STAR Academic Partnerships Coordinator/CUGH Program Manager

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline



1608 Rhode Island Ave. NW
Suite 240
United States


About CUGH:

The Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) is a membership-based organization comprised of more than 170 international academic institutions and professional associations. CUGH supports academic institutions and partners to improve the wellbeing of people and the planet through education, research, service, and advocacy.

About the STAR Program:

Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) is a project of the Public Health Institute (PHI) supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Global Health (GH) Bureau. Its purpose is twofold: (1) Through individual fellowships, STAR will help strengthen the capacity of diverse American and low-and-middle-income country (LMIC) health professionals at all levels to make innovative contributions to global health (GH); and (2) STAR will create ground-breaking opportunities for both US and LMIC GH academic institutions and other groups, including professional associations, to create systems for open-access knowledge sharing, resulting in effective partnerships. STAR’s individual and institutional participants are contributing to the development of self-sustaining systems and tools that will produce global citizens with the full spectrum of relevant health competencies. The Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) is a partner on the STAR project contributing to the creation of open-access knowledge sharing systems and tools for US and LMIC-based academic institutions.

Position Description:

The Academic Partnerships Coordinator/CUGH Program Manager manages CUGH’s activities funded by the Public Health Institute’s (PHI) Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) project.


Institutional learning and capacity-building

  • Supports the development and implementation of STAR’s institutional learning strategy
  • Conducts literature review of existing partnership models across the global health landscape to support CUGH network’s development of partnership model assessment tool
  • Develops and manages an RfA and mini-grant distribution process to identify and select Collaboration Laboratory participants towards greater US and LMIC academic institutional knowledge sharing
  • Co-manages all Collaboration Laboratory experiments, providing virtual and on-site support as needed, regularly documenting challenges and lessons learned using USAID’s CLA model, and monitoring/tracking their progress towards collaboration goals
  • Conducts in-depth interviews with Collaboration Laboratory participants to track and analyze experiment data and progress towards milestones. Makes recommendations towards Collaboration Laboratory experiment improvements  

Project Learning Coordination

  • Orients institutional participants to familiarize them with the STAR project’s learning and capacity-building goals
  • Supports an enabling environment that actively promotes learning, creativity, and a commitment to dialogue/sharing among LMIC and US-based academic institutions
  • Supports the development of a learning curriculum for individual and institutional STAR participants
  • Supports the identification of mentorship opportunities for individual and institutional STAR participants
  • Supports the development of a tracking system to monitor mentoring activities along a mentorship curriculum
  • Supports the development of an immersive global health simulation program for STAR Interns
  • Contributes to ongoing project evaluation, refinement and improvement efforts for continuous STAR learning
  • Participates in CUGH committees, subcommittees, working groups related to STAR activities

Project management

  • Contributes to the mentorship of the Academic Partnerships Assistant/CUGH Program Assistant for continuous project improvement and alignment with USAID/STAR’s goals
  • Coordinates with CUGH leadership to ensure successful implementation of STAR workplan activities and deliverables
  • Led by CUGH leadership, contributes to STAR/CUGH work planning efforts


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • A minimum of six (6) years working experience in organizational learning or knowledge management
  • Background in public health strongly desired
  • International work experience strongly desired
  • Understanding of USAID and IRB rules and regulations strongly desired
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Strong analytical and/or mathematical skills
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, flexibility, resourcefulness, and creative problem-solving skills
  • Exceptional verbal, interpersonal, and written communication skills in English
  • Ability to work independently as well as with all levels of management and staff
  • Reliable and trustworthy
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks requiring a high degree of attention to detail
  • Ability to balance appropriately between independent action and referring issues to supervisors
  • Advanced computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, etc.
  • US citizenship or US permanent residency required


A Bachelor’s degree required. A Master’s in Public Health or an equivalent degree preferred.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to Please indicate the position you are applying for in the subject line. Deadline for applications is August 25th, 2018. Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you have questions regarding this vacancy or the application process, please email