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Product Manager, US COVID-19 Response Initiative

Posted: August 18, 2020

Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of Vital Strategies

12-Month, Full-time Consultancy

Vital Strategies is a US-based international public health organization working in more than 70 countries to address important and challenging health issues. We develop and oversee programs to strengthen public health systems and address leading causes of morbidity and mortality, providing expertise in project implementation and management, strategic communications, epidemiology and surveillance, and other core public health capacities.

Resolve to Save Lives is a global health initiative of Vital Strategies that since 2017 has been working closely with governments, the World Health Organization, the World Bank, academic and other partners in a number of countries to strengthen national capacity to prevent, detect and respond to epidemic threats. For more information about our Prevent Epidemics initiative, visit: and

We have formed a COVID-19 Incident Management System to control and mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus in vulnerable low- and middle-income countries and the United States. A significant area of focus for our work in the US is accelerating and strengthening the technical and operational capacity of local public health departments to carry out impactful contact tracing to reduce the spread of infection and allow for the safe reopening of society as soon as possible. As part of this effort, we are building and deploying efficiency and efficacy tools for jurisdictions all over the US that are scaling up traditional contact tracing efforts.

The Role

We are looking for an experienced Product Manager to drive product direction, deployment, and iterative improvements for variety of tools that improve the efficacy and efficiency of COVID-19 response programs across the US. Our products touch a range areas like data infrastructure, case management and contact tracing, dashboards, and early exploration of other Public Health programs such as vaccine delivery. All resulting work will be open-source and available to anyone who needs it in the world, with no strings attached.

Our efforts are in partnership with NY State as well as Philadelphia and other jurisdictions, so you will have real proving grounds for your work. Successful tools will need to scale across jurisdictions in the US and globally, with the ability to integrate with a variety of systems, so you will need to develop an understanding of the technical landscape of health departments, COVID-19 response technologies, and ensure that we are creating flexible, useful, pragmatic tools that will scale.

This is a full-time, 12-month consultancy, renewable depending on program need.


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How to Apply: Send your resume and a cover letter describing your experience, suitability for this role and fee expectations to We encourage you to submit applications as soon as possible as we will move quickly to shortlist, interview and appoint. Due to high volume of applications, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Deadline: Until filled

Vital Strategies aims to recruit the candidate who is best suited to work within our US COVID response team and welcomes applications from people of all backgrounds – men and women, people of all ages, sexual orientations, nationalities, religions and beliefs. We particularly encourage applications from Black and Latinx candidates, given COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on these communities.