Position Description

Senior Technical Advisor, Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Improvement Program
Location United States
Department Data For Health
# 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. Please visit our website at www.vitalstrategies.org to find out more about our work.

Vital Strategies offers 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.

The Position:

The Bloomberg Philanthropies Data for Health Initiative aims to enhance public health data collection and use in low- and middle-income countries. The goal of the initiative is to ensure that a billion more people live in countries where data are used to steer public policy and program decisions. Under the Initiative, Vital Strategies, in partnership with other global public health organizations, is implementing a multi-year program to improve civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) in numerous countries and municipalities in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and the Pacific. The Program involves interventions designed to improve the registration of births and deaths; improve the availability and quality of cause of death information for both facility- and home-based events; and improve the timeliness of available vital statistics information and reports. This position will be based in the United States, and candidates must be legally eligible to work in the U.S. at time of hire.


The Senior Technical Advisor will have the following three overarching responsibilities:

  1. Provide crosscutting leadership and technical support to all regions for CRVS system performance measurement
  2. Provide crosscutting leadership and technical support to all regions in one of the two following areas:
  • Rapid Mortality Surveillance; or
  • CRVS governance and business process improvement

3. Lead technical assistance provision in at least one Latin America country, including, but not limited to: planning and implementation of work plans, and managing Country Coordinators and Country Implementation Teams



1) Crosscutting Technical Support (50-70% level of effort)

  • Demonstrate expertise in CRVS performance measurement (or performance measurement of routine health information systems)
  • Lead adaptation and adoption of performance measurement for CRVS systems for use by focus countries
  • Develop and execute a change plan to transfer CRVS performance measurement responsibilities from the CRVS Team to country stakeholders
  • Manage baseline, midline, and endline assessments for initiative-wide reporting of all Vital Strategies’ Data for Health Initiative countries; design data collection tools; monitor progress; review data; and collaborate on annual reporting with the Deputy Director for Project Management and Operations

Rapid Mortality Surveillance (technical area)

  • Support the Global Deputy’s management of the global rapid mortality surveillance (RMS) portfolio by providing technical advice and thought partnership to technical advisors supporting RMS in Data for Health focus countries
  • Provide direct country level support to up to five non-focus countries of the Data for Health Initiative in the implementation of rapid mortality surveillance
  • Coordinate the necessary reporting within Vital Strategies and to donors on activities related to rapid mortality surveillance

CRVS and Business Process Improvement (technical area)

  • Provide technical advice and thought partnership to technical advisors and consultants on the application of and training for those applying a business process improvement protocol at the country level

2) Direct Country Support (30-40% level of effort)

  • Provide support to two Latin American Countries
  • Establish relationships and collaborate with senior government officials to develop budgeted and country-owned work plans
  • Manage the allocation of available resources (e.g., staff time, money, materials) to maximize country results
  • Manage the implementation of activities in a way that promotes country ownership and leadership, leads to the institutionalization and sustainability of CRVS system improvements, and builds local capacity
  • Manage Program Assistants to coordinate operational, logistics, and financial support to the implementation of activities in the assigned countries
  • Manage Country Coordinator and Country Assistant teams to facilitate in-country implementation of activities
  • Monitor progress of the implementation of country level activities and track impact against key project milestones and deliverables (e.g., institutionalization of interventions)
  • Ad hoc requests as needed


Qualifications and Skill Set:

  • Master’s or equivalent with specialized expertise (e.g. public health, epidemiology), preferred
  • Minimum of 10-12 years’ experience working on international development projects, ideally on projects in multiple low- and middle- income countries and on projects with strong CRVS, cause of death, or other health data and information components
  • Fluency in Spanish and English
  • Demonstrated project management skills including financial and technical oversight
  • Ability to work independently and self-directed as well as across cultures and in a team of a broad range of government, academic and other stakeholders
  • Excellent organization, attention to detail, coordinating, and collaborative skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Patient and adaptable to rapidly changing environments
  • Exhibited ability to provide leadership and coordination to an inter-agency collaboration representing diverse perspectives
  • Ability to navigate and analyze complex problems and situations and identifying solutions to achieve objectives
  • Expertise in health information performance measurement and at least one of the technical content areas specified in this job posting
  • Detail-orientated, self-starter with a positive attitude, and willingness to learn
  • Experience in working collaboratively and remotely with internal and external team members to meet expectations and deliver the necessary technical assistance in a timely manner
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge in Microsoft Office, including use of pivot tables, V-lookups, and formulas
  • Familiarity with Smartsheet


Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:

  • May be required to walk to and from various locations. Required to carry a laptop and files. Travel internationally up to 20%.
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