Senior Associate, Maternal Syphilis - Evidence Action

Organization:
Evidence Action
Country:
  • United States of America
Education:
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Other advanced degree
  • Honours
Start Date (Earliest):
Length of Commitment:
None

About Evidence Action

Our organization was founded in 2013 to address a big gap in the fight against global poverty–many of the most promising interventions are either implemented at a very small scale, or not at all. We set out to address this gap by building programs that would scale evidence-based and cost-effective interventions, leading to significant improvements in quality of life for hundreds of millions of people.

Our model worked. In less than a decade, our two flagship programs, the Deworm the World Initiative and Dispensers for Safe Water, have grown to measurably impact over 280 million people each year. This success is achieved through the dedication and talent of our staff, the hard work of our partners, and the commitment of our supporters.

By 2024, we seek to double our impact. We are strengthening and expanding our existing programs, and working to identify a new generation of evidence-based and cost-effective interventions that we can scale to reach millions more.

Background on the Program

Syphilis among pregnant women is a deeply neglected global health issue despite causing over 200,000 neonatal deaths and stillbirths each year. On top of this, more than 100,000 infants are born with congenital syphilis which leads to debilitating issues such as deformed bones, blindness, deafness, and meningitis. Nearly all of these adverse outcomes can be prevented - women can be easily tested when they attend antenatal care for $1.20 or less and given a simple shot of penicillin costing less than $0.50. The development of a new technology - a point-of-care combined HIV/syphilis fingerstick test - gives governments the opportunity to piggyback on historical investment in HIV testing among pregnant women and finally address the challenge of maternal syphilis. 

About the Position

In 2020, we began partnering with the Government of Liberia and the National AIDS and STI Control Program to scale dual HIV/syphilis testing nationwide and close gaps in syphilis treatment, thereby enabling pregnant women to get the care they need. We are now in the midst of leveraging the learnings in Liberia to support additional Governments across Africa and Asia to implement similar programs. 

We are seeking a high-performing Senior Associate who can support the launch of the maternal syphilis program in newly identified focal countries and lead the coordination of learnings, tools, and strategies across our expanding geographic footprint. A successful candidate will bring the following qualities: a self-directed, entrepreneurial approach toward building a new program; open-mindedness and flexibility in the face of challenges or changes in direction; strong problem-solving skills; cross-cultural communication skills; and a deep commitment to rigorous evidence and data-driven decision-making. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct desk-based research, which may include background on stakeholders, review of national strategies for HIV and syphilis, analysis of relevant policy documents, evaluation of available data on burden of disease, access to antenatal care, and quality of HIV and syphilis testing and treatment services. 
  • Support scoping visits to selected countries to meet with stakeholders and evaluate the fit of the geographies for expansion of the maternal syphilis program.
  • Build relationships with key partners among focal countries, including critical government stakeholders, development partners, non-profit organizations, and any consultants recruited to support the program work.
  • Develop proposals and presentations to be shared with key government stakeholders to pitch Evidence Action’s technical support in the area of maternal syphilis.
  • Produce internal and publicly consumable reports on the fit of countries for expansion of the maternal syphilis program and proposed areas of intervention.
  • Create systems for knowledge management.
  • Develop strategies for increased coordination and sharing of lessons learned across geographies where the maternal syphilis program is being implemented.
  • Participate in international coordination meetings and advocacy groups related to HIV/syphilis dual test adoption and elimination of mother-to-child transmission of syphilis initiatives.
  • Participate in the development of monitoring and evaluation strategies specific to the context of new countries and evolving learning agendas to identify and address program gaps.
  • Support program activities among focal countries, which may include drafting training curriculum and job aids, reviewing and providing feedback on policy documents, reporting forms, etc. Proactively identify areas where Evidence Action can add value to key partners and work to facilitate those value adds.
  • Support the Liberia team in implementing program activities in the country, which may include areas of provider training and supervision, monitoring and evaluation, and supply chain management.
  • Support the production of reports to donors who support the maternal syphilis program.
  • Coordinate updates and key activities across the Global and Regional teams and among Evidence Action functional pillars - Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation; Cost-Effectiveness, Finance, HR, and Operations.
  • Develop additional maternal and neonatal health interventions that can be layered upon the maternal syphilis program.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field such as public health, international development, public policy, economics, statistics, or business; Master’s degree preferred.
  • 2-4 years of relevant professional experience in demanding and results-driven environments, such as management consulting or a fast-paced international NGO.
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced, changing environment.
  • Experience working in a developing country context, preferably experience engaging closely with government.
  • Ability to independently represent Evidence Action in high-stakes meetings with government stakeholders, donors, international NGOs, bilaterals and multilaterals. 
  • Ability to effectively communicate to external and internal audiences and across varying levels of seniority.
  • Excellent work planning, task management, and organizational skills; proven ability to manage multiple ongoing projects simultaneously. 
  • Excellent problem-solving and strategic thinking skills.
  • Experience synthesizing data, background research, and stakeholder perspectives to inform program design and drive decision making.
  • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Workspace.
  • Ability to work collaboratively, flexibly, and productively in a dispersed team and coordinate effectively among Regional and Global teams and among various functions within Evidence Action (Monitoring, Learning, and Evaluation, Cost-Effectiveness, HR, Finance, Operations, Program).
  • Able to travel internationally, up to 30%.
  • Verbal and written English fluency. 

A strong preference will be given to candidates with verbal and written French fluency.

Job Location

This position can be done remotely and so we are flexible as to the location of the candidate. However, the candidate must be able to travel internationally from their given location and their working hours must overlap sufficiently with Washington, D.C.