Senior Program Officer, Global Health Security (9610)

PATH, Seattle, United States

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Above 15 Years
Email for CV Submission: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
30th September, 2019

Job Description

*Please include a cover letter with your resume describing your interest in the position and how you meet the qualifications.

PATH is a global organization that works to accelerate health equity by bringing together public institutions, businesses, social enterprises, and investors to solve the world’s most pressing health challenges. With expertise in science, health, economics, technology, advocacy, and dozens of other specialties, PATH develops and scales solutions—including vaccines, drugs, devices, diagnostics, and innovative approaches to strengthening health systems worldwide.

The Health Systems Innovation and Delivery (HSID) program within PATH focuses on the health system, including cross-cutting elements of the system that delivers health services and assures health for individuals or communities. This work includes robust analyses to guide the design and implementation of:

  • cross-cutting health system innovations to improve health system performance,
  • cross-cutting health system adaptations to better assure successful adoption and scale of specific product disease prevention innovations,
  • technical assistance to strengthen overall health system integrity and resilience, and 4) strategies to better integrate the effective delivery of services across health and disease categories.

PATH’s Global Health Security portfolio within HSID leads several projects and initiatives that serve the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) and aim to strengthen global capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease threats. These include the five-year, Centers for Disease Control (CDC)-funded Global Health Security Partnership (GHSP) project and the USAID Infectious Disease Detection and Surveillance (IDDS) project.

PATH seeks to recruit a Senior Program Officer of Global Health Security. Based in Seattle, WA, the Senior Program Officer will serve as a key member of the Global Health Security leadership team and will manage multiple projects and programs within the portfolio. S/he will support both the day-to-day management and implementation of Global Health Security projects as well as provide support to the Director of Global Health Security, based in Seattle, WA. S/he will also support the Global Health Security leadership team in developing strategy, translating the strategy into action plans, engaging with donors, partners, and collaborators, and leading strategic business development activities


  • Work alongside the Director to provide technical leadership in infectious disease technical oversight and thought leadership to the Director and project teams.
  • Actively own and manage technical projects and contracts that are often multi-faceted and span multiple countries.
  • Collaborate with multiple project and country teams to ensure high-quality of technical project implementation and ensure that project activities are completed on time and within budget.
  • Work closely with finance and administrative staff to provide operational oversight.
  • Support business development activities with the Director to grow PATH’s Global Health Security portfolio, including program design, technical writing, and positioning for new strategic opportunities.
  • Work with PATH leadership to track, identify, and drive forward work, issues, and solutions with a proactive and results-driven approach and a focus on supporting country objectives.
  • Build country-level capacity by sharing new knowledge/evidence and best practices with the project team(s) and partners.
  • Work closely with the Global Health Security team and country/program leadership to respond to ministerial, donor, and PATH requirements.
  • Communicate, coordinate, negotiate, and manage relationships with internal and external partners, donors, and stakeholders.
  • Supervise and mentor staff; oversee recruitment, hiring, and onboarding processes as needed.
  • Represent PATH at technical meetings, conferences, and workshops and provide technical expertise to partners and stakeholders as needed.

Required Experience

  • A graduate degree (MPH, PhD or MD) or related field.
  • Minimum of 15 years of relevant experience in disease surveillance, outbreak detection and response, diagnostic networks, and managing, large, complex projects in developing countries.
  • Knowledge of infectious disease epidemiology, microbiology, and zoonotic diseases.
  • Proven professional experience working with host country governments and counterparts, international donor organizations, civil society, and the private sector.
  • Knowledge of GHSA, WHO JEE, and outbreak investigation and response.
  • Substantial experience working on US government-funded projects.
  • Good and proactive organizational, prioritization, and workload management skills.
  • Ability to work without direct supervision and on own initiative.
  • Excellent understanding and experience of Microsoft Office Products (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook).
  • Willingness and ability to travel estimated at 35% of the time.
  • Strong leadership skills, including a commitment to collaborative management within a team-based organizational structure and a proven ability to direct change, inspire teamwork, and achieve results.
  • Excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills; adept at working closely with others over geographical distance.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English; French language skills desirable; diplomacy in communicating with a broad and diverse audience.
  • Demonstrated talent management skills, including recruiting and hiring successful staff and consultants and coaching, mentoring, and developing staff.
  • Strong organizational skills, high level of attention to detail, and effectiveness under deadlines.

Must have legal authorization to work in the United States.

PATH is dedicated to building an inclusive workforce where diversity is valued.

PATH is an equal opportunity employer. Every qualified applicant will be considered for employment. PATH does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or orientation, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.


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