Program Specialist (Contract Position) – International Affairs

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM), headquartered in Washington DC, is seeking a Contractual Program Specialist in the International Affairs Department. Incumbent will focus on clinical diagnostic capacity building, laboratory systems, including biorisk management strengthening in resource limited countries. The key objectives for the Specialist will be to advance ASM's agenda in the areas of:

  •  International development, public health, laboratory capacity building, biosafety and biosecurity
  • Quality assured diagnostics and surveillance systems for priority pathogens, antimicrobial resistance (AMR), and zoonotic infections
  • Program management

The Program Specialist will support the Assistant Director for Sustainable Development and the International Board in the day to day operations of assigned country-specific programs. The position will manage all aspects of country-specific programs, including project development and implementation, budget tracking, procurement, technical implementation, contracting, liaising with funding agency, developing grant applications, and drafting memos and presentations for the IA leadership.


  • Bachelor's degree in health-related field, Master's preferred, Ph.D. a plus.
  •  Relevant work experience: 4+ years with Bachelor's, 3+ years with Master's
  • Basic knowledge of relevant technical areas: clinical laboratory, public health, and/or biosafety and biosecurity programs
  • Experience in development, planning and execution of international cooperation projects
  • Project management and experience with U.S. Federal Grant administration desired
  • Effective working relationships with diverse groups, including interacting effectively with co-workers, international stakeholders, funders, partners, vendors, and others
  • Budget development, tracking, and monitoring for projects
  • Development and management of short-term contracts and procurement
  • Proficiency in English required
  • Proficiency in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Hindi, or others relevant to IA programs would be a plus
  • Professional international travel, preferably in Sub-Saharan Africa, and/or South & South-East Asia
  • Ability to travel internationally 15-20% of time
  • Advanced MS Office proficiency and ability to develop complex reports
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Strong oral and written communication and presentation skills
  • Strong time management and organizational skills
  • Detail oriented, ability to multi-task and to complete tasks within assigned time frames

Please submit salary requirements, cover letter, and resume to: ASM, Attn: HR, 1752 N Street NW, Washington, DC 20036 or email to Equal Opportunity Employer.

This position is funded by an external federal grant. Initially, candidates should be available for a 1 year commitment (with the possibility of an extension).