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Current Openings at IVAC

 
 

Full-Time Positions

Research Project Coordinator

Senior Research Assistant

Student Positions

Advocacy & Communications Graduate Assistant (India and Adult Vaccines)

Global Coalition against Child Pneumonia Advocacy & Communications Graduate Assistant

Serosurveillance Data Abstractors

Data Abstractors for Decade of Vaccines (DOVE) project


Full-Time Positions

IVAC Epidemiology Team

Research Project Coordinator

About IVAC: The mission of the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is to accelerate global access to life-saving vaccines through the development and implementation of evidence-based policies. The work of IVAC focuses on disease epidemiology, vaccine economics and supply, monitoring and evaluation of vaccine introduction and Center programs, and advocacy and communications activities to increase the profile of and global action on vaccine-preventable disease

About the work context: The project is a comprehensive technical (quantitative and descriptive) systematic review and analysis of the published and unpublished data on PCV dosing schedules and PCV products, assessing their immunogenicity and effect on NP colonization, disease and mortality, as well as describing the epidemiologic setting in which PCV was evaluated. The project will deliver a range of outputs, including but not limited to peer-reviewed publications, country-driven technical reports and policy guidance documents and presentations/reports of the analysis to the World Health Organization (WHO) and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and other stakeholders in the field of pneumococcal vaccines. The project will provide the evidence necessary to inform countries using and/or planning to introduce PCV into their national programs on the impact of licensed PCV products on the aforementioned outcomes of interest.

The Project is part of an umbrella project co-lead by WHO, the PCV Technical Coordination Project, which aims to fulfill the important need for coordination in the PCV field and technical community in order to enable real time consideration and response to urgent issues related to PCVs as they arise by facilitating the conduct, review and interpretation of published and unpublished data to enhance the collective understanding of the evidence on impact and performance of PCVs; and strategically assessing priorities across contributing organizations and key stakeholders in the PCV field. Collaborators include colleagues at WHO and the CDC. Support for these projects comes from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

The PCV Impact Systematic Review project team consists of experts in the fields of pneumococcal disease, immunology, epidemiology and vaccines, library science professionals, data analysts and other coordinators. While project oversight is maintained at JHBSPH, some members of the project team are located off-site in Geneva, Paris, London and Atlanta.

About the position: The Research Project Coordinator will assist in the evaluation of the impact of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) introduction on various measures of disease outcomes. The Research Project Coordinator will assist the Principal Investigators and PCV Technical Coordination Project Manager in management of daily activities of the systematic review. The Research Project Coordinator will be responsible for tracking project activities and ensuring the project is on course and will meet deadlines. Responsibilities will include refining and updating data abstraction instruments, managing a team of data abstractors, coordinating the work of the team and the outcomes they are responsible for, organizing data in a standardized format, contacting and following-up with external investigators for data requests, conducting quality checks of the data, conducting basic analyses, summarizing data in tables and figures, producing slides for presentations and coordinating the effort to produce a set of approximately 8 publications for a peer review journal supplement.

This position requires a person with excellent organizational and project management skills, capable of working with a broad range of partners, experience in data management and analysis, excellent communication and organizational skills and an ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team. The position will be located on the East Baltimore JHSPH campus within IVAC. The position may require travel to and from Geneva, Switzerland for presentation of results and various meetings with project staff. The position would require a one-year commitment, with possibility for extension.

The position would provide opportunities for publication, participation in high-level meetings, professional development and networking with various technical experts. Opportunity for extension of position at IVAC would be possible and depends on the skills and contribution of the individual as well as organizational needs.

