Strategic Communications Advisor

Social Solutions International, Inc. - Crystal City, VA3.8

30+ days ago
Social Solutions International, Inc. is a woman and minority-owned company. Social Solutions emphasizes 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 through Social Solutions International to recruit and hire qualified individuals for the following position:

Strategic Communications Advisor

United States Agency for International Development, Bureau for Global Health, Office of the Assistant Administrator (GH/AA)

Salary Range: $96,970 – $126,062 (GS-13 equivalent)

Application Deadline: Until Filled

When it was launched in 2005, the goal of the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) was to reduce malaria-related mortality by 50 percent across 15 high-burden countries in sub-Saharan Africa through a rapid scale-up of four proven and highly effective malaria prevention and treatment measures: insecticide-treated mosquito nets; indoor residual spraying; accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment with artemisinin-based combination therapies; and intermittent preventive treatment of pregnant women.

With the passage of the Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde Global Leadership against HIV/AIDS, the position of a USG Global Malaria Coordinator (the Malaria Coordinator) was established within the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Appointed by the President of the United States, the Malaria Coordinator has primary responsibility for the oversight and coordination of all resources and international activities of the United States Government relating to efforts to combat malaria. In response to the Lantos-Hyde Act, PMI developed a U.S. Government Malaria Strategy for 2009–2014. Consistent with this strategy and the increase in annual appropriations supporting PMI, four new countries in sub-Saharan Africa and one regional program in the Greater Mekong Subregion of Southeast Asia were added in 2011.

PMI’s Strategy for 2015–2020 takes into account the progress over the past decade and the new challenges that have arisen. Malaria prevention and control remains a major U.S. foreign assistance objective and PMI's Strategy fully aligns with the U.S. Government's vision of ending preventable child and maternal deaths and ending extreme poverty. In FY 2017, PMI announced plans for a five-country expansion adding programs in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Niger and Sierra Leone, which grew PMI’s reach to 24 malaria-endemic countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including those with the highest burden, and three programs in the Greater Mekong Subregion of Southeast Asia.

From the passage of Lantos-Hyde to 2017, Rear Admiral Tim Ziemer served as the Malaria Coordinator. Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator Irene Koek then served as Acting Malaria Coordinator. In April 2018, Dr. Kenneth Staley was appointed by President Trump as the Malaria Coordinator.


In collaboration with members of the Malaria Division’s Communications Team, interface with PMI staff and key partners to identify, develop, and communicate compelling stories and implement a strategic and proactive outreach strategy both domestically and internationally.

Develop material for social media, blogs, press releases, op-eds, media statements, speeches, and other materials.

Develop consistent internal and external messaging that is aligned with broader USAID priorities.

Develop and maintain relationships and regularly interface with external partners such as Malaria No More, UN Foundation, UN Special Envoy for Malaria, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Center for Global Development, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, etc.

Coordinate closely with USAID’s Legislative and Public Affairs (LPA) Bureau to maintain effective working relationships.

Lead the planning and implementation of public outreach events, including symposiums, Congressional briefings, and other large-scale events, both domestically and abroad.

Participate in brainstorming sessions to develop high-level, creative messaging for reports such as PMI’s Annual Report to Congress.

Maintain a calendar of opportunities for the USG Global Malaria Coordinator and Deputy Malaria Coordinator to pursue.

Monitor media activities related to malaria and provide analysis and reporting.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

The position requires a Master’s degree and 7+ years of relevant professional experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. Requires exceptional ability to think strategically and collaborate across teams; build and influence relationships with internal and external stakeholders; use data to strengthen creative story-telling; quickly understand complex science, global health, and development issues for communications purposes; and take initiative, prioritize, and complete projects in a fast-paced environment. Proven experience with communications and messaging strategy, content development, presentation development, and public relations and strong understanding of media landscape and communications trends and tools. Passion for global health and enthusiasm for PMI’s mission to save lives.


Must have exceptional communication skills - effective oral and writing skills in English. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from a broad audience.


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 excellent Excel skills.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus. As travel may be required for up to 10% of the time, employee must be able to travel to USAID Missions in Africa with malaria funding for short term temporary duty up to two weeks at a time.

Must have excellent analytic skills and reasoning ability. The incumbent should be able to work under moderate supervision and bring a problem solving approach to carrying out duties. The successful candidate will demonstrate initiative and an eagerness to learn technical and program management.



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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.