Position Description

Program Associate – Project Monitoring
Location United States
Department Other Programs PH
# 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 multi-drug resistant tuberculosis treatment research. Our programs are concentrated in low- and middle-income countries and cities in Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific, and parts of the US. 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.

The Position:

Vital Strategies is seeking a part-time Program Associate – Project Monitoring for the Bloomberg Philanthropies Data for Health Initiative’s Global Grants Program. The Global Grants Program (GGP) provides funding to governments and local experts, through a competitive process, to implement discrete projects, which work to improve systems that collect, analyze, and use data for public health decision-making.

This position is a hourly, part-time for up to 24 hours a week. Applicants in the U.S. must possess valid work authorization to work in the U.S. at the time of hire. 


Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

Monitoring and Evaluation -

  • Identify and select key indicators for projects based on proposal submissions and approved project implementation activities;
  • Communicate with country teams to ensure selection of indicators and baseline data is collected;
  • Follow up with country teams to collect and analyze midline and endline data, prepare and communicate findings;
  • Provide ongoing feedback and recommendations on ways to refine and improve project monitoring and evaluation, including the indicator process.

Cross-Cutting Program and Administrative Support -

  • Contribute to programmatic SOP’s, guidance materials, or technical assistance products;
  • Develop product(s) that organize, analyze, or communicate GGP project information, technical guidance, or thematic material for internal or external audiences in collaboration with team members;
  • Coordinate the development of program guidance documents, presentations and other materials as needed.

Support to GGP Project Management -

  • Review monthly programmatic project report submissions from country teams for assigned regions and develop a comprehensive understanding of this portfolio;
    • Synthesize and prepare key take-aways for review by program Director, highlighting challenges and requests for technical assistance where indicated;
    • Follow-up with Country Teams on monthly activities, requests for further information, collection and dissemination of lessons learned or potential global guidance documents;
  • Update relevant status trackers (milestones, goals, challenges, etc.) in project management tools such as Airtable, word processing, spreadsheets, and format material as required;
  • Draft content for social media platforms, blogs, and communications materials in collaboration with GGP team members and the Policy Advocacy Communications (PAC) team;
  • Additional tasks as required.



Education and Degree -

  • Bachelor’s degree in (in any field), required;
  • Master’s degree or international experience in a related field (i.e. public health, international development, public policy or similar field), preferred.

Skills & Abilities -

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English;
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge in Microsoft Office;
  • Strong organizational and time management skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with demonstrated ability to maintain partnerships with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Ability to think creatively;
  • Ability to produce deliverables unaided and with minimal supervision;
  • Willingness and ability to work across different time zones.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements -

  • May be required to move to and from various locations.



Required -

  • At least three (3) years of professional and/or work experience in public health, public policy and/or international development

Preferred -

  • Experienced in working collaboratively and remotely with internal and external team members; to meet expectations and deliver the necessary assistance in a timely manner;
  • Recent experience using survey platforms such as SurveyMonkey Apply or Airtable, a plus;
  • Possess a genuine interest in the mission and vision of Vital Strategies;
  • Demonstrated representational experience in professional and global settings.
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