Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI)

Launched in 2017, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) is an international coalition of governments, academic, philanthropic, private, public, and intergovernmental institutions whose vision is to create a world in which epidemics and pandemics are no longer a threat to humanity. Our mission is to accelerate the development of vaccines and other biologic countermeasures against epidemic and pandemic threats so they can be accessible to all people in need.


CEPI played a central role in the global response to COVID-19, creating the world’s largest portfolio of COVID-19 vaccines – seven of which are approved for global or domestic use – and co-leading COVAX, the global initiative to support equitable access which supported the delivery of over 2bn vaccine doses globally. CEPI has contributed to a number of scientific breakthroughs in vaccine development against other infectious diseases, including the first ever licensed Chikungunya vaccine and the first Nipah and Lassa virus vaccines into Phase 1 trials.


As COVID-19 has demonstrated, emerging infectious diseases represent an existential threat to our way of life. COVID-19 is not the first pandemic of the 21st century, and unless we act now, we can be sure that it will not be the last. Unlike some of the other big threats that humanity faces, we have the tools to systematically reduce and even eliminate the risk of future pandemics. It is vital that we capitalise on the rare alignment of political will, practical experience, and technical and scientific progress emerging from the pandemic to prevent such devastation happening again.


CEPI’s five-year plan for 2022-2026 – known as CEPI 2.0 – aims to dramatically reduce or even eliminate the future risk of pandemics and epidemics. Central to the plan is CEPI’s goal to accelerate the time taken to develop safe, effective, globally accessible vaccines against new threats to just 100 days. Achieving this ‘100 Days Mission’, which has been embraced by the G7 and G20, would give the world a fighting chance of containing a future outbreak before it can spread to become a global pandemic, potentially averting millions of deaths and trillions of dollars in economic damage.


CEPI is a not-for-profit association under Norwegian Law and has offices in Oslo (HQ), London, and Washington DC.


In CEPI we strive for diverse thinking, and we want a diverse pool of candidates for all our vacancies. We work for an inclusive working environment where each employee can contribute and grow.


More details about CEPI and our mission can be found on our website: www.cepi.net

Role purpose

CEPI is looking for a senior level professional to lead the growing IT team and to spearhead its digital transformation through the implementation of advanced technologies and comprehensive transformation programs driving the organization towards a more agile and customer centric future.


The role reports to the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and is a member of the Extended and Operations Leadership Teams as well of the Operations Committee.


If you are interested in joining the CEPI team and think you have the appropriate qualifications for this role, please read the detailed job description below and follow the instructions for applying.



The primary objective of this role is to take lead of the IT and digital transformation strategies and to lead its execution in alignment with the various departments within CEPI, to provide sound technical leadership in all Information Technology related aspects and to take ownership of the IT landscape within CEPI – Business management tools, Cybersecurity, Infrastructure as well as Analytics and Data Management among others.


The successful candidate will oversee all aspects of the IT technology strategy, including planning for future technologies and systems, maintaining existing applications, and managing relationships with key stakeholders. They will have managed an IT department within the public or development sectors.


This person will work closely with our COO and other leaders to develop CEPI's overall IT strategy and translate the strategy into a technology roadmap. The IT Director is also responsible for managing the related technology budget and ensuring that CEPI's IT technology infrastructure can support CEPI's overall strategy.


Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop CEPI's IT technology strategy and take ownership of digitization across the organization.
  • Oversee IT technology operations across the organization – ensuring usability and security.
  • Establish and lead on IT policies and systems, including Salesforce to support the goals of the organization.
  • Ensure smooth delivery and operation of IT services by monitoring systems performance.
  • Understand and anticipate the business requirements of all departments to determine their technology needs and ensure they drive CEPI's IT strategy.
  • Oversee and facilitate CEPI's data governance and stewardship to further strengthen CEPI's data management capabilities.
  • Keep abreast of the latest technologies and trends and advising on the adoption of new technologies when applicable, such as advanced Data Analytics, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence.
  • Oversee the cybersecurity strategy with members of the Information Security & Compliance team.
  • Identify the need for upgrades, configurations or new systems and ensure this is factored into strategic planning.
  • Oversee vendors and suppliers and purchase efficient and cost-effective technological equipment and software.
  • Oversee and collaborate with vendors as required to ensure smooth functioning of the IT Systems.
  • Provide direction, guidance, and training to the IT team.



  • Bachelor's degree in information technology, Computer Science, Information Systems, or related fields.
  • A master's degree in computer science is preferred.
  • 8+ years of proven experience as an IT Director or similar leadership role.
  • Proof of experience with Salesforce CRM and continued education, such as software certifications, is desirable.
  • Experience in biotech, vaccines or global health would be an advantage.
  • Excellent understanding of computer systems, security, network and systems administration, databases and data storage systems, and telecommunications systems.
  • Strong leadership skills with demonstrated ability to develop and lead a high-performing team.
  • Strong technological background with knowledge of technological AI trends and IT systems.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills with ability to work across a matrixed organization.
  • Financial management expertise.


Terms of Appointment

  • This is a full-time position.
  • Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
  • A full benefit package is also included.



  • The position can be based in Oslo, Norway or United Kingdom within commuting distance to CEPI London offices. There will be a need for some remote working in Oslo if the permanent base is in London.


How to Apply

To apply for this position, please ensure you complete the Application Form provided below by 14 June 2024 (23:59 hrs, GMT +1). It is essential that you submit your CV in English, specifically in Microsoft Word format (.doc/.docx).


Applications in other languages or formats will not be considered.


Rest assured, all information will be handled with the utmost confidentiality.


SRI Executive is exclusively retained by Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) to undertake this assignment.

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