  • Position-based in: Baltimore
  • Position duration: 1 year
  • Salary: commensurate with experience & aligned with JHU HR policies
  • Expected start date: Immediate

Examples of specific essential duties & responsibilities include:

  • Contribute to the project work plan, track project activities and monitor progress according to plans
  • Coordinate project implementation, including of team members to complete tasks as assigned and tracking the progress on milestones and timelines.
  • Overall coordination of team member communication including convening, determining agenda and leading regular conference calls.
  • Overall coordination of data abstractors (JHU students), including regular contact to address issues.
  • Overall coordination and organization of documents related to the project.
  • Coordination of key meetings for expert review, contributors, and stakeholders.
  • Generate project presentations, data outputs, written reports and deliverables as needed.
  • Perform data management and data cleaning activities.
  • Perform data analysis under supervision of project coordinator and analysis team.
  • Coordinate data analyses conducted across all team members.
  • Travel domestically/internationally, as required, up to 10 percent to meet with project team members off-site or to attend scientific meetings.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned related to the successful completion of the project.
  • Perform other tasks as a member of the IVAC family as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in related discipline.
  • Three years related experience. Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
  • Project management skills and ability to work in a project milestone framework.
  • Demonstrated problem solving and analytic skills.
  • Highly organized.
  • Self-directed and self-motivated.
  • Experience working with diverse range of team members.
  • Strong oral and written communication and mature interpersonal skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel.
  • Experience with data management and analysis.
  • Ability to work successfully in a small team environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s in related field preferred (i.e. MSPH, MHS or MPH)
  • Experience with SAS, STATA, or R statistical software preferred.
  • Experience with systematic reviews and literature database software preferred.

Please apply online, here.

IVAC Epidemiology Team

Senior Research Assistant

About IVAC: The mission of the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is to accelerate global access to life - saving vaccines through the development and implementation of evidence - based policies. The work of IVAC focuses on disease epidemiology, vaccine economics and supply, monitoring and evaluation of vaccine introduction and Center programs, and advocacy and communications activities to increase the profile of and global action on vaccine - preventable disease.

About the work context: VIEW-Hub and its corresponding databases support a number of different projects across IVAC, including projects within the Epidemiology and Policy, Advocacy & Communications teams. On the publicly available interactive platform, VIEW-Hub will enable visualization of data that support key immunization decision making, such as information related to vaccine introductions, disease burden, immunization system performance, and vaccine impact studies. Internally, it is also used to generate project - specific and ad hoc analyses for key partners, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Gavi, and WHO.

About the position: The role of the Sr. Research Assistant is to support the development and maintenance of IVAC’s new data visualization platform, known as VIEW-Hub (Vaccine Information and Epidemiology Window). This includes, but is not limited to tracking data on the progress of global vaccine introductions, use, and impact; generating regular reports on vaccine use and impact evaluation; coordination with key stakeholders; geographic information systems (GIS) mapping.

Responsibilities of the positions may include one or more of the following:

  • Gather, abstract, organize, and analyze data on immunization, health policy, and vaccine financing.
  • Assist with the preparation of IVAC’s quarterly Global Vaccine Introduction reports, as well as other presentations, data graphics, and project - specific communications needs.
  • Assist with the development of advocacy and training materials to promote the new data visualization platform.
  • Conduct literature reviews of vaccine impact studies; develop new databases; and guide the development of the corresponding module(s) on the online platform.
  • Engage with study investigators for updates on ongoing vaccine impact studies.
  • Provide research support as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree required,
  • Three years of related experience. Additional graduate level education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula
  • Knowledge and interest in vaccines, pneumonia, diarrhea and other major global infectious diseases.
  • Willingness to travel.
  • Moderate/advanced proficiency in MS Excel (or Access) and PowerPoint skills required.
  • Experience in Adobe InDesign preferred.
  • Understanding of basic epidemiology and statistical concepts.
  • Strong organizational/project management skills.
  • Technical writing skills.
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Previous experience with data visualizations (tables, charts, figures, maps, infographics, etc.)
  • Previous research and/or public health work experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to write in a clear and concise fashion.
  • Self - motivated and able to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to manage work on multiple projects, and perhaps under tight deadlines.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree preferred.
  • Database management experience and ArcGIS mapping capability highly preferred

Please apply online, here.

Student Positions

IVAC Policy, Advocacy & Communications Team
 Graduate Assistant

About IVAC:
The mission of the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is to accelerate global access to life-saving vaccines through the development and implementation of evidence-based policies. The work of IVAC focuses on disease epidemiology, vaccine economics and supply, monitoring and evaluation of vaccine introduction and Center programs, and advocacy and communications activities to increase the profile of and global action on vaccine-preventable disease. 

