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Global Health Program

Smithsonian Institution

International Field Program Manager / One Health Scientist

The Global Health Program (GHP) seeks a highly-organized, collaborative and self-driven field scientist to work with a variety of international wildlife projects using a One Health approach. The successful candidate will be responsible for implementing field-based wildlife programs in multiple African countries, with a focus on Kenya, related to wildlife health, wildlife trade, and emerging diseases, including collaborative efforts with the USAID PREDICT program. The Field Program Manager will participate in project development, data analysis, scientific manuscript and report writing, and grant-writing. The position will be based out of the National Zoological Park in Washington.  Responsibilities will include working with, and in some cases developing, local teams to investigate wildlife health concerns, conduct biological surveillance and research related to zoonotic pathogens in wildlife, livestock, and human populations; coordinating and running training workshops and other capacity-building activities in various partner countries. Research locations will include, but are not limited to, Kenya, Ethiopia, Namibia, and Gabon. The position will also require interaction with local government officials and in-country US government personnel (e.g. US Embassy, USAID, CDC), often at high level. Therefore, the successful candidate must have maturity, diplomacy, and excellent interpersonal skills, as well as cultural awareness and sensitivity. The successful candidate will have experience working under challenging field conditions and a demonstrated aptitude for creative problem solving and working through logistical challenges. In addition to working in the aforementioned locations, the Field Program Manager should be prepared to support other GHP projects and programs as needed. The candidate will be expected to be proactive in developing collaborations both within the Smithsonian Institution, working with multiple disciplines, and externally to both strengthen current projects and develop new research projects that fit with the mission and direction of GHP.


Description and Responsibilities

The responsibilities of this position include:

  • Organize and conduct wildlife health studies in Kenya
  • Refine, expand, and develop field programs in wildlife health and zoonotic disease research
  • Execute the safe, ethical and humane collection of high-quality wildlife, domestic animal, or human samples in partner countries with local collaborators
  • Assist with and develop other projects within the GHP’s portfolio related to wildlife health, training and disease investigations
  • Act as the key liaison with in-country collaborators, including both scientists and policy-makers
  • Maintain and develop new relationships with local collaborators, including government officials
  • Liaise with Smithsonian scientists to assist with development and planning of new avenues of scientific investigation
  • Help generate quarterly and/or annual reports to funders
  • Obtain necessary US and local permits and permissions, including ethical approval, to conduct research (e.g. IRB and IACUC) as well as to ship biological samples internationally
  • Have responsibility for some grant management and program coordination
  • Present research at scientific conferences; meetings, and Smithsonian outreach events
  • International and domestic travel will be required 

Experience Required

Qualifications • Minimum of a doctoral degree (DVM, PhD or equivalent) in: Veterinary Medicine, Ecology, Epidemiology, Evolutionary Biology, or related field in the life sciences (completed postdoctoral training preferred) • Minimum of three years international field experience related to the study of wildlife health and /or infectious disease and including the collection of biological samples from free-ranging wildlife (experience working in Africa, particularly Kenya, is preferred) OR Experience managing international field programs preferred • Understanding of molecular biology / lab methodologies preferred • Previous experience writing grant applications and with grant administration • Publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals • Excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills • Fluency in English (proficiency in additional languages preferred) • Cultural awareness and sensitivity • Proven ability to work independently under challenging field conditions • A strong sense of team spirit and collaboration • An understanding of the One Health framework and links between human and animal health and ecosystems



How to Apply

Please send a statement of career goals, CV, and contact information for 3 professional references to Sherri Divband by April 1, 2017 at Please note that this is a Trust Position, not to exceed 5 years. Anticipated Start date: 6/1/2017

Global Health Program
3001 Connecticut Ave NW, MRC 5502 Vet Hospital Washington DC
Washington DC, DC 20008

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