Job Overview


"Since its founding in 1961, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) has invested in innovative, cost-effective solutions that save millions of lives..."

US Agency for International Development (USAID) is an independent Federal Government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State.  With headquarters in Washington, D.C., USAID fosters transformational development around the world to support economic growth and trade; agriculture and the environment; education and training; democracy and governance; global health; global partnerships and humanitarian assistance.  The Agency operates in four regions of the world:  Sub-Saharan Africa; Asia and the Near East; Latin America and the Caribbean; and Europe and Eurasia.  USAID employees in the Civil Service and Foreign Service, as well as individuals employed through Personal Service Contracts, must adhere to our Counter Trafficking in Persons Code of Conduct.  For more information on the Agency, please click on the link:

The Bureau for Global Health, Office of Health Systems (OHS) is the Agency's center of excellence and focal point for worldwide leadership and technical expertise in Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) in the developing world.  USAID's HSS approach ensures that people and institutions, both private and public, undertake the following core functions for health system: governance, financing, service delivery, health workforce, information, and medicines/vaccines/other technologies.    OHS is seeking an Economist to become a part of a dynamic team of public health professionals who are at the forefront of an international public health program.   In this role you will serve as an advisor and technical authority on policy, program, and implementation planning issues within the area of health economics.  Please see the "duties" section of this announcement for a description of the major job duties.  For more information on the Bureau, please click on the following link:

If you are interested in applying for this position you are encouraged to read the vacancy announcement in its entirety, and apply following the instructions listed under "How To Apply". 

Note:  Announcement number AID-13-0158-DM is concurrently open with this announcement.  The area of consideration for that announcement US Citizens and Nationals.


As an Economist in the Office of Health Systems, you will:

  • Direct or participate in geographic and central Bureau review of proposed economic projects and programs, policy, and technical input; assist Missions in carrying out analyses, feasibility studies, and project design proposals through preparation of terms of reference and making study teams available; provide project development support on the design and implementation of Bureau portfolio. 
  • Provide specialized expertise to Regional and other Central Bureaus and to Missions in designing and monitoring policies, strategies, and programs in the area of health economics; advise USAID Missions and host-country governments on new developments and the most effective approaches to health sector problems in a region or country, and articulate the benefits of interventions to effectively reach specific target audiences, from high-level government and opinion leaders to technical audiences and community groups.
  • Participate in the development of strategies, plans, program guidance, and dissemination of research results for Agency-wide application and incorporation into health sector program; contribute to formulating Agency positions on research issues.
  • Review and analyze regional and country data, in collaboration with various analytic units; provide Bureau with analyses of the effectiveness of major economic policy reform and non-project assistance interventions (including USAID and other development assistance agencies), analyses are used for policy and strategy directions and resource allocation decisions.
  • Identify significant socio-cultural and institutional issues affecting the economic area and structural adjustment in Bureau countries; formulate agenda of research and analytic needs in economic issues, leading to policy and programming guidance for application throughout the Bureau, and identify strategies for pursuing assistance through bilateral and central/regional projects.