Category: Fellowships

The Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard’s Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Seminar on Violence and Non-Violence

October 14th, 2016 in Fellowships


The Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard’s Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Seminar on Violence and Non-Violence presents

Courting Death: The Supreme Court and Capital Punishment

A discussion with Carol S. Steiker

Henry J. Friendly Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Jordan M. Steiker Judge Robert M. Parker Endowed Chair in Law, The University of Texas at Austin Law School on their new book

Additional Panelists:

Lawrence D. Bobo E. B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences, Harvard University

Charles Fried Beneficial Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Gregory Fried Professor of Philosophy, Suffolk University

Elaine Scarry Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and General Theory of Value, Harvard University

Homi Bhabha Director, Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University

Event Location

Thursday, October 27, 2016 – 6pm Room 210, Emerson Hall

Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard, 12 Quincy Street, Barker Center, Cambridge, MA 02138

For more information click here

Santander Applications for spring practicums opens 10/14

October 13th, 2016 in Fellowships

The Santander Application cycle for spring practicums (practicums taking place between January and May) will be open from October 14 through November 10.

The GH Blast has provides details and links on the awards and the application process here.

Great resource for Global Health events happening around Boston

October 13th, 2016 in Fellowships

Check out this website for various Global Health events that are happening around Boston!

Catholic Relief Services International Development Fellows Program – online info session multiple times

September 29th, 2016 in Fellowships

The U.S. Catholic Bishops established Catholic Relief Services in 1943 to help the displaced people of war-torn Europe. More than 70 years later, the world has changed, and CRS has changed with it. Today we are one of the largest and most trusted international relief and development organizations in the world, with a presence in more than 100 countries worldwide.

The International Development Fellows Program is a unique 10-month fellowship opportunity based overseas for young professionals looking to obtain the necessary skills to work in the field of relief & development. Select participants will be assigned to one of our overseas country programs where they will work alongside CRS national staff and local partners. Fellows will gain valuable knowledge, skills, and experience required for effective program management in the development sector. The fellowship is designed to ensure participants are trained in program management, finance, business development, donor engagement, partnerships, monitoring and evaluation, and other key areas. A high percentage of Fellows transition into permanent positions within CRS.

Qualifications: – Graduate degree from a US based or US accredited university in international affairs/ development, regional studies, public health, public administration, business administration, international management or a related field – Professional proficiency in French, Spanish, Arabic or Portuguese – At least 6 months of work or volunteer experience in a developing country (CRS will also consider applicants with 5+ years of living experience in a developing country) – Strong cross-cultural skills and adaptability to local culture – Interest in a career in emergency relief and development with CRS

More Information: To learn more about the International Development Fellows Program, join the IDFP team for an Online Information Session Webinar.

We will be hosting 45-60 minute online IDFP information sessions to provide you with more information on the program, give you an opportunity to ask questions, and learn more about the application process. A current fellow will join each of the sessions via skype from an overseas post.

The dates and time for the webinars are listed below:

September 28, 2016 — 2:00-3:00 pm EST

October 6, 2016 — 8:30-9:30 am

EST October 18, 2016 — 8:30-9:30 am EST

October 24, 2016 — 3:00-4:00 pm EST

November 2, 2016 — 12:00-1:00 pmEST

November 8, 2016 — 9:30-10:30 am EST

November 14, 2016 — 3:00-4:00 pm EST

Here is the link to join the webinar: Log in as a guest when prompted by Adobe Connect

International Association for The Study of Sexuality, Culture, & Society – Research Fellowship

September 29th, 2016 in Fellowships




Emerging Scholars International Research Fellowship


IASSCS seeks to strengthen the field of social and cultural research on sexuality globally, including the development of research capacity, giving priority to the crucial need for diversity in this field of inquiry. Its mission is informed by the principles of social justice and human rights, with a focus on sexual rights and gender equality, as expressed in documents such as the Cairo Programme of Action, CEDAW and the UNGASS Declaration on HIV/AIDS.

IASSCS is pleased to announce a small research grants competition for emerging researchers, with the objective to promote research capacity development and research dissemination, prioritizing research issues in the Global South.

