resource tracking, costing, and economic evaluation practices and serve as a technical resource for OHA, USAID, and PEPFAR. Provide mentorship, technical guidance, and thought guidance to EA Team staff and interns. Participate in technical meetings, seminars, and conferences as needed. Participate in inter-Agency and intra-Agency technical working groups as appropriate to SOW. Liaise at a high level with inter-Agency PEPFAR and external stakeholders (Global Fund, UNAIDS) on HIV resource tracking Collaborate on topics that enhance program implementation, such as strategic information (monitoring and evaluation), expenditure analysis, inter-Agency projects and/or program policy and execution. Participate in or contribute to the inter-Agency Expenditure Analysis Management Team. Liaise with multiple PEPFAR technical working groups to provide technical support to cost analyses and other economic evaluation activities in groups such as the PEPFAR Finance and Economics Working Group and other ad hoc modeling working groups. Serve as a technical resource to the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) and other PEPFAR implementing agencies on OHA-lead and inter-Agency-led HIV economics and strategic information activities. Serve as an inter-Agency Expenditure Analysis (EA) Advisor Provide direct technical assistance to USG PEPFAR country teams with expenditure analysis for country/regional operational plan programming and budgeting for impact. Work effectively with OHA and USG PEPFAR strategic information advisors to analyze program expenditure data and link with epidemiology and program coverage goals for HIV/AIDS services. Develop and adapt analysis tools, and serve as a technical advisor in analyzing cost and expenditure data, especially pertaining to resource tracking, costing, and cost- effectiveness studies. Serve as liaison between Expenditure Analysis Advisors and other Technical Working Groups to provide technical support to cost analyses and other economic evaluation activities. QUALIFICATIONS, EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or ability required. Master's degree in public health, health economics, health finance, health management, health policy, or other relevant field, with a minimum of five (5) years' experience in cost analysis, economic evaluation, capacity building, finance and economics, resource mobilization, health finance, resource management and implementation, data analysis and research design, policy analysis, management and implementation with at least two (2) years' experience in an international or resource-challenged setting. Demonstrated ability to work independently and successfully prioritize competing tasks with shifting deadlines and multiple points of contact. Demonstrated understanding of and ability to apply accepted tools, techniques and frameworks for resource tracking, economic evaluation, and cost analysis of HIV/AIDS interventions. Specific technical expertise in conducting resource tracking, economic evaluation, and analyzing costing data. Experience working on one or more additional areas in health, preferably: HIV/AIDS, health systems strengthening, health policy, and statistics. Knowledge of USAID programming processes, the foreign assistance framework and uses and purposes of USAID health funding preferred. Strong quantitative and qualitative research skills required. Excellent writing, editing, research, and presentation skills. Knowledge of public health research methodology as related to data collection instruments, data collection, analysis, and interpretation. Knowledge of statistical methods used in data analysis. Knowledge of and ability to use electronic data processing systems to gather, store, retrieve and analyze data. Experience using MS-Excel and preferably relevant statistical software packages such as SPSS, SAS, R and Stata. Demonstrated experience working with a wide range of development partners, including multilateral and bilateral donors as well as private foundations and civil society. Demonstrated flexibility and openness in responding to changing work priorities and environment. Demonstrated ability to grasp knowledge of internal processes within the US Government and other health sector development partners (eg, thematic priorities, decision-making mechanisms, and preferred funding channels). Strong interpersonal communication and writing skills and ability to work with diverse teams and stakeholders. Strong teamwork, multi-stakeholder collaboration and management skills. Resourceful in resolving problems and initiating solutions. Ability and willingness to travel internationally to developing countries. US citizen with the ability to obtain and maintain, at a minimum, a Facilities Access clearance is required. LANGUAGE SKILLS Must have excellent writing skills in English. Oral and written communications skills and the ability to read, analyze, interpret and summarize financial reports. Ability to present information effectively and respond to questions from managers, customers, and the State Department. MATHEMATICAL SKILLS Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to reports and financial tracking systems. Must be proficient with basic financial management and budgeting concepts. Must have excellent Excel and Pivot Table skills. REASONING ABILITY Must have excellent analytic skills and reasoning ability. Ability to work under moderate supervision and bring a problem solving approach to carrying out duties. Demonstrates initiative and an eagerness to learn technical and program management. PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus. CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS None. WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment-characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Social Solutions International offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits. Please submit your resume online at www.social solutions.biz 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.