Director of Research Brighton Collaboration

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Regular Full-Time
Affiliated Organizations
Task Force for Global Health
This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
Not Applicable
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Business Operations
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Task Force for Global Health

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The Task Force for Global Health (TFGH), 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. Expertise includes neglected tropical diseases and other infectious diseases; vaccine safety, distribution, and access; and health systems strengthening.


Our COVID-19 activities include providing vaccine safety guidelines; advising on digital contact tracing; training epidemiologists on disease surveillance and response; distributing essential protection and treatment to hard-hit communities; using existing health programs to ensure protection for vulnerable groups, such as those afflicted with other diseases; and leveraging our existing supply chains for ongoing response and to help countries deliver vaccines. For more information, visit www.taskforce.org.



The Center for Vaccine Equity (CVE) works on specific vaccine-preventable diseases, vaccine safety, vaccine hesitancy and implementing the necessary delivery systems so that vaccines are delivered to those who need them. CVE also serves as Secretariat for several global health partnerships that advance this mission.


For the last two decades, the Brighton Collaboration (BC) has built trust in the safety of vaccines through rigorous science. It does this by developing standards [e.g., case definitions for adverse events following immunization (AEFI)/of special interest (AESI)], guidance, protocols, tools and international monitoring approaches for globally harmonized safety assessment of human vaccines [e.g., those in the WHO Expanded Program on Immunizations (EPI), vaccines for pandemic use, and others under development].



  • Provides strategic leadership and technical direction for various aspects of a large and complex international program.
  • Responsible for technical development and implementation of the program.
  • Builds partnerships and relationships, works with donors.
  • Directs the strategic planning and development of a large and complex program.
  • Develops short and long term program goals and objectives.
  • Oversees related special projects.
  • May represent the program in various national and international settings.
  • May manage the solicitation of funding from foundation, corporate, individual and governmental donors.
  • Collaborates with and seeks the support of representatives from other organizations.
  • Performs related responsibilities as required.


  • The Director of Research for the Brighton Collaboration (BC) will work with the BC Scientific Director to assess data and information leading to science-related decisions that govern BC’s work.
  • The Director of Research partners with key partner organizations such as the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Ministries of Health, the World Health Organization (WHO), pharmaceutical partners, and other organizations involved in vaccine safety.
  • Provides support and technical expertise to key funded projects and seeks funding for additional projects as opportunity arises.
  • Represents the program in various national and international settings.
  • Performs related responsibilities as required.


  • Assumes a senior role in the planning, development, and implementation of various aspects of a complex global
    health program.
  • Serves as a liaison and key spokesperson to various committees and organizations.
  • Collaborates with representatives from private, government, and international agencies to design, implement
    and/or evaluate program-related projects and strategies.
  • Conducts research, designs new initiatives, and writes publishable articles and papers.
  • Drafts grant proposals and prepares/presents associated reports to funding organizations.
  • Engages in fundraising initiatives on behalf of the program.
  • May lead policy formulation and strategy development.


  • Manages the overall continuous quality improvement by working closely with the Scientific Director.
  • Implements policies and prepares reports, agendas, and other work products.
  • May represent the BC on committees and at conferences and meetings.
  • Provides technical support to the SPEAC project and related working groups.
  • Manages process for escalation of stakeholder issues.
  • Oversees scientific materials dissemination (draft of scientific reports, conference, publications, etc.).
  • Liaises with CEPI and SPEAC Program Managers on project status.
  • Prioritizes and follows up on new requests from CEPI and/or developers.
  • Assesses performance versus established goals and identifies ways to address deficiencies or inefficiencies.


  • Provides support to BC full-time staff, consultants, volunteers, and students, and assists them in achieving their
    performance goals.
  • Provides input and guidance into the staffing process; actively participates in staff recruitment, development,
    and retention activities.
  • In collaboration with the Scientific Director, provides guidance and recommendations for allocation of resources
    and the assignment of specific management roles across various vaccine safety projects.
  • Ensures adequate financial and narrative reporting to funding organizations.

Up to 20% Domestic and International travel.



  • MD or PhD with training in public health, epidemiology, or related field and five years of related work experience, or equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.
  • At least five years working in vaccine safety or immunization program related fields.


  • Experience working with pharmacoepidemiology/vigilance/vaccine safety monitoring programs in both high and low-and middle-income countries.
  • Experience working with U.S. government agencies, Ministries of Health, and National Regulatory Authorities, especially in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Familiarity with WHO COVID-19 vaccines: safety surveillance manual.
  • Strong skills in the design and field implementation of epidemiologic studies of rare outcomes, including protocol development, questionnaire design, ethical review, database management, training of field staff, overseeing field data collection, data entry and cleaning, and scientific and statistical data analysis.
  • Experience working with immunization programs, regulatory authorities, and/or other disease surveillance programs in the development and updating of national guidelines and related tools.
  • Experience with the design and implementation of active disease surveillance, operations research, and program evaluation methodologies.
  • Ability to think conceptually, strategically, organizationally, and analytically and develop pragmatic solutions to complex problems as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

NOTE: This role will be granted the opportunity to work from home regularly but must be able to commute to Emory University on a flexible weekly schedule based upon business needs.  Schedule is based on agreed upon guidelines of department of work.  Emory reserves the right to change remote work status with notice to employee.

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