Position Description

Short-Term Community Engagement Consultant
Location Open
Department Development
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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: Short-term Community Engagement Consultant

Contract Type: Consultant

Contract Duration: 1 September 2021 – 31 October 2022

Start Date: 1 September 2021

Application Deadline: 15 August 2021


The Consultancy:

The Research Division of Vital Strategies is seeking a part-time, short-term consultant to support community dissemination of results from the STREAM clinical trial. Results will be disseminated using country-targeted materials and plans at each STREAM site – Georgia, Moldova, Mongolia, Ethiopia, S. Africa, Uganda and India. Consultant will be required to work closely with the principal community engagement (CE) coordinator in Brazil, Vital Strategies and the Medical Research Council Clinical Trials Unit at University College London. Preference will be given to applicants from one of the STREAM countries (Georgia, Moldova, Mongolia, Ethiopia, S. Africa, Uganda or India).  Although workload will vary, it is expected that consultant would need to devote roughly 3 working days/week to the project.



  • CAB work plans
  • Community dissemination plan
  • Community dissemination materials (English)
  • Community dissemination materials (Local languages)
  • Dissemination of results

In coordination with the principal CE coordinator and the VP, Vital Strategies Research Division:

  • Support development of community advisory board (CAB) work plans and budgets to support the dissemination effort
  • Lead/participate in one or more training(s) for CABs
  • Lead/participate in one or more workshops to develop dissemination plan
  • Develop community-focused dissemination materials
  • Consult with partners/CABs/others to pre-test/revise community-focused dissemination materials
  • Support CABs and trial sites with dissemination of research results to communities
  • If agreed with Vital Strategies, plan and implement evaluation of dissemination of results


Consultant background should include:

  • Masters degree in public health or another relevant field (or equivalent in work experience)
  • At least 10 years of experience with community engagement and advocacy in the research context
  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing a research results dissemination plan
  • Demonstrated experience developing communications materials that effectively translate complex technical concepts into accessible content
  • Demonstrated experience effectively project managing complex, international programs
  • Fluency in English (written and spoken)
  • Fluency in one or more of the following languages would be a plus:  Russian, Mongolian, Amharic, Zulu, Xhosa, Gujarati, Hindi, Tamil
  • Previous experience with community engagement related to tuberculosis research/programs would be a plus
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