Assistant Director, Programs-Iih & Ghic - Global Health Innovation Center

Duke Health | Durham, NC, United States

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Posted Date 5/13/2022
Description School of Medicine Established in 1930, Duke University School of Medicine is the youngest of the nation’s top medical schools. Ranked sixth among medical schools in the nation, the School takes pride in being an inclusive community of outstanding learners, investigators, clinicians, and staff where interdisciplinary collaboration is embraced and great ideas accelerate translation of fundamental scientific discoveries to improve human health locally and around the globe. Composed of more than 2,500 faculty physicians and researchers, more than 1,300 students, and more than 6,000 staff, the Duke University School of Medicine along with the Duke University School of Nursing, Duke University Health System and the Private Diagnostic Clinic (PDC) comprise Duke Health. a world-class academic medical center. The Health System encompasses Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Primary Care, Duke Home and Hospice, Duke Health and Wellness, and multiple affiliations.

Occupational Summary

The Duke Global Health Innovation Center (Duke GHIC), and its partner organization, Innovations in Healthcare (IiH), seek a strategic, collaborative, and insightful Assistant Director, Research and Programs to lead our health innovation and policy research agenda. Duke GHIC is part of the Duke Global Health Institute, which brings together knowledge and resources from across Duke to address the most important global health issues of our time. IiH is a nonprofit organization, hosted by Duke, which was founded in 2011 by Duke, McKinsey & Company, and the World Economic Forum. IiH has curated a network of over 100 leading health innovators operating in over 90 countries. Together, Duke GHIC and IiH bring best-in-class capabilities in curating, scaling, and studying health innovations around the world while providing an interface to experts and students across the university.

Duke is building a flexible and hybrid workplace. While the preferred location for this role is Durham, NC or Washington DC, we will consider candidates who reside in California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, or Washington, DC; and can perform some or all their work at home if the candidate can maintain a secure home office environment with high-speed internet service and can work collaboratively with others using a variety of technologies and tools.

The Assistant Director will be a thought leader with deep expertise in global health innovation, scaling and adaptation, policy, and financing, with an emphasis on low- and middle-income countries, as well as a technical expert in the design and implementation of qualitative and quantitative research. A thoughtful and exceptional verbal and written communicator, the Assistant Director will manage a team and contribute to syntheses and sense-making of data to generate written insights and recommendations, and disseminate findings to high-profile media, policymakers, key stakeholders, and others, to influence and inform decision-making by government entities, multilateral organizations, corporations, foundations, investors, and academic institutions around the world.

The Assistant Director will lead a complex portfolio of high-quality externally funded research, policy analysis, customized capacity building, and research training programs that fit within the mission of Duke GHIC and IiH. Currently, this portfolio includes the following programs:

  1. Launch and Scale Speedometer Program (Speedometer) supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Speedometer aims to systematically analyze the factors that support or hinder the introduction and scaling of interventions, including but not limited to drugs, diagnostics, and devices, to address critical global health challenges. The primary goals of this project are to: obtain high-quality data on launch and scale-up trends of health interventions globally; generate and share valuable insights to improve launch and scale pathways; and increase collaboration and accountability across the health sector for achieving efficiency and effectiveness for launch and scale so that interventions reach the people who need them more quickly and efficiently.
  2. COVID Global Accountability Platform (COVID GAP) supported by The Rockefeller Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. COVID GAP is an independent initiative that aims to build collaborations around the world and provide evidence-based tracking, insights, and recommendations that collectively help hold the world to account to meet pressing needs, deliver on commitments, and accelerate the end of the pandemic.

Both programs have had significant global exposure and impact, convening global health leaders from around the world.

