Strengthening USAID’s role as a Leader in Global Health

Through the Global Health Fellows Program, MSI facilitates retreats and workshops for field mission health teams, including PEPFAR country teams and D.C.offices.

The Global Health Fellows Program is funded by USAID and implemented by the Public Health Institute and its partners, including MSI, Harvard University and Tulane University. Since 2006, the program has provided support for USAID’s Bureau for Global Health to strengthen USAID’s role as a leader in global health.

The Global Health Fellows Program- I (GHFP- I) recruits junior- to senior-level health professionals to work for USAID and supports their performance during the fellowship. There are more than 110 fellows, with 20 percent of them working in developing countries. GHFP- I has increased the number of highly qualified minority health professionals working within USAID and has also implemented internship programs that provide students with development experience in Washington, D.C. and abroad.

MSI provides expertise to USAID’s overseas missions, Washington-based offices and global health staff. As the program partner responsible for professional and organizational development, we help USAID to maximize results and strengthen its leadership role in global health. Organizational development interventions help USAID to navigate changes in the Agency and sustain an environment where staff can excel.

Our staff design and deliver the annual Intensive Leadership Course, a four-day program that enhances staff members’ leadership and career development through personal assessments, feedback, training simulations and leadership coaching. We have also created and delivered the Mastering the Art of Health Project Management training series for fellows and other USAID global health professionals. Modules have included financial management, managing without micromanaging, analyzing program level data, entering a project midstream and developing a high quality statement of work/program description.

To improve communications and management processes, MSI facilitates retreats and workshops for various field mission health teams, including interagency PEPFAR country teams and Washington, D.C. offices. In addition, MSI provides professional development coaching to Fellows and other global health professionals and is introducing organizational development concepts and tools to health programming.

The GHFP-I program runs through September 2012.