Pure Earth is building on its extensive experience working on lead pollution and exposure to launch an ambitious Global Lead Initiative and seeks qualified candidates for the new position of Program Officer, Global Lead Initiative. The Program Officer will work in Pure Earth’s New York City headquarters office and will report to Pure Earth’s Director of Global Policy and Planning, who oversees the Initiative.
Lead is a heavy metal used in a variety of products around the world. It is also a potent neurotoxin. When children are exposed to lead, it can result in lifelong health problems including permanent neurological damage. Each year, exposures to lead result in more than one million premature deaths, globally. These impacts are disproportionately experienced in low-income communities, where awareness of risks and resources to protect children may be limited.
The Global Lead Initiative is a grant-funded program that seeks to reduce childhood exposures to lead from some of the most prevalent sources, including substandard recycling of lead acid batteries (e.g. automobile batteries), spices contaminated with lead, and pottery made with leaded glaze. The initiative is initially structured as a four-year, five-country program spanning Latin America, Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia, and is expected to expand in duration, funding, and geographic scope.
The Program Officer will have a central role in administering this global program and working with country teams to ensure high-quality planning, execution, and reporting of associated activities. The position will entail both intellectually stimulating elements that draw on the candidate’s experience and provide unique learning and leadership opportunities, as well as administrative duties associated with grant and personnel management that are necessary to achieve the programmatic goals. The ideal candidate will have experience in chemical pollution, environmental health, and international development projects, be extremely detail oriented, have superb organizational and report writing skills, and be effective at coordinating a geographically and culturally diverse team.
Key responsibilities include:
Candidates must have existing authorization to work in the U.S.
Email a resume, cover letter, and writing sample as a single attachment to [email protected] Do not apply directly through Indeed of any other job aggregator, as such applications will not be reviewed. The subject line of your email must read: “Program Officer, Global Lead Initiative.” The application deadline is October 2, 2020, at 5pm ET.
Interviews are likely to begin in mid-October. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls will be accepted.
The start date is somewhat flexible based on the candidate’s needs, but is expected to be November 2020.
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