Data Impact Program Director
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; Our overdose prevention program was our first initiative in the United States. 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.
About the Data Impact Program of the Data for Health Initiative
The Bloomberg Philanthropies Data for Health Initiative (D4H) aims to enhance public health data collection – specifically in civil registration and vital statistics and cancer registries -- and data use for decision-making and policy-making in low- and middle-income countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and the Pacific. Vital Strategies is part of an international consortium of agencies, including WHO and US CDC, partnering with governments in this initiative.
As part of D4H, the Data Impact Program (DIP) provides technical assistance to government public health agencies and national statistics institutes to support data use, i.e., analysis, presentation, dissemination and translation of data into policy. The Program’s objective is to help governments systematically strengthen the use of data in policy development and other key decision areas – to prevent data from being collected but then “left on the shelf”. In each country, the specific activity plan is determined collaboratively with government partners, reflecting government priorities and requested areas of support.
The Director, reporting to the Senior Vice President (SVP) for Public Health Programs, will oversee and direct all aspects of the Data Impact Program component of the Data for Health Initiative, including planning, budgeting, implementation, reporting and financial management.. Based in the New York office of Vital Strategies, the Director will oversee the program operations in 25 countries throughout Asia, Africa and in Latin America. The program comprises 25 staff, including staff members “embedded” in partnering government agencies, co-accountable to the government and to Vital Strategies. The Director’s responsibilities include leading the development of technical materials; overseeing technical assistance to participating countries; managing the team and recruiting new staff; budget planning and management; and representing the program to the donor and to governmental and nongovernmental partners. This role requires expertise and experience in the technical dimensions of this work, i.e., data analysis and use in policy-making and in program management; in establishing and maintaining strong collaborative relationships with senior government officials and a variety of other stakeholders; and in team leadership and management.
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