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Upcoming Events and Conferences:

The Humanitarian Innovation Project Inaugural Humanitarian Innovation Conference

July 19-20, 2014 | University of Oxford

Over recent years, innovation has emerged as a topic of central relevance to the humanitarian sector. International organizations, NGOs, and the private sector have gradually explored how new products and processes drawn from outside the sector might begin to play a transformative role. HIP2014 represents an opportunity to bring together the major stakeholders within the emerging humanitarian innovation debate, from across sectors, to consolidate knowledge, engage in debate, and develop a shared agenda for bringing innovation to the sector. We aim to bring together 150-180 delegates for a range of keynote addresses, panel sessions, exhibition demonstrations, and film and multimedia presentations. It will be the largest academic conference so far held on humanitarian innovation.

2014 Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (TIDIRH)

July 21-25, 2014 | Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts 

One of the most critical issues impeding improvements in public health today is the enormous gap between what we know can optimize health and healthcare and what actually gets implemented in every day practice. The science of dissemination and implementation (D&I) seeks to address this gap by understanding how to best ensure that evidence-based strategies to improve health and prevent disease are effectively delivered in clinical and public health practice.

Institute Goals
Harvard University, with support from the National Institutes of Health (National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Office of Disease Prevention, and the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, is sponsoring this 5-day training institute to provide participants with a thorough grounding in conducting dissemination and implementation research in health. Faculty and guest lecturers will consist of leading experts (practitioners and teachers) in theory, implementation and evaluation approaches to D&I, creating partnerships and multi-level, transdisciplinary research teams, research design, methods and analyses appropriate for D&I investigations and conducting research at different and multiple levels of interventions (e.g., clinical, community, policy). For more information, please visit our webpage.

Humanitarian...

July 16, 2014 | 6 - 8pm | Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts 

One of the most critical issues impeding improvements in public health today is the enormous gap between what we know can optimize health and healthcare and what actually gets implemented in every day practice. The science of dissemination and implementation (D&I) seeks to address this gap by understanding how to best ensure that evidence-based strategies to improve health and prevent disease are effectively delivered in clinical and public health practice.

Call for Proposals, Abstracts, Fundraisers, or Articles:

US Investigators' Network Symposium on Global Non-Communicable Diseases Research

September 8-9, 2014 | Emory Conference Center, Emory University

Submit an Abstract by June 27, 2014.

A coalition of US universities has joined forces to convene a national network of investigators whose research focuses on global non-communicable diseases (NCD). The primary foci of this event are to identify new opportunities for US junior and senior investigators and academia to forge partnerships in global NCD research, and to identify potential funding streams to support these initiatives. Parties interested in joining the planning committee or providing sponsorship may contact Olivia Manders (contact info below).

The purpose of this network meeting is to:
• Identify specific themes and topics that are conducive to successful global NCD collaborations and how these can provide added-value to US funding organizations and to US science, academia and society;
• Discuss the career development opportunities that global collaborations in NCD research offer junior investigators (doctoral
and post-doctoral fellows, junior faculty);
• Examine current and future sources of funding for US investigators to engage in global collaborations in NCD research and how they might be leveraged;
• Discuss how US agencies and funding bodies support US researchers
in global NCDs.

Abstract submission is limited to Junior Investigators at US institutions (approximately 4 years or less after completion of last major training, e.g., degree, residency, fellowship, etc.), with MD or PhD equivalent or who are currently in an MD or PhD program.

*Symposium attendance is not limited to Junior Investigators or presenters.

Coalition Members (to date):
Emory University
Duke University
University of Washington
Vanderbilt University
Cornell University
Harvard University
Yale University
Northwestern University
University of California - Berkeley
University of California - San Francisco
University of Michigan
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Young Professionals
Chronic Disease Network

In addition to participating in working groups that will collaboratively address the topics listed above, participants will have the opportunity to engage with members of key research funding organizations and learn about and participate in charting the future of global research in NCDs in the US. Find out more here.

Sanaria Malaria Vaccine Fundraiser

Sanaria developed a malaria vaccine that showed 100% protection of subjects in a clinical group. Help us fund the robot, SPOROBOT, to automate the vaccine production! The goal is raise funds in 30 days to build a robot that will help Sanaria mass produce our malaria vaccine. The campaign is less than a week old. We need help spreading the word by every means if we are going to meet our goal. Read more about the campaign here.

SEED Faculty Research Study Trips Application

SEED is excited to announce the availability of funding for self-directed, exploratory faculty research trips to developing economies. The purpose of these trips is to stimulate small groups of Stanford faculty to explore early-stage research ideas related to SEED's focus on entrepreneurship, innovation, and the growth of businesses that benefit the poor in developing economies. The study trips allow faculty to develop a deeper understanding of the issues facing entrepreneurs, managers and innovators in developing economies, potentially inspiring new research questions and agendas. Ideally, these trips will result in the crystallization of specific, actionable research projects to be designed and carried out after completion of the trip.

SEED will cover all travel-related expenses (airfare, lodging, food, on-the-ground transport, miscellaneous expenses). As a general rule, trips should be seven to ten days in length (excluding travel time to and from the country). Furthermore, SEED will support the organization of the study trips as needed, for example by providing assistance in:

Identifying and arranging meetings with key organizations and contacts relevant to the theme of the study trip.

High-level planning of a trip itinerary that would enable faculty to meet their study trip objectives.

Applicants are encouraged but not required to consider travel to regions where SEED has a physical presence.

Eligibility

All Stanford faculty are eligible to apply for the study trips. The primary organizer of the study trip must be a full-time Stanford faculty member. In addition to the primary organizer, between two and five Stanford faculty members must be committed to joining the study trip.

Proposals will be evaluated based on their potential to:

Stimulate New Research Ideas & Questions: To what extent will the study trip stimulate research idea generation around entrepreneurship, innovation, and the growth of businesses in developing economies and/or;

Crystallize Actionable Research Projects: Could the study trip result in the crystallization of specific actionable research projects to be designed and carried out after the trip?

