Organization: Sabin Vaccine Institute

Program: Sustainable Immunization Financing

Position Title: Program Officer

Reports to: Director, Sustainable Immunization Financing

Position Summary:

The Program Officer for the Sustainable Immunization Financing (SIF) Program will provide logistical and programmatic support to vaccine advocacy efforts globally so that countries sustainably finance their national immunization programs.

The SIF Program encourages key stakeholders in twenty-two countries to work together to identify sustainable financing mechanisms for immunization.  The  Program Officer, in coordination with the SIF Director, is responsible for: (1) day-to-day coordination of a team of field-based Senior Program Officers in Africa, Asia and Europe; (2) maintaining the SIF Program project management information system; (3) writing, editing and distributing SIF reports, case studies and articles; (4) maintaining the SIF program website (, and; (5) providing back-up administrative support to the Sabin Vaccine Institute’s Vaccine Advocacy and Education programs.  This is an exempt position, requiring diplomacy, discretion, independence and sound judgment.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Organize and facilitate SIF Colloquiums, workshops, briefings and peer exchanges
  • Coordinate projects with contractors for the development, production, translation and distribution of communications materials
  • Conduct research and analysis on legislative and regulatory documents, processes and best practices, as well as track resource flows to national immunization programs
  • Support SIF budget management in collaboration with Sabin’s accounting department
  • Maintain coordination with GAVI Alliance, UNICEF, World Bank, World Health Organization and other global immunization agency counterparts for specific joint field activities
  • Represent the SIF Program in implementing countries and in international meetings as needed
  • Produce and distribute quarterly SIF Immunization Financing News newsletters, blogs, articles and other SIF reports
  • Work with other Sabin counterparts to document SIF activities and produce public information about the Program
  • Maintain the content of the SIF portion of the Sabin website in coordination with the Sabin Communications team
  • Perform other duties as needed

Experience and Educational Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in public health or a related field such as international development, social sciences or public policy required; Master’s degree preferred
  • Minimum of 3-5 years relevant experience in project management, global health, public health or a related field
  • Professional experience that is directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified
  • Previous experience working abroad or in a non-profit organization

Other Requirements:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to read, write and speak either French or Russian required
  • Strong attention to detail, ability to manage complex tasks, highly organized, dependable and able to prioritize competing demands in order to meet deadlines
  • Experience using Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and Outlook
  • Listens carefully to feedback and comments from staff and adapts plans/actions accordingly
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies
  • Working knowledge of HTML preferred
  • Well developed research and interview skills
  • Highly flexible
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally, as scheduled
  • Strong interpersonal skills; excellent at working closely with others over geographical distance

Organization Summary:

The Sabin Vaccine Institute (Sabin) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization of scientists, researchers and advocates dedicated to reducing needless human suffering from vaccine-preventable and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).  Since its founding in 1993 in honor of Dr. Albert B. Sabin, the developer of the oral polio vaccine, Sabin has been at the forefront of global efforts to eliminate, prevent and cure infectious and neglected tropical diseases.  Sabin develops new vaccines, advocates for increased use of existing vaccines and promotes expanded access to affordable medical treatments in collaboration with governments, academic institutions, scientists, medical professionals and other non-profit organizations.  For more information please visit

How to Apply:

To be considered, please submit your cover letter, resume and salary requirements via e-mail to, 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 “SIF PO” 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.