Managing Director

JOB TITLE: Managing Director, AMR Policy Accelerator
SUPERVISOR: Mathieu Poirier, Co-Director of the Global Strategy Lab
EMAIL: careers@globalstrategylab.org
DEPARTMENT: AMR Policy Accelerator, Global Strategy Lab (amrpolicy.org)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until filled, with application review starting May 13, 2024

POSITION OVERVIEW

Lead the team driving global policy action on antimicrobial resistance.

THE PROBLEM

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the greatest threats facing humanity today. The overuse of antimicrobial drugs in humans, agriculture, and the environment has rendered antibiotics less effective. Without these essential health tools, infections that in the past were easily treated are now harder—and sometimes impossible—to treat.

The consequences of inaction on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) are far-reaching and threaten human health, the global economy, the environment, and global health equity. AMR is estimated to have contributed to almost 5 million deaths in 2019. By 2050, AMR is expected to cause 10 million deaths annually and cost the global economy $100 trillion.

There is little evidence or tailored insight on what actions countries should pursue to mitigate or prevent the spread of AMR. Implementation of National Action Plans to reduce AMR has stalled in many countries. Governments around the world lack the necessary support to explore the merits of different policy interventions—such as legislation, taxation and other economic incentives, public awareness campaigns, and professional and business regulation—that could safely reduce antimicrobial use.

Addressing AMR requires collective, global, and multisectoral action informed by effective, evidence-based research and policy advice at the national and international levels. The Global Strategy Lab bridges this gap between science and policy.

THE ORGANIZATION

The Global Strategy Lab advises governments and international organizations on how to design laws, policies, governance mechanisms, and institutions that address transnational health threats to make a healthier, more equitable world.

Our research focuses on three areas of public and global health research: global legal epidemiology, public health institutions, and global AMR. We are designated as the WHO Collaborating Centre for Global Governance of AMR and contribute to the International Network on AMR Social Science (INAMRSS).

Building on our research and policy leadership on AMR, the Global Strategy Lab has received substantial start-up funding to accelerate global action on AMR policy. The AMR Policy Accelerator is a new division of Global Strategy Lab with a mandate to undertake rapid and applied policy projects that leverage global science and insights to respond to urgent policy needs.

The Accelerator undertakes three programs of work: 1) providing rapid advice to governments and civil society organizations in response to requests for evidence on antimicrobial resistance policy, implementation, and evaluation; 2) seeding actionable policy proposals from leading experts in the field and from related areas; and 3) building capacity to support policy development and research around the world.

WHAT YOU BRING

The Managing Director will lead the Global Strategy Lab’s AMR Policy Accelerator forward out of its pilot phase. This is an ideal position for someone who is enthusiastic about driving global policy action on antimicrobial resistance and is eager to take on the challenge of transitioning a start-up from a successful pilot phase towards longer-term impact. You will provide strategic leadership, growing the Accelerator into a trusted partner in the global AMR ecosystem as well as managing the day-to-day activities of the Accelerator.

This is a critical time for AMR and the Accelerator as it moves beyond its initial pilot funding phase at the end of 2025. Fundraising to ensure the sustainability of the Accelerator is a significant component of the role. Knowledge of the research funding landscape and experience with fundraising and grant management will be considered a significant advantage.

You should have expertise and a track record of advisory work with senior government officials on AMR or other global health and development challenges, particularly with low- and middleincome countries. Significant leadership experience as demonstrated by consulting projects or academic products is required, and a broad global network in AMR, infectious diseases, and global health would be an asset.

In addition to leading on complex policy files you should be a strong communicator who can grow the Accelerator’s image, reputation, and represent the Accelerator at international meetings. You should have a high level of demonstrated management skills, including strategic planning and supervision of interdisciplinary teams. You are also excited about working with a diverse team of passionate and driven people with sensitivity to language, culture, and remote working arrangements.

Education and Experience

  • Minimum 10 years of progressively increasing management experience with a strong track record of developing and implementing consulting projects and/or research in global health or a related field;
  • A graduate or professional degree (e.g., PhD, MBA, MD, DVM, JD, etc.) in a relevant field (e.g., epidemiology, public health, public policy, law, political science, international relations, environmental studies, etc.);
  • Significant leadership experience providing consulting services to governments and international organizations, or leading large global research projects and networks, preferably with in-country experience related to global health /AMR projects in low- and middle-income countries;
  • Significant experience engaging, generating buy-in, and providing advice to senior leaders in government and global health institutions;
  • Experience developing and costing funding applications and responding to requests for proposals (RFPs);
  • Previous experience in “taking an organisation to the next level” in terms of growth and global outreach would be an asset.

Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes

  • Strategic thinker with a global perspective;
  • Strong leadership skills and robust knowledge of management best practices, including the ability to identify problems and solve them effectively and in a timely manner;
  • Strong client and relationship management skills and a high level of judgement, tact, and diplomacy in interacting with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders;
  • Dedication to advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) principles, in line with our commitment to equity;
  • Comfortable networking and liaising with external collaborators at all levels, including communicating with key opinion leaders and the media;
  • Advanced knowledge of methodological, research design, and analytical skills to develop creative, rigorous and impactful analyses under short timeframes;
  • Strong interpersonal skills with evidence of having the ability to motivate and support diverse team members and an ability to work across global teams;
  • Experience working within an academic/university setting considered an asset;
  • An extensive global network in AMR, infectious diseases, and global health would be an asset;
  • Advanced knowledge of the AMR, global health and One Health landscape and its policy challenges would be considered an asset. Applicants without this background would be expected to rapidly acquire this knowledge.

SCOPE AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Strategic Direction

  • Provides leadership across the Accelerator to grow the organization into a trusted policy
  • partner by stakeholders around the world.
  • Develops strategic and operational plans and determines the resources necessary to achieve the Accelerator’s objectives.
  • Lead sustainability planning and ensures coordination across our three program streams.

Advocacy and Partnerships

  • Liaises with external partners to promote the Accelerator’s image and reputation.
  • Leads knowledge mobilization and acts as a thought leader and authoritative voice on global AMR and related issues (e.g. pandemic preparedness) through public engagements, webinars, op-eds.
  • Establishes strategic partnerships with government, research funding agencies, academic collaborators, universities, institutions, donors, and NGOs to advance the Accelerator’s mission.

Advisory Services and Research Leadership

  • Provides high-level guidance and oversight on a large portfolio of advisory services and projects with short turnaround and overlapping deadlines.
  • Ensures that deliverables are of high quality and aligned with the mission and objectives of the AMR Policy Accelerator.

Leadership, Management and Operations

  • Leads a dynamic policy and research team, matching project resources to meet team objectives.
  • Leads recruitment in line with GSL policies and standards and conducts performance reviews.
  • Oversees the annual budget with priority setting and operational planning responsibilities.
  • Ensures accurate and timely accounting and reporting to funders and oversight bodies while complying with purchasing policies and procedures.

Fundraising

  • Fundraise by securing resources from contracts, charitable foundations, philanthropies,
  • and research grants in order to maintain the long-term success of the organisation;

COMPENSATION AND TERM OF EMPLOYMENT

Annual salary will range from CAD$135,000 to $165,000, depending on the individual’s experience. Global Strategy Lab’s commitment to pay equity necessitates that we will not be able to offer a salary outside of the range provided. We also provide employer-paid extended health care and dental benefits. The term of this contract will be from the earliest possible start date until December 31, 2025. Possibility of contract renewal will be tied to the financial capacity of the AMR Policy Accelerator under your leadership at the end of the start-up funding phase. This role will require regular international travel.

Global Strategy Lab staff employees are also able to participate in York University’s Tuition Fee Waiver Program. The successful candidate is expected to work approximately 40 hours per week; occasionally this role will require travel and evening and weekend work. The language of work is English. All employees will be required to abide by York University’s policies and guidelines, including their public health guidelines.

The Global Strategy Lab is based at York University in Toronto and new team members will benefit from close ties to the Lab’s existing impact-driven research program and networks. Hybrid work arrangements are available for team members based in the Greater Toronto Area. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, priority will be given to Canadian citizens, permanent residents, Indigenous peoples of Canada; and citizens of the United States, Mexico, or Chile who are exempted from a Labour Market Impact Assessment. Remote working arrangements will be considered for successful candidates based elsewhere in Canada.

The Global Strategy Lab is committed to fostering an inclusive and equitable environment that celebrates people in all their diversity and encourages a variety of perspectives. We recognize that different experiences and viewpoints are a source of strength in collaboration, and the driving force behind innovative, creative, equity-minded, and globally oriented research.

HOW TO APPLY
Please email the following as pdf attachments to careers@globalstrategylab.org using the subject line AMR-PA Managing Director Application:

  1. In a single pdf file titled LastName_FirstName, a CV and cover letter. The cover letter should highlight how your education, experience, knowledge, skills, and attitudes will allow you to meet the scope and responsibilities of this position.
  2. A previous work sample highlighting your writing on a consulting project and/or research product in global health or a related field; and
  3. A completed copy of the work status declaration form linked here.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, starting on May 13, 2024. The candidates shortlisted for an interview may be asked to complete a skills-based task as part of the interview process. We thank all applicants; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Global Strategy Lab welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process, please email careers@globalstrategylab.org.

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