Director of Global Health Policy


This position has been filled. Thank you for your interest. 


The Center for Global Development (CGD) is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit policy research organization in Washington, DC, that works to improve the policies of the rich world – the OECD countries, the international institutions, the corporate community – that affect low- and middle-income countries through rigorous empirical research and active engagement with the global policy community.

The Center is seeking a Director for its research and action program on global health and other social policy issues that matter for low- and middle-income countries. The Director will define and undertake an agenda of creative, policy-oriented research that looks broadly at issues of international health, financial and technological innovations, global institutions and health-related global public goods, and development economics.  While the primary emphasis should be on health and demographic issues, additional research topics could include social protection, education, gender, and other social aspects of development.

The appointee will also have the title of Senior Fellow or Research Fellow depending on qualifications.

The Director’s responsibilities will include:

  • Intellectual leadership of the Center’s Global Health Policy Program
  • Providing strategic direction to the Center’s overall global health strategy
  • Conducting his or her own empirical research in the field of global health
  • Mobilizing financial resources to support the Center’s work on global health and population
  • Engaging in related policy outreach activities, including speaking engagements, blogging, and interacting at a high level with key individuals and groups in the donor and technical communities.
  • Participating in the design of expert group consultations and working groups
  • Publishing books, policy briefs, and/or short commentaries targeted to policy makers, academics and the general public
  • Tracking and responding to policy developments in relevant areas

The successful candidate ideally possesses the following qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree in public health, economics, or an MD, MPH, or degree in biological sciences with a strong record of work in social sciences.
  • Minimum of ten years’ work experience with demonstrated ability to take a project to completion and to generate external support; experience with low- and middle-income policymakers preferred
  • Prominence in the field of global health and strong professional relationships.
  • Proven track record of applying quantitative research to practical, real-world problems
  • Demonstrated leadership in creative scholarly work with a distinguished record of publications, preferably on economic and institutional issues in health
  • Significant knowledge of current issues and debates in global health, economic development, and foreign aid  
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as high level organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently within a small, closely-knit organization and to contribute to the development of new institutions

Interested candidates should send their CV to  No phone calls please.

CGD is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All persons regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age or sexual orientation shall have equal access to positions, limited only by their ability to do the job.