Passionate about global health? You’ll love these jobs

The diversity of organizations on Idealist shows just how many ways there are to make the world a better place. Passionate about helping homeless elderly basset hounds in Maryland? There’s an organization for that! But what if your interest extends beyond one state, and your passion beyond one specific issue? For those of you who like working big-scale on big problems, here are some jobs in the global health sector.

Global health opportunities based in the United States

To start with, check out the Global Health Corps, an organization that sends emerging leaders to nonprofits around the world to work on health equity. In addition to finding candidates for their amazing one-year fellowship program, the organization is hiring for interns, associates, managers, and directors in New York and Uganda!

The Results for Development Institute is another international group whose mission is to reduce poverty and improve human welfare in low to middle income countries. Located in Washington D.C., this organization is also currently hiring for a variety of positions, one of which is a Program Officer in Global Health. This job is perfect for someone with an interest in international travel  and who can dive into health financing and analytics to manage, execute, and monitor projects for the organization.

Also available in D.C. is a Senior Manager of Global Health External Relations position with the Special Olympics. Help spread awareness about the worldwide inequalities and disparities in quality healthcare for people with intellectual disabilities.

If you love working with a wide variety of organizations and people, consider becoming a manager with Global Health Strategies, an international consulting firm that specializes in global health communications, advocacy, research, and strategy. Are you just starting out in the global health sector? Global Health Strategies also offers this one year, full-time, paid global health internship, which could be perfect! Tailored for recent graduates and graduate students, the internship offers young professionals opportunities to develop their skills in communications, advocacy, management, and more while working with global health clients.

If you are a semi-recent graduate with a few years of work experience, you may also be a great fit for the Senior Associate position with AmeriCares; support AmeriCares’ global health programs by providing administrative support, overseeing projects, and conducting data analysis.

For a global health job that is more web based, check out this Web Manager (Global Women’s Health) opportunity with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. You would develop and maintain their Global Women’s Health website along with the tools made to share information amongst fellows, universities, and colleagues in the developing world.

Global health opportunities abroad

Eager to work abroad? Travel to the Amazon Basin of Ecuador to be a Medical Programs Coordinator with Timmy Global Health; based in Indianapolis, this nonprofit seeks to expand access to healthcare worldwide. The Medical Programs Coordinator oversees programs to improve the health outcomes of vulnerable populations.

Another program management position is available in Uganda with the Global Emergency Care Collaborative. Apply for their Program Director position to be an on-site administrator to work with local leaders on the Emergency Care Practitioner Training Program.

To join the push for creating better mental health support worldwide, consider this Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services Program Coordinator position in Haiti. You’ll be working for Partners in Health, coordinating their mental health, psychosocial support, and economic development projects in Mirebelais. From general management to data analysis to financial duties, this position involves an exciting variety of skills for a truly important cause!

If these positions sound good, or even if they don’t seem quite right, I encourage you to take a look at the hundreds of other global health opportunities currently on Idealist. You might find a job that needs your niche skills to help support an anything-but-niche cause, or you could stumble upon an all-hats job to carry out specific, impactful programs. Whatever the combination, stay positive, stay inspired, and stay healthy as you bring good health to others!


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  1. thank you nandita! 🙂

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