Deputy Director | Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center

Deputy Director | Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center

Job summary


The Task Force for Global Health, based in Atlanta and founded nearly 40 years ago to advance health equity, works with partners in more than 150 countries to eliminate diseases, ensure access to vaccines and essential medicines, and strengthen health systems to protect populations. Expertise includes neglected tropical diseases and other infectious diseases; vaccine safety, distribution and access; and health systems strengthening. For more information, visit



NTD-SC Background:


Based at the Task Force for Global Health in Decatur, GA, and affiliated with Emory University, the Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center (NTD-SC) aims to optimize operational research to eliminate neglected tropical diseases that threaten the lives and well-being of millions of people in some of the world’s most marginalized communities. The NTD-SC serves as the secretariat for the Coalition for Operational Research on NTDs (COR-NTD;  Research supported by COR-NTD is conducted in close coordination with partners and addresses challenges facing each phase of the programs targeting the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs):  effectively scaling up to reach those at risk, successfully scaling down when their goals are reached, and finally sustaining the reductions achieved in disease prevalence.




  • Provides strategic leadership and technical direction for all aspects of a large and complex international program.
  • Responsible for overall management, technical development, implementation, personnel, budget and financial oversight of program.
  • Build partnerships and relationships, work with donors.
  • Directs the strategic planning, development, and operations of a large and complex program.
  • Plans, administers and monitors program budgets.
  • Develops short and long term goals and objectives.
  • Oversees related special projects.
  • May represent the program in various national and international settings.
  • May manage the solicitation of funding from foundation, corporate, individual and governmental donors.
  • Collaborates with and seeks the support of representatives from other organizations.
  • Establishes and administers policies and procedures.
  • Supervises staff.
  • Performs related responsibilities as required.  



  • The Deputy Director in the Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center (NTD-SC) supports operational research for the development and implementation of the complex, multi-institutional operational research (OR) program on shared issues confronting 5 diseases using funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and U.S Agency for International Development (USAID). 
  • Reporting to the Program Director, incumbent functions as the Deputy Director – being a primary representative of NTD-SC and serving as a main liaison to the directors and all funding partners, staff and other stakeholders. 
  • Responsibilities include ensuring appropriate oversight of the implementation of short- and long-term strategic plans for NTD-SC, undertaking new initiatives and projects, and establishing the program’s policies and procedures. 
  • Performs as Acting Director during the Director’s absence, authorizing decisions in areas designated by the Director.
  • The Deputy Director is responsible for the effective management of NTD-SC’s technical and financial operations, and for managing program staff.



  • Performs as Acting Director during the Director’s absence, authorizing decisions in areas designated by the Director.
  • Works in partnership with the Research Director and NTD Data Center Director to provide oversight and direction to staff in all aspects of developing and meeting its mission and strategic objectives.
  • Assures that staffing and other resources are adequate for meeting business goals.
  • In collaboration with the Director, develops the strategic and business plan. Develops and implements the operation plan based on the strategic plan for the NTD-SC.
  • Responsible for building partnerships and relationships with donors.
  • Serves as primary liaison with the Task Force Integrated Program Services and related management functions including Communications, HR, IT, Accounting, and Facilities.
  • Provides strategic oversight and direction to the NTD-SC, including structuring and managing NTD-SC staff meetings and other staff events.
  • Participates fully as a member of the Task Force for Global Health Management Operations Committee (MOC).


Program Management

  • In collaboration with the Director facilitates growth to ensure that NTD-SC evolves and adapts its programmatic and technical capabilities in step with the evolving global health and development environment and the priority needs of the NTD programs.
  • Develops and implements management processes, procedures, and systems needed to assure activities operate smoothly.
  • Manages NTD-SC’s overall continuous quality improvement of the program by working closely with the Director
  • Evaluates the impact and outcomes of NTD-SC’s work.
  • Participates in the development and implementation of strategic, comprehensive, integrated communications and marketing plans.
  • Provides leadership and strategic input on technical assistance, policy analysis, and the preparation of reports, agendas, and other work products.
  • Develops and implements program policies and procedures.
  • Represents NTD-SC on committees and at conferences and meetings.


Resource Management

  • Provides leadership, support, and supervisory oversight to direct reports, including full-time staff, consultants, volunteers, and students and assures they meet their performance goals.
  • Develops and leads staffing model, recruitment, development, and retention activities.
  • Maintains a strategic and tactical view over the financial resources, staff, contractors, and material needed in pursuit of NTD-SC’s strategic priorities, mission, goals and objectives.
  • Manages NTD-SC’s grants received and payable, including planning, administering, and monitoring budgets and spending, as well as preparing and reviewing technical and financial reports.
  • Develops and oversees program budgets
  • Allocates NTD-SC resources and assigns specific roles across various programs.
  • Responsible for working with government agencies, private foundations, and other clients to negotiate and manage grants and contracts within required terms.
  • Provides funders with regular financial updates and reports.
  • May solicit funding from additional sources.



  • Participates fully as a member of the Task Force for Global Health by contributing, assisting and participating in projects, activities, and initiatives as requested by Task Force management




10-15% domestic and/or international travel is expected




Bachelor's degree in public health, social sciences, public administration or a related field and seven years of related experience which includes five years at a management level, or equivalent combination of education, experience, and training. A Master's degree is preferred.



  • Master’s degree in public health, or related field.
  • Strong professional oral and written communication skills; and the ability to interact with both internal staff and external customers.
  • Ability to multitask, work independently, and demonstrate strong strategic and analytical capabilities.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and intercultural skills.
  • Previous experience in strategic planning and implementation of health projects and programs.
  • Grant management experience.
  • International health experience.
  • Familiarity with neglected tropical disease control programs.
  • Capacity to work comfortably with ambiguity in complex dynamic systems.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.)

NOTE: This role will be granted the opportunity to work from home temporarily during the COVID-19 pandemic, with intent to return to an Emory University location in the future.  Emory reserves the right to change remote work status with notice to employee.