Senior Program Officer, Vaccine Advocacy and Education


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Senior Program Officer, Vaccine Advocacy and Education

Organization:Sabin Vaccine Institute

Program:Vaccine Advocacy and Education

Position Title: Senior Program Officer

Reports to: Executive Vice President


Organization Summary:


Sabin Vaccine Institute (Sabin) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization of scientists, researchers and advocates dedicated to reducing needless human suffering caused by vaccine preventable and neglected tropical diseases. Sabin works with governments, leading public and private organizations, and academic institutions to provide solutions for some of the world’s most pervasive health care challenges. Since its founding in 1993 in honor of the oral polio vaccine developer, Dr. Albert B. Sabin, the Institute has been at the forefront of efforts to control, treat and eliminate vaccine preventable and neglected tropical diseases by developing new vaccines, advocating use of existing vaccines, and promoting increased access to affordable medical treatments. For more information please visit


Program Summary:


The Sabin Vaccine Institute’s Vaccine Advocacy and Education program works together with leading health experts and organizations to promote awareness and increased utilization of both new and traditional, underutilized vaccines. Advocacy efforts to date have focused on mobilizing leaders for the prevention of rotavirus, pertussis, rubella, human papillomavirus (HPV), typhoid fever, meningococcal disease, pneumococcal disease and dengue fever.


Position Summary:


The Senior Program Officer is responsible for a broad range of activities associated with the ProVac Initiative, including technical research, distribution of lessons learned and advocacy. The ProVac Initiative, launched in September 2006 by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), provides technical cooperation to decision makers and strengthens national capacity to make evidence-based, informed decisions in the context of the introduction of new vaccines. This is an exempt position reporting to the Executive Vice President.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Coordinate day-to-day Sabin activities of the ProVac project

  • Coordinate and facilitate working groups and other forums to build the capacity of partners for evidence-based decision making around new vaccine introduction

  • Write and author peer reviewed articles outlining lessons learned from the experience of developing and piloting a strategy to effectively communicate and advocate for the uptake of evidence

  • Act as facilitator in regional training workshops on the use of economic evaluation to support evidence-based decision making for new vaccine introduction

  • Develop a strategy to guide in-country multidisciplinary study teams on how to communicate and advocate for the uptake of evidence in the priority-setting process for new vaccine immunization policy

  • Develop communications and advocacy materials to support evidence-based decision making around new vaccines

  • Pilot test communication and advocacy strategy and accompanying materials

  • Other duties as needed


Experience and Educational Requirements:


  • Master’s Degree in a relevant scientific discipline, MPH preferred

  • Minimum of 5 years relevant experience

  • Experience performing complex statistical analysis

  • Demonstrated experience in program and events management, including experience writing and managing grants and grants proposals, conducting related research and coordinating large-scale, international meetings and events


Other Requirements:


  • Detail-oriented, highly organized and able to multi-task effectively

  • Ability to independently analyze and solve problems

  • Ability to gather, compile and impart important, relevant and related information to diverse audiences in a timely and effective manner

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including fluency in at least two other languages, preferably Spanish, Portuguese and/or French

  • Ability to interact effectively with individuals at all levels

  • Ability to accept supervision and work in a sometimes stressful situation

  • Strong interpersonal skills; excellent at working closely with others over geographical distance

  • Demonstrated computer proficiency with all Microsoft applications, including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint

  • Experience conducting internet research preferred

  • Must possess and exercise high ethical standards as well as a professional demeanor

  • Willingness to travel for business-related activities


How to Apply:


To be considered, please submit your cover letter, resume and salary requirements via e-mail to ‘+’jobs’+’@’+’’+’
, fax to 202-842-7689 or mail to HR Manager, Sabin Vaccine Institute, 2000 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 7100, Washington, DC 20006. Please be sure to reference “VAE SPO ” in the subject line. Your cover letter should: (1) address the reasons for your interest in this position; and, (2) describe the knowledge, skills and abilities you would bring to the Sabin Vaccine Institute and its Vaccine Advocacy and Education program. No phone calls, please. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Sabin Vaccine Institute has a generous benefits package.


Sabin is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All persons shall have the opportunity to be considered for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability or handicap, sex or gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

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