The IASSCS Emerging Scholars International Research Fellowship

A total of 5 small grants will be offered to early career researchers, with said grants to be optimally awarded across the five regions constituting the Association (see regions below). These grants are intended to develop research in, or related to, the Global South and to encourage diverse methodological and theoretical approaches to understanding sexuality.

For the purposes of this program, early career researchers refers to graduate students within academic institutions, or to individuals based within organizations that have existing research capacity. Each applicant is required to demonstrate that her/his submitted proposal will either result in the completion of a Ph.D. degree, a peer-reviewed journal publication, or (for non-academically based applicants) is likely to contribute to strengthening sexuality research capacity in a host institution.

This research grants program will:

  • Assist early career researchers in:
  • The completion of a graduate degree, the subject of which focuses on sexuality-related issues, or
  • The undertaking of research that contributes to the strengthening of research capacity within their organisation;
  • Support and encourage early career researchers to share their research results, and broaden knowledge on sexuality issues at an international level;
  • Support the development of social and cultural approaches to sexuality research in the five regions constituting the Association; and
  • Promote the development of diverse methodological and theoretical approaches to understanding sexuality.

IASSCS regions are:

  1. Southeast Asia, South and Central Asia and the Middle East;
  2. Latin America;
  3. Africa;
  4. North America and Europe; and
  5. Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and East Asia.

IASSCS especially encourages the submission of applications by participants of previous Post-Conference Training sessions (Dublin 2015, Buenos Aires 2013, Madrid 2011, Hanoi 2009, and Lima 2007.)


Application Requirements

  • IASSCS Emerging Scholars International Research Fellowship welcomes proposals from early career researchers whose research focuses on social and cultural research on sexuality, with a particular emphasis on the Global South;
  • Applicants are expected either to be affiliated with a university and progressing toward a Ph.D. degree, or to be based within an organisation that has existing research capacity;
  • IASSCS will fund research proposals representing either new work or an ongoing research projects that is at a very early stage of fieldwork — e.g. beginning to recruit research participants, or starting field observations, or beginning document or text collection for literature reviews. As well, projects that require extra funding to complete their study are also eligible. Note that IASSCS will only fund ongoing research when a complete budget for the project is submitted and the research phase or portion that will be supported with IASSCS funds is clearly specified.


The IASSCS Emerging Scholars International Research Fellowships will have duration of nine (09) months. IASSCS will only award grants to sole investigators; proposals from co-investigators are not eligible. Funds awarded may be used to cover expenses relating to: fieldwork travel; enacting research plans; and/or analysis and communication/dissemination. Scholarship funds cannot be used for the purchase of equipment, institutional overheads or any other expenses not directly related to conduct the research.


Submission Deadline: Monday, October 17th, 2016 at midnight


Application Process

Application documents must be written in English only. To apply to the IASSCS Emerging Scholars International Research Fellowship, please send by e-mail the following documents:

  1. A brief research proposal (no less than 4 pages and no more than 6 pages) including:
    • Research subject (topic or title),
    • The research question(s): Please clearly answer the question: what are or will you be researching?
    • Proposed research methodology: Clearly define if you will be working with human research participants subjects, or conducting textual, archival, or secondary analysis of existing database,
    • Expected research outcome:  What do you expect the research to achieve?
    • Detailed information as to how the grant will be used to support the research,
    • A statement clarifying how human research ethics approval will be sought, granted and from which institution and which body (e.g. Internal Review Board, Human Ethics Committee, IRB, HEC),
    • A statement on how this application prioritizes research issues in the Global South,
    • A statement on how this project will assist in developing sexuality research capacity at your host institution,
    • A statement confirming who will mentor you throughout the research process, either in the capacity of a research supervisor or work-based supervisor (see: Requirements during and at the Conclusion of the Research Grant Period below),
    • Reference list (no more than one page, in addition to the 4-6 pages of the proposal). Your proposal can include photographs and/or charts;
  2. A nine (09) monthly timeline detailing activities and expected periodic accomplishments;
  3. An estimated budget (between a minimum of 3,000 USD and a maximum of 5,000 USD) that includes the following budget items:
    • A maximum of USD 1,500 for researcher’s stipend,
    • A maximum of USD 3,000 for research expenses as outlined above,
    • A minimum of USD 500 to contribute toward anticipated expenses to attend the 2017 IASSCS Conference (see below);
    • Any and all additional funds that have been obtained to support the research project, if applicable;
  4. An electronic, signed letter of recommendation from the institutional research advisor, supervisor, or a senior researcher activist in your field of interest, indicating the institution’s support for the research and attesting to the applicant’s skills and capacity to carry out the research project effectively; and
  5. Your Curriculum Vitae (maximum 3 pages long.)


