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Fellow - Global Health Security

Research Programs & Projects

Washington, DC
ID: 999-233



At CSIS we actively seek to employ a diverse group of people who embody our organizational values. We welcome and encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply, especially those from traditionally underrepresented groups.


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 Fellow supports the operational, strategic, and substantive goals of the GHPC and plays a key role in advancing the GHPC’s major initiatives in global health security, including the CSIS Commission on Strengthening America’s Health Security. This is a term limited, in person position until September 30, 2022, that may be extended depending on availability of funding.

The CSIS Global Health Policy Center established the CSIS Commission on Strengthening America’s Health Security Commission in April 2018. Over the following two years, the Commission worked to identify the key weaknesses and gaps in U.S. global health security policy, with a special focus on strengthening U.S. engagement outside our borders while also addressing domestic preparedness. The Commission was renewed in October 2020 and will continue for another two-year period, through 2022.

The Commission 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. Immunizations and primary health care work is integrated within the Commission and activities are closely aligned with the Commission’s work plan. The Commission’s core aim is to drive discourse and develop concrete action agendas for U.S. health security policy in the Covid-19 era. The Commission is focused on the following key issue areas: (1) U.S. Leadership in the Covid-19 Era; (2) Building a New Order; (3) Science and Anti-Science

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 Fellow will be responsible for program/project organization and management, external outreach, and operational tasks. The fellow will also be responsible for managing a research associate, who supports the administrative needs of the Commission. The Fellow will support the Director and liaise daily with the GHPC Deputy Director, Senior Fellows/Associates, project staff, interns, and external consultants.



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


Research, Writing, and Project Management related to the Health Security and Immunization portfolios (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
•Leading research projects and authoring policy analyses on global health issues, both independently and in partnership with other CSIS staff and affiliates
•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 global health policy issues, including liaising with high-level Commission members and their staff, other CSIS programs/offices, and other interested parties
•Representing the Program and the Director at meetings, hearings, and public/private events
•Planning, coordinating, and implementing podcasts for GHPC’s Take as Directed and Pandemic Planet podcast series
•Providing strategic project management for the Program
•Other tasks as assigned by the Director or Deputy Director

Administrative Duties (15-30%), including but not limited to:

•Providing ongoing task management, including coordination of deliverables and grant management
•Ensuring timely execution of regular internal and external communications
•Working with the research associate and program coordinator to organize and execute meetings, conferences, and events, and other logistics as assigned by Director
•Other tasks as assigned by the Director

Fundraising and Support (10%), such as:

•Coordinates and develops relationships with funding sources
•GHPC project staff on coordination of events and trips as needed
•Other substantive activities as assigned by the Director or Deputy Director




•5-10 years related experience in global and U.S. health policy and policy development;
•Demonstrated strong knowledge of global health security, Immunization or primary health care 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 equivalent related work experience in the 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;
•Advanced 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;
•Experience managing project budgets and grants;
•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, maturity and impeccable integrity 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.




Interested applicants should submit a résumé, cover letter, and college transcript at