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Job Req ID:  107780

Assistant Director, Policy & Engagement, SMART4TB

We are seeking an Assistant Director, Policy & Engagement, SMART4TB who is a skilled policy advocate and excellent project manager who will help lead the policy and community engagement workstream for SMART4TB a large and complex $200 million project. SMART4TB's policy objectives span the global, U.S., and affected country levels, and require working both top-down with high-level policy makers and ground-up with community advocates to ensure the highest standards of tuberculosis (TB) care are available and accessible to all. Spanning writing, stakeholder engagement, strategy development, and project and partner management, this is a dynamic leadership opportunity for a motivated, collaborative policy professional. This is a new position reporting directly to the Director of Community Engagement, a member of the SMART4TB senior management team.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched the Supporting, Mobilizing, and Accelerating Research for Tuberculosis Elimination (SMART4TB) project. SMART4TB, a five-year $200 million initiative, to identify more effective methods and tools for finding, treating, and preventing TB in 24 priority countries for TB programming. This is a grant-funded position through July 2027 contingent on the Agencys continued support throughout the duration of the project period.

This initiative will build research capacity in high TB burden countries by supporting studies that evaluate novel approaches, interventions, and tools to combat TBincluding diagnostic tests, new treatment drugs and regimens, socioeconomic and health system challenges, methods to interrupt TB transmission, and TB vaccines readiness and delivery.

Led by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the SMART4TB international consortium partners are University of California, San Francisco, KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Treatment Action Group, Perinatal HIV Research Unit (South Africa), YR Gaitonde Medical, Educational and Research Foundation (India), Walimu (Uganda), Kyrgyz State Medical Academy, and Victory Network (Vietnam).

Specific Duties & Responsibilities


  • Research and write policy briefs.
  • Develop and implement cohesive and effective strategies for influencing policy at the global, U.S. government, and high TB burden country levels.
  • Engage with and influence policy stakeholders from a wide range of sectors (academia, government, non-profit, and private sectors).
  • Represent SMART4TB at both community and high-level meetings, including public speaking and diplomacy.
  • Work closely with SMART4TBs communications team to leverage communications capacity to advance policy objectives, and publicize SMART4TB wins.

Project management

  • Convene and motivate project partners to develop and achieve an ambitious workplan, including monitoring and ensuring fulfillment of all deliverables.
  • Coordinate calls and virtual meetings with project partners.
  • Support the development and management of SMART4TBs policy budget.
  • Foster strong communications with senior management team and other internal project partners to support coordination, provide regular updates, and solicit input.
  • Liaise with SMART4TBs grant management and monitoring, & evaluation teams to support grant reporting and project learning, including working with Project Officer to track activities and compile reports.
  • When requested, engage directly with the project funder (USAID) to provide updates and solicit input on SMART4TBs policy agenda and strategy.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree.
  • Five years related experience.
  • Proven experience effectively managing complex projects and budgets, and developing and monitoring workplans.
  • Additional education may substitute for experience to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated success influencing policy at the national or global level.
  • Experience leading coalitions and/or projects involving multiple partners.
  • Excellent research and writing skills.
  • Strong capacity for organization.
  • Diplomacy and stakeholder engagement skills.
  • Capacity and interest to learn new topics and domains.
  • Familiarity with Office 365 products (especially Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
  • Excellent judgment and interpersonal skills.
  • Attention to detail as well as ability to develop a vision for the larger picture.
  • Public speaking skills.
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and with a high degree of autonomy.
  • Familiarity with tuberculosis (including lived experience) is not required but is a plus.
  • Experience with or interest in global health and research.
  • Ability to travel approximately 10% and occasionally work early / late hours to accommodate partners in different time zones.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work in a diverse, multicultural environment committed to social justice.



Classified Title: Program Manager 
Working Title: Assistant Director, Policy & Engagement, SMART4TB

Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/ME  
Starting Salary Range: $62,780-$86,390-$110,010 Annually (Commensurate with experience) 
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm 
Exempt Status: Exempt 
Location: Remote 
Department name: ​​​​​​​SOM DOM Infectious Disease  
Personnel area: School of Medicine 


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