President, Global Immunization

Sabin Vaccine Institute Washington, DC, United States

About Sabin Vaccine Institute

The Sabin Vaccine Institute is a leading advocate for expanding vaccine access and uptake globally, advancing vaccine research and development, and amplifying vaccine knowledge and innovation.

Unlocking the potential of vaccines through partnership, Sabin has built a robust ecosystem of funders, innovators, implementers, practitioners, policy makers and public stakeholders to advance its vision of a future free from preventable diseases.

As a non-profit with more than two decades of experience, Sabin is committed to finding solutions that last and extending the full benefits of immunization to all people, regardless of who they are or where they live.

Our mission is to make vaccines more accessible, enable innovation and expand immunization across the globe. We seek a future free from vaccine-preventable diseases. Sabin values diversity, equity & inclusion, strong problem-solving & decision-making skills, effective communication & professionalism and personal & team initiative. We are vaccine champions improving lives through immunization.

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Role Purpose

The President, Global Immunization is a member of Sabin’s Executive Management Team, reporting to the CEO and working with the Board of Trustees, including the Board-level Global Immunization Committee.

The President is a recognized leader in the immunization and vaccine community who will head Sabin’s global efforts to champion sustainable, evidence-based solutions that prevent disease through vaccination in low-and-middle-income countries (LMICs) and build and sustain partnerships to achieve and sustain impact in LMICs.

The President is responsible for leading and expanding Sabin’s strategy, programs and funding to fully leverage the value of vaccines, and to increase the uptake and equitable access to existing and new vaccines.

The President will position Sabin as a strong, data-driven voice for vaccines and immunization globally with multi- lateral organizations, national policy-makers, NGOs, funders/donors and partners. The President manages immunization-related programs, staff, and resources.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Strengthen and expand Sabin’s programs and identify and build new programs to increase the uptake and equitable access to vaccines in LMIC settings, build on Sabin’s expertise and key program elements of capacity building, thought leadership, education, evidence generation and advocacy.
  • Further strengthen Sabin as a leader and partner in vaccines and immunization-related efforts; tackle LMIC immunization/vaccine challenges using science, data and partnerships; anticipate future immunization/vaccine challenges and design Sabin programs to address proactively, as well as participate in local, national and global forums to address proactively.
  • Build partnerships with organizations that complement and enhance Sabin programs and impact, preferably with organizations that have a presence in LMICs.
  • Establish and maintain positive, productive relationships with leaders and funders in the vaccine and broader global health community, such as WHO (headquarters and regional offices), Gavi, UNICEF, other NGOs, foreign national governments (including Ministers of Health), the Wellcome Trust, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as pertinent US federal agencies.
  • Identify and secure new sources of program funding, including conceptualizing and drafting funding proposal, with assistance from the CEO and Resource Development team.
  • Align Sabin programs to advance global immunization initiatives, such as WHO’s Immunization Agenda 2030 and Gavi 5.0
  • Articulate Sabin’s value/impact effectively to multiple audiences, including the aforementioned organizations, funders, policy makers, US and foreign national government officials, scientific audiences, the media and general public in the US and globally.
  • Effectively supervise and proactively manage global immunization staff to ensure high-quality performance and organizational alignment; work closely with vice-president-level direct-reports to develop and implement programs, meet goals and provide management support.
  • Measure and evaluate progress against overall program objectives and, identify key risks and improvement opportunities.

Core Qualities
  • Visionary and passionate immunization/vaccine leader who is committed to Sabin’s mission and fostering diversity, equity & inclusion across Sabin and our programming.
  • An innovative thinker who leverages extensive experience and networks in the global health policy community to drive solution-generating strategy, program-design, and decision-making.
  • Proven capability in building creative and effective partnerships to support sustainable programs and impact in the areas of vaccine-related science, policy, advocacy, capacity-strengthening, and data-generation.
  • Powerful communicator and careful listener who effectively engages and inspires external stakeholders, institutional partners, and Sabin colleagues.


