Program Manager

Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Apr 25

Position description

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 more than 200 employees, including more than 120 analysts working to address the changing dynamics of international security across the globe.

The CSIS 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.  


CSIS GHPC seeks a highly motivated Program Manager to support its global health portfolio and GHPC’s operational and substantive goals. This position will directly support GHPC’s Director, Executive Director (ED), and Associate Director (AD) in implementing a diverse portfolio of activities and play a key role in advancing the GHPC’s major initiatives. The ideal candidate will be a global health policy generalist who has experience in program/project management, including budgets; knowledge of a variety of different global health subject areas; is able to work concurrently on activities and projects that span multiple subject areas; and is adaptive and reflexive to changing operational needs.  S/he must be able to multi-task, appropriately prioritize competing demands, and effectively communicate.  Experience with multimedia, external communications, and social media is highly desired.

The Program Manager will support the execution of a number of projects across the GHPC portfolio; help plan and implement events and travel; and coordinate podcast development and execution.  In addition, the Program Manager will support the Director and ED in the following duties and responsibilities and coordinate daily with other GHPC staff, associates, interns, and external consultants. 

This is a term-limited position through July 31, 2020, but may be extended based on funding availability.


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

Contribute to the intellectual vitality of the Center by producing work which embodies the CSIS principles of scholarly independence, objective analysis, political bipartisanship, and policy impact.

  1. Project Management (75%), including but not limited to:
    • Providing ongoing task management, including coordination of deliverables
    • Planning, coordinating, editing, and implementing podcasts for GHPC’s Take as Directed series
    • Coordinating event logistics for meetings, activities, seminars, and briefings
    • Coordinating logistics for Program study trips
    • Drafting email and other correspondence, tweets, or other social media content
    • Updating web and social media content to reflect project developments
    • Providing input into content for the monthly GHPC newsletter and GHPC’s social media platforms
    • Conducting topical and regional research in support of Program publications and briefings and/or providing input into thought pieces and multimedia products
    • Monitoring news and developments in global health and related areas
    • Communicating with external contacts and other CSIS experts
    • Representing GHPC at meetings, hearings, and public/private events
    • Generating and developing ideas for research projects, events, and speakers
    • Travel (potentially) for research or conferences
    • Other tasks as assigned by the Director or ED
  1. Office Administrative and Management Duties (25%), potentially including but not limited to:
    • Backstopping the ED, AD, and/or junior staff on key administrative and management tasks, e.g. coordination and implementation of events and trips as needed
    • Contributions to the preparation of fundraising proposals and reports to funding sources of the Program
    • Other tasks as assigned by the Director, ED, AD, Fellow and/or Senior Associates



The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Performances of duties require the use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The job frequently requires ability to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. 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.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.



  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Global/Public Health, International Relations, International Development, Public Policy/Administration, or related field;
    • Minimum Master’s degree + 2 years or Bachelor’s + 4 years related professional experience in global health policy and/or program/project management;
  • Must have demonstrated, strong knowledge of global health, e.g. policies, programs, stakeholders, bilateral relationships, and multilateral coordination platforms, particularly U.S. investments;
  • Ability to operate under pressure and in a fast-paced environment;
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Must possess 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;
  • Must possess strong 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.
  • Must possess a self-starting, entrepreneurial mind-set and be able to work well independently and in teams;
  • Candidate should possess sound judgment and impeccable integrity, positive attitude, and creative outlook;
  • PC literate, specifically MS Office, and familiarity with web-based research tools; and
  • Experience with external communications, multimedia production, and social media in a professional setting desired.

Application instructions


Interested applicants must submit their resume, cover letter that speaks directly to interest and experience in global health (especially any policy and/or interagency experience), and a short writing sample (no more than five pages) at Applications that do not include all materials may not be reviewed.  Closing date is May 20, 2019.  

For more information on the Global Health Policy Center’s work, please visit:

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