Junior Program Associate

BIO Ventures for Global Health - Seattle, WA


About BIO Ventures for Global Health (BVGH)

BIO Ventures for Global Health (BVGH) is a nonprofit organization based in Seattle, Washington working at the crossroads of the private and public sectors to advance research and improve health. BVGH connects people, resources, and ideas across biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, governments, and nonprofits to solve global health issues. BVGH’s work falls under three strategic pillars: expanding access to cancer medicines and technologies in Africa, accelerating research and development (R&D) for diseases of poverty, and building biomedical R&D capacity in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). BVGH’s two largest programs are WIPO Re: Search and the African Access Initiative (AAI).

WIPO Re: Search

WIPO Re: Search is a global consortium founded by BVGH, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and leading pharmaceutical companies. The aim of the Consortium is to accelerate the development of new drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), malaria, and tuberculosis by connecting industry’s assets and resources to qualified academic and nonprofit researchers with product discovery or development ideas. As the Partnership Hub Administrator of WIPO Re: Search, BVGH is responsible for establishing research collaborations between Member organizations to support the sharing of intellectual property (IP).

African Access Initiative (AAI):

Through the African Access Initiative (AAI), BVGH is engaging pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to improve cancer patient management and provide affordable, sustainable access to essential cancer technologies and medicines in Africa. The capabilities and portfolios of participating companies are matched with the priorities of African governments and healthcare leaders to build partnerships and establish innovative business models tailored to each African market. Beyond providing access to needed technologies and medicines, AAI will strengthen healthcare infrastructure and build healthcare provider and cancer researcher capacity.

Junior Program Associate

General Description

The successful candidate will play a key role working across BVGH programs with a particular focus on WIPO Re: Search and AAI. He/she will be responsible for contributing to and ensuring the ongoing successes of BVGH’s programs. Skills needed include excellent writing and communication capabilities and strong attention to detail, along with the ability to multitask and manage multiple responsibilities at once.

BVGH is looking for an individual who is passionate about impacting global health and is eager to work hard to see our programs succeed and goals realized.

AAI Responsibilities:

  • Support the development, management, and implementation of AAI in collaboration with our partners and the BVGH team.
  • Engage partners and participants in AAI and maintain communication with all stakeholders.
  • Develop materials to support AAI and other BVGH programs including PowerPoint presentations, publications, surveys and questionnaires, announcements, reports, and proposals.
  • Support the planning and management AAI and events and meetings.

WIPO Re: Search Responsibilities:

  • Prepare profiles of potential WIPO Re: Search partner organizations that include descriptions of leadership, fields of interest, current research programs, and opportunities for partnership with BVGH
  • Contribute to WIPO Re: Search partnering activities and management with the team, including researching and reviewing scientists’ programs to come up with new partnership ideas; leading development of partnership ideas from concept to fruition as collaborative research projects; and tracking project progress
  • Contribute to proposals, reports, presentations, publications, and other communications materials for WIPO Re: Search and other BVGH programs, including performing background research and analysis and preparing text
  • Coordinate meetings and events including participant and sponsor outreach, meeting logistics, and post-event follow-up
  • Contribute to other BVGH programs as needed


  • Undergraduate degree required, preferably in molecular biology, biochemistry, or microbiology
  • Strong sense of professionalism, personal responsibility, and accountability
  • Experience using PubMed and reading and understanding scientific literature
  • Demonstrated qualitative and quantitative analysis skills
  • Experience using Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and SharePoint
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organization and attention to detail
  • Positive, “can do” attitude, and a strong desire to be helpful and work hard to build a successful global health organization
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team
  • Ability to multitask and work in a fast-paced environment where priorities shift and can change rapidly
  • Enjoy working in an organization with limited resources where everyone needs to wear all hats and do whatever needs to be done, including taking out the garbage, when necessary
  • Ability to travel to conferences is a plus
  • 1 - 2 years of work experience post-graduation

Compensation and Schedule:

  • Compensation will be determined based on experience
  • Two weeks’ vacation per year
  • Full time position


  • Must be legally able to work in the USA – visa support will not be provided
  • Local candidates only – relocation assistance will not be provided


  • Reports to Director

To apply:

To apply via Indeed please submit your cover letter, resume, and a writing sample which describes your interest in global health (1-2 pages). You may submit your writing sample via Indeed by including it in the same document with your cover letter.

To manually apply for this position, please email your resume, cover letter, and the writing sample to Laurie Pfalzer at careers[at]bvgh.org.

Job Type: Full-time


  • post-graduation: 2 years (Preferred)


  • Seattle, WA 98121 (Required)