Position Title: Associate, U.S. COVID-19 Technical Assistance
Reports to: Senior Project Lead, U.S. COVID-19 Technical Assistance Unit
Location: United States, Remote
Position Type: Full-time through April 2021 (may include evenings and weekends)
From the earliest reports of COVID-19, PIH raced into action, working with our teams around the world to prepare the same comprehensive approach that we have engaged in for a generation. As the pandemic unfolded, it became clear that the response needed to contain the novel virus exceeds the existing capacity and expertise within many public health systems, including state and municipal departments across the United States.
This reality presented an opportunity for PIH to consider how to adapt and apply lessons learned from other epidemics and from responses to addressing COVID-19 within the other countries where we work to the context of the United States. Our approach to providing technical assistance to different state and municipal public health systems in the United States embodies the same strategy and early investments made by the PIH team globally: supporting governments to control and prepare for COVID, minimizing community spread through testing and contact tracing, assuring high quality care, and providing social support to enable prevention methods. To support local public health teams and departments in this way, Partners In Health (PIH) will provide expertise and advice on the design and implementation of these strategies to fortify public efforts to control the pandemic.
The Associate is responsible for navigating the multitude of workstreams that the US COVID-19 Technical Assistance team takes on and coordinating across all the different levels of engagement and cross-cutting activities. This role presents an opportunity to work across a diverse range of people within and outside of the organization and to develop skills in service to a fast-paced, global organization that is relentlessly committed to improving the health of the poor and marginalized. The Associate works closely with the Senior Project Lead – Chicago, State Director – IL and Project Managers.
- Coordinate team projects as needed, including document preparation, logistics management and timeline accountability.
- Conduct background research and synthesis on a variety of established and emerging topics related to vaccines and community engagement
- Support the drafting of briefs, memos, and presentations for both internal and external audiences
- Serve as a knowledgeable resource for staff and partners on the various workstreams within the project team, responding to inquiries and correspondences in a timely fashion
- Manage calendar for team and senior leadership, including scheduling, preparing and circulating materials, and follow up for meetings.
- Collaborate with Project Managers on the team to optimize workflow and enhance continuity and transparency across the organization.
- Serve as note-taker during meetings and track all objectives and follow up.
- Assist with booking and managing travel logistics for senior team members, as needed.
- Bachelor’s degree; 2 years of related experience preferred.
- Experience drafting and proofing written communications including research, proposals, and presentations.
- Strong analytic and writing skills, including the ability to assess and synthesize complex information and clearly communicate program goals and outcomes to a diverse set of audiences.
- Strong attention to detail and problem-solving skills.
- Exemplary interpersonal and communication skills; demonstrated cultural competency and ability to work effectively with diverse stakeholders across departments and country sites.
- Fluency in the functional use of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint with the capability to master new software applications and technologies as needed.
- Ability to balance competing priorities in a fast-paced environment and to handle confidential sensitive information with integrity.
- Enthusiasm for advocacy, policy, and community engagement is a plus.
- Commitment to social justice.
Partners In Health (PIH) is an international health organization relentlessly committed to improving the health of the poor and marginalized. PIH partners with local governments to build local capacity and works closely with impoverished communities to deliver high-quality health care, address the root causes of illness, train providers, advance research, and advocate for global policy change.
PIH currently has implementation programs in Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, Liberia, Kazakhstan, Malawi, Peru, Mexico, Sierra Leone and Navajo Nation. Through our partnership with Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, we support a wide range of programs in dozens of other countries around the world.
Partners In Health (PIH) is committed to the fundamental principle of equal opportunity and equal treatment for every prospective and current employee. It is the policy of PIH not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion, creed, disability, sex and gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law. PIH works in and with a number of governments in and outside the U.S., and to the extent applicable, this statement is intended to incorporate the prohibition of any unlawful discrimination covered by applicable laws in such countries, states and municipalities.