Global Health Policy & Governance Associate

Georgetown Law’s O’Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law is seeking an Associate to work with the Global Health Policy & Governance team, led by director Dr. Matthew Kavanagh.

To be considered, applicants should have significant law, public policy, human rights, and/or public health experience, and excellent writing and analytical skills; be able to review, evaluate, and summarize laws, regulations, and published research; enjoy data collection and be comfortable working with spreadsheets and statistics; be able to guide and manage research assistants; and have a passion for doing important law and policy work to help improve global public health. The ideal candidate would have a JD or similar advanced degree and experience with comparative law, social science methodologies and quantitative/statistical analysis, be comfortable working independently, entrepreneurial, detail oriented, and able to work in multiple languages.

The associate will use all of the above skills to implement projects collecting laws, policies, and public health data from around the world in support of research and policy-change efforts on HIV, tuberculosis, climate and health, and a variety of other global health issues. This will include work supporting civil society and advocacy organizations. The Associate will also help develop new project ideas and proposals; code and manage a substantial database; and provide research and writing assistance to develop and draft reports, legal briefs, model legislation and regulations, and various other writings.  Work will may include collaborating with researchers and other subject matter experts, both at Georgetown and throughout the world; attending or making presentations at conferences and other meetings (with related travel); and possibly helping with courses at the university.  Work will focus on health governance and policy issues, but may also include work on other O’Neill Institute projects, issues, and activities.

Institute Associates are based at the O’Neill Institute’s offices at Georgetown University’s Law School near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.  Associates receive a competitive salary with outstanding benefits (and terrific work colleagues). Associates are hired for a one-year term with annual renewals.  We hope and expect that the Associate hired for this position will stay with O’Neill for several years or more while developing new skills and expertise and assuming broader responsibilities.

The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Public Health Law was established in 2007 through the generous philanthropy of Linda and Timothy O’Neill to respond to the need for innovative solutions to the most pressing national and international health concerns.  Besides developing its own public health legal and policy reports and managing related projects, the O’Neill Institute regularly works with public health researchers to provide relevant legal and policy context and analysis so that the researchers can design their research projects to be as policy relevant as possible and present their research findings more effectively. The Institute also develops new research-based public health policy proposals and legal strategies; converts public health policy research into effective legislative or regulatory language; provides topical legal and policy trainings to government and NGO public health practitioners; and convenes diverse groups of relevant experts to consider important public health legal and policy challenges and develop new analyses and recommendations.  In all of its work, the O’Neill Institute takes full advantage of the unique resources and expertise available to it from being part of Georgetown University and its law school, and from its Washington, DC location, while also consulting with partner organizations and public health experts from throughout the world.

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to

Global Health Policy & Governance Projects