Pandemics Sr. Fellow

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Skoll Foundation
Palo Alto, CA


Pandemics Sr. Fellow, Skoll Foundation

Duration: 12-24 months


Position Summary

Jeff Skoll has worked on pandemics preparedness and response for over a decade, both through the Skoll Global Threats Fund and, currently, the Skoll Foundation. Jeff committed significant supplemental funding to the Foundation in 2020 for COVID-19 response and that work will continue over the next several years. The Foundation is focused on both bringing an end to the current COVID-19 outbreak and building the future global infrastructure to stop something like COVID-19 from happening again.

The Pandemics Sr. Fellow will provide public health knowledge and networks to help shape the Foundation’s pandemics strategy in 2021-2022. This is a 12-24 month, full-time position. The speed and breadth of the COVID-19 outbreak has led to significant demand for resources in a wide range of areas – from basic public health response capacity and core scientific research to effective public-private coordination and diagnostic/oxygen/vaccine development and more. As we move into the next phase of the pandemic, the Pandemics Fellow will play a key role in helping identify priorities, assess opportunities, and evaluate ongoing work. Reporting to the Foundation’s Senior Advisor, the Pandemics Fellow will work closely with the Foundation’s current cross-functional team that delivers on the pandemics strategy

Given the pervasive nature of COVID-19, which impacts all areas of the Foundation’s work and all segments of society, the Pandemics Fellow role will be highly collaborative, working internally across Foundation programs and externally with a wide spectrum of formal and informal relationships.  The Fellow will have experience translating public health information and data for non-specialists. This person will be empathic, intellectually curious, comfortable with autonomy, humble, and highly organized with top-notch communications and relationship-building skills. 




  • Serve as the Foundation’s inhouse domain expert on public health, including COVID-19 and related challenges
  • Help shape the Foundation’s pandemics strategy and implementation, both with regard to COVID-19 and for longer-term pandemic preparedness and prevention
  • Serve as a core member of the Foundation’s cross-functional pandemics team responsible for delivering resources to tackle COVID-19, including grantmaking, public communications, convenings, and other levers
  • Work closely with Ending Pandemics, the entity incubated by Jeff Skoll, to ensure that short-term activities in response to COVID-19 help drive longer-term strengthening of global pandemic preparedness
  • Follow key developments in global fora around both COVID-19 and broader pandemic preparedness, including the WHO, the CORDS Network, and other international efforts
  • Serve as a resource for the broader Jeff Skoll Group, including Participant Media and Capricorn Investment Group, on pandemic-related questions/challenges
  • Serve as an internal resource for organizational and staff questions around COVID, including safe work environments and organizational practices.



  • Minimum of 5-7 years of relevant work experience and sectoral expertise
  • Master’s degree in Public Health or a related discipline required
  • Strong knowledge of public health, One Health concepts, and disease surveillance required
  • Experience working in both the US and LMIC countries preferred
  • Experience working with governments and/or multilateral agencies a plus
  • Ability to multi-task, work with multi-stakeholders, maintain exceptional attention to detail, and proactively manage project timelines and deliverables
  • Demonstrated experience working with and communicating science to non-technical audiences; excellent written, verbal, and presentation skills
  • Consensus builder who is tactful in interactions with partners and grantees
  • Systems thinker; experience working with interdisciplinary teams
  • Excellent research and analytical skills; strong knowledge of quantitative methods, data analysis, and big data
  • Independent and self-motivated, able to take initiative in an entrepreneurial environment within a small team
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with positive attitude; desire and ability to work in a collaborative team environment
  • Willingness to work with remote partners, with opportunities for travel
  • Ability to handle highly confidential information with discretion



The Skoll Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. We embrace and encourage our employees’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employees unique. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

Apply at by submitting your resume and cover letter within one document. In your cover letter indicate your passion for the mission and your fit for the role. We will contact qualified applicants.


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Pandemics Sr. Fellow, Skoll Foundation

Duration: 12-24 months


Position Summary

Jeff Skoll has worked on pandemics preparedness and response for over a decade, both through the Skoll Global Threats Fund and, currently, the Skoll…

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  • Master's Degree Required


Palo Alto, CA

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