Safe and Accountable Program Advisor (GS 13 Equivalent)

Global Health Technical Professionals
November 6, 2020
Washington DC, DC
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
5-10 Years
Education (minimum)
Travel Required?
Base Salary
Not specified



Global Health Technical Professionals (GHTP) is a US Agency for International Development (USAID) program that offers early- to mid-career global health professionals the opportunity to advance their careers supporting the USAID Bureau for Global Health and its implementing partners. GHTP is helping USAID improve global health outcomes in communities around the world by building a new generation of global health technical professionals who reflect the diversity of the American people.

Credence Management Solutions, LLC (Credence) is seeking Safe and Accountable Program Advisor within USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) under GHTP.

Summary Statement

The Office of Technical and Program Quality (TPQ) leads the Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance's (BHA) efforts to ensure high quality programmatic and technical leadership, oversight, and guidance. TPQ captures, applies, and strengthens capacity in technical best practices and contextually appropriate programmatic approaches focused on all dimensions of BHA programming from humanitarian response and transition into longer-term resilience programming, as well as risk analysis and early warning. TPQ is responsible for providing policy, normative guidance, tools, facilitation, and capacity building to assist the Bureau in achieving optimal humanitarian outcomes through strategic design, consistent and effective performance monitoring, comprehensive and appropriate evaluation, and purposeful learning across the full spectrum of BHA responses and programming. The Office promotes USAID’s humanitarian voice through active participation and technical leadership in interagency and global fora, including leading the Bureau’s technical engagement with academia and thought leaders. TPQ designs, supports, and coordinates research to advance the effectiveness, efficiency, and impact of BHA programming. TPQ leads BHA in meeting the increasing demand for technical support and guidance in all facets of the Bureau’s work as the geographic and topical areas of coverage expand, and as the Bureau seeks increased technical and programmatic standardization, integration, and oversight to meet Agency, Congressional, and other demands.

Job Requirements

The Safe and Accountable Program Advisor will serve as part of the Safe and Accountable Programming Team, which consists of Advisors in Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, Safe Programming, Accountability to Affected Populations, and Community Engagement.  S/he will also work with other elements of the PCC Division including advisors in humanitarian protection (child protection, GBV prevention and response, and psychosocial support), and Gender, Age and Social Inclusion to provide a multidisciplinary approach to disaster response and risk reduction. S/he will provide expert analytical and advisory support on BHA’s approach to safe and accountable programming activities within a team and formulate sector strategies and recommendations for both response and disaster risk reduction, and provide technical support for TPQ, other offices within BHA and USAID, and to the interagency. The Advisor will receive day to day guidance  from the Team Lead for Safe and Accountable Programming, and will collaborate closely with other advisors and specialists on the team to ensure that beneficiary safety, accessibility, and accountability are central to every BHA strategy, policy, and program;  a comprehensive approach to accountability to affected populations; and that protection mainstreaming and safe programming remain central to BHA's responses. The Team will provide BHA staff and partners with guidance, tools, and direct technical leadership and assistance to ensure that the safety and protection of beneficiaries is foundational to every BHA response.