IVAC is seeking a graduate student to work on its India advocacy project. Specifically, a student is needed to conduct a literature review and analysis of the connection between vaccines (namely pneumonia and diarrhea vaccines) and child development including cognitive development, educational attainment, and nutritional status. 
 
The student will also work on IVAC’s adult immunization project. Only a few vaccines are currently targeted for adults (e.g., influenza, pneumococcal, and herpes zoster). While these vaccines are primarily available in developed countries, their uptake rates remain low in low- and middle-income settings. This project seeks to facilitate accelerated global decision-making and uptake of vaccines in older adults.  The student would primarily assist in activities including developing slide decks and creating communication materials aimed for experts, potential funders, and other key stakeholders. 
 
Responsibilities: 
  • Conduct a literature review around vaccines in India (topic to be refined based on guidance from supervisor)
  • Develop and implement a system for synthesizing evidence from the literature 
  • Create a library of resources on the topic (in Dropbox)
  • Draft an article for potential publication
  • Support other project activities such as slide creation and drafting communication materials
Qualifications:
  • Knowledge and interest in vaccines, diarrhea, pneumonia and/or other major global infectious childhood diseases
  • Understanding of basic epidemiologic and statistical concepts
  • Demonstrated ability to write in a clear and organized fashion
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Self-motivated and able to work well independently
  • Previous research and/or public health work experience 
 
Position is available immediately, with compensation of approximately $18/hour, depending on experience. Interested students should fill out the Student Opportunities form. Please respond by June 15. 
 

 

IVAC Policy, Advocacy & Communications Team
Global Coalition against Child Pneumonia Advocacy & Communications Graduate Assistant

About IVAC

The mission of the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is to accelerate global access to life-saving vaccines through the development and implementation of evidence-based policies. The work of IVAC focuses on disease epidemiology, vaccine economics and supply, monitoring and evaluation of vaccine introduction and Center programs, and advocacy and communications activities to increase the profile of and global action on vaccine-preventable disease.

IVAC is seeking a graduate student to work with the Policy, Advocacy & Communications (PA&C) team at on the Global Coalition against Child Pneumonia (GCACP). GCACP is a group of concerned organizations and individuals from around the world, including in developing countries, which raises awareness against child pneumonia and diarrhea. The coalition organizes and supports World Pneumonia Day annually on November 12. 

Responsibilities of the positions may include one or more of the following:

  • Gather, organize, interpret, and analyze data on immunization and pneumonia
  • Develop (and/or update) a portfolio of evidence-based materials for a variety of audiences; materials include fact sheets, slides, brochures, talking points, messaging documents, etc.
  • Assist with the development reports, presentations, data graphics, and other communication tools
  • Draft and edit content for blogs, newsletters, websites, and other forms of media
  • Support Coalition coordination and outreach
  • Provide additional support to the PA&C team as needed

Qualifications

  • Knowledge and interest in vaccines, pneumonia and other major global infectious diseases
  • Strong MS Excel and PowerPoint skills required
  • Highly organized
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Previous research and/or public health work experience
  • Demonstrated ability to write in a clear and organized fashion
  • Understand social media landscape, aware of trends, monitoring and be able to continually watch for emerging platforms and react quickly
  • Interest in designing and managing social marketing campaigns on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Google+, Facebook, LinkedIn, and blogs
  • Self-motivated and able to work well independently
  • Ability to manage multiple projects successfully, and perhaps under tight deadlines.

Students are expected to work at least 10 hours per week. Some work can be done from home or off- campus. 

Interested students should fill out the Student Opportunities form.

IVAC Epidemiology Team

Data Abstractors – Serosurveillance 

About IVAC: The mission of the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is to accelerate global access to life-saving vaccines through the development and implementation of evidence-based policies. The work of IVAC focuses on disease epidemiology, vaccine economics and supply, monitoring and evaluation of vaccine introduction and Center programs, and advocacy and communications activities to increase the profile of and global action on vaccine-preventable disease.

