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Senior Maternal and Newborn Health Advisor at Social Solutions International

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Type: Full Time
Location: Washington, Washington DC

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Social Solutions International, Inc. (Social Solutions) is a Hispanic and woman-owned business emphasizing 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 Social Solutions to recruit and hire qualified individuals for the following position:

GHSI-III is a Federal services contract contingent on the availability of appropriated funds until the end of the designated contract period. Contract employees of GHSI-III are not U.S. Government employees and cannot perform Inherently Governmental Functions.

Title: Senior Maternal and Newborn Health Advisor

Location: Washington, DC

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Salary Range: GS 14 equivalent


More women and children are surviving today than ever before, but despite this progress there are significant inequalities that remain. According to new WHO and UNICEF estimates, child deaths have been reduced by nearly half and maternal deaths by over one-third since 2000. In order to meet the 2030 global goals, the rate of improvement must increase dramatically. Significant work remains to increase coverage of high-impact interventions, strengthen the health systems that support these interventions, improve quality, and address equity gaps that are bottlenecks to ending preventable maternal deaths.

In 2014, with technical input from USAID, a 2030 global target of fewer than 70 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births was adopted by WHO. In June of that year, USAID outlined its support for this goal in the report Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality: USAID Maternal Health Vision for Action. The Vision emphasizes equity, sustainability, country ownership, capacity building, innovation, and collaboration across disciplines and sectors to end preventable maternal mortality. An update of a Maternal Newborn Health Vision for 2020-2015 is underway that will be joined with a Child Health Strategy that will also address Newborn Health and will emphasize the USAID Journey to Self-Reliance.

The Maternal and Newborn Health (MNH) Division of the Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) within USAID's Bureau for Global Health (GH) provides technical leadership and supports strategic planning, innovative program design, and monitoring and evaluation in maternal, newborn, child and environmental health programs globally and in USAID field Missions. The MNH Division plays a central role in technical leadership and management of USAID's efforts to prevent maternal and newborn deaths and other similar global commitments and initiatives.

The Senior Maternal and Newborn Health Advisor (Advisor) will be assigned to the Maternal and Newborn Health (MNH) Division within USAID's Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) in USAID's Bureau for Global Health (GH). S/he will report to the Maternal Health Team Lead who will receive inputs from the Newborn Health team Lead. S/he will provide program support, and policy and technical guidance for MNH awards, as well as provide technical advice to the maternal and newborn health teams. The Advisor will work in collaboration with other MCHN Divisions, GH Offices and Centers, and USAID Bureaus and Missions through USAID management and technical teams to promote maternal and newborn survival and health.


Provide technical leadership to the Agency on Maternal Health (MH) and Newborn Health (NH) issues, including enabling and mobilizing individuals and communities, advancing quality respectful maternity care for mothers and newborns, strengthening related health systems, and continuous learning:

* Provide expert leadership and guidance regarding MH and NH issues, priorities and strategies, with attention to care across the maternity cycle, and the major causes of maternal and newborn death and morbidity;

* Provide expert technical advice for antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal quality care based on current evidence;

* Provide expert technical advice on priorities and strategies to address perinatal health and survival including stillbirth, adolescent pregnancies and birth, and breastfeeding;

* Provide expert technical advice on strengthening health workforce among midwives and nurses;

* Analyze complex situations in order to assist in the development of USAID strategic plans and assess the impact of host-country policies and practices on U.S. Government (USG) or USAID programs in the health sector;

* Collaborate with USG partners, bilateral donors, multilateral organizations, foundations,universities, and nongovernmental/private voluntary organizations in policy and programming related to maternal health;

* Participate in global efforts to advance Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality (EPMM) and Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP), including participation in global technical working groups;

* Support the policy oversight and management of MH and NH and related projects and activities and inform GH MH and NH research priorities;

* Bring new findings from technical literature to the attention of USAID Health Officers, through webinars, presentations, the MNH Division's Maternal & Newborn Health Breaking News e-newsletter and the USAID website;

* Contribute to education and communication, including e-learning courses, social media and reports to Congress; and

* Perform other relevant duties as assigned.

Provide technical assistance to field Missions, GH offices, regional bureaus, and implementing-partners:

* Serve as a maternal and newborn health expert resource for GH offices, regional bureaus, and individual countries to advance maternal and newborn survival and health, including healthy behaviors, care seeking, provision of quality care, monitoring and evaluation;

* Provide short-term maternal health expertise to designated priority countries in design and evaluation of MNH programs and long-term support as a team member or GH country coordinator for a selected country (ies);

* Provide expert maternal and newborn health technical assistance as needed to USAID's implementing partners;

* Provide expert maternal and newborn health technical assistance and support coordination with other USG partners;

* Respond to internal and external requests for information, prepare background and briefing documents, and serve as a technical mentor and member of working groups and technical committees, as necessary;

* Provide guidance on strengthening health systems as it relates to MNH;

* Provide technical input and advice to guide_ MNH research, with emphasis on qualitative and implementation research; and

* Bring new findings from technical literature to the attention of USAID and implementing partners.


* An advanced degree (Medical, Midwifery or Nursing Master's degree/certification or equivalent) in the field of obstetrics, midwifery or advanced nursing practice that includes maternity care with 9 years of relevant public health and clinical experience.

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.