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SOLICITATION NO.         :    USAID-2019-18

PIID# 72049219R10018

ISSUANCE DATE             :    07 July 2019

CLOSING DATE / TIME  :    19 July 2019 / 11:59PM


SUBJECT:   Solicitation for a Cooperating Country National Personal Service Contractor (CCN PSC) under Local Compensation Plan



  1. SOLICITATION NO.   : USAID-2019-18

  2. ISSUANCE DATE  : 07 July  2019


  4. POSITION TITLE  :  USAID Project Management Specialist (Health Systems), FSN-12

  5. MARKET VALUE :  Php 1,778,160.00 – Php 2,746,182.00 gross p.a. equivalent to FSN-12 in accordance with AIDAR Appendix J and the Local Compensation Plan (LCP) of the U.S. Embassy Manila. The salary offer will be based on a combination of the candidate's salary history and of the U.S. Embassy Manila's LCP, and will be within the annual range listed above.

  6. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE :  The position is based in Manila, Philippines.


The USAID Project Management Specialist (Health Systems) is a Senior Health Advisor and a key member of the USAID/Philippines’ Office of Health (OH). The Senior Health Advisor is responsible for providing team leadership and vision; strategic and technical health sector analysis; as well as guidance and advice on design, implementation, monitoring and reporting of the USAID/Philippines Health Portfolio. S/he has a critical role in developing programmatic strategies and approaches across the health portfolio with a focus on providing direct leadership and technical expertise on health systems, policy, governance, financing, private sector engagement, human resources for health, supply chain management, drug demand reduction, and behavior change and communications. In this role, the Senior Health Advisor provides research, analysis, advisory, staff management, oversight and related consultative services of broad scope and complexity across all aspects of health systems strengthening and drug demand reduction. The incumbent serves as a leading senior resource to the Office of Health as well as to the Government of the Philippines (GPH) at both the national and decentralized levels. S/he provides leadership and oversight on technically complex initiatives that focus on supportive policy environments for health systems strengthening and financing, increasing the demand for and supply of quality health services, and monitoring and evaluating programs for impact.

The Specialist makes independent assessments and projections of likely trends and scenarios and their impact on the health program, providing strategic guidance and sharp analysis on a fast-changing health sector. S/he reports on related/significant policies, legislation, and programs undertaken by the GPH. S/he conceptualizes, presents and defends strategies for policy advocacy and obtains the cooperation and support of senior public and private sector representatives at the national, regional and local levels of the GPH for implementing key sector policy reforms. S/he provides technical assistance to and builds the capacity of GPH counterparts to address key governance and health systems strengthening barriers that impact effective delivery of health services. External contacts are extensive (policy makers and leaders of government both at the national and local levels, the business sector, donors/development partners, professional associations and civil society organizations) with extensive networks across the country including high level government officials and senior management in client/counterpart organizations. The incumbent interacts with official visitors and occasionally briefs them and drafts speeches or portions thereof dealing with complex multi-sectoral issues.

The Specialist carries out assigned tasks that are intrinsically complex, long-term in scope and impact, involve the application of major financial resources, require advance planning, work prioritization, extensive coordination, resolution of project issues and problems against a demanding cultural and political work environment. S/he requires a high level of sensitivity and diplomacy, highly developed analytical skills and judgment as well as specialized technical education, training, experience, and management skills. The Specialist plays a critical role in the determination of the size and budget of the projects they manage. 

S/he reports to the Office of Health Director and serves as the Team Leader of the Health Systems Strengthening Team.

Major duties and responsibilities include: Program Oversight and Monitoring (40%), Strategic Planning and Program Design (30%), Government Capacity Building and Technical Assistance (15%), Supervision and Mentorship (15%).

SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP: Under the direct supervision of the Office Director, the incumbent’s duties demand creative thinking and independent and cooperative initiative and judgment. S/he determines the appropriate approach with wide latitude of independence in doing the work required. Completed work is reviewed for soundness and judgment, technical quality and in terms of the end result or objectives desired. The incumbent is expected to keep the Office Director, Mission Director and other key USAID officers informed of the independent activities. The Specialist provides direct supervision on assigned projects and to two locally employed Project Management Specialists under the Health Strengthening Systems Team. S/he provides general supervision on health systems, governance, policy, financing, private sector engagement, human resources for health and supply chain management, drug demand reduction, and behavior change and communication activities of the health program, including centrally-funded activities. The Specialist occasionally serves as Acting Office Director and provides overall supervision to the entire OH team, as delegated by the Office Director.