Capacity Building: Is the study trip likely to build Stanford faculty interest in and capacity to carry out research related to entrepreneurship, innovation, and the growth of businesses in developing economies, particularly as they relate to the poor?

Budget: Is the budget for the project reasonable and well considered?

Proposals are submitted electronically and should contain the following elements:

A description of study trip research objectives (e.g., refining research questions, exploring a particular phenomenon that relates to SEED's research goal), outlining what your group hopes to achieve.

A rationale for traveling to the proposed country or countries.

A tentative agenda or outline of the intended activities in-country (company visits, interviews, etc.).

A description of the faculty members traveling on the proposed trip, including their research interests, particular reasons for interest in the proposed topic, and ways in which the research expertise of members may complement each other. Preference will be given to interdisciplinary groups.

A proposed budget for the trip.

Trips may be scheduled at the convenience of the faculty involved. SEED will evaluate proposals in early May and November this year. Proposals must be submitted a minimum of three months prior to the proposed trip. Proposals are submitted electronically. Please email Lesley Sept with any questions. Click here to read full details and to apply.

Call for Abstracts - 10th Global Forum on Humanitarian Medicine in Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery

Disparities in Resources, Education and Sustainability: A Discussion of Possible Solutions

We invite you to submit abstracts for the 10th Global Forum on Humanitarian Medicine in Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery to be held at The Sheraton Hotel in Downtown Memphis, Tennessee, USA, October 17th through 19th, 2014. The theme of this year's Forum will be "Disparities in Resources, Education and Sustainability: A Discussion of Possible Solutions."

Abstract applications are due by July 7th, 2014 9:59 pm PT/ 10:59 pm MT/ 11:59 pm CT/ 12:59 am ET

Accepted submissions will be presented at the 10th Global Forum as Oral Presentations. Authors of abstracts submitted, but not accepted for Oral Presentations will be offered the option of Poster Presentations.

Abstract Categories

The 10th Global Forum will focus on the topics listed below. Abstracts submitted in these categories will be given the highest consideration for Oral Presentation. In this conference, Oral Abstract Presentations will not be a subsection of the conference - the majority of the session speakers will be selected from abstract submissions rather than invitations.

Regions of Conflict or Revolutionary Change
Hispaniola - Island of Contrasts
Scope of the Problem in 2014
Building Solutions
International Databases - Are They Tools for Progress?
Nursing Team Development/Empowerment as Tools for Program Growth
Disparity of Healthcare Resources within Countries/Regions
The Zen of Fishing - How do You Teach and Measure Your Effectiveness?

ICATCH (International Community Access to Child Health) 2014 Call for Proposals

ICATCH is a program of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on International Child Health (SOICH). Since its first four projects were funded in 2006, ICATCH has become one of the most exciting and successful SOICH initiatives. To date, 47 programs in 29 countries around the world have been launched thanks to the mentorship, technical guidance and financial support from the AAP, SOICH and multiple donors.

2014 Call for Proposals are due June 9, 2014. The downloadable Application Form is available at the ICATCH website. For more information, e-mail or contact Aleksandra Stolic, at the American Academy of Pediatrics, +01-847-434-4298.

United States - India Science and Technology Endowment Fund (USISTEF) announces Fourth Call for Proposals

Indo-US Science and Technology (IUSSTF) announced the United States - India Science and Technology Endowment Fund (USISTEF) Fourth Call for Proposals: Commercializing Technologies for Societal Impact'. The objectives of the fund is to select and support financially promising joint US-India entrepreneurial initiatives originating from government, academic, non-governmental or commercial entities, and any combination thereof provided they focus on applied R&D, incorporate a business plan and proof of commercial concept, and have significant sustainable commercial potential.

The governments of the United States of America (through the Department of State) and India (through the Department of Science & Technology) have established the United States–India Science & Technology Endowment Fund(USISTEF) for promotion of joint activities that would lead to innovation and technopreneurship through the application of science and technology. The Fund envisages to support and foster joint applied R&D to generate public good through commercialization of technology achieved through sustained partnerships between US and Indian researchers and entrepreneurs.

PROGRAM AREAS:

(1) Healthy Individual: Affordable biomedical devices, diagnostic / preventive / curative measures, or food and nutrition products to improve health. (Drug development and clinical trials are not eligible activities in this category)

(2) Empowering Citizens: Reducing the digital/technology divide. This could include amongst others, information and communication technologies with societal impact in areas such as water, agriculture, financial inclusion, and education.

FUNDING: The USISTEF provides a grant of up to Rs. 2.50 crores or approximately $400,000 (subject to prevailing exchange rate).

WHO CAN APPLY: The proposals must include a minimum of one partner from each country. The Bi-national teams can include Start-up companies/ Incorporated companies/ Non-incorporated entities/ Individuals or consortia from academia, government laboratories, non-government R&D institutions who will work together to commercialize technologies for societal impact. The proposed technology must have potential towards commercialization within 2-3 years. For further details please click here or contact USISTEF via email.

Fellowship, Internship, Job, Summer Courses, and Contest Opportunities:

Last Mile Health Job Openings

Overview – Deputy Director of Development

The Deputy Director of Development is a key member of the global partnerships team and an activist responsible for accompanying external stakeholders in a manner that emphasizes mutual respect, transparency and enriched engagement so as to grow Last Mile Health's impact through resources and reach. The Deputy Director of Development is responsible for developing, launching and executing Last Mile Health's major gifts program—activating senior leadership as needed—with the goal of increasing LMH's major gifts revenue three-fold in FY15 and ten-fold by FY17. In collaboration with the Chief Development Officer (CDO), the Deputy Director will identify corporate and foundation partners within existing and emerging LMH networks and coordinate with the CDO and CEO to move aligned prospects through the cultivation process. The Deputy Director will support the CEO and CDO in donor meeting preparation and, independently or in concert with members of the LMH leadership team, represent LMH at partnership meetings and events. The Deputy Director will need to be a content expert on the broad view of LMH programs, coordinating directly with program staff and senior leaders to showcase LMH services and systems. This position reports to LMH's CDO. Please click here to submit application by June 19, 2014.

