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Position Title: Project Manager, U.S. Public Health Accompaniment Unit 
Reports to: Project Lead, U.S. Public Health Accompaniment Unit 
Location: United States, Remote 
Position Type: Full-time for 6-10 months (may include evenings and weekends)

Project Overview: 

Leveraging PIH’s experience and lessons learned from our COVID-19 contact tracing collaboration with the state of Massachusetts, and our 30 years of global work in emergency epidemic response and health systems strengthening, PIH has launched a new team to accompany U.S. states, cities and community partners in rapidly scaling up contact tracing and building more equitable and effective public health responses to COVID-19 in the US. 

The U.S. Public Health Accompaniment Unit team works to accompany public sector and community partners on the frontlines of the public health response to COVID-19, to address this acute-on-chronic public health crisis, by providing technical assistance and knowledge sharing platforms to accelerate implementation of effective, equitable COVID-19 responses. Our approach to providing technical assistance to different public sector and community partners in the United States includes providing expertise and advice on design and implementation, incorporating an equity lens into execution, and creating a community of partners across the US to share best practices and challenges in order to fortify efforts amidst the national response to COVID-19.

Position Overview 

The Project Manager will join a fast paced and dynamic team accompanying states, cities and communities across the US in ramping up more effective and equitable public health responses to COVID-19. The Project Manager will initially join the Illinois team who is jointly responsible for oversight of PIH’s technical assistance work for the state.  As work evolves, the project manager may also support training initiatives in other Public Health Accompaniment Unit sites. Initial work with Illinois will focus on supporting and accompanying the Illinois team to design and implement training programs for onboarding newly hired contact tracing staff.  As the nature of the response is evolving, so too will be the nature of the role and responsibilities; the ideal candidate will be comfortable with flexibility in their area of focus.


  • Deeply engage with the state of Illinois for training contact tracers
  • Collaborate with the Illinois TA team, reporting to the Project Lead, to support the state COVID response
  • Support partners in content creation, including creating videos, diagrams, and slides for initial onboarding and on-going training
  • Lead and/or contribute to the design and development of new elements of training as needs emerge
  • Coordinate and organize existing training materials, combined with newly created materials, into one easy to navigate platform for new hires
  • Compile, synthesize and analyze data to inform the development of assessments, recommendations and other advising and program materials; organize material into channels and platforms that are easy and intuitive to access
  • Establish collaborative relationships with the Department of Health, partner organizations and other relevant stakeholders
  • Support the creation of training KPIs
  • Coordinate meetings among the project partners and stakeholders
  • Contribute learnings and insights from project site to broader US Public Health Accompaniment Unit resource library and learning collaborative
  • Provide regular reports on program and work progress to PIH leadership team, and liaise across other PIH USPHAU teams 
  • Perform any other relevant, project-related duties when needed


  • Bachelor’s Degree plus 3 years work experience; or advanced degree plus 2 years work experience
  • Experience with and a passion for training teams, preferably in remote settings
  • Project or program management experience in complex, fast-paced environment 
  • Ability to work independently and effectively in high-pressure, fast-paced environment and handle multiple tasks simultaneously; a “manager/do-er” with a willingness to do what’s necessary and get things done
  • Demonstrated strong problem solving skills, qualitative and quantitative analytical capabilities 
  • Exceptional diplomatic and interpersonal skills and ability to build strong professional relationships with a range of stakeholders in a challenging environment with a positive attitude, empathy and a strong work ethic
  • Strategically minded, able to think creatively around program objectives and the detailed steps necessary to achieve these goals
  • Flexibility in the face of rapidly evolving scope of work and new challenges  
  • Sound judgment and ability to handle confidential information with discretion and professionalism
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and health equity 
  • Strong communication skills, including delivery of compelling presentations and documents in Microsoft PowerPoint and Word
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel; experience in other data synthesis and visualization software (e.g., PowerBI, Tableau) a plus
  • Spanish language skills a plus
  • Familiarity with Illinois communities preferred
  • Experience or familiarity with Contact Tracing programs a plus

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.     

PIH currently has implementation programs in Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, Liberia, Kazakhstan, Malawi, Peru, Mexico, Sierra Leone and Navajo Nation. Through our partnership with Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, we support a wide range of programs in dozens of other countries around the world.   

Partners In Health (PIH) is committed to the fundamental principle of equal opportunity and equal treatment for every prospective and current employee. It is the policy of PIH not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion, creed, disability, sex and gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.  PIH works in and with a number of governments in and outside the U.S., and to the extent applicable, this statement is intended to incorporate the prohibition of any unlawful discrimination covered by applicable laws in such countries, states and municipalities. 

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