Reports to: Director of Research, Vaccine Acceptance & Demand
Location: Office in Washington, DC; Option to Work Remotely in US Only

Why Sabin:

Our mission is to make vaccines more accessible, enable innovation and expand immunization across the globe. We seek a future free from vaccine-preventable diseases. We are an innovative, collaborative and engaged team that values accountability, teamwork, partnership and driving impact. We are vaccine champions improving lives through immunization. Sabin staff, management and Board of Trustees are committed to developing a diverse, equitable and inclusive team.

Position Summary:

The Associate, Vaccine Acceptance & Demand (VAD) contributes to Sabin’s work to champion sustainable solutions that are informed by research and grounded in local priorities to prevent disease through vaccination programs and drive partnerships in the global health community. The Associate supports the VAD program through related research and administrative efforts. This workstream applies interdisciplinary knowledge and problem-solving to identify and address social and behavioral barriers to vaccine acceptance and demand, globally, through grant research and other collaborative partnerships. The Associate will provide a key supporting role in projects associated with the influence of social media on vaccine confidence; the development of content for Sabin’s virtual and social media platforms; and curation of resources to inform Sabin’s vaccination research networks, partnerships and communities of practice. This position will also support the cross-collaboration of projects across VAD, as needed. The Associate will report to the Director of Research, VAD and work closely with other key members of the VAD team.



  • Support the growth and expansion of the VAD social media-related research portfolio in close coordination with team members and leadership
  • Assist in routine surveillance of literature to assist with both curation of programmatic resources for stakeholders and identification of gaps in Sabin’s current knowledge/literature to align current and new research programs
  • Collect, compile and analyze/synthesize program and related activity to support the development of key materials for the implementation and practice communities, which advance Sabin’s mission and program goal
  • Support drafting of meaningful written outputs (e.g., white papers, briefs, memos, reports, narratives, opinion pieces, handouts, brochures) across the VAD initiative to promote new knowledge about vaccine acceptance and inform programs and policy
  • Provide support to both Sabin’s VAD and Communications team in strategic planning and release of promotional programmatic materials on various digital platforms
  • Work closely with colleagues to develop and execute cross-cutting programmatic events
  • Support activities to ensure that project objectives are met within established timelines (e.g., development and maintenance of annual workplans)

Partnerships and Teams

  • Support VAD team in relationship building and management of partner organizations through stakeholder mapping and analysis and participation in meetings with external stakeholders
  • Contribute to project updates and reports for funding organizations and partners by preparing presentation materials and providing updates
  • Prepare, participate and present workstream updates at team meetings, as needed
  • Work collaboratively across the organization, building strong relationships with colleagues to stay informed of the latest organizational and field developments to advance organizational priorities


  • Provide administrative and technology support across Vaccine Acceptance and Demand team, as needed
  • Other related duties, as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • 2+ years relevant experience; international aid or global health experience a plus
  • Proficient in Microsoft applications (Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Teams, Word) and Zoom video conferencing
  • Experience in written health communications preferred
  • Proficient administrative skills; experience in or knowledge of finance, contracts, budgeting and reporting preferred
  • Excellent communication and diplomacy skills (attentive listening, writing, speaking)
  • Demonstrated success drafting, proofreading and editing complex documents
  • Must demonstrate interest in furthering Sabin’s mission
  • Strong attention to detail, ability to manage complex tasks, highly organized, flexible and dependable
  • Professional experience with travel, event and meeting arrangements preferred
  • Strong interpersonal skills; effective at working with others over geographical distance
  • Receives feedback from staff and adapts plans/actions accordingly
  • Ability to process information quickly
  • Ability to work independently, as well as within a team
  • Ability to work proactively, prioritize, and meet short- and long-term project deadlines
  • Ability to work across the organization, building strong relationships with colleagues

Attributes that Are Important to Sabin:

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Problem-Solving and Critical Thinking
  • Decision-Making
  • Communication and Professionalism
  • Initiative and Ownership
  • Productivity and Quality Control
  • Professional Development/Personal Learning

How to Apply:

To be considered, please submit your cover letter and resume via e-mail to [email protected]. Please be sure to reference “Associate, Vaccine Acceptance and Demand” 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 the Sabin Vaccine Institute. No phone calls, please. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Salary and title commensurate with qualifications and experience. Sabin Vaccine Institute has a generous benefits package (see

Sabin is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to their race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability or genetic information, sex (including gender identity, pregnancy or sexual orientation), marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.