Overview – VP, Programs and Impact:

Supervising all of our staff in Liberia, the Vice President for Programs and Impact is responsible for executing our mission to save lives in remote villages through strategy alignment and executive management. As a member of the senior leadership team, this position develops and executes strategies for improving and expanding our work in Liberia, serves as the senior-most representative of our organization in-country, and manages our team of over 150 national and international staff (in addition to over 75% of the organization's total budget) in Liberia. This position reports to Last Mile Health's Managing Director and serves as a member of the Executive Team alongside the Vice President for Growth Strategy and the Vice President of Finance and Administration. Please click here to submit application by June 20, 2014.

Overview - Senior Management Consultant:

Last Mile Health seeks a seasoned project manager who can independently drive complicated analysis and has a proven track record of implementing policy in low-income countries. This person should be able to design and execute analysis, and manage a complex process of multi-stakeholder decision-making, and position a policy for implementation. The Senior Management Consultant will be hired by Last Mile Health as a contractor, reporting to the Deputy Country Director of Policy & Partnerships for a fixed term of 12 months. Once the plan has been completed, the Senior Consultant will be expected to work with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to explain the methodology of the plan to the NCD Synergies Network and to work with the team to implement the policy and plan at all levels of the health system.

The Senior Consultant will be 85% dedicated to the NCD Synergies Initiative collaboration in Liberia and 15% allocated to Last Mile Health's ongoing in-country operations related to NCDs. Please click here to submit application by June 13, 2014.

Vacancy: Deputy Director, John E. Fogarty International Center - Department of Health and Human Services, NIH

THE POSITION: The John E. Fogarty International Center (FIC) of the National Institutes of Health is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Deputy Director to assist in providing leadership to one of the preeminent Centers for global health research and capacity building. The FIC achieves its mission through supporting and facilitating global health research conducted by U.S. and international investigators, building partnerships between health research institutions in the U.S. and abroad, and coordinating a staff of approximately 100 employees and contractors with an annual budget of approximately $70 million. The Deputy Director is a vital part of the leadership team, serving as the second-in-command for the Center.

This position offers a unique and exciting opportunity for a leader to execute and manage the daily operations in support of the Fogarty's strategic vision and mission. The Deputy Director works collaboratively within the Center and across the NIH, throughout the federal government and with other key stakeholders and organizations to further the advancement of the Fogarty's mission and objectives. He/she serves as an ambassador and spokesperson for the Center, communicating the Fogarty's position and incorporating the views/needs of key stakeholders into Center plans and initiatives. The Deputy Director facilitates the identification and development of future global health leaders through mentoring programs, continuous development of skills and expertise, and recognition of achievements. The Deputy Director also serves as a role model to the rest of the Center, managing people and financial resources with integrity and fairness, while maintaining the Center's policies and priorities.

LOCATION: Bethesda, MD (domestic and international travel is expected – average approximately 3 to 5 days per month)

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: The Fogarty International Center seeks candidates who have a commitment to scientific excellence and the energy, enthusiasm, and innovative thinking necessary to lead a dynamic and diverse organization. Applicants must possess an M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree in the biomedical sciences, and have senior-level research experience and knowledge of research programs in one or more scientific areas related to global health, including, but not limited to infectious and neglected tropical diseases, non-communicable diseases, and/or implementation science particularly in low- and middle-income countries. They should be known and respected within their profession, both nationally and internationally, as individuals of outstanding scientific competence. Applicants also must have demonstrated experience in setting, planning, implementing, and analyzing program objectives and priorities. Candidates should have the demonstrated ability to manage financial and human resources, and lead a research program involving extensive internal and external collaboration.

SALARY/BENEFITS: The Deputy Director, Fogarty International Center will be appointed at a salary commensurate with his/her qualifications and experience. Full Federal benefits, including leave, health and life insurance, retirement and savings plan (401K equivalent) will be provided.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYMENT: Selection for this position will be based solely on merit, with no discrimination for non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability, age, or membership or non-membership in an employee organization. The NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.

STANDARDS OF CONDUCT/FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: The National Institutes of Health inspires public confidence in our science by maintaining high ethical principles. NIH employees are subject to Federal government-wide regulations and statutes as well as agency-specific regulations described at http://ethics.od.nih.gov/default.htm. We encourage you to review this information. The position is subject to a background investigation and requires the incumbent to complete a public financial disclosure report prior to the effective date of the appointment.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside of the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is equivalent to education received in accredited educational institutions in the U.S. We will only accept the completed foreign education evaluation. For more information on Foreign Education verification, visit the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) website. Verification must be received prior to the effective date of the appointment.

REASONABLE ACCOMODATION: NIH provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodation during any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

HOW TO APPLY: Applicants must submit a current Curriculum Vitae, bibliography, copy of degree, the full contact details for five references, and a supplemental narrative statement (no more than three pages) addressing the required qualifications outlined above to Lynnita Jacobs. Applications are due by July 18, 2014.

Research Coordinator - Design Thinking for Health Impact Assessment

Can design thinking significantly transform global health?

In recent years, design thinking has gained traction as a process that could be used to identify breakthrough insights and innovative new ideas across a range of issues. Global health is one sector in particular where there has been significant interest. Yet, despite its application in various projects, little is known about the actual impact that design thinking has had. The Design Thinking for Health Impact Assessment is a research project which seeks to measure this impact, understand where it is most effective, and identify best practices.
The project leaders are looking for a dynamic, motivated research coordinator to support the development of the further development of the research parameters, manage the data collection process, and oversee the coding of that research.

