Program Officer - Board on Global Health

Washington D.C.
Jan 11, 2019
Jan 25, 2019
Full Time
Job Description Summary:
The health of the world knows no boundaries, and health events in one area impact far beyond local populations. In light of this, the Board on Global Health (BGH) carries out activities and studies aimed at advancing the health of people worldwide.

The Board on Global Health is charged with monitoring the broad field of global health and the pursuit of critical concerns in three major areas:
1.U.S. policies and programs in global health;
2.Health problems in developing countries; and
3.Health issues of mutual concern to the United States and other industrialized and industrializing societies.

The mission of the Board is to provide expert analysis and judgments to the National Academies, the United States government, and to other appropriate audiences, on the meaning to the United States of health developments beyond its borders, and areas of U.S. international health investment that are most likely to benefit the health of the U.S. population and promote global well-being, security, and economic development.

The Forum on Public-Private Partnerships for Global Health and Safety launched in the fall of 2013 and is reflective of the growing role of the private sector in contributing to diverse global health initiatives. This forum seeks to foster a collaborative community of multisectoral health and safety leaders from multinational companies, as well as members from governments, foundations, humanitarian and professional organizations, academia, and civil society to leverage the strengths of varying sectors and multiple disciplines to yield benefits for global health and safety. Powerful partnerships among these stakeholders can foster dialogue, exchange knowledge, utilize innovation and technological and process efficiencies, and expand corporate social responsibility to synergistically advance humanitarian, international development, and corporate health interests. The forum's emphasis on low- and middle-income countries can provide opportunities for corporations to contribute to occupational and environmental health, community public health, and health systems strengthening to improve the health and safety of employees and communities around the world, as well as research and development in these areas.

Responsible for developing and managing one or more of the organization's programs or projects with minimal oversight by Director or Senior Program Officer. Develops program or project strategy and budget, supervises staff, and ensures program or project meets objectives. Assembles committees/panels and serves as staff liaison between committee/panel members and the National Academies. Develops prospectuses and raises funds for new projects.

Incumbent applies in-depth professional level knowledge to independently solve a full range of complex problems. The job's primary focus may be either leading studies or convening activities or managing organization programs (e.g., research programs, art programs, etc.). The work is primarily intellectual or analytical in character, requiring advanced knowledge. Assignments are broadly defined and require judgment and creativity to complete. Incumbent has authority to take whatever action deemed advisable or necessary, and is often responsible for oversight or management of other staff. Typically reports to Senior Program Officer or Director.
Job Description:


Designs and manages program(s) or project(s) of minimal or moderate complexity. In collaboration with supervisor, develops program or project strategy, manages budget, supervises staff, and ensures program or project meets objectives.  Activities may include leading studies, research programs, grant programs, fellowship programs, etc.

Where applicable and with director/senior program officer oversight, recruits potential committee/panel nominees and assembles appointment packages.  Communicates and coordinates with the committee/panel chair and members.  Identifies and gathers research materials for the committee.  Facilitates the flow of information among committee/panel members, consultants, staff, and other applicable parties. 

Conducts large and small workshops and/or meetings.  Develops agendas, invites presenters and participants, oversees meeting logistics and multimedia presentations, and prepares written summaries. 

Prepares background papers and technical summaries.  Develops written products (e.g., reports, proceedings, white papers).  Drafts and edits materials for publication.  For studies and other applicable programs, synthesizes and edits research findings and technical data and determines the relevance of data for purposes of activity. 

Supports committee members, forum members, workshop participants, etc. in all aspects of work.  For studies, assistance is provided in preparing the draft report, including writing sections of report based on committee input and review and editing the report for format, consistency, and grammar. Facilitates the response to review, responds to comments and concerns of editors, and prepares the final manuscript for publication. 

Where applicable, independently plans and implements extensive communications activities related to assigned programs or projects.  Creates and maintains materials, web sites, and social media channels to provide interest groups with information generated from and for activities. 

Where applicable, manages dissemination of reports and other types of publications.  Prepares dissemination plan and funding proposal.  Assists in managing report production activities.  Identifies and engages external organizations in dissemination.  Prepares dissemination materials.  Conducts dissemination meetings. 

Manages staff with minimal oversight by Director or Senior Program Officer.  Assigns tasks and provides guidance and feedback to staff.  Mentors staff and ensures required training is accomplished and participates in performance reviews.  Interprets and ensures consistent application of organizational policies.   

Oversees project budget and schedule and authorizes expenditures.  As required, collaborates with financial staff to ensure compliance.  

Collaborates with experts and sponsors from federal, state, and local government agencies, foundations, schools, and other organizations.  Represents the unit and committee within and outside the National Academies. 

With Director or Senior Program Officer oversight, conducts background research on topics for new studies, programs, or activities.  Writes prospectuses and proposals for new and continuing funding.  Identifies potential sponsors.  Raises funds for current and future projects.  Where applicable, manages funder/member/alumni relations. 


  • Related duties and special projects as assigned.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  Advanced knowledge of scientific, technical, or policy issues in a related discipline.  Strong program/project management skills.  Ability to understand and share technical/scientific issues with diverse audiences.   Ability to solve intellectual problems that are varied and complex using originality and ingenuity.  Ability to operate using appreciable latitude for independent judgment and action.  Ability to manage and develop projects.  Ability to work successfully in a team environment and to form and maintain effective teams.  Experience working in complex environments with a high degree of organizational effectiveness.  Ability to develop relationships with co-workers, employees in other National Academies' departments, and external constituents through effective communication.  Excellent communication skills with a proven ability to effectively interact with all levels of staff and constituents. 

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:  Master's degree in a related field or equivalent knowledge. 

Minimum Experience:  Three years of related professional experience.  Demonstrated basic proficiency in conveying scientific/technical/policy information. 

Preferred Education:  Ph.D. in related field preferred. 

Physical Capabilities:  Ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time.  Ability to travel.

Required Licenses, Certification or Registration:  None.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls:  Typically reports to senior program officer or director.  General direction is provided.  Supervises project/program staff with minimal oversight by director/senior program officer.

Work Environment:  Office environment, with occasional travel between National Academies' facilities and to off-site meeting/sponsor locations.

Any qualification to be considered equivalent, in lieu of stated minimum, requires the prior approval of the Office of Human Resources.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this job.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.  Some functions in this description may be specific to a particular unit of the National Academies and not applicable to other units. 

Employee Type:EmployeeScheduled Weekly Hours:37.5City/State:Washington, District of Columbia

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