Community Engagement Manager @ Pandemic Prevention Network
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Answer by ld253

Pandemic Prevention Network are looking for a Cofounder and Head of Market Research (summer internship)

Born during the peak of the COVID-19 crisis, Pandemic Prevention Network is a non-profit organisation mobilising citizens to play an important role in advocacy and to influence policy to protect humanity against the threat of future outbreaks. We are driven by our vision to create a world that is free of pandemics, for both current and future generations. Given the neglectedness of mitigating the risks from gain of function and dual use research, we take a strategic focus on improving global resilience to the threat of engineered pandemics, which pose an even greater risk than natural outbreaks to the future of humanity.  

To understand more behind our ideation, you can view an Effective Altruism forum post by our Founder. 

Summer Internship

The Head of Market Research will play a significant role in helping us position our communications, marketing and core campaign strategy for building public advocacy for pandemic prevention. It’s an exciting opportunity to take a lead on a key research project and develop leadership, project planning, report writing and communication skills. This role is suitable for an undergraduate or postgraduate student who is ambitious, self-driven, and has an interest in pandemic prevention, biosecurity or health policy.


The role of Cofounder/COO will be significant to help shape a high-impact non-profit organisation, set strong foundations, and lead on the execution of an ambitious vision to improve global resilience against future pandemics. This is an opportunity well suited for individuals who are driven by a high-impact career, bring vision and initiative to lead on many fronts and have a strong entrepreneurial spirit. 

Please feel free to get in touch with any questions!

Same here, how exactly can we help?

If I understand you correctly, I agree. I understand the reason for quoting GiveWell's framework, however, I think that it is potentially discouraging to someone who is trying to do the most good in a context that they care about. That's not to say that nobody should ever say 'maybe there are more neglected causes that you may not have thought about', but the EA community certainly shouldn't be giving the impression that we follow some strict ideology that no-one can challenge.

I'm not sure that I would group refugee camps on the Aegean Islands in with 'disaster relief' (although I understand that this post was specifically about the fire). 

I guess that taking this specific event out of the consideration, the two main causes of suffering here are 1. The actual wars/regimes that people are fleeing in their home countries and 2. The asylum system in Europe (and elsewhere, but I am more familiar with Europe). It doesn't really seem like donating money can help much with either of these (I'm happy to be corrected if wrong, and I haven't looked into this in enormous depth). Milbig, maybe you could get involved in a group that focusses on political lobbying? I don't know how effective this is likely to be, and I doubt that EA would say that this is very tractable  as a cause. However, I don't think that the scale, neglectedness, tractability framework is completely foolproof, and it's obviously very hard to know what is 'effective' when it comes to political issues.

A short but relevant article: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/sep/04/help-refugees-donations-government-political-action