Position Details

Time: 6-9 month project, minimum of 10 hours weekly
Duties: Ongoing coordination of and communication with project leaders and advisors; Assist with the development of the research framework and the data collection instrument (may include some iterating and piloting); Oversee the deployment of the data collection instrument; Develop a coding manual and manage the blind coding process o Assist with the synthesis of results

Qualifications
- Background in M&E methods and approaches (including quantitative and qualitative)

- Excellent oral and written communication skills

- Professional drive, openness to change, and ability to deal with tight timelines and complexities

- Able to work both independently and collaboratively

- Great interpersonal skills

- Experience in designing tools and strategies for data collection, analysis and production of reports

- Excellent management skills

Compensation: Stipend commensurate with experience

Start Date: September 2014; For more information, contact Liz Ogbu or Dr. Grant Miller

RTI International and the Women's Global Health Imperative Project Coordinator

The Women's Global Health Imperative at RTI International is seeking a full-time Project Coordinator to work on a newly-funded 5-year USAID cooperative agreement to develop an injectable nanoporous thin- film polymer device for long acting antiretroviral-based HIV prevention. Read more about the specific position and apply here.

RTI International is one of the world's leading research institutes, providing research, development and technical expertise to government entities and businesses around the world. Our staff of more than 2,800 provide research and technical expertise to governments and businesses in more than 40 countries in the areas of health and pharmaceuticals, education and training, surveys and statistics, advanced technology, international development, economic and social policy, energy and the environment, and laboratory and chemistry services.
This position will be based at RTI's San Francisco regional office, within the Women's Global Health Imperative (WGHI). WGHI, formerly a project at the University of California, San Francisco, joined RTI International in 2008. WGHI is dedicated to improving the health status of women and girls around the world. For the past 10 years WGHI has been conducting groundbreaking research on HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases, reproductive health, gender-based violence, contraceptive technologies, female-controlled methods of HIV prevention, economic empowerment, implementation science, and community-based interventions among vulnerable populations in low-resource settings.
Major roles and responsibilities:
The project requires collaboration with key partners from three distinct institutions and from various
departments within RTI international, as well as coordination with the funding agency, USAID. The
specific roles and responsibilities of the Project Coordinator will include, but are not limited to, the
following:
- Administrative management:
o Coordination of activities within and across the different departments and institutions.
o Facilitation of regular conference calls and meetings with investigators.
o Taking meeting minutes.
o Contribute to and review internal reports and reports to the funding agency.
o Administrative management of other aspects of the project, as needed.
- Compliance with RTI and USAID regulations and deliverables:
o Familiarize oneself and stay abreast of USAID regulations, deliverables and due dates.
o Liaise with the funding agency and ensure compliance with USAID regulations and
reporting requirements.
o Ensure compliance with Institutional Review Boards and regulatory bodies.
- Project management:
o Track research tasks, ensuring that project aims are achieved, milestones are met, and
research protocols are correctly implemented in a timely manner.
o Assist with internal project monitoring, in collaboration with partner institutions.
o Liaise with the data coordinating center and statisticians at RTI to ensure the overall
quality and integrity of data collected.

Qualifications:

A Master's degree with at least 3 years prior experience with project administration and/or coordination of large research projects. A Bachelor's degree with equivalent, significant demonstrated experience with the planning and management of large research projects will be considered; education and prior experience should preferably be in the field of HIV/AIDS and/or reproductive health; demonstrated thought leadership and management skills; demonstrated technical knowledge of project administration, management and coordination; experience and knowledge with USAID-funded projects is strongly preferred; experience in drug or technology research and development (R&D) preferred; knowledge of ethical and regulatory guidelines for research, including GCP and GMP regulations preferred; strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project) required, and working knowledge of Endnote reference manager preferred; highly organized, attention to detail, ability to multi-task, and work under tight timelines; outstanding communications – writing and speaking – and interpersonal skills, flexibility, patience, and problems solving skills required; excellent experience working as part of a team, showing leadership and taking initiative; experience in writing technical reports and in preparing presentations is strongly preferred.

Seed Global Health and Peace Corps: 2015 Global Health Service Partnership Volunteer Applications

Seed Global Health announces the opening today of the 2015 Global Health Service Partnership application cycle. Global Health Service Partnership, a joint initiative among Seed Global Health, the Peace Corps, and PEPFAR, will accept applications from physicians and nurses interested in serving as clinical educators in Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda starting the summer of 2015. Participants serve one-year assignments as Peace Corps Response volunteers serving in medical and nursing schools working alongside local faculty to help expand the base of physician and nursing educators in countries that face critical shortages of health care providers.

GHSP volunteers will receive monthly living stipends, transportation to and from their country of service, and other benefits. In addition, to ensure that financial constraints do not prevent the most skilled applicants from service, Seed Global Health provides stipends of up to $30,000 (Seed Global Health Debt Repayment). To learn more about the qualifications for physician and nurse applicants, please click here: Physician Applicants & Nurse Applicants.

The application cycle will be open from May 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014. To find out more about applying to the Global Health Service Partnership, please click here.

Recruiting Volunteer Coordinators for CENIT

CENIT works to improve the quality of life for women and children facing economic and social disadvantages in some of the most impoverished neighborhoods in Quito.

We are currently recruiting Volunteer Coordinators for a period of at least 6 months beginning now through the 2014/15 academic year. Our Volunteer Coordinators are crucial staff members, responsible for recruiting, supervising and supporting volunteers in their work. Working side by side with Ecuadorian staff and volunteers they are responsible for making sure that volunteers are accomplishing their objectives, are sustainable, and are benefiting the community and students to the greatest extent possible. For more information please check out the CENIT website.

