Position Description

Environmental Health Specialist
Location Open
Department Environmental Health
# 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, 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.

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. As such, our commitment is to promote equal employment opportunities (EEO) for all applicants seeking employment.

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.

Vital Strategies offers highly competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits. Salary will be based on the local market. For candidates located in the U.S., the individual must have eligibility to work in the U.S. at time of hire and residency is required in the New York City or Washington D.C. metropolitan areas.

Job Purpose:

Vital Strategies is recruiting an experienced environmental health specialist with applied expertise in environmental health project management, communication, epidemiology and risk assessment to lead our global childhood lead (Pb) poisoning prevention program. This program works in four countries to: 1) increase the capacity of health systems and professionals to assess and address children’s exposure to lead; 2) work in collaboration with state and national governments to conduct and report on representative lead exposure surveillance; 3) develop and advocate for policies to reduce the introduction of lead into the environment and reduce exposures; and 4) increase public awareness about the sources and risks of lead to children.

The environmental health specialist will be under the technical supervision of Senior Vice President and Vice President for Environmental, Climate and Urban Health,, who are based in the United States, and will work closely with program staff in Indonesia, India, Peru and the Philippines. The hire will also collaborate across Vital Strategies teams and with government partners, technical experts, consultants, and civil society partners. Vital Strategies will consider applicants who live in the following countries: Singapore, Indonesia, India, and the United States. For applicants in the United States, residency is required in the New York City or Washington D.C. metropolitan areas.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Project Management and Technical Assistance - 

· Develop and nurture relationships with Ministries of Health, relevant agencies, technical and civil society partners

· Design and implement technically sound public health interventions

· Develop surveillance strategies and plans to assess lead exposure at national and sub-national levels in target countries

· Contribute to the development of survey instruments and other evaluation tools

· Develop monitoring and evaluation plans and indicators of success

· Oversee the work of in-country staff and technical consultants

· Manage project implementation and troubleshoot impediments

· Analyze and interpret findings from lead exposure surveillance efforts and draft and edit technical and lay reports

· Contribute to peer-reviewed publications, blogs, and other thought leadership pieces

· Draft concept notes and contribute to funding proposals

Administration - 

· Manage pipeline tracking jointly with business development team

· Execute agreements with relevant stakeholders

· Assist in the hiring processes for new staff and consultants

· Develop project budgets and implementation plans; work with our Grant Manager to manage budgets and track expenses against deliverables

· Submit narrative and financial updates and project completion reports


Education and Degree - 

· Graduate degree in environmental health sciences, epidemiology, public health, or relevant field of study

Skills and Abilities - 

· Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to communicate effectively to technical and non-technical audiences, develop partnerships, and contribute to interdisciplinary team

· Demonstrated ability to take initiative, work independently, and make sound, informed decisions

· Demonstrated knowledge and experience with use of environmental health risk, health burden and impact estimation methods and tools, such as Ben MAP or similar

· Biostatistical skills and experience to guide the production of analytic reports for technical and lay audiences

Language Proficiency - 

· Languages: English language proficiency is required. Language(s) of at least one program implementing country (such as India, Indonesia, or Philippines) will be an asset.


Required - 

· Demonstrated interest and at least five (5) years of experience in environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health policy, and/or program implementation

Preferred - 

· Strong quantitative skills in environmental epidemiology, risk assessment or related work

· Familiarity with the hazards of lead, its exposure pathways, and its health impacts

· Prior experience working in collaboration with governmental Health or Environmental Ministries highly desirable, especially in India and/or the Philippines.

· Experience conducting public health surveillance and implementing monitoring and evaluation frameworks highly desirable

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:

· Willingness to travel up to 20% of work time once safe to do so and work flexible hours to communicate across different time zones

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