GHFP II Technical Advisor II: Health Advisor for the Bureau for Asia, United States Agengy for International Development position

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July 1st, 2013

Global Health Fellows Program II

Technical Advisor II: Health Advisor

Office of Technical Support, Bureau for Asia, United States Agency for International Development

Location: Washington, DC

Assignment: Two-year fellowship


The Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP-II) is a five year cooperative agreement implemented and managed by the Public Health Institute in partnership with CDC Development Solutions and Management Systems International. GHFP-II is supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

GHFP-II’s goal is to improve the effectiveness of USAID health programs by addressing the Agency’s immediate and emerging human capacity needs. The program seeks to accomplish this goal first through the recruitment, placement and support of diverse health professionals at the junior, mid and senior levels. These program participants include fellows, interns, corporate volunteers and Foreign Service National professionals. The program then provides substantial performance management and career development support to participants, including annual work planning assistance, and ensures that professional development opportunities are available.

Looking to the future, GHFP-II also seeks to establish a pool of highly-qualified global health professionals that will ensure the Agency’s ongoing technical leadership and effectiveness. This objective is supported by an extensive outreach program that brings global health opportunities and specialized career advice to a diverse range of interested individuals, with a particular focus on those underrepresented in the field of global health.


The Asia Bureau is the primary interface with USAID field missions in countries in South and Central Asia (SCA). This Bureau is tasked with enhancing oversight and strengthening interagency coordination for USAID programs in these regions. The SCA countries consist of Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

The Office of Technical Services (TS) is one of five offices in the Middle Asia Bureau (ME) along with the Office of East Asia Affairs, the Office of South and Central Asian Affairs, the Office of Administrative Services, and the Office of Strategic Planning and Operations.  Currently ME/TS supports both the ME Bureau and the Asia Bureau, but in the very near future ME/TS will split so that each bureau will have its own Office of Technical Services.    

The Office of Technical Services provides leadership on development issues in Asian countries through analysis, strategy development, program design, technical assistance and information dissemination in the areas of democracy and governance, natural resources management and environment, agriculture, education, conflict mitigation, and global health.  Global Health (GH) includes aspects of public health such as family planning/reproductive health (FP/RH), maternal and child health (MCH), HIV/AIDS, other infectious diseases, nutrition, and health system strengthening.

Advising the leadership of both the Asia and ME bureaus on technical issues, the ME/TS sits organizationally (for supervisory purposes), in the ME Bureau. The GH sector is the largest in terms of budget, at $403 million in FY 12 in Asia and the ME.


The Health Advisor (Advisor) is assigned to the Office of Technical Services and will receive day to day guidance from the Senior Health Advisor/Team Leader. The Advisor works in conjunction with two additional Health Advisors in providing technical expertise and support to the Asia Bureau and its missions in the areas of MCH, FP/RH, HIV/AIDS, malaria, TB, other infectious diseases and health systems. In collaboration with the team, the Advisor will support the missions’ health programs and activities and will serve as the primary point of contact for the missions in SCA on all health-related programs including the GH Initiative and A Promise Renewed.


The primary responsibilities of the Health Advisor include:

1. Providing technical advice to the Asia Bureau by:

  • Analyzing health status indicators and demographic data in the SCA regions; identifying priority concerns in the PHN sector; advising missions and the Asia Bureau in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data and programs towards the design, development and evaluation of PHN sector activities; and sharing technical insights on the implications of observed trends and significant statistics.
  • Researching and reviewing current literature; and following issues such as identification and evidence generation of high impact practices and their scale-up, monitoring and evaluation, emerging health topics, gender and youth and compliance with US Government (USG) policy on FP implementation.
  • Developing analytical, strategic and programmatic recommendations which demonstrate and/or take into consideration USG, Agency, and Asia Bureau policies and approaches. 

2. Providing technical analysis and leadership by:

  • Reviewing mission strategies, operational plans, performance reports, project proposals, workplans, requests for funding, interim and final project reports, annual assessments of program impact, scientific and policy papers, interagency memos/cables, as well as documents for the GH Bureau and missions as requested.
  • Creating reports, briefs and cables recommending actions by the Asia and GH Bureaus, missions, and others; briefing Ambassadors, Mission Directors, foreign Ministry of Health officials, and other political and development partners on USAID’s health portfolio in SCA; responding effectively and in a timely manner to legislative and public inquiries, as well as requests for information from within and outside the Agency, on health activities in SCA.
  • Visiting missions for the purpose of mission support, program development, project design, evaluation, and monitoring.
  • Orienting and mentoring interns, junior officers on rotation, and FSNs on rotation in Washington; supporting the Health Team in the area of Asia regional budget management and oversight.

3. Collaborating, developing and maintaining effective working relationships with:

  • The other Health Advisors to design, manage and monitor the Health Team’s regional health activities across the Asia region. Serving as point of contact for implementing partners and activity manager for activities, as determined by the team.
  • International development partners such as other multilateral and bilateral donors, UN agencies, foundations, the private sector and think tanks.
  • The Asia Bureau, with missions in the region, the GH Bureau and other relevant parts of the Agency, in addition to sister agencies such as the CDC and the State Department, among others.
  • GH Bureau country leads, non-governmental organizations, and other partner organizations to organize and facilitate meetings, workshops, and briefings on health related projects in the region.

Training and Professional Development

  • Keeping abreast of the current literature and familiarity with regional and country trends, programs, initiatives and projects.
  • Deepening knowledge of the analysis and evaluation of data related to global health activities.
  • Participating in interagency working groups and professional meetings as appropriate to SOW.
  • Participating in professional continuing education and skills training within the purview of GHFP-II.  

International travel approximately 20%.

Other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned based on (a) organizational and programming need and/or (b) the Advisor’s own interests.


  • Master’s degree in public health or a related discipline.
  • Minimum five years’ work experience in international health programs with at least two years’ experience in an international or resource challenged setting. Experience working in SCA countries desired.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in one of more of these health areas: FP/RH, MCH, HIV/AIDS, infectious diseases, malaria, TB, and health systems.
  • Extensive knowledge of public health principles, concepts, methods and techniques.
  • Experience working closely with high level government officials, implementing partners, international donors and other counterparts.
  • Evidence of excellent interpersonal, facilitation and team building skills.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret complex data, as well as produce reports using Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills.
  • Ability to communicate, influence and convince verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to travel internationally.
  • US Citizenship required.


Salary will be based on commensurate experience and earnings history. The Public Health Institute offers a comprehensive benefits package including professional development programs 2013 benefits Booklet.


All applicants are required to apply for this position through GHFP-II’s online recruitment system at, which allows you to store your CV, profile and bio data form in our database. A separate cover letter describing your qualifications and experience, interest and familiarity with issues relating to this position, and how this position relates to your career goals is required for each application. All applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm Eastern Time July 19, 2013.