Fellow (Global Health Security) - Global Health Policy Center

Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Mar 15

Position description

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a non-profit, bipartisan public policy organization established in 1962 to provide strategic insights and practical policy solutions to decision makers concerned with global security and prosperity.  Over the years, it has grown to be one of the largest organizations of its kind, with a staff of some 200 employees, including more than 120 analysts working to address the changing dynamics of international security across the globe.


The Global Health Policy Center (GHPC) works with diverse stakeholders to make U.S. global health efforts more strategic, integrated, and sustainable, as well as to raise awareness of global health and its importance to U.S. national security.  The key focus areas include global health security, women’s and children’s health, nutrition and food security, the sustainability of U.S. bilateral and multilateral global health initiatives, and the burden of infectious diseases.  The Associate Fellow or Fellow supports the operational and substantive goals of the GHPC and plays a key role in advancing the GHPC’s major initiative in global health security, the CSIS Commission on Strengthening America’s Health Security. The final candidate will be hired either for the mid-level Associate Fellow position or at the senior-level Fellow position, depending on the candidate’s level of experience.  This is a one-year term limited position until July 31, 2020 that may be extended depending on availability of funding.  The desired start date for this role is April 15, 2019.

The Commission is a two-year effort organized by the CSIS GHPC that brings together a distinguished and diverse group of high-level opinion leaders who bridge security and health, comprising members of Congress, past administrations, industry, foundations, universities, and NGOs, and the Commission is advised by a group of preeminent subject experts. The Commission’s core aim is to chart a bold vision for the future of U.S. leadership in global health security – at home and abroad.  Its work is focused on five pillars: (i) high-risk disease outbreaks; (ii) the fight against drug resistance; (iii) managing the risks of evolving biotechnology; (iv) developing effective medical countermeasures; and (v) protecting health security in the face of global disorder. 

This position will directly support the Director of GHPC, who also directs the Commission.  Responsibilities will include writing research reports, short thought pieces and multimedia pieces, and policy analyses, and tailoring messages to different audiences, especially U.S. policy makers and members of Congress.  The Associate Fellow or Fellow will also be responsible for day-to-day coordination of the Secretariat for the Commission, including program/project organization, external outreach, and operational tasks.  The Associate Fellow or Fellow will support the Director in the following duties and responsibilities and liaise daily with the GHPC Executive Director, Associate Director, Senior Fellows/Associates, junior staff, interns, and external consultants.



Essential functions may include, but are not limited to, supporting the Director in the following:

 I. Research, Writing, and Project Management related to the Health Security portfolio (60-75%), including but not limited to:

    • Serving as a substantive expert on global and U.S. health security and contributing substantively as a member of the Commission Secretariat
    • Researching and contributing writing to thought pieces and multimedia products on health security in support of the Commission in consultation with the Director
    • Serving as communications focal point on the Commission, including liaising with high-level Commission members and their staff, other CSIS programs/offices, and other interested parties
    • Representing the Commission and the Director at meetings, hearings, and public/private events
    • Planning, coordinating, and implementing health security-related podcasts for GHPC’s Take as Directed podcast series
    • Providing strategic project management for the Commission Secretariat
    • Other tasks as assigned by the Director or Executive Director

 II. Administrative Duties (15-30%), in support of the Secretariat for the Commission, including but not limited to:

    • Providing ongoing task management, including coordination of deliverables
    • Ensuring timely execution of regular Commission communications
    • Leading the organization of select Commission meetings, conferences, and events, and other logistics as assigned by Director
    • Other tasks as assigned by the Director or Executive Director

 III. Other GHPC Administrative, Research, Writing, and Support (10%), such as:

    • Backstopping GHPC junior staff on coordination of events and trips as needed
    • Other substantive activities as assigned by the Director or Executive Director



  • 5-10 years related experience in global and U.S. health security policy and program/project management;
  • Demonstrated strong knowledge of global health security, e.g. policies, programs, stakeholders, bilateral relationships, and multilateral coordination platforms, particularly U.S. investments, the U.S. Congress, and relevant U.S. executive agencies;
  • Master’s degree or higher in Global Health, International Relations, International Development, Public Policy/Administration, or related field;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills including the ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from constituency groups, media, governmental entities, and the general public, including senior-level representatives of the U.S. Government, international organizations, and foreign governments;
  • Superior research and strong analytic skills with demonstrated ability to write coherent research reports, concept papers, and short analyses independently, on deadline, and in clear, simple language;
  • Ability to operate under pressure and in a fast-paced environment;
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Must possess a self-starting, entrepreneurial mind-set and be able to work well independently and in teams;
  • Must possess sound judgment and impeccable integrity, positive attitude, and creative outlook;
  • PC literate, specifically MS Office, and familiarity with web-based research tools



The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee working in an office environment.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.


Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

Application instructions


Interested applicants should submit a cover letter of interest, resume, and writing sample to: https://csiscareers.silkroad.com


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