Ashoka Changemakers - Social Innovation and Knowledge Management Intern

Who are we?
Ashoka Changemakers® provides the tools and resources to empower everyone to contribute to a better world. Our community's mission is to accelerate new ideas through participative competitions, connecting social innovators to funders, experts, and each other. No matter where you are starting--or where you are going--Changemakers makes it easier to share an idea, track progress, communicate with supporters, and invest in global change.

What is the role?
We are looking for an intern to support the co-creation of a knowledge resource aligned with the Ashoka Changemakers and Feedback Labs "Close the Loop" competition. This is an exciting and challenging role that involves researching and supporting the product development of this knowledge resource, as well as creating and implementing the engagement strategy for competition entrants. Working together with the Ashoka Changemakers + Feedback Labs team, the intern's responsibilities will include: interviewing organizations, aggregating resources, and developing social media strategy.

Who are we looking for?
We are looking for a graduate student or undergraduate with commensurate experience in political science and international development. This position focuses on research and trends analysis so the candidate should be a strong writer, problem solver, and creative thinker. A background in marketing and community-building is also desirable. This individual will be doing a lot of work across teams, and so should be a self-starter who is comfortable working collaboratively.

Details:
Location: 1700 N Moore Street, Suite 2000, Arlington, VA, 22209, US
Dates: mid-June to mid-August.
Full-Time: 40 hrs/week
Compensation: Unpaid

To Apply: To apply, please email your resume and cover letter. Selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Global Health Fellows Program II - Technical Advisor II: Health Systems Finance Advisor, USAID/Botswana

Location: Gaborone, Botswana
Assignment: Two Year Fellowship
GHFP-II-P3-114

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 working planning assistance, and ensures that professional development opportunities are available.

INTRODUCTION:
The Advisor will work with in-country entities to increase their domestic resources for health, manage those precious resources more effectively, and make recommendations on purchasing decisions. As a result the use of both primary and priority health services-- including HIV, tuberculosis, maternal & child health, and population & reproductive health services--will be increased. By fundamentally strengthening health systems, the Advisor will assist the GOB to navigate the economic transitions needed to achieve universal health care for its people.

The Advisor will provide technical expertise in Health Systems Financing, working collaboratively with the relevant ministries and PEPFAR implementing partners in capacity building, to develop a strategy and road map for short-term, medium-term and long-term priorities in Health Systems Financing. The Health Finance Advisor will provide technical advice in health financing by working collaboratively with the MOH, the National AIDS Coordination Agency (NACA), the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), PEPFAR implementing partners and other donors including UNAIDS, the World Bank, WHO and the EU. The Advisor will support MOH to develop and implement the National Health Financing Strategy which focuses on using available financial and other resources more effectively and efficiently, protecting and raising revenue, and developing a better public-private mix in financing and delivering health services.

In addition to providing direct technical assistance to the MOH to finalize the strategy, the Advisor will develop scopes of work and guide the technical assistance provided by USAID project-funded health financing experts. The Advisor will facilitate the close collaboration between USAID and the technical assistance provided by WHO to support the MOH in finalizing the strategy. S/he will also work with NACA and UNAIDS to complete the Investment Framework exercise and implement the NACA resource mobilization activities, such as the private sector partnership model for HIV and AIDS in Botswana.

The Advisor may also serve as activity manager for some agreements involving Health Systems Finance projects and other related activities that are expected to expand significantly under this new HSS focus. These could include projects that provide assistance in; costing health services; analyzing the roles of medical aid schemes recommending alternatives to increase enrollment and shift health services away from the public sector to private health practices; out-sourcing non-clinical services to private sector entities; and identifying alternative methods for increasing the health resource base and increasing the efficiency of health services operations, among others. The Advisor will provide programmatic oversight to PEPFAR partners who are responsible for building administrative, managerial, and programmatic capacity within Ministries, Civil Society, the Private sector, and others.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Strategic Planning and Program Design (30%):
Serving as the lead coordinator and technical expert in strategic planning and design of the health and HIV/AIDS financing activities.
Supporting the management and implementation of health and HIV/AIDS financing plans and policies and ensuring that PEPFAR implementing partners programs are aligned with GOB priorities.
Remaining informed and up-to-date on technical and management issues affecting the design, implementation and evaluation of PEPFAR health and HIV/AIDS financing activities, including keeping team members current on USAID and OGAC policies and procedures.
Ensuring that USG-supported health and HIV/AIDS financing activities address the organizational, technical and human dimensions of sustainability in Botswana.
Collaborating with the GOB and generating wide stakeholder buy-in to develop innovative health financing options.
Supporting the GOB to develop a detailed work plan for conducting consultations with other key stakeholders to select a health financing model.
Coordinating technical assistance inputs required to conduct health financing activities.
Supporting data collection, analysis and reports. Utilizing data to recommend evidence-based actions.

2. Technical Advisor and Activity Management (60%):
Serving as the technical advisor in health and HIV/AIDS financing to the USAID and PEPFAR teams, PEPFAR implementing partners, GOB counterparts, and the broader USG program.
Serving as the in-country activity manager for USAID health financing and governance activities in Botswana. In this context, the Advisor is responsible for all aspects of project management for her/his assigned activities, including technical and financial oversight of contractors and consultants, reviewing reports, and approving annual work plans. As appropriate, linking health financing activities to other HSS activities to create synergy and successful implementation of all HSS activities.
Reviewing and determining the appropriateness of proposed agreement modifications and submitting recommendation to the respective AOR for follow-up action.
Working with GOB institutions towards institutionalizing health finance related knowledge and expertise, including creation of linkages between the MOH and appropriate departments at the University of Botswana.
Drafting the health and HIV/AIDS financing sections of the annual Country Operating Plan, the Semi and Annual Progress Reports, Congressional Presentations, Portfolio Reviews, Performance Monitoring Plans, and other key documents. Specific tasks include tracking changes, editing and verifying partners' submissions for completeness and consistency with PEPFAR guidance.
Disseminating information on health and HIV/AIDS financing activities and results to GOB, USAID, PEPFAR and other key stakeholders in Botswana.
Ensuring that all program documentation meets both USG requirements and audit inspection standards, and comply with international standards.

