Biomedical Research Advisor

CAMRIS International Arlington, VA

CAMRIS International is an international development and research firm that realizes innovative solutions to health and development challenges through high-quality, cost-effective program and research management services. With experience working in more than 80 countries, we combine our proven systems with today's most effective, evidence-based best practices to improve the lives of people around the world.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has contracted through Social Solutions International partnered with CAMRIS International, to recruit and hire qualified individuals for the following position:

Title: Biomedical Research Advisor

United States Agency for International Development, Bureau for Global Health, Office of Population and Reproductive Health, Research, Technology and Utilization Division

Application Deadline: Open until Filled


The Bureau for Global Health (GH) serves as USAID's primary source of technical expertise, leadership, and donor coordination for the health sector, including HIV/AIDS, infectious diseases, child and maternal health and nutrition, family planning and reproductive health, and health systems strengthening and reform. GH is responsible for advancing field-relevant, state-of-the-art research and the transfer of new technologies and approaches to field programs. Through its staff, programs and country teams, GH provides critical support to USAID Missions and field programs in more than 70 countries. The Office of Population and Reproductive Health (PRH) advances and supports voluntary family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) programs worldwide to reduce unintended pregnancy and foster improved reproductive health behaviors. PRH provides critical support to the achievement of the goals of GH's signature initiatives, including FP2020, AIDS Free Generation (AFG), and Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths (EPCMD).

The objectives of USAID's research program in FP/RH are to provide new and/or improved contraceptive and multipurpose prevention technologies (MPTs); improve the quality, accessibility and cost-effectiveness of FP/RH products and services; strengthen developing country institutional capabilities to use research to diagnose and solve service delivery problems; and enhance the dissemination and utilization of research results.

The Biomedical Research Advisor (Biomedical Advisor) is an integral member of the team that works toward meeting and exceeding the goals of FP2020, AFG and EPCMD. The Biomedical Advisor position is located in the Research, Technology, and Utilization (RTU) Division, and coordinates activities with other divisions in PRH, other technical offices within GH, other parts of the Agency, and with other donors, multilaterals, cooperating agencies, and developing country organizations. Drawing on the latest biomedical and program research, the Biomedical Advisor will provide technical leadership to PRH, the Global Health Bureau and to the Agency as a whole on issues related to women's health and the research and development (R&D) of contraceptives and MPTs, based on the interpretation of evidence from preclinical, clinical, and epidemiological studies.

The Biomedical Advisor serves as one of the Agency's technical experts for USAID-assisted women's health research and program efforts. By improving our understanding of existing contraceptives and MPTs and developing new technologies for women's health, the Biomedical Advisor assists PRH in improving the quality of life throughout the developing world. The Biomedical Advisor works closely with the GH SeniorScience Advisor and RTU Team, receives day-to-day guidance from the RTU Division Chief who will be the USAID point-of-contact, and performs the following duties at the level described below.


The Biomedical Research Advisor will be responsible for:

* Providing technical advice and recommendations to the Biomedical Research Team projects. This may include providing technical guidance in regular management meetings; reviewing subproject proposals; contributing to the design and methodology of proposed research; monitoring and coordination of research activities and technical initiatives with other technical offices within GH, and with other agencies and organizations such as NIH, WHO, and the Gates Foundation; field site visits for project development and assessments; undertaking evaluations and reviews; and supporting the project management teams on technical advisory calls and at technical advisory group meetings for both USAID and partner-funded initiatives.

* Initiating and supporting the strategic development of new and innovative research strategies and approaches to developing contraceptive or multipurpose prevention technologies. This may include planning and coordinating technical meetings focused on product development; participating in site visits to research facilities; disseminating information regarding progress in these areas; presenting this research at domestic and international scientific meetings; and working with international donors or other normative bodies to determine and recommend pathways for emerging USAID technologies to maximize impact at the country level.

* Leading research reporting and documentation. This may include preparing documentation; presenting research results; assisting with reports to Congress; responding to requests for information from Agency leadership; and planning/facilitating internal and external evaluations.

* Shaping strategic planning that contributes broadly to the work of the RTU Division, PRH Office and the GH Bureau. Such activities may involve providing advice on prioritizing potential new research topics and technical approaches; identifying technical implementation issues; identifying and exchanging best practices; disseminating lessons learned; discussing technical and strategic aspects of improving family planning/reproductive health (FP/RH) services and technologies; providing key technical expertise around broader women's health efforts; helping to craft new research strategies/frameworks; coordinating with PRH or GH Bureau front offices on emerging priority technical and strategic areas; providing technical guidance on implementing recommendations from portfolio or external reviews of Agency programs; working to expand interagency collaboration; and other priority Bureau-level initiatives.

* Participating in one or more research-related working groups or committees within the PRH Office and/or the GH Bureau, such as the GH Research Working Group; and/or outside of USAID, such as the Interagency Contraceptive Technologies Donor Group, and both the Supporting Agency Coordination Committee and the Steering Committee for the Initiative for Multipurpose Prevention Technologies. Providing technical advice to shape Agency policies (e.g., ADS, Agency Research Policy, Open Data) by participating on and providing a global health perspective to revision committees.

* Providing technical assistance to country programs through short-term trips to the field. These trips may involve designing, monitoring, or evaluating research activities or FP/RH programs; conducting short-term studies; backstopping Mission health personnel; participating in international public health meetings; and assisting PRH/RTU partners in implementing Agency policies and guidelines so they are aware of and compliant with specific policies (such as Open Data).

* Acting as technical point-of-contact between the PRH Office and the GH Bureau Senior Science Advisor and assisting in the generation and review of priority global health research and research policy documents and strategies for Agency.

* Keeping abreast of the latest developments in the biomedical field with respect to women's health, contraceptive and MPT R&D, introduction, provision and use.

* Deepening knowledge of research policy and ethics within GH and USAID, as well as relevant domestic and international FP/RH institutions.

* Staying up to date on developments in regulatory affairs and bodies (e.g., USFDA, WHO) that affect contraceptive and MPT product approval, country registration, labeling, and provision.

* Participating in related interagency and intra-Agency working groups as needed.


* Master's degree and 7+ years' relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. PhD preferred in biological sciences, biomedical engineering or a related discipline.

* Experience in biomedical research, with at least two (2) years' experience with an international or resource-challenged setting.

* Minimum of two (2) years' experience managing biomedical research programs.

* Knowledge of product R&D processes, and clinical trial design and implementation.

* Understanding of and experience working with major national and international organizations and foundations that support research in FP/RH (e.g., USAID, NIH, WHO, Gates Foundation, and their respective partners).

* Understanding and experience with key challenges of developing technologies for resource-constrained settings.

* Excellent research analytical skills.

* Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

* Strong interpersonal skills.

* Ability to multitask in a complex environment.

* Ability to work effectively within time constraints, individually, and as a member of a team.

* Ability to travel internationally approximately 25%.

* Ability to obtain and maintain, at a minimum, a secret clearance.

* US citizenship or US permanent residency required.


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. Overseas travel in developing countries is also required at least three times a year. 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.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

The employee will work in a fast-paced office environment.

This is an opportunity for employment or a contract, but we reserve the right to make no selection or award.

Social Solutions International and CAMRIS International offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits. Please submit your resume online at

Social Solutions and CAMRIS are 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, or any other characteristic protected by law.