Successful applicants will receive:

  1. Research grant in the amount of minimum $3,000, to maximum $5,000 USD;
  2. Venue for dissemination and/or publication of research findings at the 2017 IASSCS conference which will include specific sessions on research from IASSCS grantees; and
  3. Feedback pertaining to the successful application from a member of the IASSCS Research and Education Committee.


Presentation at 2017 IASSCS Conference:

All grant recipients will be required to present their research findings (final and/or in progress) at the 2017 IASSCS conference in Bangkok. Each grantee is expected to submit an abstract to, and present at, the IASSCS conference in 2017 depending on the progress and timetable of the research project. IASSCS will give each grantee a registration fee waiver for the IASSCS Conference if their abstract has been submitted on time and has been accepted by the Conference Program Committee. If awarded, a minimum of USD 500 of the grant money must be reserved towards IASSCS conference attendance costs and earmarked as such in the submitted budget.


Grantees are asked to include in their conference presentation findings of their work in relation to the 2017 conference theme (as applicable), “Breaking Boundaries: Sexuality, Gender, Reproduction, Health and Rights,” (See 2017 conference details on IASSCS website).


Relevant 2017 Asia Regional Conferences

For those interested in attending conferences to be held in the region close to the date of the IASSCS conference:


13th International Conference on Thai Studies: “Globalized Thailand?” Connectivity, Conflict, and Conundrums of Thai Studies 15-18 July 2017, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Association for Asian Studies: 24-27 June 2017 Seoul


Requirements During and at the Conclusion of the Research Grant Period

During the research period, each grantee will be expected to maintain close communication with their local (university or workplace based) mentor as specified in their application. Regular supervision sessions need to be planned (e.g. every 2 weeks or monthly) and a supervisor’s report (one page only each time) needs to accompany the reports from the grantee required below.


Grantees will be required to provide one interim progress report during the program due 6 months following receipt of the grant) and one final report upon completion of the project, due 30 days from project end date as stated on the timeline. The progress report should include a report from his or her supervisor and a narrative and financial report identifying specific expenses covered by the grant, in accordance with the budget submitted by the grantee with the proposal application.


Grantees will be required to acknowledge IASSCS Emerging Scholars International Research Fellowship in all presentations and publications of research results.


To learn about previous fellows’ work, please go to:

Submit all documents to by the deadline of October 17th with a subject line stating: IASSCS Emerging Scholars International Research Fellowship.


IASSCS reserves the right to decline proposals if authors do not strictly follow the submission guidelines or applications are incomplete.


Scholarship awards will be announced in December 2016

Fellowship tenure: January 1, 2017 to September 30, 2017

Director of Communications – Seed Global Health job opening

September 22nd, 2016 in Fellowships

Seed Global Health is a 501(c)3 non-profit entity that strengthens health education and delivery in places with dire shortages of health professionals by working with partner countries to meet their long-term health care human resource needs. Seed develops powerful partnerships to strengthen health systems globally by investing in human resources for health. Our flagship program is the Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP), a public-private collaboration with the Peace Corps and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) investing in local capacity and human capital for better health care in resource-limited countries. Seed Global Health’s current main functions include serving as a coordinating center providing technical and advisory support to the GHSP program with a particular lens on recruitment of highly qualified American physicians and nurses to serve as Peace Corps GHSP volunteers, and raising and disbursing financial support to eligible GHSP volunteers with financial barriers to service. For more information, please visit

The Director of Communications (DC) will be a mission-focused, seasoned, and creative communicator. S/he will have experience building the brand and telling the story for a dynamic, expanding and inspiring enterprise. The DC will report to the Director of Operations but will be expected to take direction from the Chief Executive Officer and provide substantial support to the Seed development team. This is an outstanding opportunity for a highly motivated professional to take on a pivotal role in the evolution of a fast-growing, well respected organization. Qualifications and Job Responsibilities can be found here.

