Director of Research, Vaccine Acceptance & Demand

Sabin Vaccine Institute

About the organization

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. We are an innovative, collaborative and engaged team that values accountability, teamwork, partnership and driving impact. We are vaccine champions improving lives through immunization. Sabin staff, management and Board of Trustees are committed to developing a diverse, equitable and inclusive team.


The Director of Research, in collaboration with members of the Vaccine Acceptance & Demand Team, will design, plan and implement all aspects of Sabin’s program on research related to vaccine acceptance and demand, applying their expertise in immunization and/or social and behavioral research to identify solutions that address the drivers of vaccine acceptance. The ideal candidate will have significant experience engaging with global health and global immunization programs, conducting social and/or behavioral research, working with researchers and institutions in low- and middle-income countries, and building and managing complex partner relations with relevant stakeholder communities. The Director of Research will be a diplomatic and flexible leader who provides innovation and vision along with an ability to quickly move ideas forward to action.


Master’s degree in a related field
12+ years relevant experience in global health, public health or other related field, preferably with some history of working with global immunization programming
Experience working with researchers and/or colleagues in low- and middle-income countries required
Expertise in social and/or behavioral research, ideally with an application to international development, public health or health-related field
Experience translating research results to diverse audiences in various formats
Ability to interact effectively with stakeholders at all levels and with diverse backgrounds, including partner/peer organizations, bilateral and multilateral donors and normative bodies, government officials, Boards of Trustees and executive leadership, staff and other organizational contacts
Proven experience developing and managing partnerships with diverse stakeholders from varying sectors, including those which offer new or different expertise
Excellent verbal and written communicator with ability to tailor approach toward the perspective of others; public speaking experience required
Expertise in managing, mentoring and coaching mid- and entry-level staff; able to build relationships and understand what motivates others; experience working with matrixed staff desired
Strong project and budget management skills and proven experience with research grants; grants management experience preferred

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

To be considered, please submit your cover letter and resume via e-mail. Reference “Director of Research, Vaccine Acceptance & Demand” in the subject line. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. Your cover letter should: (1) address the reasons for your interest in this position; and, (2) describe the knowledge, skills and abilities you would bring the Sabin Vaccine Institute.

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Sabin Vaccine Institute has a generous benefits package (see

Sabin is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to their race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability or genetic information, sex (including gender identity, pregnancy or sexual orientation), marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

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