Senior Public Health Specialist, Nutrition
Vital Strategies is a US-based international public health organization working in more than 70 countries to address important and challenging health issues. We develop and oversee programs to strengthen public health systems and address leading causes of morbidity and mortality, providing expertise in project implementation and management, strategic communications, epidemiology and surveillance, and other core public health capacities.
Resolve to Save Lives is a global health initiative funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and led by Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Housed at Vital Strategies, Resolve to Save Lives has been working closely with governments, the World Health Organization, the World Bank, academic and other partners in a number of countries to reduce morbidity and mortality caused by cardiovascular diseases by reducing global sodium intake by 30%, eliminating artificial trans fats from the food supply, and improving the control of hypertension globally to 50% from 14%.
The World Bank Group has set two 2030 global goals: to end extreme poverty by decreasing the percentage of people living on less than $1.90 a day to no more than 3%; and to promote shared prosperity by fostering the income growth of the bottom 40% for every country. The Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice (HNPGP) works with World Bank regions, country offices and other World Bank Group global practices and cross-cutting solutions areas to assist countries in addressing their most pressing development challenges. HNPGP works with and across multiple sectors, in recognition of the fact that HNP outcomes often depend on actions that lie outside the HNP sector. Accordingly, a capacity to work across global practice boundaries, forge coalitions and influence multi-practice solutions is essential for achieving the major objectives of improving HNP outcomes, especially obesity and NCDs.
Resolve to Save Lives is recruiting a Senior Public Health Specialist to assist the World Bank Group with the development and implementation of strategies and operations to strengthen nutrition policies to address the prevention of obesity and related non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular diseases and diabetes that compromise health and Human Capital and increase health-care costs. The COVID-19 crisis has added to the urgency for addressing these issues since obesity and NCDs increase COVID-related mortality. The position will be seconded by Vital Strategies / Resolve to Save Lives to the World Bank/HNPGP for a period of two years.
Experience and qualifications
Location: World Bank Headquarters, Washington, DC