International Association of Risk Management in Medicine 5th World Congress of Clinical Safety

July 20th, 2016 in Fellowships

The International Association of  Risk Management in Medicine

Event Theme-  Smart Hospitals and Healthcare

Event Location-  Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA 

The Boston Congress is organized by International Association of Risk Management to improve and promote high advanced safe and clean science and technology. The congress covers a wide range of safety topics, such as clinical safety (patient safety, medication safety, medical device safety), infectious disease outbreak, disaster healthcare, clinical crisis governance, environmental health & safety, food safety, and other related safety subjects.

After the previous Congresses, 2012 in London, 2013 in Heidelberg, 2014 in Madrid, and 2015 in Vienna, a time is the 5th Congress & General Assembly 2016 in Boston, US.

We are sure that the Congress will assist the world wide exchange of knowledge and skill in this specialist area. Let’s all join together at Boston Congress to meet and share information with your colleagues in a historical heart of beautiful New England, US.

For more Information on this opportunity please refer to the following links

5th World Conference of Clinical Safety General Information 

Program Description on Clinical Safety 

Registration Information

John Snow, Inc – Job opportunities

June 6th, 2016 in Fellowships

The following are current available jobs at John Snow, Inc. (JSI) click the titles for links to the job description page:

Ghana Senior Nutrition Advisor


The Strengthening Partnerships, Results and Innovations in Nutrition (SPRING) is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide state-of-the-art technical support and facilitate country-led, regional, and global programs to improve the nutritional status of women and children. The SPRING implementation team consists of JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc., Helen Keller International (HKI), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Save the Children (SC), and The Manoff Group (TMG).

SPRING/Ghana aims to reduce stunting by 20 percent in two regions—Northern Region and Upper East Region. Working in 15 districts within these two regions, SPRING/Ghana’s activities include anemia reduction, infant and young child nutrition; water, sanitation, and hygiene; aflatoxin reduction; community video; and support to the LEAP 1000 cash transfers.

SPRING/Ghana defines its activities through the 1,000 Day Household (linked to 2-pager) approach, which targets households with pregnant women and children 2 years of age and younger. This approach synthesizes each intervention area into a holistic approach designed to support the ability of the1,000 day household to care for and support the 1,000 day child.

The SPRING/Ghana team is looking to hire a Senior Nutrition Advisor to serve as a senior technical manager, directing the work of technical advisors in anemia, nutrition, WASH, agriculture, and SBCC for the project. The Senior Advisor will be responsible for developing and managing the implementation of the annual work plan and assuring technical quality across the project. The Senior Nutrition Advisor will supervised by the Deputy Chief of Party.


  • This position will be based in Tamale, Ghana and the anticipated start date is July 2016. This is a one-year position (the current SPRING Project is scheduled to close in September 2017). This position is open to both local Ghanaian applicants and international applicants. Responsibilities include:

• In consultation with the SPRING/Ghana Senior Management Team (SMT) and technical staff, develop the SPRING/Ghana nutrition strategy embodied in the annual work plan and refined in detailed implementation plans (DIPs)
• Supervise SPRING technical staff.
• Provide technical leadership in nutrition activities designed to reduce stunting and prevent anemia, e.g., IYCF, farmer field schools, iron-deficient anemia reduction, CLTS, handwashing, quality improvement, and behavior change communication through multiple channels.
• Lead the integration of multi-sectoral activities, e.g., WASH and IYCF, inclusion of SBCC elements in all activities, focused on the first 1,000 days.
• Build capacity of project staff at the district level to scale-up districts capacity to develop and implement nutrition interventions, in collaboration with the Program Manager who supervises district-level staff.
• Manage development of technical resource materials, including guidelines, technical manuals, training curricula, job aids, and communication materials for print, radio, and video.
• Work closely with the strategic information team to monitor performance against indicators.
• Work closely with the knowledge management team to prepare reports for USAID, for use on the SPRING website and to document best practices and methodologies for improving nutritional outcomes.


