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Efficiency and Accountability Technical Advisor (GS 13 Equivalent)

Credence Management Solutions, LLC | Arlington MA 02476 USA | Part Time | Posted: 06/21/2019

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Summary Statement

The U.S. Government’s (USG) engagement to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS is a top priority worldwide. The USG response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic includes coordination among the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Peace Corps (PC), and other entities. This initiative is collectively known as the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). USAID has been at the forefront of the USG’s effort to provide quality HIV/AIDS services to over one hundred countries in order to mitigate this health crisis that threatens the prosperity, stability and development of these nations.

The Bureau for Global Health’s Office of HIV/AIDS (GH/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/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 (SIEI) Division within OHA, to which the Technical Advisor will be assigned, provides technical expertise to advance and support country-owned, sustainable strategic information systems and promotes data-driven program planning. The SIEI Division has primary responsibility of supporting USAID headquarters and its overseas Missions to build capacity in managing and utilizing data systems to improve impact and accountability of HIV/AIDS programs.

Within SIEI, the Expenditure Analysis (EA) Branch provides global technical expertise to advance the use of financial data for increasing transparency, efficiency and accountability across programs in order to achieve the greatest impact in the HIV/AIDS response. The Branch supports USAID Headquarters, Missions and interagency field teams by building capacity for expenditure data collection, analysis and application for strategic program planning, budgeting and management. The EA Branch conducts interagency and intra-agency analysis to understand program costs and assess the potential for increased efficiencies in program implementation. The Branch provides leadership in aligning HIV/AIDS resources between USG, donors, and partner governments and supports harmonizing spending for reporting to national/partner-country resource tracking initiatives.

Under the programmatic direction and technical guidance of the EA Branch Chief, the Technical Advisor will contribute to the implementation of USAID’s and PEPFAR’s strategies, policies, and programming as they relate to program efficiency and financial analysis. S/he will be responsible for thought leadership and technical advice to headquarters and overseas Missions on the aforesaid subject matter.

 

Job Requirements

The Technical Advisor position is a critically important role within SIEI. The incumbent provides support to technical and managerial staff in advancing the EA Branch agenda by performing a variety of both complex and routine program efficiency and financial analysis related activities, including resource tracking, budgeting, costing, cost modeling, and cost-effectiveness analysis to advance OHA’s vision for the use of financial information for strategic decision-making in collaboration with headquarters (HQ) and country teams.

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

 

I. High-level technical and thought leadership on implementation of strategic direction and priorities for PEPFAR financial monitoring, resource tracking, and integrated data use in Agency, inter-agency, and external forums:

  • Provides technical leadership within the EA Branch as well as to OHA Divisions, USAID Missions, and USAID country teams in the assessment, design, and implementation of HIV-related financial monitoring, resource tracking, economic evaluations, and cost analyses, including targeted technical assistance for country/regional operational planning; in particular, financial analysis and budget formulation for maximizing program impact.
  • Monitors and supports activities of implementing partners’ economic evaluation and resource tracking work in the field, including fulfillment of a technical advisory role on specific projects.
  • Serves as a subject-matter expert on integrated data use for programmatic decision making and management to improve efficiency, accountability, transparency, resource allocation, and partner performance.
  • Communicates within the Agency, interagency, and external leadership and community around issues related to routine financial data availability and use as well as economic evaluation for decision-making.

II. Serve as leading agency and inter-agency expert on collection, quality, and use of financial data:

  • Initiates, provides, and anticipates needs for high-level technical assistance to HQ and the field to strengthen capacity to use financial and economic data alongside other strategic information via integrated analysis to better guide and inform Agency leadership on issues related to program planning, budgeting, partner performance, and efficiency.
  • Provides technical direction for implementation of state-of-the-art approaches, analytics, and tools for using financial and other data to support the field and HQ.
  • Collaborates and builds relationships across other teams within USAID, e.g., budget, strategic information, etc., to ensure cross-training and joint capacity-building while becoming a leading expert in multiple data streams, systems, and integrated use in order to support Agency leadership and excellence in data.
  • Provides thought leadership and solution-oriented problem solving with a health financing/economics lens through participation in the Epidemic Control Teams (ECTs) and associated structures.
  • Supports high-budget and high-profile countries as a subject-matter expert in health financing, economic evaluation, and collection, analysis, and use of financial data for decision-making within interagency and Agency-specific settings.
  • Lends technical expertise to work streams/clusters related to financial data within the Inter-agency Collaborative for Program Improvement (ICPI).
  • Responds to rapid and short-fuse data requests, conducts analytics, and communicates findings to decision-makers at a high-level.

