Position Description

Research Consultant
Location United States
Department Other Programs Policy, Advocacy, and Communication
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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; the Overdose Prevention Program is our first initiative in the U.S. Please visit our website at www.vitalstrategies.org to find out more about our work.

Terms of Reference

Title: Research Consultant
Contract Type: Consultant                    
Contract Duration: 4 months Start Date: June 15, 2021                     
Application Deadline: June 1, 2021

Scope of Work

  • Conduct desk and literature reviews to support the implementation of research projects
  • Provide research project management support for ongoing projects
  • Prepare drafts and otherwise support the development of SBC research protocols and materials, including qualitative research guides, survey questionnaires, preparation of applications for Human Subjects Review
  • Prepare drafts and otherwise support the development of research products, including slide decks, research briefs, and other technical writings
  • Assist in any other SBC research related tasks as needed


  • Master’s degree in social sciences, particularly those that use quantitative methods
  • 5 + years of experience designing and managing SBC research and evaluation studies using quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Significant experience in working primarily with quantitative data, but also with qualitative data 
  • Knowledge of social and behavior change research theories and approaches desirable
  • Excellent project management skills and detail-orientation
  • Excellent writing skills

How to Apply:

To apply, please submit a CV, cover letter and writing sample through the Vital Strategies Career Center.
Closing Date for Applications: June 1, 2020. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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