CDC Office and Location: A research opportunity is currently available with the Global Immunization Division (GID) within the Center for Global Health (CGH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) located in Atlanta, Georgia. This opportunity is eligible for 100% telework from Atlanta. Additionally, this opportunity could be split into multiple opportunities depending on the timing of relocation for the selected applicant or applicants.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is one of the major operation components of the Department of Health and Human Services. CDC works to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.

The Global Immunization Division (GID) within CDC’s Center for Global Health (CGH) is responsible for coordinating the agency’s global immunization strategies and engagement with external partners working in global immunization such as Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. GID staff conduct research and evaluation, provide technical assistance, and support implementation of immunization programs at country, regional, and global levels. GID staff come from a range of backgrounds, including medicine, epidemiology, communications, informatics, statistics, economics, and public policy. About 75% of staff are based in Atlanta and 25% of staff are based overseas. Further information about CDC’s global immunization work is available at: https://www.cdc.gov/globalhealth/immunization/default.html

Research Project: The Center for Global Health (CGH), Global Immunization Division (GID), Office of the Director (OD) is seeking a qualified and motivated candidate focused on the implementation and monitoring and evaluation of CDC’s Global Health Equity Strategy and to support management of the Gavi portfolio out of the OD.  The candidate will provide support for coordination, communications and technical support.

Learning Objectives: Learning opportunities include:

Assist in the implementation of the CDC Global Health Equity Strategy within GID.
Involvement in establishing and coordinating GID Global Health Equity Strategy implementation processes:Assist in maintaining overall coordination and communications across GID Branches and OD teams.
Help coordinate GID Global Health Equity meetings and provide communications support, which may include the following activities:create workplans, set agendas and gather and prepare materials for meetings;
assist in managing a GID Global Health Equity SharePoint site;
draft summary documents and presentations to disseminate GID’s Global Health Equity work to a variety of audiences; and
facilitate GID adjudication of feedback on the CDC Global Health Equity Strategy Implementation Plan.
Involvement in developing and implementing a monitoring and evaluation plan for the Global Health Equity Strategy to assess GID’s progress, including:development of a roadmaps or logic model to define inputs, outputs and intended outcomes and impact of GID’s global health equity work, and
creation of templates or other tools to support reporting of GID Global Health Equity milestones, indicators, and success stories.
Participation in CGH led Global Health Equity Working Group Meetings.
Assist in coordinating activities for the Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance portfolio.
Support GID Leadership and the CDC Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance focal point to:Facilitate cross-division communication and data needs related to Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance-funded activities

Mentor(s): The mentor(s) for this opportunity are Anjella Johnson-Hooker (Primary Mentor, acv6@cdc.gov) and Shakia Bright-Pitts (Secondary Mentor; kxx6@cdc.gov). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the primary mentor.

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: Either February 2023 (1 Fellow selected) or Summer 2023 (2 Fellows selected).  Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.

Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC and is contingent on the availability of funds.

Level of Participation: The appointment is full-time.

Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.

Citizenship Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens only.

ORISE Information: This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and CDC. Participants do not become employees of CDC, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.

The successful applicant(s) will be required to comply with Environmental, Safety and Health (ES&H) requirements of the hosting facility, including but not limited to, COVID-19 requirements (e.g. facial covering, physical distancing, testing, vaccination).

Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email ORISE.CDC.CGH@orau.org and include the reference code for this opportunity.


The qualified candidate should have received a master’s degree in one of the relevant fields (e.g. Public Health, International Relations, International Development, Economics), or be currently pursuing the degree with completion before the appointment start date. Degree must have been received within the past five years.

Preferred skills:

Highly organized, adaptable; able to manage multiple tasks
Ability to coordinate complex projects and think strategically
Ability to learn the CDC mission and organizational structure and work effectively and efficiently with other CDC offices
Ability to coordinate and collaborate with diverse internal and external partners
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Experience working in close coordination with upper management levels
Experience working in global health
Monitoring and evaluation experience
Preference for experience working on health equity initiatives
Preference for experience working in low- or middle-income country settings
Preference for prior work experience in U.S. government or with international health and development organizations