Senior Advisor for Newborn Health

Social Solutions International, Inc.

About the organization

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:

Title: Senior Advisor for Newborn Health

Location: Washington, DC

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Salary Range: GS-14 equivalent

Based on the momentum of the 2014 Every Newborn Action Plan endorsed by 194 member states, the 2020 Roadmap to Accelerate Progress for Every Newborn in Humanitarian Settings, and the 2019 Survive and Thrive - Transforming Care for Small and Sick Newborn initiative, USAID’s Bureau for Global Health has mobilized support to end preventable neonatal deaths and stillbirths in 25 priority countries, with a smaller footprint in other high morbidity and mortality burden countries, and with special attention to pregnant women and newborns living in fragile and conflict-affected and vulnerable (FCV) settings. Beyond survival and treatment of disability, attention is now also expanding to fostering the thriving and well-being of the newborn, including a focus on safety and respect for women.

The Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition (GH/MCHN) within the Bureau for Global Health serves as the Agency’s technical and policy lead on maternal and newborn health; child survival; immunization; environmental health; and nutrition, with a focus on ending preventable newborn, child and maternal deaths.


Advanced degree in medicine or nursing and at least 9 years of experience maternal/newborn/child health (MNCH) programs, policy, applied and program-based research.
Medical doctor or nurse/advanced practice nurse with public health experience and significant experience working in newborn and child health
Comprehensive understanding of technical content and programming strategies for the provision of high essential and small/sick newborn care in LMIC settings

Demonstrated experience in newborn and child health global priorities, programming platforms and opportunities for integration

Experience/understanding of the humanitarian and development contexts, key actors and the Global Health Cluster System   

Prior experience in program design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of newborn and child health programs

Fluency in spoken and written English (ILR 4 or ILR 5)    

Ability to travel up to 30% time, both domestically and internationally

U.S. citizenship required. The selected applicant will be subject to security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

Additional Preferred Qualifications

Pediatrician, Pediatric Nurse or Nurse Midwife
Understanding of programs in fragile settings
Expertise in health systems strengthening, social behavior change and/or gender transformative programming is an asset


GS-14 equivalent

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