• Masters’ degree in Human Nutrition, Public Health or closely related fields.
• At least 8 years of proven experience in implementing community and facility based maternal and child health nutrition or other health-related work required.
• Experience working in health and nutrition quality improvement programs including CMAM, WASH and IYCF.
• Excellent English written and oral communication skills, and the ability to write for a range of audiences and purposes, including superior presentation skills.
• Demonstrated ability to initiate and manage significant technical activities, including designing activities, mobilizing resources, identifying and managing partners, and reporting.
• Strong initiative and self-motivation required, with a commitment to teamwork and effectiveness within a dynamic multi-disciplinary project.
• Ability to effectively work independently and outside of conventional office environments, if needed.
• Ability to work effectively in a team consisting of people with different technical backgrounds and with varying levels of technical training.
• Demonstrated managerial, supervisory and interpersonal skills, including the ability to facilitate relationships, interact effectively with clients and colleagues, and mentor junior technical staff.
• Ability to translate technical information into practical guidance and tools and effectively communicate these using print, electronic, and presentation media.
• Proven track record that demonstrates leadership skills, project management, budget and resource management experience, and client relationship management capability.
• Experience working across multiple sub agreements and partners; ability to work well with people at all levels.
• Must be willing to live in Tamale, Ghana

International Division Finance & Operations Manager
Location: Boston, MA


The Finance & Operations Manager is a member of the JSI/Boston International Group. The Finance & Operations Manager focuses on all issues related to the successful and efficient management of the financial and administrative systems for field projects. S/he works closely with Project Coordinators and the overseas project team to provide daily direction and support to JSI Bilateral Projects. The Finance Manager works alongside other project members, such as the Project Coordinator, Senior Advisor and Chief of Party in all operational aspects of field and project management and financial aspects of proposal budget development. The Finance and Operations Manager is based in Boston and is supervised by the Director of Finance and Operations.


  • Project Management
    • Acting as a resource person to Project Coordinators, Chiefs of Party, and Field Office staff in the areas of finance, operations, human resources, contracting, procurement, and administration.
    • Serving as the financial/operational support member of a backstopping team for 3-8 projects.
    • Assisting project teams in trouble-shooting operational challenges as they arise.
    • Monitoring, analyzing, and facilitating discussion around project financial information.
    • Developing/refining systems and tools for project operations management; training staff in their use.
    • Training new division staff in project operational management issues including finance, operations, human resources, contracting procurement, and administration through both one-on-one and stand-up trainings
    • Providing financial orientations for new Project Field Staff (Chiefs of Party, Field Office Financial Managers).
    • Maintaining an up-to-date and comprehensive understanding of contracts, cooperative agreements, terms and conditions, and requirements.
    • Traveling to selected field offices for start-up, close-out, trainings, financial reviews of projects or general operational support.
    • Becoming proficient in and acting as a resource person for other project staff in JSI’s field accounts system, Budget Tracking System and Financial Status Reports.
    • Ensuring consistent implementation of Accounting and JSI International Division financial policies/standards, as well as USAID rules and regulations.
    • Assisting project teams in managing partnerships, subawards, and grants and developing related tools and systems.
  • New Business Development
    • Develop and update resources/tools for proposal budget development; train staff in their use.
    • Review JSI International Division proposal budgets before submission to clients.
    • Work on selected cost applications.


  • Business and/or project management-related degree: Bachelors, Masters preferred
  • Minimum of five years experience as the finance/operations component of a management team for international development projects, in a backstopping team or overseas
  • Strong financial management and accounting skills
  • Good knowledge of USAID rules and regulations and/or other donors
  • Dynamic team player with strong multicultural communication skills
  • Previous training experience
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to multitask and manage competing priorities
  • Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Access
  • Proficiency in a foreign language (speaking, writing, reading) preferred.
  • Ability to travel

Immunization Advisor
Location: Maputo, Mozambique


The Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) is the USAID/Bureau for Global Health’s flagship program focused on improving maternal and child health and Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths (EPCMD). MCSP is implemented by Jhpiego in partnership with John Snow, Inc. (JSI), Save the Children, ICF International, and PATH. Working closely with the USAID mission, the Government of Mozambique Ministry of Health (MISAU), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), local communities and partner agencies, MCSP supports the implementation of evidence-based public health interventions at scale to achieve the goals of EPCMD over the next decade.

