Position Description

Surveillance Coordinator - Road Safety
Location Mexico
Department Road Safety Non 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 cardiovascular health, 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; Please visit our website at www.vitalstrategies.org to find out more about our work.

Vital Strategies offers highly competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits. We welcome 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 – Road Safety
Contract Type: Consultant         
Contract Duration: December 15, 2020 – 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 Guadalajara 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 Guadalajara, Mexico, will be responsible to support the strengthening of road safety surveillance systems for the city of Guadalajara, including improvements in data collection, analysis, linkage, reporting and use. The position will be embedded at the Mobility Department (Dirección de Movilidad de Guadalajara), with dual accountability to the Department and Vital Strategies.


  • Serve as liaison between Bloomberg Initiative and governmental agencies, in particular:
    • Transport and mobility officials at different government levels
    • Senior 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 data quality review, 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.

Ideal Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field (e.g. epidemiology, transport engineering, public health) with emphasis in quantitative methods
  • 4-6 years of experience in data management and analysis related to public health, transportation or public policy.
  • Fluency in English and Spanish
  • Professional English and Spanish writing ability
  • ArcGIS certified and/or significant capacity and experience working with GIS software
  • Experience working with Autodesk products
  • Prior knowledge of the local context around mobility issues, including the structure in the different government levels and procedures.
  • Residency and valid work permit to work in Mexico.
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