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Senior Technical Advisor, Data Impact Program
Location Open
Department Data For Health
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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, 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. Please visit our website at www.vitalstrategies.org to find out more about our work.

This role can be based in a United States location proximal to New York City, Paris, Canada, or any country located in Francophone Africa where Vital currently operates.
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. Based on the geographic location a competetive localized salary will be offered.

Data Impact Program, Data for Health Initiative:

The Bloomberg Philanthropies Data for Health Initiative aims to enhance public health data collection and use in low- and middle-income countries. Under this Initiative, Vital Strategies, in partnership with other global public health organizations, is implementing a multi-year program to provide support to numerous countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and the Pacific in improving public health data systems, such as civil registration and vital statistics and cancer registries, and enhancing the use of data for decision making.  

 

As part of the Data for Health Initiative, the Data Impact Program (DIP) provides technical assistance to government public health agencies and national statistics institutes to support capacity development in the domain of data use, i.e., analysis, presentation, dissemination and translation of data into policy. The Program’s objective is to help governments systematically strengthen the use of data in policy development and other key decision areas – to prevent data that has been collected from being “left on the shelf” (or on a computer). In each country, a specific activity plan is determined collaboratively with government partners, reflecting government priorities and requested areas of support. 

 

Job Purpose:

Vital Strategies is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Senior Technical Advisor (STA) to lead technical assistance provision in up to three Francophone countries including planning and implementation of work plans, and managing in-country project staff. Under guidance and supervision of the Program Director, the STA will participate in the development of technical content to support best practices in data analysis, synthesis, presentation and dissemination of data for decision-making and provide technical assistance to national ministries of health and other key stakeholders. The STA will communicate frequently with government and other stakeholders. 

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

Serve as a senior technical lead; provide direct technical assistance to government partners and develop global technical assistance strategies and products. With guidance from the Program Director, the STA will: 

 

Program Development and Implementation -

  • Establish relationships and collaborate with senior government officials to develop detailed country-owned work plans that maximize local impact; 
  • Coordinate the engagement of in-country project staff and consultants; 
  • Participate in the design, development, revision, dissemination and promotion of technical guidelines and training materials required to support planned technical assistance activities;  
  • Facilitate and deliver training, mentoring and other technical assistance activities on topics related to data use in public health policy; 
  • Manage the provision of all technical assistance to the country in order to achieve the objectives outlined in the work plans, including promoting the institutionalization and sustainability of data use system improvements; 
  • Monitor the implementation of activities, track impact against key project milestones and deliverables, and propose adjustments to work plans (as needed); 
  • Represent the program at technical/stakeholder meetings, regional/global conferences with external agencies, international organizations, donor institutions, county/national government and other implementing partners with minimal support and oversight.  

 

Administration/Finance -

  • Ensure execution of agreements with relevant stakeholders (e.g., Memorandum of Understanding, Sub-grant agreements, fiscal agent agreements, and other contractual relationships); 
  • Manage the allocation of available resources (e.g. staff time, money, materials) to maximize country results; 
  • Monitor budget and track expenses against key project milestones and deliverables; 
  • Serve as primary point of communication between the Data for Health Initiative and government officials, internal technical advisors and external consultants in countries. 

 

Qualifications:

Education and Degree -

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field (e.g., public health, epidemiology, public policy)  

 

Skills and Abilities -

  • Demonstrated experience and expertise in epidemiology and public health policy development;  
  • Experience working in low- and middle-income countries and on projects with strong data components; 
  • Prior experience working in or with the government ministries who focus on public health;  
  • Experience developing and delivering training or capacity strengthening to professional audiences; 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; 
  • Experience in team management and staff supervision; strong interpersonal skills;  
  • Proficient in oral and written English and French, proficiency in other languages will be an advantage; 
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge in Microsoft Office; 
  • Experience with statistical software packages such as R, STATA or SPSS is an advantage; 
  • Ability to provide leadership and coordination to an inter-agency collaboration representing diverse perspectives;  
  • Comprehensive project management skills, with the ability to make sound, informed judgments;  
  • Ability to navigate various interests and operate in a dynamic and complex political environment. 

 

Experience:

Required -

  • 10 or more years of relevant experience in public health practice, epidemiology, or global health policy 

 

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements: 

Individual may be required to walk to and from various locations. Required to carry a laptop and files. Travel internationally up to 30% (once safe to travel). 

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