About PROJECT: IVAC is leading a multi-country project to evaluate the utility and feasibility of serological surveillance to monitor vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs).  One part of the project is conducting a systematic review on the use and diagnostic accuracy of oral fluid and capillary blood samples for surveillance of VPDs and immunization programs. 

Position summary:  We are looking for motivated students interested in immunization and/or surveillance in global health to work with a diverse team at IVAC. Four students will work with a team of reviewers to abstract published and unpublished data. The primary responsibility will be to access articles and abstract relevant data onto electronic data collection forms. The abstracted data will be submitted to the project team for review and feedback. Work will mostly be conducted independently, with access to project coordinators to answer questions via email, phone or in person.  Interested candidates are expected to deliver milestones on time and demonstrate attention to detail.  Experience doing systematic reviews or expert reviews is a plus.  Work will begin mid-May 2016 for approximately 10 weeks  (10-19 hours per week). 

Expected start date:  ASAP

Responsibilities may include:

  • Review of abstracts/full text articles for inclusion in the study
  • Data abstraction into database
  • Virtual or in-person meetings with team
  • Preparing summary reports

Qualifications:

  • Proficient in extracting, compiling and interpreting a range of data from written sources, from one or several databases. Ability to critically appraise a scientific article.
  • Intermediate skills using MS Word and Excel.
  • Availability for an in-person group training session lasting approximately ½ day
  • Must demonstrate excellent organizational ability, attention to detail and knowledge of research process. 
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision and deliver work on time.
  • Experience working in a team environment.

Experiences and skills:

  • Previous experience conducting systematic reviews/literature searches preferred.

 

Please send your resume ASAP to Kyla Hayford at: kylahayford@jhu.edu

 

IVAC Economics & Finance Team

Data Abstractors for Decade of Vaccines (DOVE) project 

About IVAC: The mission of the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is to accelerate global access to life-saving vaccines through the development and implementation of evidence-based policies. The work of IVAC focuses on disease epidemiology, vaccine economics and supply, monitoring and evaluation of vaccine introduction and Center programs, and advocacy and communications activities to increase the profile of and global action on vaccine-preventable disease. 

About PROJECT: The Decade of Vaccine Economics (DOVE) IV project involves collecting primary data in 2 low-and middle-income countries on the costs of illness for vaccine-preventable diseases. Part of the DOVE IV project scope involves conducting a systematic literature review on empirical cost-of-illness studies in low- and middle-income countries.

The main purpose of this literature review is to examine studies that have collected, rather than modeled, the costs of illness for vaccine-preventable diseases in low- and middle-income countries. Specifically, we will examine the methodologies used and analyze the data available by disease, country, and cost component. We will seek costs for transportation to seek healthcare and costs of diagnosis and medications. We will also seek data on costs of care at private facilities and the informal sector.

Position summary: We are looking for students with a background in vaccines and/or health economics who are willing to learn how to conduct a systematic review/literature search. The work will mostly be done independently with frequent communication via email, phone, or in person. The position will begin in June 2016 with opportunity to work for up to 40 hours per week.

Students will be working with a small team of people to abstract costs and relevant methodologies that are reported in the literature to create a cost of illness database for vaccine preventable diseases. The literature search will involve data abstraction in excel and will require detailed dissection of articles to record various costs collected by category, including medication costs, transportation costs, productivity losses, etc. The research assistant may assist in drafting summaries and putting together documents. This position offers a potential opportunity for co-authorship in a published journal depending on the student’s contributions.

Expected start date: June 2016 (flexible)

Qualifications:

  • Detail-oriented and proficient in extracting data from various sources.
  • Substantive classes or work experience in vaccines and/or health economics.
  • Previous experience working in Microsoft Excel strongly preferred.
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision.
  • Ability to respond quickly to requests.

Interested students should complete the Student Opportunities Form on the IVAC website. Contact Lawanda Lewis (llewis36@jhu.edu) with questions.