III. Technical Advisor and/or activity support for projects:

  • Serves as subject-matter expert, technical advisor and/or provides activity support for USAID-funded Efficiency and Accountability Technical Assistance (EATAP-II) and/or other projects, which includes project design, activity design/implementation, monitoring and evaluation, partner performance monitoring, technical direction setting and review of deliverables, and budget and operations assistance in support of Contracting Officer’s Representative or Alternate (A/COR).
  • Provides technical support to the EATAP-II’s and/or other project’s provision of technical assistance to support efficiency and accountability agenda.
  • Develops and provides technical expertise to all cost/economic studies, rapid assessments, analytics, and tool development under the project.
  • Serves as an expert resource to facilitate Agency-specific use of expenditure data.

IV. 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:

  • Supports EA Branch’s efforts in increasing external visibility through publication, conference/meeting presentations, and building meaningful connections and collaborations across USAID and beyond.
  • Maintains knowledge of state-of-the-art resource tracking, costing, and economic evaluation practices and serves as a technical resource for OHA, USAID, and PEPFAR.
  • Provides mentorship and technical guidance to EA Branch staff and interns.
  • Engages and demonstrate expertise and Agency visibility in technical meetings, seminars, and conferences.
  • Participates in interagency and intra-Agency technical working groups and/or committees, contributing ideas, offering technical direction and leadership, analyzing options, suggesting corrective measures, and offering informed opinions based on technical expertise and knowledge.
  • Contributes heavily to the development, implementation, and analysis of resource tracking and economic evaluation studies at the field and HQ.

V. Provide technical support on collaboration between PEPFAR and external stakeholders on HIV resource alignment and related activities:

  • Collaborates on topics that enhance program implementation, such as joint financial and programmatic analytics, interagency projects and/or program policy and execution.
  • Liaises and takes technical advisory roles within multiple PEPFAR technical working groups to provide technical support to costs analyses and other economic evaluation activities.
  • Serves as a technical resource to the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (S/GAC) and other PEPFAR implementing agencies on OHA-lead and interagency-led HIV economics and strategic information activities.

 

  • Participate in professional continuing education, skills training and professional meetings to enhance relevant technical skills and career development.
  • Complete and execute an Individual Learning and Training Plan and Annual Work Plan.

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Qualifications/Requirements of the Position

 

  • Master’s degree and 7+ years relevant experience or Bachelor’s degree and 9+ years of relevant experience in health/economics, finance, business administration, management, policy, or other relevant field.
  • Minimum of five (5) years’ experience in costing, economic evaluation, resource mobilization, budgeting and reporting, management and implementation, program and financial data analysis, research/policy design and analysis of health programs with at least two (2) years’ experience preferred in an international or resource-challenged setting.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of professional experience with two or more USAID technical disciplines; job duties/responsibilities specifically related to SOW requirements.
  • 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/monitoring, economic evaluation, and cost/financial analysis of health and/or 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.
  • Strong skills using MS-Excel and experience using relevant statistical software packages such as SPSS, SAS, R, Stata, and Tableau.
  • 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 USG and other health sector development partners, (e.g., 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 (up to 30%).
  • Willingness to participate in professional continuing education, skills training and professional meetings to enhance relevant technical skills and career development.
  • Must complete and execute an Individual Learning and Training Plan and Annual Work Plan.
  • U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent residency required.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain, at a minimum, a facility access clearance.

 

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 Department of State.

 

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 advanced MS-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.

Application closing date: 06/28/2019

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Location Arlington, MA, 02476, United States
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