Position Description

Surveillance Coordinator
Location Ecuador
Department Road Safety Mass Media
# of openings 1
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Vital Strategies, headquartered in New York City, is an international public health organization. Our programs strengthen public health systems and address the world’s leading causes of illness, injury and death. We currently work in 73 countries, supporting data-driven decision making in government, advancing evidence-based public health policies and mounting strategic communication campaigns. Vital Strategies’ priorities are driven by the greatest potential to improve and save lives. They include non-communicable disease prevention, cardiovascular health promotion, tobacco control, road safety, obesity prevention, epidemic prevention, overdose prevention, environmental health, vital statistics systems building and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis treatment research. Our programs are primarily concentrated in low- and middle-income countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific; the Overdose Prevention Program is our first initiative in the U.S. Please visit our website at www.vitalstrategies.org to find out more about our work.

Vital Strategies offers highly competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits. Vital welcomes and supports a diverse, inclusive work environment. As such, our commitment is to promote equal employment opportunities (EEO) for all applicants seeking employment.

Terms of Reference

Title: Surveillance Coordinator
Contract Type: Consultant         
Contract Duration: Through December 31, 2021         
Start Date: December 15, 2020              
Application Deadline: November 27, 2020

The Consultancy

This is an initiative of the Public Health Programs of Bloomberg Philanthropies. It will support the city of Quito to effectively implement best-practice road safety activities, including running hard-hitting media campaigns to raise road user understanding of risk factors, training police in best practice enforcement, strengthening data systems and redesigning high-crash, high-fatality corridors and intersections. Vital Strategies is an implementing partner of the Initiative, responsible for the overall coordination of the program. The Road Safety Surveillance Coordinator, based in Quito, Ecuador, will be responsible to support the strengthening of road safety surveillance systems for the city of Quito, including improvements in data collection, analysis, linkage, reporting and use. The position will be embedded at the Quito Mobility Secretariat (AMT), with dual accountability to AMT and Vital Strategies.


  • Serve as liaison between initiative partners and governments, in particular:

    • Transport and mobility officials at different government levels

    • Police officials for all issues related to crash reporting and analysis

    • Medical examiner systems

    • Health departments

    • Other stakeholders

  • Work with police, transport authorities and other partners to revise current practice and implement a routine for road injury data sharing procedures.
  • Work with designated personnel to conduct cleaning and management of designated data sets.
  • Conduct analysis and prepare tables, charts, and maps both for routine review and special queries; including spatial analysis for identification of high risk locations.
  • Collaborate with mobility, health, medical examiner, and Vital Strategies epidemiology personnel to develop a protocol and conduct linkage and analysis of injury registry and data.
  • Conduct data linkage according to plan.
  • Work with appropriate municipal agencies to prepare annual road safety reports based on available sources for crash/injury death data, as well as risk factors data.
  • Disseminate and present road safety report findings to stakeholders and promote data use for policy and planning.

Candidate background must include:

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field (e.g. epidemiology, transport engineering, public health) with emphasis in quantitative methods
  • 3-6 years of experience in data management and analysis related to public health, transportation or public policy
  • Fluency in English and Spanish
  • Professional English writing ability
  • ArcGIS certified and/or significant capacity and experience working with GIS software
  • Capacity to work with multiple agencies with different interests and with high pressure, concurrent deadlines



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