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United States of America: Director of Partnerships

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Organization: Global Health Corps
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 15 Feb 2018

Location: Any of GHC’s offices: NYC, USA; Kigali, Rwanda; Kampala, Uganda; Lusaka, Zambia OR Lilongwe, Malawi

Start Date: March 15, 2018

Global Health Corps

Global Health Corps (GHC) mobilizes a global community of emerging leaders to build the movement for health equity. GHC believes young leaders with diverse backgrounds and a deep commitment to collaboration, innovation, and social justice are going to revolutionize how the world tackles its toughest health challenges. We strongly believe our GHC community is the new breed of leaders that the world desperately needs.

Through a competitive recruitment process, we identify daring and innovative university graduates and early- to mid-career professionals from around the world and pair them with amazing partner organizations and government agencies in the US, East Africa, and Southern Africa. Our fellows spend a year in their placement devoting their unstoppable energy to making the world a healthier place for all people, everywhere. Whether they are working with a small grassroots organization like HIPS in Washington, DC to ensure sex workers have access to critical health services, or with the Ministry of Health in Zambia researching patient use of HIV testing and counseling, each fellow plays an essential role in the health equity movement.

Fellows come together five times a year for additional training, community building, leadership development, and mentorship to become audacious, resilient, and highly-networked changemakers. Each one of our community members has the capacity to change the world – and many already are – and we are grateful to work closely with them to amplify their impact. Since its founding in 2009, GHC has supported nearly 1,000 fellows working at various levels of the health system, across issue areas and across continents, and our community gets stronger every year.

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The Candidate

GHC is seeking a Director of Partnerships to join our growing global team in one of the GHC offices – New York, NY; Kigali, Rwanda; Kampala, Uganda; Lusaka, Zambia OR Lilongwe, Malawi. The past seven years have been full of exciting and rapid growth for GHC and we are seeking a mid-level professional to oversee the recruitment and selection of our fellow placement organizations. The goal of this position is to select a diverse, high impact set of organizations annually who align with GHC’s mission and can provide meaningful experiences for our growing classes of fellows.

The ideal candidate will thrive in a dynamic, global and fast-paced start-up environment where we are passionate about developing effective leaders, care deeply for our greater mission of health equity, and work hard to achieve results. S/he will bring a solution-oriented and client service mindset, demonstrating excellent attention to detail and a value for collaboration across a range of teams, cultures, and time zones. The Director of Partnerships will report to the Senior Vice President of Programs.


  • Strategic Review and Refinement of Placement Organizations Recruitment, Application and Selection
    • Analyze placement organizations processes to identify strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for refinement to systems, tools, and communications in order to maximize annual selection of GHC placement organizations
    • Based on strategic review, design updated approach for placement organizations processes; ensure collaboration with country offices and relevant NY-staff
    • Implement and rollout new processes and related use of technologies appropriate for low-resource settings
  • Create Annual Placement Organization Selection Strategy
    • Based on projected growth and strategic vision, create annual strategy that identifies priority areas of growth which supports a diverse expansion across health issue areas, role responsibilities, types of organization and geographies.
    • Scope new geographic countries and regions for placement organization opportunities
  • Recruit New Placement Organizations
    • In coordination with country teams and aligned with annual strategy, identify and recruit potential placement organizations
    • Have in-person meetings to vet and learn more about potential partnership opportunities; create relevant GHC materials to share
    • Cultivate and maintain relationships with potential and existing partners
    • Track and manage information about potential placement organizations
  • Manage Placement Organization Application Process
    • Based on refined application process, determine timing and organization requirements of application process, as well as use of relevant technologies
    • Coordinate efforts with Communications team, Operations and Country Teams to allow for sharing of placement organization application, GHC website content, and technology needs
    • Ensure country teams are kept in sync with application status through regular updates, reports, etc.
  • Oversee Placement Organization Selection Process
    • Coordinate with Country Managers to select placement organizations based on specific set of criteria, including clear identified gap for fellows to fill, supportive supervisors, impactful work of organization and alignment with GHC’s mission
    • Discuss and confirm positions with country teams to ensure diversity of roles across and within countries as well as manage quality and standardization of final descriptions required for posting
    • Coordinate with country teams to finalize cost-sharing negotiations with selected placement organizations
    • Work with global programs team to manage position description review process
    • Ensure professional and compelling position descriptions are published on the GHC website in a timely and coordinated manner
  • Placement Organization Management
    • Coordinate with the Operations team to ensure execution of successful contracts with placement organizations
    • Support global programs team on placement organization meetings, materials development and other strategies to most fully support partners throughout the fellowship year
  • Assessment and Data Analysis
    • Coordinate with the Senior Vice President of Programs and Impact and Learning Manager to set goals and metrics for placement organization success
    • Work with Impact and Learning Manager to continuously evaluate the effectiveness and impact of our placements
    • Iterate on placement organization selection process and be flexible to changing needs based on assessment results


  • Minimum 10 years of partnership development and management, preferably within sub-Saharan Africa
  • Extremely competent and proven project manager; experience handling complex projects with multiple deadlines
  • Relationship-oriented; ability to engage and build connections across cultures and backgrounds
  • Familiarity with process re-design, including incorporation of technologies and approaches appropriate for low-resource settings
  • Strategic; ability to conceptualize and plan for growth of placement organizations, including geographical expansion
  • Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills – tracking deadlines, coordinating partnership processes across 5+ countries, while maintaining high quality standards
  • Strong work ethic, resourcefulness and high level of professionalism
  • Familiarity with public health field, particularly health NGOs in GHC countries
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and passion for global health equity
  • Ability to travel 30% of the time in East and Southern Africa as well as the US

How to apply:

Please apply here.

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