3. Other Duties (Approximately 10%)
Establishing and maintaining contact with counterparts at NACA, the MOH, the MFDP, UN agencies, World Bank, EU and key implementing partners working in HSS and particularly in health financing in Botswana.

Training and Professional Development:
Keeping abreast of literature and latest developments in health and HIV/AIDS financing.
Deepening knowledge of health and health financing.
Participating in interagency and intra-agency working groups as appropriate to SOW.
Participating in professional continuing education and skills training within the purview of GHFP-II.

REQUIRED SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Master's degree in health financing, health economics, economics, health policy, public policy, public health, or related field.
Minimum five (5) years' related professional experience in public health financing, health economics, economics, health policy, public policy, or public health with at least two (2) years' experience in an international or resource challenged setting with a preference for in country experience in Botswana.
Experience conducting health expenditure analysis to inform policy/planning and/or previous experience conducting national health accounts exercise is desired.
Strong quantitative research skills.
Ability to interpret regulatory directives and related guidance.
Good research and presentation skills; able to convey technical information clearly to a non-technical audience.
Excellent interpersonal skills, tact and diplomacy, required to establish and maintain a wide range of senior level and working level contacts with health financing and HIV/AIDS programs in government, non-governmental, and private-sector circles.
Ability to work effectively within team and interagency environments.
Experience communicating, negotiating and working with academic organizations and senior level government officials desired.
Strong management and analytical skills are required to strategize, develop and implement effective USAID-supported health and HIV/AIDS financing programs; and strong financial management and administrative skills to track the performance of implementing partners.
Computer proficiency including MS Office (Word/Excel/PowerPoint) and ability to undertake search engine based research. Knowledge of statistical packages (like EPI-info/SPSS/Stata) is preferred.
Excellent written English language communications skills.
Ability to obtain medical clearance to live and work in Botswana.
US Citizenship or US Permanent Residency Required.

TO APPLY:
All applicants are required to apply for this position through GHFP's online recruitment system, 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 applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm Eastern Time on June 16, 2014.

Global Health Fellows Program II - Technical Advisor III: Senior Health Systems Strengthening Advisor, USAID/Botswana

Location: Gaborone, Botswana
Assignment: Two Year Fellowship
GHFP-II-P3-115

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 working planning assistance, and ensures that professional development opportunities are available.

INTRODUCTION:
The Senior Health Systems Strengthening Advisor (Senior Advisor) will be a member of the HSS Team that consists of a Public Private Partnership Specialist, a Supply Chain Specialist and a Health Systems Finance Advisor and will receive day to day guidance from the Health Office Director. The Senior Advisor will oversee a very important component of the overall PEPFAR Program, and its success is necessary for all the other components to succeed. The Senior Advisor will focus on health and social welfare system strengthening at the central level as well as at the district level to ensure sustainability of PEPFAR and post-PEPFAR activities. The Senior Advisor will fill a key technical role, and serve as a mentor and guide to the PEPFAR inter-agency Technical Working Group (TWG). S/he will serve as an activity manager and will provide technical expertise for USAID activities with the MOH that focus on human resources for health (HRH) and quality assurance/quality improvement (QA/QI), as well as on monitoring systems related to health, HIV/AIDS, OVC, gender and GBV. In coordination with other PEPFAR team members, the Senior Advisor will work primarily with MOH policy makers at the central level as well as with the District Health Management Teams that are delivering health services at the district level to ensure sustainability of PEPFAR activities. The Senior Advisor's responsibilities will include the full range of planning, implementing, monitoring, and overseeing systems strengthening HIV/AIDS activities related to the PEPFAR program. These responsibilities include regular contact and collaboration at managerial and policy levels in a complex and rapidly evolving country context, with counterparts in the MOH, the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, the Ministry of Labor and Home Affairs/Gender Affairs Department and the NACA, CSOs and private companies, donor and international organizations, and other USG entities working in furtherance of HIV and AIDS prevention, care, treatment, and impact mitigation goals in Botswana.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The primary responsibilities of the Senior Advisor include:

1.Strategic Planning and Program Design:

Serving as a lead coordinator and technical expert in strategic planning and design of the HSS activities.
Supporting the management and implementation of the plans, policies, and other multisectoral initiatives involving human resource reforms, including program design and institutional development.
Working with PEPFAR implementing partners (IP) programs on the alignment with GOB priorities.
Staying informed and up-to-date on technical and management issues affecting the design, implementation and evaluation of PEPFAR human capacity development and performance improvement programs, including keeping team members current on USAID and OGAC policies and procedures.
In an effort to address the organizational, technical and human dimensions of sustainability and the HRH needs in Botswana, providing technical advice on USG-supported human capacity development and performance improvement programs.

2.Technical Advisor and Activity Management:

Serving as the technical advisor in HSS to the USAID and PEPFAR Teams, PEPFAR implementing partners, GOB counterparts, and the broader USG program.
Providing technical guidance and advice in collaborating with related Technical Working Groups (TWG) in Botswana, USAID/Washington and OGAC.
Serving as the in-country activity manager for USAID systems strengthening activities in Botswana, particularly those related to human capacity development, performance improvement and QA/QI. In this context, the Advisor is responsible for all aspects of project management for her/his assigned activities, including technical and financial advice and recommendations to contractors and consultants, reviewing reports, and providing guidance on annual work plans. As appropriate, providing guidance and advice for other HSS program activities within the USAID portfolio for successful implementation.
Reviewing and analyzing the appropriateness of proposed agreement modifications and submitting recommendations to the respective AOR for follow-up action.
Liaising with counterparts and with partners on all aspects of financial expenditures, and financial reporting requirements and recommending actions to the respective AOR.
In coordination with the respective AOR, undertaking regular site visits of HSS implementing partners and maintaining regular communication with implementing partners to recommend feasible, results-oriented, gender-sensitive work plans and that sound management and financial plans are in place; that activity implementation is proceeding in accordance with the approved work plans.
Assisting implementing partners to troubleshoot implementation problems, and bring any major management or politically sensitive issues to the attention of the AOR, USAID Health Office Director and other PEPFAR Botswana senior staff as appropriate.
In close collaboration with the Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor: analyzing data and providing feedback on performance to implementing partners; determining when activity evaluations are necessary; aggregating results; and assessing the implications of these data for the causal relationships between activities and the relevant results.

