Head, Centre for Global Health Security

Chatham House
  • Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
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  • Posted
    Dec 20

Position description

We are seeking an established expert in global health policy research to lead the Chatham House Centre on Global Health Security. 

The Centre examines key global health challenges and how they manifest themselves as foreign policy and international affairs problems. It seeks to help leaders around the world - in government, private foundations, international organizations and business - reach well-informed decisions that improve global health security. It does so by conducting independent research and analysis and facilitating dialogue between the international affairs and public health communities. 

The Centre's work to date has focused on understanding disease threats and determinants that transcend borders; improving access to health-related products, technologies and services; and sharpening international governance. Emphasis has been placed on topics such as antimicrobial resistance, global health surveillance, universal health coverage, and infectious disease response. These activities have resulted in a large number of Chatham House publications and peer-reviewed publications in medical journals. 

Building on this strong track record, you will lead the Centre into a new phase, delivering a bold, innovative and exciting agenda of research and activities to address pivotal challenges facing global health today. 

You are an inspirational leader, with an established track record of policy-relevant research, fundraising, and management. As an excellent communicator you can command attention and respect from internal colleagues and external organizations at senior levels. 

You will have a strong interest and comprehensive understanding of global health from an international affairs standpoint. You will have some international experience and are likely to have a specific focus on one or more of our core research topics. 

While further enhancing our international profile, audiences and networks, you will also develop collaborative research projects internally with other Chatham House departments and programmes, in keeping with the Institute’s central objective of promoting interdisciplinary research.

Your priorities include: 


  • Generate ideas and identify subjects and questions to be investigated through impactful research.
  • Work collaboratively with staff, consultants and fellows to design suitable projects.
  • Refocus projects and workstreams, creating a cohesive narrative attractive to audiences and supporters of our work. 
  • Raise the Centre’s profile through independent research, excellent publications, visits and presentations to governments, funders and other major research centres and international conferences.

Research Management

Take responsibility for the quality of research outputs, maintaining our existing high standards and continuously striving for improvements. Other priorities include:

  • Ensure the effective and positive interaction between different strands and areas of research within the team. 
  • Work collaboratively to coordinate (where appropriate) with other research programmes, projects and departments.
  • Monitor the progress of research activity, encouraging timely delivery as well as provide guidance on the implementation of projects.
  • Encourage high quality performance and provide advice, mentorship and support to programme staff and consultants where appropriate.

Strategic Management

  • Work with Chatham House senior management, Centre staff and external stakeholders to undertake a review of the Centre’s current strategy and oversee the development of an updated five-year strategy 

Generation of Funding

Take the lead in identifying and generating funding to cover the budget, supporting staff in their own funding activities and ensuring a diverse distribution of funders across our activities. 

  • Lead and advise in the preparation of funding applications, in consultation and collaboration with others.
  • Maintain strong and long-lasting relationships with foundations, government funding departments, corporate sponsors and other significant funding sources.

Budget Accounts/Finance

Responsible for the oversight of Centre finances and accountable for performance against budget. 


Key priorities: Raise the Centre’s profile through development of strong networks with policy-makers, policy experts and the media.

  • Identify and pursue opportunities for the appropriate communication and dissemination of project findings, through seminars, workshops, publications and the full range of on-line resources.
  • Gain appropriate publicity and visibility for activities and research through the website and other media channels.

Supervision of Staff, Consultants & Associate Fellows

Key priorities: Leadership; management of a team which has a mix of research and managerial staff. Additionally, you will supervise the contributions of consultants who work on a per-project basis, as well as Associate Fellows, ensuring they are fully integrated into the Centre’s plans and strategy.


Essential Qualifications, Experience and Knowledge:

  • Deep understanding and insight into global health issues.
  • Extensive experience within this field of study as well as consistent record of successfully leading the delivery of substantial research outputs.
  • Ability to create strategic vision for the long-term development of the Centre and desire to achieve recognizable goals that benefit the institution as a whole.
  • A good network of policy and funding contacts.
  • Established record of being able to successfully develop teams of people as well as a deep understanding of how to guide, encourage, motivate and get the best from staff.
  • Experience of hiring authorities in the field relevant to ongoing project initiatives.
  • Experience of working in a related, policy-orientated governmental, inter-governmental or non-governmental organisation.

Essential Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the capacity to build relationships both internally and with external organizations. 
  • Superb communication skills, able to present information and arguments persuasively.
  • Successful record of raising sustainable funds for research and projects.
  • Demonstrable organizational skills and work logically and methodically.
  • An excellent trouble-shooter and problem-solver.
  • Resourcefulness and critical thinking, and the ability to be responsive in a dynamic environment as well as an ability to remain calm and deal successfully with challenging situations and significant volumes of work.
  • A forward-thinking, self-motivating approach to work, with a collegiate, collaborative and consistent attitude.


  • A relevant post graduate qualification.

Chatham House encourages flexibility and we are an equal-opportunity employer who values diversity.

Application instructions

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