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Webinar: How to Use Your Diverse Skills for a Global Health Career

September 15, 2016

Global health (GH) is a field with a wide range of opportunities in diverse technical areas. From HIV/AIDS prevention to supply chain management, GH offers an avenue for 21st century leaders to solve complex global challenges by leveraging diverse skill sets from all backgrounds.

Join the Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) II as we explore what it takes to become a successful global health leader by building on the skills you already have. Our interactive webinar discussion features seasoned global health professionals with backgrounds in Information Technology (IT), advocacy, and communications.

In an effort to harness the skills of these experts who are already midway into their careers, this webinar will highlight the benefits of GH experience for individuals in a variety of needed disciplines in the field and also how their unique skills can benefit Global Health work. This webinar is designed to serve as a resource to potential applicants from a variety of disciplines who are interested in shifting to Global Health by providing guidance on what skills can be leveraged from their current career that will resonate with GH hiring managers and how individuals have made the transition.

How to Use Your Diverse Skills for a Global Health Career
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
3:30 - 4:45 pm EST

We'll kick off the discussion with the following questions:

  • What do global health recruiters look for in a potential candidate?
  • How can skills and experience with a non-global health focus transfer over to begin or advance a global health career?
  • What are the top competencies sought after by global health organizations or agencies like the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)?

Send us your questions on Twitter by tagging @GHFPII: Our discussion will also turn to our live audience for questions submitted on Twitter. This is your chance to ask us what you've always wanted to know about how to pave your path for a career in global health. Submit your questions on Twitter by tagging @GHFPII or submitting questions in advance by emailing communications@ghfp.net.

After the webinar, attendees will receive a comprehensive career resource guide with specific guidance on pursuing overseas experiences.

Panelists include: 

Sara Zizzo | @S_Zizzo Health
Program Technical Advisor (Child Health and Immunizations), Office of Sustainable Development, Bureau for Africa

Sara Zizzo began working in domestic public health more than ten years ago as a community health educator for Planned Parenthood where she facilitated outreach education programs in Louisville, KY. Prior to that, she was a digital audio book editor for the American Printing House for the Blind. Sara graduated with an MPH from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Maternal and Child Health Leadership Consortium Fellow. Sara served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Lesotho where she taught English and life skills. This experience in Lesotho led her to focus her graduate research on maternal and child health in sub-Saharan African populations. She was also a GHFP-II intern as part of the Bureau for Africa Health Team at USAID. Currently, Sara is the Health Program (Child Health and Immunizations) Technical Advisor in the Bureau for Africa where she provides support to USAID's missions in Africa, serving as team lead on GH Country Teams.

Josie Lehrer | @JosieLehrer
Senior Gender Advisor, Office of HIV/AIDS, Bureau for Global Health

Josie is a public health researcher and practitioner whose work focuses on gender-based violence and HIV/STI prevention and response, and the promotion of healthy masculinities and gender equality. Her work includes leading M&E projects with HIV/GBV organizations in East Africa; working on a USAID project to integrate HIV and GBV frontline services in Guyana; leading studies in the U.S. and Chile on sexual assault and dating violence. Earlier in her career, Josie worked domestically facilitating support groups for women and LGBT youth living with HIV/AIDS. Josie is founder/director of the Men's Story Project, a scale-able health communication initiative that brings critical dialogue on masculinities into public forums. Josie holds a doctoral degree from the Harvard School of Public Health and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies.

Jason Wucinski
Senior Information Systems Technical Advisor, Office of Program, Planning and Policy, Bureau for Global Health

Jason Wucinski is the Senior Information Systems Technical Advisor in the Bureau for Global Health's Office of Program, Planning and Policy's Division of Strategy, Analysis, Evaluation, and Outreach (SAEO). Jason's work focuses on using information technology to improve both Bureau operations and programming. His work is critical towards reviewing and supporting the implementation of USAID's policy, business intelligence, and IT solutions. Jason has previous experience working with USAID on various software engineering and information technology projects. He holds a Master's Degree in Science in Information Systems Management from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.

Jennifer Kaindi, MBA
GHFP-II Recruitment Lead

Jennifer Kaindi, MBA, has over 8 years of international recruitment experience specializing in the recruitment of international development professionals and in particular, global health. Jennifer received her MBA from Morgan State University and her BA in Psychology from Lincoln University. As the Lead for Recruitment with the Global Health Fellows Program II, she helps USAID address its immediate and emerging human capital needs by developing a diverse group of global health professionals to support and sustain the effectiveness of the Agency's current and future health programs. Jennifer leads the GHFP-II Recruitment Team in identifying, recruiting, and hiring the fellows and interns at all levels.

Maribel Sierra 
Communications and Outreach Specialist

Maribel Sierra specializes in communications to reach diverse audiences through GHFP-II's website and social media platforms. She also contributes to planning and implementing the program's nationwide outreach to connect global health leaders to GHFP-II's career opportunities. Maribel has previous experience working as an organizer for the non-profit organization Clean Water for North Carolina, and as research assistant at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's (UNC-CH) School of Medicine. Maribel has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and Spanish from UNC Chapel Hill.