John Snow, Inc. (JSI) leads MCSP’s child health and immunization work and supports its country, regional and global initiatives through direct consultation, operations research, and the transfer and sharing of information and promising program approaches with those in the field. This position will be hired by JSI.

At national and provincial level, MCSP/Mozambique will work closely with MISAU/DPS, the USAID Mission and USAID-funded projects, WHO, UNICEF, and various NGOs. Although the work of this position is mainly at national level, the Advisor will also provide direct technical assistance and support to provincial and district health teams. It is anticipated that this position will involve approximately 25% time traveling/working in supported provinces and districts.


  • Working closely with Mozambique Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) and its national and international partners, the Immunization Advisor will plan, implement, monitor and report on MCSP support for routine immunization;
  • Supervise project activities in target provinces and districts with large numbers of unimmunized or partially immunized children;
  • Serve as the program’s primary technical expert in immunization and represent MCSP and USAID on national technical working groups and committees, as appropriate;
  • Provide national level technical support to the project’s activities in quality-improvement approaches to district and community level strengthening, such as RED/REC/REC-QI;
  • Actively participate in the immunization interagency coordination committee and technical working groups at national and subnational level, with a focus on strengthening MISAU central and provincial (DPS) ability to sustainably achieve high, quality coverage of routine immunization;
  • Develop and maintain close contact with UNICEF, WHO and other partner organizations, including professional schools, which are working on, or that have the potential to work on, routine immunization strengthening;
  • Contribute to MCSP annual workplanning and quarterly and annual reporting; and
  • Other duties as assigned by the MCSP/Technical Director.


  • Advanced public health or health care degree with experience in immunization programs;
  • Experience working with Mozambique’s health system –i.e. former national EPI manager or senior technical officer, with up-to-date knowledge of global and national EPI guidelines and tools;
  • At least 10 years experience delivering and teaching others to deliver quality immunization and child health services in low-resource settings;
  • Excellent working relationships with key multilateral agencies, bilateral donors, academic institutions, and USAID programs;
  • First-hand experience implementing the Reaching Every District (RED) approach and other tools and routine approaches for reaching and sustaining high, quality immunization coverage;
  • Experience in promoting community engagement with immunization programs;
  • Experience in improving vaccinators’ attitudes and communication with caregivers;
  • Ability to compile and present routine immunization data and survey findings for problem-solving and advocacy purposes ;
  • Proven ability to provide strategic technical direction and support national level policy development;
  • Team player with demonstrated ability to produce quality results ;
  • Highly motivated and able to work in a high pressure environment requiring multi-tasking;
  • Experience in working in a fast-paced multi-agency/organizational environment;
  • Computer literacy, particularly in the use of MS Word, PowerPoint;
  • Proficiency in both Portuguese and English; and
  • Current resident and legally authorized to work in Mozambique.

U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) Center for Global Health (CGH) fellowship opportunity

May 19th, 2016 in Fellowships

The National Cancer Institute Center for Global Health Fellowship application deadline has been extended to May 27, 2016. This fellowship provides recent college graduates who are planning to apply to graduate or professional school an opportunity to spend one or two years performing full-time work in the global cancer field at NCI. Fellows work with NCI staff to develop and implement projects that support strengthening of cancer research and cancer control globally. See attached informational flyer for more details.

To apply, please email with a subject line of “CGH Fellowship Program,” to express your interest in the fellowship. The application and information about related materials will be sent at your request.