  • Serve as an expert source of information on and analysis of safe and accountable programming (SAP) issues for BHA. Provide expert technical recommendations on all issues relating to SAP, particularly protection from sexual exploitation and abuse, accountability to affected populations, community engagement, and safe programming/protection mainstreaming.
  • Assisting in making recommendations on the formulation of TPQ’s Safe and Accountable Programming technical and policy position and communicating the outcome through interactions with NGO partners, other donor agencies, the international humanitarian community, and other USAID staff.
  • In collaboration with the Team, conducting humanitarian programming assessments of affected populations and recommending appropriate relief activities that adhere to cross-cutting protection requirements, while facilitating and coordinating USG emergency technical response activities with USAID Missions, other donor agencies, and the US Embassy.
  • Work with regional teams to develop and implement appropriate and comprehensive SAP strategies, including programming and advocacy recommendations, tailored to their regional context and protection needs.
  • Provide technical feedback to BHA partners on the quality, relevance, and effectiveness of their programs, particularly as they relate to beneficiary safety and accountability.
  • Monitoring BHA funded activities and assisting in making recommendations on the proper use of BHA program funds.
  • Provide technical advice for country portfolios, regional portfolios, global initiatives, or for specific awards.
  • Advise regional teams and BHA partners on appropriate strategies and activities to ensure protection principles and best practices are mainstreamed in emergency response, early recovery, and disaster risk reduction programming.
  • Review and encourage inclusion of protection principles and best practices in response strategies, project designs, implementation plans, and other BHA documents.
  • Provide technical feedback on the SAP aspects of grant proposals submitted to BHA.
  • Travel to the field, sometimes at short notice and for extended periods of time, to advise regional teams on safe and accountable programming issues. It is expected that this position will require travel up to 25 percent of the time, providing support on safe programming, beneficiary safety, and community engagement interventions during a disaster response to USAID and BHA staff based in Washington, DC or in field offices.
  • Coordinate with policy, global engagement, and regional teams on the development and implementation of clear and concise policies, positions, and communications materials on safe and accountable programming issues for BHA and USAID in general. Assist with decisions and guidance that significantly affect BHA and USAID protection policies.
  • Prepare BHA senior management and senior leadership, when necessary, to speak on safe and accountable programming issues before UN bodies, NGOs, Congress, the interagency, media, and academic institutions.
  • Develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with UN agencies, NGOs, coordination bodies, and relevant USG offices.
  • Coordinate with the various BHA and key USAID offices, including the Office of Transition Initiatives, Office of the Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance, Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation, and the Office of Program, Policy, and Management on SAP issues.
  • Coordinate with the State Department’s Bureau for Population, Refugees and Migration regarding the development of strategies addressing protection of disaster-affected populations, particularly on PSEA and AAP.
  • Respond to relevant congressional and public inquiries and speak to various visiting groups about protection of disaster affected populations.
  • Coordinate with TPQ and PCC colleagues to develop internal protection policies, strategies, and program standards.
  • Articulate relevant protection policies to personnel within TPQ and BHA, USAID Missions and other USAID Bureaus, and to other USG agencies, donors, and implementing partners by participating in conferences, speaking engagements, and field visits.
  • Increase the capacity of BHA staff to understand protection principles and best practices, international humanitarian law related to; safe programming, protection from sexual exploitation, abuse, other cross cutting issues, and appropriate humanitarian protection interventions through contributing to the TPQ humanitarian protection training.
  • Deliver portions of the humanitarian protection training.
  • Contribute to the periodic revision of the training curriculum.
  • Participating in assessment teams, Disaster Assistance Response Teams, Response Management Teams, and other office duties as requested.
  • In collaboration with the Team providing “in-service” brownbag presentations to USAID and BHA staff on current and agency-specific PSEA, AAP, and safe programming policies and priorities.
  • As appropriate, for cross-training purposes to enhance operational awareness, may serve on temporary details, not to exceed three months, within the office. Duties performed, while on-detail, will be directly related to the duties and responsibilities outlined in the scope of work.
  • Participate in professional continuing education, skills training and professional meetings to enhance relevant technical skills and career development.
  • Complete and execute an Individual Learning and Training Plan and Annual Work Plan.


  • Master’s degree and 7+ years relevant experience or Bachelor’s degree and 9+ years of experience in humanitarian assistance or related field.
  • Recent experience working in a technical capacity for an international nongovernmental organization, public international organization, or USG agency working in humanitarian relief and response in emergency protection response or risk mitigation, protection from SEA, accountability to affected populations or safe programming, and at least five (5) years’ experience working in a humanitarian setting.
  • Fluency in critical concepts of safe programming, beneficiary safety, or accountability to affected populations in humanitarian contexts, and ability to develop program strategies or guidance to reflect those standards.
  • Understanding of key protection, beneficiary safety, and accountability issues related to displaced populations and other vulnerable populations and ability to represent the humanitarian and protection principles.
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret strategy; to analyze, develop and present work results; and to monitor and evaluate implementation of programs.
  • Background in implementing and managing operational research in humanitarian protection, safe programming, beneficiary safety or accountability to affected populations in humanitarian contexts desirable.
  • Experience with design, implementation, and technical oversight over humanitarian programming desirable.
  • Demonstrated flexibility and openness in responding to changing work priorities and environments.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills, including the ability to write technical documents and give high level presentations to colleagues in and outside of USAID.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and experience working effectively independently and as a member of a team.
  • Computer proficiency in Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to travel internationally.
  • At least 5 years of professional experience with two or more technical disciplines (such as, community engagement or community development, social justice, social work, public health, and international humanitarian law, etc); job duties/responsibilities specifically related to SOW requirements.
  • Ability to travel up to 25% of the time.
  • US citizenship with the ability to obtain and maintain secret clearance required.

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