8. AREA OF CONSIDERATION: Open to all interested individuals who are Filipino citizens or non-Filipino citizens lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the Philippines, and who also have the required work permits. USAID/Philippines does not sponsor work permits.

9. POINT OF CONTACT: Human Resources Division via  [email protected]




a. Education – Master’s degree in economics, political science, public health, public administration, or in the social sciences is required. Areas of specialization may include health systems, planning, administration, financing, public financial management, epidemiology, or monitoring and evaluation. Note: Additional education may NOT be substituted for Experience.

b. Prior Work Experience – Must have a minimum of seven years of professional work experience in public health, particularly in health systems, governance, financing and policy with demonstrated ability to manage, coordinate and guide significant analytical and project management efforts. At least five years of this experience should be at a senior professional or management levels in Government, International donor agencies, non-government organizations, Philippine Government organizations, or private sector institutions.

Note: Additional experience may NOT be substituted for Education.

c. Language Proficiency / Communication Skills Must have excellent communication skills in English and Tagalog, both in oral and written forms. With this level of communication skills, the Specialist is expected to: prepare regular and ad hoc reports, project documentation, and briefing papers, develop and deliver professional quality reports and presentations, and possess the ability to translate, on occasion, when the Specialist may need to act as an interpreter. The ability to write highly technical health program-related documentation in English is essential.

d. Job Knowledge – The Specialist must have thorough and strong technical knowledge of the Philippines’ health systems, governance, health financing, private sector engagement, human resources for health and supply chain management, drug demand reduction, behavior change and communication, national and regional level health policy. Must have good knowledge or the potential to acquire such knowledge of U.S. Government legislation relating to development assistance; USAID programming policies, regulations, procedures and documentation; and of the objectives, methodology, and status of the programs and projects to which assigned.

e. Skills and Abilities – The Specialist must have expertise and experience in identifying the key systems barriers which impact efficient and effective delivery of health services and have the ability to design programs and solutions that will address these system bottlenecks. S/he should have expertise in implementing and managing health systems, governance, policy, health financing, human resources for health and supply chain management, drug demand reduction, and/or behavior change and communications projects or programs. S/he must have experience providing technical assistance to, building the capacity of and mentoring and guiding senior leaders in the health sector. Must be able to independently establish/maintain contacts with senior level officials of the GPH, other donor representatives, and with influential persons in both the private and public sectors. Well-developed oral and written skills are needed in order to explain and defend program objectives and procedures and to transmit and interpret GPH attitudes/concerns to senior officials. The Specialist must have the ability to analyze and evaluate a variety of technical and economic data and to organize/present them in a concise written/oral form. Also important is the ability to independently plan, develop, manage, and evaluate important and complex programs/projects; and the ability to furnish information/advice in assigned areas with detachment and objectivity. S/he must have problem solving skills and must be able to orient, train and supervise a team of lower level locally employed staff.


1. Education (15%)                                                 Additional Notes:

2. Prior Work Experience (25%)                                   - USAID reserves the right to reject any and all applicants;

3. Language Proficiency / Communication Skills (10%)   - Only short-listed applicants will be notified.

4. Job Knowledge (25%)                                              - To be a competitive candidate, the applicant must meet the minimum 

5. Skills and Abilities (25%)                                                  requirement of each of the Evaluation and Selection Factors.


1. Interested applicants are required to submit an application letter and a comprehensive resume.

2. Applications must be received by 19 July 2019 / 11:59PM, and submitted via email to [email protected]

3. All applicants are requested to prominently indicate the following:

     a. number (Solicitation No.: USAID-2019-18) in the subject line of their email submission;

     b. source of the vacancy announcement (e.g. name of newspaper, website, social media)


The compensation package includes mid-year and year-end bonuses, health and life insurance, and a supplementary retirement plan.


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