The Center for Global Development (CGD) is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit policy research organization in Washington, DC and London, UK that works on the issues and institutions that are critical to global development. Through rigorous empirical research and active engagement with the global policy community, we focus on the policy intersections of low- and middle-income countries and the governments, institutions, and corporations that can be partners in delivering greater progress.
CGD is seeking a Director to lead its Global Health Policy Program, one of the largest thematic areas for CGD with approximately twenty-three research and policy staff based in both London and Washington. The Director will provide overall strategic direction to the Center’s Global Health Policy Program. This will entail defining and delivering an agenda of creative, policy-oriented research and outreach on a broad set of global health issues, including financial and technological innovations, the efficiency and effectiveness of global institutions, global public goods like global health preparedness, and development economics related analytics in the global health field, among others. The Director will manage a diverse team of highly motivated professionals. As a member of CGD’s senior staff, the Director will also be expected to contribute to organizational initiatives and advance CGD’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and anti-racism.
CGD has historically focused on enhancing the value for money and impact of global health investments, while also generating commentary and evidence on the performance of bilateral and multilateral global health efforts. Going forward, potential research areas include coping with the health and economic fallout of COVID-19, dealing with increasingly constrained public and aid budgets, and promoting the role of the International Financial Institutions in fiscal policy for health. The Center will look to the Director to set new agendas for the Global Health Policy Program’s research agenda, conduct a program of research and outreach, and work collaboratively across CGD’s other program areas.
While much of CGD’s work is focused on the effectiveness of the international system for supporting better health outcomes in developing countries, CGD also hosts iDSI, the International Decision Support Initiative, a network aimed at supporting, in a demand-led way, the setting up of priority setting processes in LMICs, for improving allocative efficiency and distribution in the health sector. The Director will oversee the initiative and actively participate in research and policy outreach.
The appointee will also have the title of Senior Research or Policy Fellow and can be based in either DC or London.
The Director’s responsibilities will include:
Providing intellectual leadership and setting the overall vision for CGD’s Global Health Policy Program
Managing the Global Health Policy Program team and grant portfolio
Conducting empirical research in the field of global health
Engaging with potential funders, preparing proposals, and mobilizing financial resources to support the Center’s work on global health
Engaging in policy outreach activities, including speaking engagements, media interviews, and interacting at a high level with key decisionmakers in the donor and technical communities
Participating in the design and implementation of expert group consultations and working groups
Authoring papers, policy briefs, books, and blogs targeted to policy makers, academics and the general public
Leading and managing the international Decision Support Initiative, a multi country, multi partner network committed to building institutional and data capacity for priority setting in health across LMICs
The successful candidate ideally possesses the following qualifications:
Doctoral degree in public health, economics, or an MD, MPH, or degree in biological sciences with a strong record of work in social sciences
A distinguished record of achievement and experience in the field, with demonstrated ability to manage a large multinational and multidisciplinary team, oversee a sizeable portfolio of existing grants, and lead multi-year projects to completion
Experience engaging with policymakers in low- and middle-income and international organizations plus evidence-to-policy translation
Prominence in the field of global health and strong professional relationships
Track record of developing and nurturing funding relationships
Proven track record of applying quantitative research to addressing practical, real-world problems and generating evidence-based policies
Demonstrated leadership in creative scholarly work with a distinguished record of publications, preferably on economic and institutional issues in health
Significant knowledge of current issues and debates in global health, economic development, and foreign aid
Demonstrated experience in managing highly-motivated professionals and a commitment to diversity in research, hiring and promotion.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
How to Apply:
Interested candidates should submit a CV, cover letter, and sample publication via the website:
Inquiries can be made to Luke Easley, Vice President of Operations, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic our organization continues to work remotely. CGD has implemented a fully virtual onboarding process, and candidates should be comfortable working productively and managing others in a remote environment. Flexibility to adapt to shifting priorities and tasks will be key. CGD is registered to employ staff living in DC, Maryland, Virginia and (via the UK entity, CGD Europe) - the UK. Candidates must be able to live and work in one of these locations to be considered.
In compliance with United States federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document upon hire. CGD will sponsor United States work authorization for this position. Candidates who wish to be based in the UK should have the right to live and work in the UK or be willing to relocate as an employee of the US organization via a company transfer. Any offer of employment requiring sponsored work authorization is contingent on CGD and the candidate’s ability to successfully petition for and secure the necessary work visa(s).
CGD celebrates fostering a collaborative, diverse, and inclusive work environment. As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. However, we particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic backgrounds and other underrepresented groups. All appointments will be made on merit of skill and experience relative to the role.
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About Center for Global Development
bal development. Through rigorous empirical research and active engagement with the global policy community, we focus on the policy intersections of low- and middle-income countries and the governments, institutions, and corporations that can be partners in delivering greater progress.