Any questions reach out to:

Tulika Singh at

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HIV/AIDS Research Portfolio Advisor with USAID

May 9th, 2016 in Fellowships, Jobs

Technical Advisor I/II

Research Division, Office of HIV/AIDS, Bureau for Global Health, United States Agency for International Development
Location: Arlington, VA | Assignment: Two Year Fellowship | GHFP-II-P5-205
The Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP-II) is a five year cooperative agreement implemented and managed by the Public Health Institute in partnership with Global Health Corps, GlobeMed, Management Systems International and PYXERA Global. GHFP-II is supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

GHFP-II’s goal is to improve the effectiveness of USAID health programs by addressing the Agency’s immediate and emerging human capacity needs. The program seeks to accomplish this goal first through the recruitment, placement and support of diverse health professionals at the junior, mid and senior levels. These program participants include fellows, interns, corporate volunteers and Foreign Service National professionals. The program then provides substantial performance management and career development support to participants, including annual work planning assistance, and ensures that professional development opportunities are available.

Looking to the future, GHFP-II also seeks to establish a pool of highly-qualified global health professionals that will ensure the Agency’s ongoing technical leadership and effectiveness. This objective is supported by an extensive outreach program that brings global health opportunities and specialized career advice to a diverse range of interested individuals, with a particular focus on those underrepresented in the field of global health.


The US Government (USG) has made the fight against HIV/AIDS a top priority, not only for humanitarian reasons, but because the HIV/AIDS crisis threatens the prosperity, stability and development of nations around the world. The US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is a USG global initiative to control the HIV/AIDS pandemic. It is the largest commitment by any nation to combat a single disease. Over the past decade, the USG has committed more than $52 billion to bilateral HIV/AIDS programs, the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and bilateral tuberculosis programs. To achieve an AIDS-free generation, PEPFAR works closely with a variety of stakeholders including partner countries, multilateral organizations, civil society, people living with and affected by HIV, the faith community, and the public and private sectors. USAID has been, and continues to be, at the forefront of the USG response in the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic since inception of its international HIV/AIDS program in 1986.

PEPFAR has moved from phase 1 (2003-2007) – the emergency response phase that brought HIV prevention, treatment, and care services to millions, to phase 2 (2008-2012) – the sustainability phase, where PEPFAR worked with partner countries among other partners to address the epidemic. The program is now in phase 3 (2013-present) and is focused on transparency and accountability for impact, as well as accelerating core interventions for epidemic control. PEPFAR is investing resources strategically and geographically to reach populations at greatest risk with evidence-based programs.

PEPFAR’s Impact Action Agenda is driven by the need to do the right thing, in the right place, at the right time to control the HIV/AIDS epidemic. A key PEPFAR strategy, in this regard, is also to invest in research and innovation to maximize program outcomes and impact.

In the Bureau for Global Health (GH), the Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA) is the locus of HIV and AIDS technical leadership for the Agency and has primary responsibility for the Agency’s HIV and AIDS programs. OHA provides strategic direction, technical leadership and support to field programs in HIV and AIDS. The Office provides input to decisions concerning the strategic allocation of financial and human resources in the sector and assists in designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating programs. This entails ensuring the technical integrity of Agency and Mission strategies; providing global technical leadership on the full range of issues related to HIV and AIDS prevention, care and treatment; managing numerous research and field support programs; and monitoring and reporting on the impact of the Agency’s HIV and AIDS programs.


The HIV/AIDS Research Portfolio Advisor (Advisor) will serve as a key member of the Research Division within OHA. The Research Division manages a portfolio of over thirty cooperative agreements and contracts in HIV Vaccine Research and Development (R&D), Microbicides R&D, and HIV/AIDS implementation research. The Advisor will support integrated planning across the research portfolio, help ensure efficient management processes, and facilitate regular communication and close collaboration between the wide variety of partners involved in various research activities.

The Advisor will be responsible for supporting continual improvements to the processes and tools, by which research activities are strategized, prioritized, managed, monitored, and reported supporting the Division to implement these changes and facilitating seamless coordination between the OHA Research Team, implementing partners, and other GH offices and USG agencies. These include helping to improve the planning processes across research activities, supporting collaborations on specific high-yield opportunities, and facilitating information sharing between research projects, GH offices and implementing partners.

The Advisor will work closely with the Research Division Chief, three Branch Chiefs, project management teams and technical advisors for a variety of biomedical and implementation research activities, communicating with a large number of interested parties, and strengthening linkages across OHA research portfolios as well as with other ongoing research activities at USAID/Washington and in the field. The Advisor will receive technical guidance from the Research Division Chief as his/her onsite manager.


