Respiratory Virus Prevention Program Director | CVE

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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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Executive Leadership
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The Task Force for Global Health (TFGH), based in Atlanta and 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. The Center for Vaccine Equity (CVE) works to assure all people have equal access to life-saving vaccines by expanding availability, supporting vaccine impact studies, and building delivery systems that facilitate access in developing countries. CVE also serves as Secretariat for a number of global health partnerships that advance this mission.


RVPP BACKGROUND: The Respiratory Virus Prevention Program (RVPP) is comprised of four initiatives, PIVI, Ready2Respond, CoVIP, and the Global Funders Consortium, and is intended to reduce morbidity and mortality from respiratory viruses through making effective vaccines more accessible.  Influenza is a leading cause of death and disease worldwide, with higher rates of deaths in low income countries, where life-saving vaccines are underused. Accelerating the expansion of influenza vaccination programs in LMICs will save lives and advance preparedness for the next pandemic.  Ensuring that LMICs can use COVID-19 vaccines quickly and effectively will reduce the impact of the pandemic substantially.  The work of the four programs is designed to reduce disease annually, but also to build capacity to respond to public health emergencies for which vaccines are a key tool.


The Respiratory Virus Prevention Program is comprised of four initiatives that are intended to support prevention of viral respiratory disease through vaccination.  The Partnership for Influenza Vaccine Introduction (PIVI) supports the development of sustainable influenza vaccination programs in low and middle-income countries through provision of vaccines and technical assistance.  CoVIP (COVID-19 Vaccine Introduction Program) supports low and middle-income countries to implement and evaluate COVID-19 immunization programs in response to the pandemic.  Ready2Respond is a coalition of public and private partners that work together to advance pandemic vaccine preparedness through influenza vaccination program support.  The Global Funders Consortium for Universal Influenza Vaccine Development (Consortium) is a mechanism to bring together funders of research and development to identify gaps that are preventing progress in the field and to identify opportunities for funding critical activities to accelerate the development of next generation influenza vaccines. 




The Program Director position will direct the activities of these four initiatives and is responsible for each achieving its goals and ensuring that the work of each complements the others and are aligned with global disease prevention goals. The Director is responsible for developing, cultivating, and maintaining productive collaborations with global stakeholders, national Ministries of Health, and funders to ensure progress toward the shared global vision of reducing morbidity and mortality from respiratory diseases.  The position will provide recruitment and management of staff, financial management and program development. This position is based at The Task Force for Global Health's headquarters in Decatur, Georgia, USA.


  • Oversee the operations of the component programs of the Respiratory Virus Prevention Program.
  • Analyze context, situation, and environment to develop short-term and long-term goals and objectives for TFGH respiratory diseases activities.
  • Provides input and guidance into the staffing process; actively participates in staff recruitment, development, and retention activities.
  • Provides leadership, technical and organizational support, and supervisory oversight to direct work with funders and global program partners to ensure that programs have sufficient resources and collaborations to succeed.
  • Build collaborative relationships with key stakeholders, funding partners, advisory boards, governments, NGOs, and management and staff at TFGH.
  • Seek opportunities, resources, and new alliances to expand and enhance RVPP.
  • Promote and maintain effective communication and good relations within the organization, with partner organizations, and with funders
  • Work closely with the CVE Director and Deputy Director to ensure that RVPP is aligned with and supports CVE’s mission.
  • Determine, in collaboration with partners and involved countries, appropriate long-term strategies for reducing the incidence, morbidity, and mortality related to respiratory viral illnesses and vaccination strategies.
  • Support CVE strategic development and ensure that RVPP complements other CVE and TFGH programs and goals.
  • Work closely with the CVE Director and Deputy Director to plan for budget needs and reporting.
  • Provide technical and strategic advice to CVE Director, related to viral respiratory vaccine issues, and broader infectious disease and vaccine related issues as needed.
  • Provide technical expertise to assist the development of viral respiratory diseases prevention programs, working with TFGH programs and global stakeholders.
  • Engage as appropriate with other programs of the Task Force to seek opportunities for cross-program synchrony.
  • Serve as a Director, Partnership for Influenza Vaccine Introduction (PIVI) program
  • Support the creation of a strategic plan for PIVI
  • Support efforts of the TFGH to engage vaccine manufacturers and other private industry to provide free or low-cost vaccines to partner countries
  • Coordinate PIVI’s interactions with CDC’s Influenza Division for the provision of technical support for the program
  • Serve as the principal liaison with PIVI partners, such as WHO, BMGF, Ministries of Health, GAVI, and other potential stakeholders.
  • Recruit and supervise the Director of CoVIP and work with Director in the recruitment of program staff.



Participate fully as a member of the Task Force for Global Health leadership team by contributing, assisting and participating in ongoing Task Force meetings and initiatives, including but not limited to annual planning and budgeting and such other duties as assigned by management.



20-25% domestic and international travel required.




  • MD or PhD with at least 20 years of public health experience.
  • Experience in establishing and overseeing global coalitions for disease prevention.
  • Proven management and organizational skills, including experience in leading, building, and successfully managing a diverse team.
  • A record of scientific excellence and achievement as demonstrated (for example) by publications in peer-reviewed journals, presentations of epidemiologic investigations at scientific conferences, and/or successful application for research funding.
  • At least 10 years of successful management and leadership experience at the senior level to include the following: strategic planning, team building, program development and management, organizational development, and international relations.



  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal English skills.
  • Proven record of academic publications.
  • Recognized global expert in respiratory virus diseases.
  • Experience in working with key stakeholders including CDC, WHO, and Industry partners.


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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