Project Manager, Research and Implementation Science at Partners In Health

Project Manager, Research and Implementation Science, U.S. Public Health Accompaniment Unit

  • United States Boston, Massachusetts or Remote, United States


Position Title Project Manager, Research and Implementation Science, U.S. Public Health Accompaniment Unit
Reports to: Senior Technical Lead, U.S. Public Health Accompaniment Unit
Location: Remote (US)
Position Type: Temporary through April 2021 (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. To support local public health teams and departments in this way, Partners In Health (PIH) will provide expertise and advice on the design and implementation of these strategies to fortify public efforts to control the pandemic through the U.S. Public Health Accompaniment Unit (PHAU).

Position Overview

The Project Manager, Research and Implementation Science will serve a critical role within the PHAU through external research and internal program analysis, synthesis and evaluation, and dissemination of best practices in contact tracing and other aspects of the COVID-19 response. While the focus of the work will be primarily on COVID-19, the Project Manager may be asked to be flexible and simultaneously manage other projects as the PHAU’s portfolio evolves. The Project Manager should have strong quantitative and analytical skills, demonstrate capacity to conduct rapid analysis and communicate such analyses regularly in a clear and concise manner, strong organizational and project management skills, and be familiar with implementation science and health systems strengthening.


  • Provide analytic support to the PHAU technical advisory team on the COVID-19 response. Domains of work include, but are not limited to: contact tracing, community mitigation, lab testing, vaccine allocation and distribution strategies, and program implementation.
  • Support development of effective recommendations for intervention through evidence-based analysis of data and preparation of summary briefs.
  • With the Senior Technical Lead, collaborate with the PHAU’s Learning Collaborative team on content creation for site teams and external audiences.
  • Conduct literature/desk reviews and synthesis of key data to inform the current response and overall implementation of PHAU.
  • Create data visualizations and other infographics to summarize key public health data and messages.
  • Support evaluation and documentation of results and lessons learned from project teams and other PHAU related work.
  • Provide PHAU and PIH’s team with technical support on documentation, including white papers, online text, and academic manuscripts.


  • At least two years of experience in a demanding private sector or public health environment with increasing levels of responsibility and leadership
  • Bachelor’s Degree Required, Master’s degree in related field preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize complex research and data to develop written and oral presentations to both broad audiences and senior stakeholders
  • Practical experience in the provision of technical or program management support
  • Exceptional interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, and an ability to build professional relationships with key stakeholders
  • Familiarity with implementation science and health systems strengthening
  • Self-starter with demonstrated experience in new projects or initiatives, as well as ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Excellent problem solving, analytical and quantitative skills
  • Experience developing and analyzing public health policy and research preferred
  • Experience analyzing public health data in Microsoft Excel required, with experience in additional statistical packages (SAS, SPSS, Stata, Epi Info, etc.) preferred
  • Proficiency in data management and visualization software (e.g., Microsoft Excel, QuickBase, PowerBI, Tableau); Experience using GIS (ArcGIS) a plus
  • Strong presentation and writing skills, including fluency in PowerPoint and Word
  • Commitment to social justice

Organizational Profile

PartnersInHealth (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.

PartnersInHealth (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 witha number ofgovernments 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.