Work Performed

Research/Technical Assistance

  • Develop, lead, and implement the research strategy and agenda for the COVID GAP project and the COVID workstream of the Speedometer project, including oversight of several team members responsible for data collection, data quality, and content to ensure successful execution.
  • Develop and refine quantitative and qualitative data collection instruments and contribute to piloting and implementation of the collection of a range of data types, including publicly reported data on COVID-19 vaccine and therapeutics purchases and manufacturing as well as in-depth interviews and focus groups with Ministry of Health officials, WHO representatives, regional health leaders, and other stakeholders on country-level pandemic response in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Analyze and interpret collected data. Distill and synthesize collected data into key findings, insights, and recommendations.
  • Manage regular data updates on the Speedometer and COVID GAP websites, which are regularly referenced by Ministries of Health and reported on by various media outlets.
  • Lead the development of multiple knowledge product outputs, including reports, articles, white papers, case studies, presentations, and blogs for both the Speedometer and COVID GAP projects. The outputs for these projects have high visibility and are used globally (including by the US government) in policy development and advocacy. The blog posts and research updates are distributed to 1,000+ policy makers, advocates, researchers, and journalists.
  • Develop resources, knowledge products, and toolkits for broad external dissemination as well as to provide specific technical assistance to program stakeholders.
  • Independently keep abreast of rapidly evolving COVID-19 response dashboards and research projects as well as evolving field of global health innovation.
  • Represent the team in collaborations and meetings with senior-level leaders at organizations such as WHO, UNICEF, CHAI, Africa CDC, industry, non-profits, and other organizations.
  • Program/Financial Management
  • Independently lead and coordinate all activities and operations related to program implementation to deliver high-quality, timely deliverables including reports and recommendations to funders/clients and collaborators globally.
  • Lead funders/client interaction to develop and act upon vision and values and create and implement research plans.
  • Manage and develop program teams of senior managers, managers, associates, and analysts.
  • Create and deliver detailed reports and presentations for funder/clients and internal stakeholders.
  • Coordinate the delivery of detailed operational and financial reports for clients and internal stakeholders, ensuring consistency and quality.
  • Work with management team to provide systematic and standardized approaches to meet funder/client needs.
  • Work internally and externally to assemble appropriate personnel and resources for program teams.
  • Develop internal Duke agreements where necessary to source relevant faculty/staff subject matter expertise, ensuring compliance with institutional vision and mission, and securing necessary endorsements from key Duke entities.
  • Oversee student engagement in programs, in collaboration with team members. Assess risks, working to manage impact.


  • Develop innovative ideas that build on IiH/ Duke GHIC’s capabilities and expertise for new products, service lines, and solutions that meet the needs of global funders and clients.
  • Design strategies and approaches for new programs via concept notes and proposals.
  • Participate in strategic business planning for global priorities and engagements across the organization.

Business Development

  • Manage and expand current strategic and funder relationships for a broader interface that generates additional areas for revenue enhancement and innovative collaboration.
  • Develop new strategic relationships with stakeholders both internally and externally, including C-level investors, funders, clients, healthcare industry, academic institutions, and federal and provincial/state governments to expand IiH/Duke GHIC’s program portfolio and to strengthen IiH/Duke GHIC’s position and credibility.
  • Independently draft and collaboratively develop concept notes and proposals – for existing and new funders, including due diligence, budget and pricing, schedules, curriculum, evaluation instruments and venues, contracts, and presentations to funders and clients for projects in $500K - $10M range.
  • Represent IiH/Duke GHIC at conferences and events.

Required Qualifications at this Level


Bachelor's degree in business or related field is required. MBA, MHA or MPP strongly preferred.


A minimum of seven years experience, with a minimum of three years in funder-facing program management and/or client-facing consulting experience required, preferably with highly reputable management consulting or healthcare firm, with a track record of leading large, complex programs and converting business development opportunities into completed projects.

Project management experience.

Strongly prefer experience in health sector.

Prefer international experience, particularly in China, India and/or the Middle East

Master's degree in related field.

  • A minimum of seven years' experience, with a minimum of three years health research experience required, preferably with highly profile health stakeholder, with a track record of leading large, complex research programs and translating research outputs into impact.
  • Experience designing and implementing qualitative and quantitative research.
  • Demonstrated ability to write for multiple audiences, including academics, policy makers, and advocates.
  • Track record of recruiting and developing talent and leading teams.
  • Strongly prefer experience in health sector, product development and delivery, health systems strengthening, and/or pandemic preparedness.
  • Strongly prefer global experience, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.


  • <span 72="">Exceptional writing and presentation skills.
  • <span 72="">Extensive research skills.
  • <span 72="">Ability to manage high level funder and client relationships and work collaboratively with C-level leaders across organizations.
  • <span 72="">Excellent interpersonal skills and experience effectively interfacing with all levels of management, and across cultures. Exercise diplomacy, tact, professionalism, responsiveness, a high degree of flexibility, to resolve concerns in a fair and equitable manner.
  • <span 72="">Ability to set priorities among multiple tasks. Proven organizational, analytical, and management skills.
  • <span 72="">Proven track record of taking initiative to anticipate, develop, and implement new procedures, practices, and processes. Resourceful and strategic in resolving unusual and new concerns to establish effective and efficient precedents.
  • <span 72="">Self-starter, able to take initiative and manage projects independently. Ability to work independently and follow through on assignments with minimal direction. Adaptable to dynamic work patterns, business methods, and environments.
  • <span 72="">Ability to travel internationally 20% of time.

<span 72=""> The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

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