The HIV/AIDS Research Portfolio Advisor will be responsible for:

A. Supporting the development and implementation of standardized research portfolio management tools and processes
• Supporting the Research Division Chief, Branch Chiefs and project management teams in efficient coordination of OHA-funded programs covering HIV and AIDS biomedical and implementation research.
• Developing tools and processes for portfolio-level strategic planning, budget analysis, and fiscal monitoring, and ensuring tools and processes are consistently used and followed.
• Maintaining up-to-date programmatic and budget databases.
• Reviewing the accuracy of portfolio-level financial record keeping, accrual reporting, and routine research program reporting (e.g., Health Research Information Tracking).
• Supporting site monitoring and mid-term and end-of-project performance evaluations.
• Assisting in collating data and information for the annual Research Report to Congress.
• Assisting with coordination of new awards.
• Coordinating and tracking funding requests and approvals.
• Supporting harmonized planning and strategic linkages of activities across the research portfolio.

B. Facilitating team and partner communication and collaboration
• Coordinating effective knowledge management (scientific and programmatic) within the Research Division to ensure timely action.

C. Gathering scientific information and expert input to support sound decision-making
• Continuously gathering strategic information from a variety of sources.
• Conducting periodic literature reviews, maintaining relevant data libraries and sharing as needed.
• Assisting in organizing strategic consultations, technical groups, and project advisory committees.
• Providing support to the Research Team Lead in strategic discussions, consultations and fiscal planning.
• Supporting the timely application of scientific developments and expert committee recommendations to inform research program management decisions.

D. Strengthening engagement of other USAID Offices and Missions to support biomedical and implementation science research priorities
• Supporting outreach and education to field Missions for introduction of new products, technologies, and program approaches.
• Supporting and strengthening communication, coordination, and collaboration with GH Offices, the Office of Acquisition and Assistance (OAA), the Global Development Lab, and USAID Missions.
• Supporting communication of research developments and program priorities to the broader OHA and USAID.

An Advisor at the level II will be further responsible for:
• Participating in research strategy planning and reviews.
• Participating in developing Standard Operating Procedures across the overall portfolio.
• Facilitating communication between and collaboration across projects, as well as to external stakeholders, donors, and the private sector.
• Serving as the point of contact for broad (beyond project level) strategic communication with collaborators, donors, foundations, and international normative bodies.

International and domestic travel approximately 10%.

• Keeping abreast of literature and latest developments of standardized research portfolio management tools and processes.
• Deepening knowledge of HIV/AIDS biomedical and implementation science.
• Participating in interagency and intra-agency working groups as appropriate to the scope of work.
• Participating in professional continuing education and skills training within the purview of GHFP-II.


• Master’s degree or higher in public health,biological sciences, social sciences, public policy and administration or a related social science field.
• Experience working on research projects or assisting research programs.
• Knowledge of principles and practices of biomedical and implementation research as applied to HIV and AIDS prevention, care, and treatment.
• Experience reviewing and synthesizing scientific literature and maintaining databases.
• Demonstrated experience in task-oriented coordination and organizational skills.
• Demonstrated excellence working in team contexts.
• Experience in assisting with project monitoring and evaluation.
• Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
• Demonstrated flexibility and openness to effectively function in the context of evolving science and changing program priorities.
• Ability to travel internationally.
• US citizenship or US permanent residency required.

In addition to the above, the position requires the following at each level:

• 0-7 years’ experience in public health programming, preferably HIV/AIDS, with or without experience in an international or resource challenged setting.

• Minimum five (5) years’ experience in public health programming, preferably HIV/AIDS, with at least two (2) years’ experience in an international or resource-challenged setting.


Salary based on commensurate experience and earnings history. The Public Health Institute offers a comprehensive benefits package including professional development programs.


All applicants are required to apply for this position through GHFP-II’s online recruitment system at, which allows you to store your CV, profile and bio data form in our database. A separate cover letter describing your qualifications and experience, interest and familiarity with issues relating to this position, and how this position relates to your career goals is required for each application. All online applications must be submitted by May 27, 2016 by 5:00 pm Eastern time.

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