3.Health Systems Strengthening Team Advice:

Preparing detailed analyses and estimates of annual PEPFAR HSS funding needs; monitoring obligations, commitments, expenditures, and results against targets; analyzing the results of the annual Expenditure Analysis exercise to evaluate program performance and effectiveness.
Coordinating responses by the USAID HSS Team to the USAID Health Officer and PEPFAR Coordinator requests for project information.
Supporting the development of the HSS sections in the annual Country Operating Plan, the Semi and Annual Progress Reports, Congressional Presentations, portfolio reviews, Performance Monitoring Plans, and other key documents. Specific tasks include tracking changes, and editing and verifying partners' submissions for completeness and consistency with PEPFAR guidance.
Disseminating information on HSS activities and results to GOB ministries, USAID, State Department and other colleagues in Botswana.
Reviewing program documentation for compliance with USG requirements, audit inspection standards, and compliance with international standards.
Coordinating the documentation of USAID activities with input from other HSS and USAID team members, as well as from PEPFAR colleagues and implementing partners to ensure timely submission to the PEPFAR Coordinator, USAID/SA, USAID/W, and OGAC with adequate time for OGAC Technical Working Group review and clearance.

Training and Professional Development:
Keeping abreast of literature and latest developments in health systems strengthening.
Deepening knowledge of health systems strengthening, project and financial management.
Participating in interagency and intra-agency working groups as appropriate to SOW.
Participating in professional continuing education and skills training within the purview of GHFP-II.

REQUIRED SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Master's degree in public health, human capacity development, public administration, social sciences, education or related field.
Minimum ten (10) years' experience in systems strengthening, project management, and financial management, especially in the context of HIV/AIDS issues and programs, with at least three (3) years' experience in an international or resource challenged setting with preference for in country experience in Botswana.
Experience in program design, strategic planning, program management and implementation, especially within a developing country text preferred.
Experience working with USAID or USAID funded health programs is preferred.
Excellent interpersonal skills, tact and diplomacy, required to establish and maintain a wide range of senior level and working level contacts with HIV/AIDS programs in government, non-governmental, and private-sector circles.
Ability to work effectively within team and interagency environments.
Strong project management and analytical skills are required to strategize, develop and implement effective USAID supported HIV and AIDS programs; and strong financial management and administrative skills used to track the performance of implementing partners.
The ability to interpret regulatory directives and related guidance.
The ability to organize and present information and to draft clear, concise documents.
Capability in Microsoft Office Suite applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and related logistics software for management, forecasting, etc.
Excellent written and oral English language communications skills.
Ability to obtain medical clearance to live and work in Botswana.
US Citizenship or US Permanent Residency required.

TO APPLY:
All applicants are required to apply for this position through GHFP's online recruitment system, 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 applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm Eastern Time on June 16, 2014.

Harvard EDX Course - "Improving Global Health: Focusing on Quality and Safety"

In this course, you will learn:

-The importance of focusing on quality for improving population health
-A framework for understanding healthcare quality
-Approaches to quality measurement
-The role of information and communication technology in quality improvement
-Tools and contextual knowledge for quality improvement

At the end of the course, through peer and faculty review, three of the best essays from the course will be published in the BMJ Quality and Safety Journal, arguably the most influential quality and safety journal in the world. Read more about it here.

Public Health Positions

Washington State Department of Health - State Epidemiologist for Communicable Diseases / Deputy Health Officer
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Massachusetts General Hospital - Global Primary Care Uganda Site Director
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Tennessee Department of Health - Deputy Medical Director, Division of Family Health & Wellness
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Find more Public Health Position Openings here.

Announcing UCSF Bootcamp for Global Health Care Delivery

October 2 - 5, 2014 in San Francisco, California

The UCSF Global Health Core is offering a Continuing Medical Education (CME)/ Continuing Education (CE) immersion program for early to mid-career health professionals in medicine, nursing, and pharmacy interested in serving globally and committed to incorporating global health care into their career path.

Taught by over a dozen experienced global health experts, the Bootcamp will use hands-on small group workshops and simulations to teach health system design and delivery, value chain mapping, leadership training, ethics and quality improvement principles tailored for resource-constrained settings. In addition, participants will have ongoing opportunities for longitudinal mentorship for one year following the Bootcamp.

Bootcamp faculty include Ambassador Eric Goosby, former head of PEPFAR, Joia Mukherjee, CMO of Partners in Health, Raj Panjabi, Founder of Last Mile Health, Sheila Davis, Chief Nursing Officer of Partners in Health, Tina Brock, UCSF School of Pharmacy, and International colleagues from Haiti and Liberia to lead small group sessions and case-based scenarios.

The President of the World Bank, Jim Kim, MD has said "the barrier to global health care delivery is not necessarily funding or knowledge of how to deliver health care: it is the ability to implement." The ability to implement in resource poor settings entails not only the will to serve, but also the expertise. The Bootcamp for Global Health Care Delivery will increase participants' readiness for work in resource poor countries.

The Bootcamp for Global Health Care Delivery will be limited to 36 participants so early registration is encouraged. To register for the Bootcamp, click here. Questions should be directed to Manisha Singh.

