August 27, 2013

Laurie Krieger of the Manoff Group

Laurie Krieger is the Senior Advisor, Health and Social Science at The Manoff Group (TMG). Having met staff from The Manoff Group at several international public health meetings, Krieger explains, “they asked me to do a two-month consultancy in Kazakhstan developing and directing a qualitative study of breastfeeding.” Fortunately TMG staff liked the report.

Next, “The Manoff Group asked me to work on developing a qualitative study on male involvement in family planning in Pakistan and to train and mentor the Pakistani NGO researchers.” These consultancies led to The Manoff Group offering her a job seconded to a USAID project; after working there about a year, she transferred to the company headquarters to manage TMG’s subcontract for a large maternal and child health project in Egypt.

“Since that time I have been managing subcontracts and contracts for projects and providing technical assistance in research, gender, social and ‘behavior’ change, and I have assumed lead responsibility for new business development.”

Specializing in social and behavior change, The Manoff Group approaches public health with some anthropological understanding and an ecological perspective.

Krieger adds that, “in those cases where I have relatively free reign to design projects or aspects of projects, I test anthropological theory. I don’t tell public health managers that is what is being done because there is no need, but other anthropologists might find useful which theories have been tested, where, for what purpose and what happened.”

As a Careers Expo exhibitor, Krieger has connected students to information and organizations. She has one suggestion, “it would be great if the people we mentor would touch base with us and let us know how they are faring.”

For those interested in pursuing public health anthropology, Krieger offers five recommendations:
1. Take courses in public health and, if feasible, get an MPH.
2. Take at least one management course.
3. Get on as many international public health listservs as possible; go to meetings and network; ask questions.
4. Closely follow organizations working in the area of public health you are interested in.
5. Ask for informational interviews; send your CV ahead of time; write a thank you note after the interview.