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JOB OPPORTUNITY: TB Project Officer

May 2019

About the position
Treatment Action Group (TAG) is seeking a highly motivated and organized TB Project Officer to support TAG’s advocacy portfolio on tuberculosis (TB). This position will report to the TB Project Co-Director, and be based in New York City.

The TB Project Officer will work closely with the TB Project Co-Directors and engage with external allies and partners to advance the advocacy objectives of TAG’s TB project. These include accelerating TB research and innovation, ensuring equitable access to new tools and the other benefits of TB research and development, and protecting and promoting the human rights of people affected by TB. This individual will help coordinate the administration and work of two community advisory boards hosted by TAG. The Project Officer is expected to lead TAG’s advocacy to promote research for new TB diagnostics and access to existing diagnostic technologies. The position will provide critical support to TAG’s TB project, and to policy staff based in Washington D.C. Strong project management skills are required. Willingness to travel up to 25 percent of time, including international travel, is a pre-requisite.


About TAG
Treatment Action Group (TAG) is an independent, activist and community-based research and policy think tank fighting for better treatment, prevention, a vaccine, and a cure for HIV, tuberculosis, and hepatitis C virus.

At TAG, we strive to reflect in our organizational composition and operations the values, principles, and rights for which we advocate externally. This includes a commitment to equity and justice, as well valuing diversity of experience, in our employment practices. We encourage people of color; women; transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming people; veterans; and people with disabilities to apply. TAG is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, personal appearance, family responsibility, political affiliation or any other status protected by applicable law.
 

Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • Keep up to date on relevant scientific literature on TB with a focus on TB diagnostic technologies;
  • Research and write annual overview of TB diagnostic research and development efforts for TAG’s signature Pipeline Report;
  • Develop materials to build the capacity of civil society and TB affected communities to advocate at the global, regional, and national levels;
  • Collaborate with other TAG staff, consultants, and fellow activists and partner organizations to advance shared advocacy objectives;
  • Support TAG’s efforts to engage communities in TB research, including by helping to coordinate the administration and work of two community advisory boards hosted by TAG;
  • Support the coordination of workshops and meetings, including the development of agendas, content, materials, facilitation, and logistics;
  • Develop reports, articles, and presentations;
  • Represent TAG at conferences and meetings;
  • Assist TAG staff in tracking and reporting on major grant deliverables and outcomes as part of donor and grant management; and
  • Assist TAG staff in keeping meeting minutes and with monthly expense reporting requirements.


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

Representative knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required to successfully perform this job include:

  • A minimum of 3 years professional experience in advocacy related to health, research & development issues, and/or HIV, TB, HCV, or other infectious diseases;
  • Sharp interpersonal and networking skills; friendly rapport with the ability to communicate effectively in a collegial manner and maintain relationships;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Strong organization skills and attention to detail;
  • Strong project management skills and ability to balance competing deadlines and priorities in a fast-moving, dynamic work environment;
  • Self starter with ability to work independently and during periods of minimal supervision;
  • Sound judgment and problem-solving skills;
  • Experience in advocacy and community mobilization on health issues, especially work with underserved or marginalized communities;
  • Strong research skills and willingness to learn new and complex subject matter;
  • Demonstrated experience working in a multicultural environment where commitment to diversity based on race, ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, and physical ability is an important institutional value;
  • Knowledge of international health programs or policy making a plus.


Salary & Benefits
The salary will be $60,000 – $65,000 per annum, commensurate with experience and skills. TAG offers a competitive benefits package that includes fully-employer paid health insurance and generous paid vacation (starting at four weeks, plus additional paid sick leave and holidays).
 

How to Apply
Please send a one-page cover letter, current CV/résumé (two-page maximum), a writing sample (single or primary authored article or manuscript; please send final version as well as an early, unedited draft if available), and 3 professional references and their contact information by June 19, 2019, to jobs@treatmentactiongroup.org, with “TB Project Officer” in the subject line. We will review applications on a rolling basis. Please, no recruiters or phone calls.

TAG does not have capacity to provide visa support. Only candidates with existing authorization to work in the U.S. will be eligible.

Treatment Action Group is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, personal appearance, family responsibility, political affiliation or any other status protected by applicable law. People of color; women; transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming people; veterans; and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.