Learning Catalyst, U.S. Public Health Accompaniment Unit 169 views


Position Title: Learning Catalyst, U.S. Public Health Accompaniment Unit 
Reports to: Learning Series Manager 
Location: Boston – remote work an option 

Position Type: part-time for 9 months (may include evenings and weekends)  

Project Overview:  

From the earliest reports of COVID-19, PIH raced into action, working with our teams around the world to prepare the same comprehensive approach that we have engaged in for a generation. As the pandemic unfolded, it became clear that the response needed to contain the novel virus exceeds the existing capacity and expertise within many public health systems, including state and municipal departments across the United States. This reality presented an opportunity for PIH to consider how to adapt and apply lessons learned from other epidemics and from responses to addressing COVID-19 within the other countries where we work to the context of the United States.  

Our approach to providing technical assistance to different state and municipal public health systems in the United States embodies the same strategy and early investments made by the PIH team globally: supporting governments to control and prepare for COVID-19, minimizing community spread through testing and contact tracing, assuring high quality care, and providing social support to enable prevention methods.  

In May 2020, based on growing demand for its services and the generous support of the Audacious Project, PIH launched the US Public Health Accompaniment Unit (USPHAU). Within the first month of this initiative, USPHAU was providing technical support, resources, learning opportunities, and advocacy for several cities, groups and states.  Over the next year, it will support up to 19 other groups. 

In addition to the direct support of states, cities and groups, PIH is launching a Learning Collaborative to assure that participatory learning focused on pandemic response and contact tracing can be accessible across the US and around the world. The Learning Collaborative is an open partnership between PIH and U.S. public health entities aimed at sharing lessons, developing tools and mounting contact tracing and other effective public health responses to COVID-19, focusing on the needs of the most vulnerable. The Learning Catalyst(s) will be part of the Learning Collaborative team and directly contribute to the USPHAU. 

Position Overview  

The Learning Catalyst will liaise with the USPHAU team to engage, partner, and accompany with implementers, public health leaders and other members of the collaborative. The Learning Catalyst will participate and help facilitate periodic learning series sessions and contribute to the development of learning packages (materials of lessons learned). 

Specific responsibilities 

  • Encourage Quality Improvement (QI) projects that address Key Performance Indicators (KPI) as outlined in learning collaborative targets 
  • Conduct an in-depth review of the needs of partners/implementers and identify potential improvement strategies 
  • Coordinate with learning catalysts and USPHAU technical advisors to ensure an intensive and ongoing support throughout the design and implementation of improvement initiatives 
  • Facilitate linkage and collaboration between the implementers 
  • Work closely with the rest of the learning collaborative team to prepare and facilitate learning sessions 
  • Work closely with the learning collaborative team to identify early adopters of best practices and harvest material for learning packages, essential to guide contact tracing and other activities related to Covid-19, and to explore further learning and dissemination opportunities  


  • Master’s degree in public health, health education, and social sciences  
  • 25 years of experience working in a public health  
  • Understanding of implementation science and quality improvement coaching  
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize projects, tasks and meet deadlines 
  • Ability to work outside of core hours (M-F, 8am-5pm) when needed 
  • Proven ability to write and edit material across multiple platforms 
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with tight deadlines 
  • Exemplary communications skills; ability to work effectively with culturally diverse staff across departmentscountry and world. 
  • Understanding of and ability to clearly communicate topics related to public health and social justice. 
  • Experience using social media platforms, particularly Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 
  • Technology requirements: Access to good/reliable WiFi; PC with Windows 10, Antivirus Protection or Mac with Apple OS X 10.13, Antivirus Protection; and personal mobile device to use for this job. 
  • Commitment to social justice.  


  • Prior experience working on COVID-19 response 
  • Master of public health degree or health communications 
  • Experience working in the nonprofit sector 
  • Proficiency in French, Spanish, and/or Creole a bonus 
  • Experience building Communities of Practice and coalition building 
  • Familiarity with website content management systems  
  • Familiarity with Windows 365; Adept with ppt, OneNote, word 

 Organizational Profile  

Partners In Health (PIH) is an international health organization relentlessly committed to improving the health of the poor and marginalized. PIH partners with local governments to build local capacity and works closely with impoverished communities to deliver high-quality health care, address the root causes of illness, train providers, advance research, and advocate for global policy change.  



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