Open Position: Program Associate

Location: Geneva, Switzerland or New York, NY USA.

Start date: Late April/May 2020

Position Overview

GAHP is seeking a qualified, motivated and detail-oriented, full-time Program Associate to help manage, implement and grow GAHP’s program of work, as well as assist with day-to-day management of the Alliance itself, including relationships and outreach with GAHP members and observers.

The ideal candidate will possess the ability to work independently as well as in a team, will be an excellent writer, extremely detail oriented, organized and have a proven track record of delivering work products on-time. Logical thinking and the ability to contribute ideas are also key. Ideally, the candidate will also have a keen interest in, curiosity about, or knowledge in environmental, health, pollution and/or international development issues.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Program Management (~50%)
    • Assist GAHP team to implement its global programs, including day-to-day activities, presentation preparation, event logistics/organizing, partner and expert coordination and outreach, and other tasks
    • Assist with program tracking and monitoring of progress
    • Track donor specific deliverables
    • Assist with grant reporting
  • Fundraising (~20%)
    • Identify funding opportunities for GAHP and its members by monitoring requests for proposals and conducting grant research.
    • Assist GAHP staff and partners to draft proposals to all types of donors
    • Track donor relationships, funding opportunities and proposal submissions
    • Prepare meeting briefings and attend donor meetings as appropriate
  • Administrative (~30%)
    • Assist to prepare Board, Council and Committee meeting materials and documentation
    • Feed important program and GAHP information to the Communications team for inclusion in GAHP newsletters
    • Manage and Track Council membership
    • Administer GAHP contacts database (Salesforce) and network
    • Respond to Member and Observer inquiries
    • Prepare content for GAHP Annual Reports
    • Process expense reports

Additional tasks as relevant: Occasional late nights and travel may be required.


  • At least two years of relevant experience working in non-profit (in program management or implementation preferred)
  • Bachelor’s degree required preferably in related field (e.g. international development/relations, public health, environmental science or related field); Master’s Degree a plus.
  • Strong writing, research, project management and analytical skills a must.
  • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel (i.e. formulas, referencing, pivot tables, etc.) and online research tools, or ability to pick up new technology quickly
  • Must possess a high level of attention to detail and the ability to see projects through to completion, on-time
  • Self-starter and motivated. Must be able to work with directives and minimal supervision.
  • Enthusiasm, sense of humor and a positive attitude
  • Team player
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Experience/knowledge in pollution, environmental, public health and/or international development issues preferred
  • Spanish, French or other language a plus.

Salary commensurate with experience.

How to apply

  • Email resume/CV, cover letter, and 1-2 page writing sample as a single attachment to [email protected]
  • In the cover letter, summarize in bullet points your applicable skills, experience and track record.
  • The subject line of your email should read: Program Associate Position Application.
  • Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls will be accepted.

GAHP is committed to provide equal opportunity employment for all qualified persons and not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, gender, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation or any other protected status.

This is a full-time position that requires a minimum of forty hours per week. Work is performed at a desk in an office environment, with the exception of travel. Applicants must be legally able to work in Switzerland or the USA.

GAHP’s NY office is located at 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 860, New York. Applicant must live in, or within commuting distance of New York, or be willing to relocate at his/her/their own expense.

Applicants from Switzerland will not be provided an office space until a GAHP office is opened in Geneva, and must be able to work from home or other location.

Some travel to/within Europe, especially Geneva, Switzerland, or to other locations is expected.

About GAHP

The Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (GAHP) is a collaborative body made up of more than 60 members and dozens of observers that advocates for resources and solutions to pollution problems. GAHP was formed because international and national level actors/ agencies recognize that a collaborative, multi-stakeholder, multi-sectoral approach is necessary and critical to deal with the global pollution crisis and resulting health and economic impacts. Although initiated in 2012, GAHP just recently incorporated as a foundation in 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.

GAHP’s overall goal is to reduce death and illness caused by all forms of toxic pollution, including air, water, soil and chemical wastes especially in low and middle-income countries. These efforts will contribute to achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals related to pollution, particularly on Health (Targets 3.4 and 3.9).

Partnering to Solve Pollution Problems

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