Organizing Committee:

Phuoc Van Le, MD MPH DTM&H
Division of Hospital Medicine. UCSF School of Public Health, UC Berkeley

Sriram Shamasunder, MD DTM&H
Division of Hospital Medicine, UCSF

Madhavi Dandu, MD MPH
Division of Hospital Medicine, UCSF
Global Health Sciences

Ethel Wu, MD
Division of Hospital Medicine, UCSF

Karen Duderstadt, RN PhD,
School of Nursing, UCSF

Tina Brock, BA BSPharm MS EdD
School of Pharmacy, UCSF

Students Needed to Assist with Faculty Health Policy Working Groups - Spring Quarter 2014 - 2014-2015 Academic Year

The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) is looking for one or two students to assist with three faculty working groups on health policy.  Jointly convened by the School of Medicine and FSI, the faculty working groups will tackle three sets of current health policy issues over the course of the next year or so.  Each working group is composed of faculty from across Stanford and each addresses one broad issue area:  (1) the diffusion and adoption of life-saving technologies in developing countries; (2) U.S. health care reform, and (3) globalization, biosecurity and the future of the life sciences. 

Students will take notes for the groups, write summaries of those notes, and possibly undertake other, related work if needed.  How the student work evolves will be determined by how these new faculty working groups evolve.   It is possible one student will be hired to assist all three working groups.  Or, multiple students may be hired.  

Specific responsibilities include:

1.  Taking notes at three working group meetings in spring quarter 2014.  

2.  Taking notes at five to eight working group meetings in each quarter of 2014-2015.

4.  Writing summaries of meetings. 

5. Other duties TBD. 

The student(s) should have sufficient knowledge of health policy issues to be able to take thorough, detailed and subtle notes.  He/she should be able to recognize and write well about the essence of each issue for the purpose of producing summaries.   Working group meetings will typically take place in Encina Hall from approximately 12:00 to 1:30pm, although occasionally meetings may be at other times. 

Students will be paid the university’s standard rate for student employment. Interested students should contact Elizabeth Gardner, FSI associate director for partnerships and special projects. 

Global Health Elective - Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente Northern California is proud to offer a merit-based clinical elective in Global Health to medical students from accredited U.S. medical schools who have successfully completed at least two years of medical school training. Participants in the Global Health Clinical Elective will, on average, spend 1 week at the Kaiser Permanente host site in pre-travel preparation and education, 1-2 weeks engaged in service based learning at the international site, and a final week back at the host site for debriefing and presentation of a scholarly project. Financial support up to $3000 is provided to each student to offset the cost of travel, malpractice coverage, and living abroad during the elective.

Applicant Criteria

Medical students applying for a KP Global Health Clinical Elective (KP-GHCE) must:
• Be in good standing at a fully-accredited U.S. medical school
• Have completed at least two years of medical school training and all pre-clinical training prior to dates of travel.
• Provide the written approval of their Medical School Dean
• Meet all specific requirements for international rotations as defined by their medical school
• Complete and submit the on-line application below
• Be available to travel on the dates offered

Application Procedure

Instructions for completing and submitting the KP-GHCE application:
• Attach letter of approval from Medical School Dean, along with your current CV and USMLE transcript
• Confirm availability to travel during dates offered

Application Review Process:

• Applications will be formally reviewed by the KP-GHCE Director and selection committee
• Applicants will be contacted within 21 days for additional information and possible phone interviews

Participant Expectations

Medical students who participate in KP-GHCE are expected to:
• Complete all pre-travel requirements and preparation
• Complete the entire 4 week global health clinical elective
• Complete a scholarly project and present this project to the KP Napa-Solano Family Medicine Residency Program
• Complete an evaluation of clinical rotation
• Complete expense report for reimbursement. All expectations of the rotation must be completed in order for the educational/travel stipend to be awarded

Indo-U.S. Vaccine Action Program (VAP) Small Research Grant Program

(R03) PA-13-179, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Applications are encouraged from organizations/institutions that propose to conduct vaccine-related research through U.S.-Indo collaborations on the following: dengue, influenza (including avian influenza), malaria, enteric diseases, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis. Basic, translational, clinical, or epidemiological vaccine research may be proposed.

Eligibility: faculty with PI eligibility (faculty with UTL, MCL and NTL-Research appointments) and CE faculty may apply if they request and receive approval for their CE Faculty PI waiver; only U.S. and India Organizations are eligible to apply.

Standard R03 small grant deadlines: June 16, Oct. 16
Standard AIDS-related deadlines: Sept. 7

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: Open Letters of Inquiry 

Letters of intent accepted on an ongoing basis. Guidelines can be found here.

Topics: 

Discovery & Translational Sciences
Enteric & Diarrheal Diseases
HIV
Malaria
Neglected Infectious Diseases
Pneumonia
Tuberculosis

Step 1: Download the LOI Instructions
Step 2: Download and Complete the LOI Application Form
Step 3: Submit your LOI online

General News:

In the latest round of seed grant funding from the Vice Provost of Online Learning's Office, Lauren Maggio and John Willinsky (Graduate School of Education) were awarded funds to design and teach the course Open Education, Open Knowledge: Changing the Global Course of Learning. This hybrid MOOC course will entail the collaboration of instructors from the US, Canada, Brazil, Ghana and Mexico and will be bilingual (Spanish-English). To be offered in Fall 2014, the course will examine how the global flow of learning and knowledge operates through new digital technologies, intellectual property regimes, and funding models, while addressing economic disparities, colonial legacies, educational standards, and population shifts.

Also another global health initiative to be co-taught with Makerere was also awarded funds in this round:
Among the school's latest offerings is Introduction to Essential Emergency Care, which will experiment with new teaching models for medical students in developing countries. The course, which also received funding from OIA, will be taught at Stanford and at Makerere University in Uganda. Find more information here.


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