Position Description

Technical Advisor, Data for Health Program
Location United States
Department Data For Health
# of openings 1
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Vital Strategies is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Technical Advisor (TA) to provide direct technical assistance to government partners and participate in the development of global technical assistance strategies and products. The TA will lead the development of technical content to support best practices in data analysis, synthesis, presentation and dissemination of data for decision-making utilizing statistical analysis and visualization skills. The TA will communicate frequently with government and other stakeholders.

At Vital we believe our programs are strengthened when they are developed and supported by individuals with diverse life experiences, whose understanding of social and cultural issues can help make our work and workforce more inclusive. We encourage people of all racial, economic, social, cultural, sexual orientation, and gender expressions to apply.

Vital Strategies offers highly competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits. The position is based in New York City with a hybrid work schedule, and the salary range is: $100,000 – $110,000 USD. Canadian candidates will also be considered. Salary will be based on the local market. The candidate must have eligibility to work in the U.S. or Canada at time of hire.

Vital Strategies is committed to helping prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to protecting the safety of our employees. All U.S. employees will be required to be fully vaccinated unless the employee is approved for a reasonable accommodation due to a disability or a religious reason.

Please visit our website at www.vitalstrategies.org to find out more about our work.

About Vital Strategies

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 pot ential to improve and save lives. They include non - communicable disease prevention, environmental health, vital statistics systems building and multi - drug resistant tuberculosis treatment research. Our programs are concentrated in low - and middle - income co untries and cities in Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific.

About the Data for Health Initiative and Data Impact Program

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.

About the role:

The Technical Advisor, Data for Health, will provide direct technical assistance to government partners and participate in the development of global technical assistance strategies and products. With guidance from senior staff, the TA will focus on:

Program Development and Implementation

  • Participate in the design, development, revision, dissemination and promotion of technical guidelines and training materials required to support planned technical assistance activities;
  • Participate in the delivery of training, mentoring and other technical assistance activities on topics related to data use in public health policy;
  • Manage the provision of 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 utilizing statistical analysis and visualization tools, and propose adjustments to work plans (as needed);
  • 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 development of procedures and resources for institutionalizing technical areas of work in countries;

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, Experience, Skills

Education and degree

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

Experience required:

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

Skills & abilities

  • Demonstrated experience and expertise in public health;
  • 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 with statistical software packages such as R, STATA or SPSS;
  • Experience with visualization software such as Tableau or Power BI is desirable;
  • In-depth understanding of traditional and modern training methods (including workshops, simulations, e-learning and coaching)
  • Experience delivering training or capacity strengthening to professional audiences;
  • Project management experience;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge in Microsoft Office;
  • Proficient in oral and written English and French, proficiency in other languages will be an advantage;

 

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).

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.

 

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