Sr. Program Associate | International Trachoma Initiative (ITI)

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Regular Full-Time
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Task Force for Global Health
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Not Applicable
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Business Operations
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The Task Force for Global Health is an Emory University affiliate located in Decatur, GA. Its seventeen programs focus on building durable public health systems that serve all people. Focus areas include neglected tropical diseases, vaccines, and health systems strengthening. The Task Force received the 2016 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize–the world's largest award of its kind–in recognition of its extraordinary contributions to alleviating human suffering.


The International Trachoma Initiative (ITI) is a partner in the global program to eliminate trachoma as a public health problem. ITI supports the Global Programme through the donation of the antibiotic Zithromax® provided by Pfizer; data management; and advocacy through partnerships. An opportunity at ITI is an opportunity to work at the intersection of global health programs, policy, and advocacy.


The Sr. Program Associate designs, implements, coordinates operational facets of the ITI program and its related activities, while managing work plans that are designed to accomplish program goals and objectives, and implements changes for improvement and efficiency.



Provide technical support to Ministries of Health and national programs so that they can:

  • Prepare their annual Zithromax® application, ensuring compliance with the donation criteria
  • Develop and carry out plans for SAFE implementation, including development of activity plans (including Trachoma Action Plans), timelines, and budgets
  • Scale-up the drug donation within existing program countries
  • Join the ITI program as new donation recipient countries

Manage the country drug requests through every step of the process, including but not limited to:

  • Using available prevalence data, pre-populating the Zithromax® donation requests prior to sending to applicant countries
  • Liaising closely with national program coordinators and implementing partners to maximize access to donated Zithromax®
  • Understanding challenges faced by national programs in order to advocate on behalf of the programs to implementing partners, donors, and ITI management
  • Advocating on behalf of the country at the twice-annual Trachoma Expert

Committee meetings

  • Working with ITI supply chain team and national Ministries of Health to keep Memoranda of Under-standing up to date
  • Working closely with ITI management and supply chain team to ensure the correct quantity of Zithromax® arrives at the right place, at the right time, every time
  • Plan and coordinate the Trachoma Expert Committee (TEC) meetings, including:
    • drafting proceedings, developing the TEC book, ensuring applications are complete,
    • liaising with TEC members,
    • supporting the development of position papers, and
    • assisting in drafting conclusions and recommendations
  • Support the integration of trachoma activities into other neglected tropical disease initiatives

Communications and Knowledge Management

  • Prepare required materials for internal and external meetings, including forecasting meetings.
  • Prepare briefing materials for Director, Regional Director, and Deputy Director.
  • Contribute data and program information to global program reports.
  • Draft, proofread, and edit program documents, reports, presentations, correspondence, and content for communications materials.
  • Represent ITI at meetings and workshops through active participation, undertaking domestic and international travel.
  • Prepare trip reports and meeting reports in a standard format for inclusion in ITI’s permanent record.

Donor and Partner Management

  • Support the development and strengthening of partner relationships, including the International Coalition for Trachoma Control.
  • Assist with grant management, possibly including grant proposal writing, reporting on grants, establishing con-tracts, and reviewing reports on grants that ITI makes to partner organizations.

Additionally, the Sr. Program Associate participates fully as a member of the Task Force for Global Health by contributing to, assisting and participating in projects, activities, and initiatives as requested, and performs related responsibilities as required.


Domestic and international travel required (15-25%)


  • Bachelor's degree in a field related to specified program areas
  • Four years related program management experience, or equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.


  • Master’s degree in a field related to the program (e.g., MSc, MPH, MBA) is preferred but not required.
  • Experience in international programs
  • Experience in low income countries
  • Excellent written and verbal English communication skills
  • Proficiency in one of the following languages preferred: Amharic, Arabic, French, Portuguese, or Spanish
  • Demonstrated experience with one or more of the following: ARC GIS; biostatistical methods (especially survey design and interpretation); business management
  • Experience in partner relations
  • High attention to detail and quality
  • Strong interpersonal and intercultural skills

NOTE: This role will be granted the opportunity to work from home temporarily during the COVID-19 pandemic, with intent to return to an Emory University location in the future.  Emory reserves the right to change this status with notice to employee.


The Task Force hires staff through the Emory University Human Resources office. Want to learn more about The Task Force for Global Health, visit our TFGH Video Gallery

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