Senior Academic Partnerships Specialist

Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH)
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Aug 09

Position description

Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) is a five-year project of the Public Health Institute (PHI) supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Global Health (GH) Bureau. Its purpose is twofold: (1) Through individual fellowships, STAR will help strengthen the capacity of diverse American and low-and-middle-income country (LMIC) health professionals at all levels to make innovative contributions to global health (GH); and (2) STAR will create ground-breaking opportunities for both US and LMIC GH academic institutions and other groups, including professional associations, to create systems for open-access knowledge sharing, resulting in effective partnerships. STAR’s individual and institutional participants are contributing to the development of self-sustaining systems and tools that will produce global citizens with the full spectrum of relevant health competencies. The Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) is a sub-awardee on this project. 

CUGH’s Senior Academic Partnerships Specialist is a member of the Academic Partnerships and Communications (APC) team on the STAR project. The Senior Academic Partnerships Specialist leads CUGH’s programmatic portfolio across the STAR project. Supervised by the Institutional Learning Manager, the Senior Academic Partnerships Specialist is tasked with developing and leading the implementation (on behalf of CUGH) of academic partnership and learning activities, which contribute to USAID’s Global Health Bureau’s vision of creating sustainable academic partnerships and knowledge systems that inform and promote stronger global health practice and outcomes. The Senior Academic Partnerships Specialist is also tasked with strategically contributing to the STAR project’s annual workplan and reporting efforts on behalf of CUGH.  

Essential Responsibilities:

In coordination with CUGH Leadership and an Academic Partnerships Specialist, the Senior Academic Partnerships Specialist is responsible for the technical and operational contributions to the STAR project for CUGH. To perform these functions, s/he must be knowledgeable about basic organizational learning approaches, including USAID’s Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) Framework; basic principles of knowledge management (KM) and monitoring and evaluation (M&E); and experience with USAID subcontract regulations and award management (ADS 303). 

·       Support the development of innovative and scalable academic partnership efforts focused on building the capacity of institutions in low-and-middle-income countries (LMICs) to increase their ability to become better integrated into the development field

·       Leading the development of Collaboration Laboratory experiments and academic institutional partnerships supported through grant mechanisms. 

·        monitoring/evaluation indicators and processes, capacity-building tools and resources

·       Support the development of a CUGH-led communications strategy for the Collaboration Laboratory, including social media

·       Manage the operations of each Collaboration Laboratory iteration, including refining the online application, evaluation mechanisms, and selection processes 

·       Maintain a strong working knowledge of the STAR Project’s technical efforts to ensure accurate and routine communication with CUGH’s membership network 

·       Facilitate and manage the use of CUGH’s membership network towards STAR’s academic partnership’s activities. Illustrative activities may include utilizing the network’s expertise to support academic institutional mentorship, proposal/publication writing for LMIC-based institutions, capacity-building webinars, etc. 

·       Manage the development of key messages, materials, and tools to incentivize and support CUGH’s membership network towards STAR’s vision, goals and activities 

·       Contribute to STAR’s annual workplan and reporting efforts on behalf of CUGH  

·       Work closely with the Academic Partnerships Specialist to deliver CUGH’s responsibilities for the Project’s workplan


Education: Master’s degree in public health, global health, public administration, international relations or development. 

Work Experience:  To perform this job successfully, s/he must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Below are the knowledge, skill, and/or ability requirements: 

·       Experience working in public/global health preferred

·       Excellent project management skills

·       Minimum of three (3) years of experience in knowledge management or organizational learning 

·       Experience with the following strongly preferred: 

o  Facilitation of groups, events and workshops (including webinars) 

o  Supporting health communities of practice 

o  Experience working with institutions in low-and-middle-income countries (LMICs)

·       Superb analytical and communications skills

  • Excellent decision-making, problem solving, and judgment 

·       Proactive, resourceful, resilient team player 

  • Ability to work independently, handle multiple tasks, prioritize multiple assignments and be creative, trustworthy and reliable

Computer skills:  Microsoft Office, Google products required. Competency with Drupal content management software ( eg. Drupal 8.4 or above/ Apache HTTP Server/MariaDB Server or PHP scripting language) .   

Compensation: This position and salary are commensurate with experience. CUGH is proud to be an EEO/AA Employer. No phone calls please.

Benefits include 100% medical, dental, vision, short-term disability, long-term disability, paid time off and life insurance. Please note 401k benefits begin after one year of employment with a 3% employer match.

Application instructions

Please send CV and cover letter by Aug. 30th, 2019. Please indicate Senior Academic Partnerships Specialist in the subject line when applying. The successful applicant should be available to start work by Sept. 9th 2019.

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