The Program

USAID | Global Health Fellows Program II

GHFP-II, led by the Public Health Institute (PHI), 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. At different stages of their careers, this cadre of global health talent is motivated, technically excellent, well-supported, representative of the diversity of the American people, and committed to contributing to USAID's success in key global health priority areas. 

Services Provided 

The GHFP-II team identifies, recruits, hires and manages the performance and professional development of fellows and interns at all levels. Fellowships are generally limited to two years with the option to extend for an additional two years. In the US, placements can occur in Washington DC, USAID Bureaus, other federal agencies, and USAID partner organizations. Outside the US, placements can occur in Missions, Ministries, NGOs, and USAID partner country offices. Innovations include rotations and other types of participants including short-term, private sector fellowships (with GHFP-II partner PYXERA Global), undergraduate overseas internships (with GHFP-II partner GlobeMed) and one year early career fellowships (with GHFP-II partner Global Health Corps). There are also non-traditional placements at a variety of sites that provide added value in accomplishing the strategic objectives of the Agency and participating NGOs/PVOs/CBOs.

Internships include a cohort summer program based in Washington, DC and international placements and internships on-demand and upon-request. GHFP-II provides advisory services to onsite managers who oversee fellows and interns to encourage efficient and effective oversight of fellows and interns. GHFP-II partner, Management Systems International (MSI), helps support an integrated performance-oriented approach to the fellows' professional development, setting their experience into a larger career strategy including coaching and an active alumni program. GHFP-II also contributes to the professional development of Foreign Service Nationals.

Our Vision and our Work

As new health challenges emerge and complex global initiatives are created to meet them, the ability to respond effectively is crucial. The vision of GHFP-II is to develop a diverse group of global health professionals, at different stages in their careers, to support and sustain the effectiveness of USAID’s Bureau for Global Health programs, now and into the future. This five-year cooperative agreement is led by the Public Health Institute and partners Global Health Corps, GlobeMed, Management Systems International and PYXERA Global.

Program Result Areas

Building on what works 
GHFP-II has expanded on the successes of GHFP-I with a wider range of talent and placement sites; engagement with a broad network of universities, related organizations and social media sites; and innovative systems for recruitment, onboarding, operational support and monitoring. These innovations open the door to efficient, flexible and service-oriented support to program participants and USAID throughout the GHFP-II experience. 

Expanding non-traditional experiences 
Utilizing an integrated approach to diversity across all activities, GHFP-II is committed to encouraging GH career exposure for entry and mid-career professionals and retention of USAID’s Foreign Service National staff. By bringing new partners to USAID—through private sector short-term fellowships –GHFP-II brings fresh skills and fresh perspectives to the work as it deepens and widens the GH professional pipeline. 

Integrating performance oriented professional development 
Defining desired learning coupled with a tailored professional development approach is an important part of the GHFP-II experience for fellows. Developed in concert with USAID, there are common expectations for the fellows’ professional development, plus a customized plan for each fellow. A range of learning options are available, including regional and web-based learning for overseas fellows.