Core Attributes
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - Values diverse backgrounds and perspectives within the organization and team. Ensures that all voices and perspectives are considered. Understands the value of “culture add” vs. “culture fit.” Implores equitable and objective engagement with colleagues in applying Sabin policies and practices with an absence of favoritism or bias.
  • Problem-Solving and Critical Thinking - Identifies challenges and effectively structures responses. Analyzes data to produce insights and generate intelligent actionable recommendations. Demonstrates ability to think intuitively and creatively to effectively solve problems. Contributes to effective systems to guide work.
  • Decision-Making - Applies and leverages critical thinking skills to make educated, informed decisions. Takes thoughtful and careful approach when considering options; displays good judgement before seeking input from others. Makes decisions with care and grace and within Sabin’s policies and practices.
  • Communication and Professionalism - Communicates clearly, directly and effectively with audiences at all levels. Interfaces with others internally/externally, in an appropriate and respectful manner that reflects Sabin’s Code of Ethics. Demonstrates good judgement and integrity, fostering a positive and productive work environment. Builds strong alliances/relationships. Displays good emotional intelligence, listening skills and self-awareness.
  • Initiative and Ownership - Self-motivated with the ability to see work activities from conception through completion. Proactive in overcoming obstacles and in seeking input and buy-in from others. Actively contributes to organizational changes they want to see actualized. Takes responsibility to contribute to, shape and be familiar with organizational policies and practices.
  • Productivity and Quality Control - Successfully manages workload; strives for accuracy, minimizing errors, while increasing efficiency. Meets goals, expectations and objectives while balancing quantity of output with quality of output.
  • Professional Development/Personal Learning - Seeks opportunities to increase and share knowledge. Actively works to broaden responsibilities. Sets appropriate goals, modifies them to maintain relevancy and strives to achieve them while integrating feedback.

Education, Qualifications & Experience

Required professional experience
  • Minimum of 20 years of public health experience advancing immunization/vaccine programs, partnership and polices with at least 15 years of focused work with LMICs; candidates who have lived and worked in or are from LMICs strongly preferred.
  • Established record of leadership in vaccines, immunization, and the global health community, including research; (peer-reviewed journals, grey literature publications or other written products and presentations at conferences and other expert forums).
  • Demonstrated understanding of the immunization/vaccine and global health landscape (and ability to position Sabin effectively in that landscape).
  • History of securing funding /or grants from bilateral and multilateral agencies, governments, foundations, and other public and private sector organizations.
  • Experience collaborating at senior level with international organizations, such as WHO, UNICEF, Gavi and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


Required/preferred management experience
  • Proven record of developing and delivering strategies and innovative programs to implement those strategies, including initiating sustainable catalytic partnerships that engage global and local entities.
  • Demonstrated management skills that enhance individual and team performance and empower culturally diverse, inclusive, and successful teams.
  • Seasoned personnel management experience, with demonstrated ability to effectively manage at all levels (Trustees, peers, direct reports, early-career staff).
  • Works effectively in matrixed environment with other departments and teams and with others over geographical distance.
  • Master’s or doctorate in public health, medicine, or relevant life or social science discipline.
  • Understanding of strong link between immunization programs and vaccines, including the ability to evaluate relevant data to increase uptake of current vaccines and support decision-making about introduction of new vaccines.
  • Outstanding presentation and communication skills (written and spoken) and the experience and proclivity to be an outgoing spokesperson, relationship builder and fundraiser.
  • Strategic thinker and problem solver.
  • Proven ability to move between short-term & long-term goals and tactical & strategic issues; prioritize competing demands to meet deadlines.
  • Strong attention to detail and well organized.
  • Fluent in English (written and spoken); secondary language (Spanish, French, Portuguese) a plus.
  • Ability to travel both domestically and internationally on a frequent basis with notice.

Terms of Appointment

This is a full-time position. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. A pension plan, life and medical insurances are included in the benefits package.


With the Sabin’s offices located in Washington DC, the ideal candidate should be based in or relocate to the Washington, DC area. However, candidates may live or relocate anywhere in the United States, but be able to travel to Washington, DC on a frequent basis.

How to Apply
If you wish to be considered for this position, please complete the Application form below on or before 07 October 2021. In addition, we encourage you to please attach a copy of the most recent English version of your CV. 

If you have an initial query rather than an application, kindly email us at [email protected].

All information will be treated in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service.

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