Senior Advisor for Strategic Development
University Research Co., LLC. - Bethesda, MD

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University Research Co., LLC (URC)
URC is a global company that works to improve the quality of health care, education and social services in the U.S. and around the world. We provide technical assistance and field research to strengthen health systems and service quality by empowering health workers to find and expand proven and locally appropriate solutions to critical problems. URC is dedicated to expanding access to high-quality maternal, newborn and child health services, preventing and reducing infectious diseases including HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria; and improving family planning and reproductive health education.

Established in 1965, our work spans over 30 countries around the globe. Our mission is to provide innovative, evidence-based solutions to health and social challenges worldwide. Please join us in carrying out our mission ( ).

Division & Project Overview
The International Development Group is one of three international program divisions at URC/CHS and manages health field programs funded by USAID and CDC in Africa and the Latin America region with key focus areas improving health systems performance, including management support systems, and quality of care in maternal and child health, family planning, HIV/AIDS, TB and nutrition.

Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Translating Research into Action (TRAction) Project ( ) is a global implementation science effort focused on supporting research in the areas of Maternal Neonatal Child Health (MNCH). TRAction awards funding to research organizations, especially those from developing countries, to develop, test, and compare approaches to more effectively deliver, increase utilization, achieve coverage, and scale-up priority evidence-based interventions. The project works with USAID/Washington; USAID missions; regional, host country and U.S. research organizations; other USAID MNCH projects; as well as other donors and service-delivery partners and Ministries of Health and receives field support from USAID Missions interested in bringing implementation science into their health programs. This project is directed by URC in collaboration with its partner, the Harvard University School of Public Health (HSPH)

Roles and Responsibilities:
Reporting directly to the TRAction Project Director, Senior Advisor for Strategic Development serves as a member of a multidisciplinary team with the responsibility for Strategic Development of the project, including the coordination of URC/TRAction managerial inputs into: TRAction’s strategic positioning/evaluation exercise; the multiparty meeting (FALL 2013) to ‘Advance Science in Global Health Program Implementation’; and in support to the development of TRAction’s field support efforts with USAID in-country missions. This includes responding to and working with USAID to elaborate implementation research opportunities within bilateral programs, and ensuring that those efforts receive ongoing backstopping and networking support, assisting in the identification of problems and mobilizing technical assistance as needed.

Specifically, the Senior Advisor will provide technical leadership and managerial guidance to advancing implementation science program investments by USAID country missions through the TRAction Project. S/he will support in-country partners to advance the application of implementation science and research translation methodologies and practices that accelerate to scale priority interventions in maternal, neonatal and child health. Along with other tasks or responsibilities that may be assigned based on project needs and/or the Senior Advisor's expertise and interests, major responsibilities will include:

1. Identifying opportunities in USAID programs to embed implementation science and/or facilitate the scale up of best practices resulting from funded implementation research. The Advisor will:
· work closely with USAID country mission and USAID Global Health Bureau staff to determine country-based strategic opportunities;
· prepare key background documents and relevant information for USAID Missions and country-based programs;
· support both country missions and project staff to plan for in-country embedded research and scale up.

2. Providing organizational and strategic support to the Project Director for the convening and follow-up of strategic positioning/evaluation exercise currently underway including:
· Assisting the TRAction consultant in the development of the meeting agenda, participants, report and follow-up plan.
· Supporting and/or supervising the administrative team for the conference

3. Providing organizational and strategic support to the Project Director for the convening of the strategic meeting on ‘Applying Science to Global Health Program Implementation’ including: of health programs in , the Advisor will:
· Providing high-level support to the technical meeting Steering Committee to finalize conference agenda, identify meeting invitees, support program material development
· Facilitating technical and administrative communication between steering committee members, meeting invitees, and USAID.
· Supporting and/or supervising the administrative team for the conference

Minimum Qualifications:
Note : You must currently be eligible to work long-term in the United States without requiring visa sponsorship.
Required Experience & Qualifications
· Masters Degree or Doctoral Degree (preferred) in public health or related discipline with expertise in interdisciplinary health services, operations, and/or implementation research;
· Fifteen years of experience managing health services, technical support, and/or applied research activities with significant international experience in resource limited settings; extensive familiarity with USAID health programming;
· Demonstrated management skills, ability to work in cross-cultural environments with partners and other collaborators;
  • Ability to interpret strategy, to analyze, develop and present work and to monitor and evaluate implementation of programs;
  • Knowledge of health services, program design, and implementation
· Technical knowledge of priority maternal, neonatal and child health issues
  • Strong interpersonal communication and excellent oral communication and writing skills with strong attention to detail;
  • Track record of working effectively with a broad range of partners and in a team environment;
  • High degree of judgment, maturity and originality;
· Willingness and availability to travel;
· Competence in a major foreign language (preferred).