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Emory Healthcare/Emory University Program Director, CoVIP - COVID-19 Vaccination Implementation Program in Decatur, Georgia

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The Task Force for Global Health (TFGH), based in Atlanta and founded nearly 40 years ago to advance health equity, works with partners in more than 150 countries to eliminate diseases, ensure access to vaccines and essential medicines, and strengthen health systems to protect populations. The Center for Vaccine Equity (CVE) works to assure all people have equal access to life-saving vaccines by expanding availability, supporting vaccine impact studies, and building delivery systems that facilitate access in developing countries. The ultimate goal is to build sustainable national adult vaccination platforms. The Center for Vaccine Equity (CVE) works to assure all people have equal access to life-saving vaccines by expanding availability, supporting vaccine impact studies, and building delivery systems that facilitate access in developing countries. CVE also serves as Secretariat for a number of global health partnerships that advance this mission. COVID-19 is a serious disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 virus, currently the cause of an ongoing pandemic. COVID-19 is vaccine preventable, and several vaccines have regulatory approval or are Emergency Use Listed. These vaccines are the focus of vaccine introduction activities of the organization.


  • Directs the activities of CoVIP, the TFGH’s COVID-19 Vaccine Implementation Program.

  • CoVIP is a new program that supports low and middle-income country partners to plan, implement and evaluate their national COVID-19 vaccination program.

  • The program currently works with 35 countries and is expected to expand to new countries in the next year.

  • CoVIP currently has 5 staff based in the US and 7 consultants based overseas, and is expected to hire additional US staff and overseas consultants.

  • The position will provide strategic and operational direction for the program, supervise program staff and oversee collaborations with academic, government and other partners to carry out the program.

  • CoVIP is funded by and collaborates with CDC’s COVID response as well as CDC’s Global Immunization Division, the Influenza Division and others programs at CDC.

  • The Director will serve as principal liaison to CDC for the program.

  • The Director will represent the program in various national and international settings.

  • The Director will create collaborations with other programs at TFGH, including with other programs of the Respiratory Virus Prevention Program in the Centers for Vaccine Equity at the TFGH.


  • A Doctoral degree in a related field of study and ten years of related work experience, or equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.

  • The incumbent is expected to work in Atlanta.

  • The incumbent is required to have work experience working with or at CDC.


In collaboration with internal and external team members, the Director will oversee strategic planning, direct daily activities and supervise staff of CoVIP towards ensuring that the program can reach its goals of expanding COVID vaccination in partner countries.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Oversee and direct daily activities of CoVIP
  1. Supervise CoVIP staff, including staff overseeing the programmatic and scientific aspects of the program. Support career development of staff.

  2. Monitor CoVIP activities in partner countries to ensure that the work is productive, timely and helps achieve its goals.

  3. Lead meetings with staff

  4. Represent CoVIP in meetings with partners in TFGH and outside of TFGH

  • Provide strategic direction to improve the program
  1. Oversee the development of a monitoring and evaluation program for CoVIP, and ensure progress is monitored and the plan is refined as needed

  2. Work with staff and CDC partners to develop and refine strategic priorities for the program

  3. Monitor and support program collaborations with partner countries in providing funding and technical assistance in support of annual work plans.

  4. Work with Director of Respiratory Virus Prevention Programs and Director of Center for Vaccine Equity to ensure collaborations with other TFGH programs where appropriate.

  • Work closely with partners at CDC to ensure that CoVIP’s work supports CDC’s COVID vaccination goals
  1. Serve as principal liaison with CDC project leadership to report on project progress

  2. Attend joint CDC-CoVIP meetings to represent the program

  3. Ensure that required cooperative agreement reports are completed and submitted in a timely manner

  4. Support annual proposal and budget development related to CDC funding

  5. Work with CDC project leadership on strategic direction and priorities of the program

  • Foster collaborations that will help ensure CoVIP achieves its objectives, including collaborations with research institutions, non-profit organizations, global stakeholders, and national governments.

  • Represent the program in national and international meetings.

  • Support communications product development that reflect the work of the program

  • up to 20 - 30% International travel


  • Experience in directing public health or research programs, including in personnel and budget management.

  • Experience in supervising scientific and administrative staff

  • Ability tothink conceptually, strategically, organizationally, and analytically and develop pragmatic solutions to complex problemsas evidenced bypeer-reviewed

  • Experience working internationally with ministries of health and non-governmental organizations in developing countries.

  • Experience working with global public health agencies, such as World Health Organization

  • Knowledge of infectious diseases and vaccinology. Working experience in vaccine programmatic field is helpful.

  • Experience working with U.S. government agencies, including CDC and USAID.

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Excellent written and verbal English skills.

NOTE: This role will be granted the opportunity to work from home temporarily during the COVID-19 pandemic, with intent to return to an Emory University location in the future. Emory reserves the right to change remote work status with notice to employee.

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To ensure the safety of our campus community, the COVID-19 vaccine is required. For more information on the University and Hospital policies and potential exemptions, please see our website.

Emory University is dedicated to providing equal opportunities and equal access to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and veteran's status. Emory University does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment on the basis of any factor stated above or prohibited under applicable law. Students, faculty, and staff are assured of participation in University programs and in the use of facilities without such discrimination. Emory University complies with Executive Order 11246, as amended, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veteran's Readjustment Assistance Act, and applicable executive orders, federal and state regulations regarding nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action. Emory University is committed to achieving a diverse workforce through application of its affirmative action, equal opportunity and nondiscrimination policy in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training. Inquiries regarding this policy should be directed to the Emory University Department of Equity and Inclusion, 201 Dowman Drive, Administration Building, Atlanta, GA 30322. Telephone: 404-727-9867 (V) | 404-712-2049 (TDD).

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Job Number 81097

Job Type Regular Full-Time

Division Affiliated Organizations

Department Task Force for Global Health

This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues: Not Applicable

Job Category Business Operations

Campus Location (For Posting) : City Decatur

Location : Name Task Force for Global Health