The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent research center at the University of Washington focused on expanding the quantitative evidence base for health. IHME aims to provide policymakers, donors, and researchers with the highest-quality quantitative data to make decisions that achieve better health. IHME’s research spans multiple disciplines and policy-relevant areas including resource tracking, cost-effectiveness, forecasting the burden of disease, geospatial analysis, and impact evaluations. It has established international scientific credibility for developing innovative multidisciplinary methods and producing cutting-edge results. IHME aims to be nimble and entrepreneurial in its work, taking on daunting analytic challenges in order to provide critical information that can help answer big-picture questions at the most local level possible. IHME accomplishes these aims by working with a range of collaborators across the world. Currently, we engage with more than 2,400 collaborators from more than 135 countries.
The Engagement Officer focuses on engaging a diverse community of stakeholders who are interested in understanding and using IHME’s findings on population health to inform policy discussions, improve program design, and allocate resources. Stakeholders will include multilaterals, international NGOs, country governments, researchers, health administrators, and other health decision-makers and policy influencers. This individual in this position will support impact on the ground by leveraging the work of the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk factors enterprise, which is a systematic, scientific effort that quantifies the comparative magnitude of health loss due to diseases, injuries, and risk factors by age, sex, and geography over time.
The individual in this role will bring experience in the use of data and evidence to inform policy. The Engagement Officer will must demonstrate the ability to understand data sources and results and will use that knowledge to expand and deepen the Global Burden of Disease Collaborative Network. In addition, the Engagement Officer will serve as the relationship manager key partners at the individual, institutional, and country levels. This position will work with other members of the Global Engagement Team to achieve team-wide goals. Overall, the Engagement Officer will be a critical member of an agile, dynamic team. This position is contingent on project need and funding availability.
- Understand key concepts, goals, and conclusions of IHME’s portfolio of work. Become articulate about results, key messages, and future implications.
- Present summaries of research, implications, and opportunities to technical and non-technical audiences, including representatives from country governments, multilaterals, donor organizations, and academic institutions
- Develop in-depth familiarity with key stakeholders and stakeholder networks, including their political, intellectual, and financial context and interrelationships as relates to health.
- Gather feedback from a variety of communities about how to improve progress toward IHME’s goals and to help IHME understand the needs of its audiences to ensure that relevant research is being conducted and is being communicated effectively.
- Liaise with IHME researchers to understand findings, developments, and future directions of research.
- Help IHME to build an engaged, vibrant community of stakeholders from across areas of interest to help IHME’s work inform decisions at the global and country levels in order to advance IHME’s mission of improving health through better health evidence.
- Cultivate relationships with technical and non-technical audiences, in particular individuals from country governments, multilaterals, donor organizations, health service delivery agencies, nonprofit organizations, and academic institutions with interests in health.
- Engage with stakeholders to explain IHME’s portfolio of work and explore opportunities for mutual benefit and potential collaboration.
- Anticipate planned deliverables from the collaboration and discern whether to pursue a working agreement, or other documentation of the expectations and responsibilities between the parties.
- Identify outreach and engagement opportunities – including conferences and events – where IHME and GBD faculty and staff can connect with the larger population health community.
- Field and obtain answers to inquiries and requests from potential collaborators and interested stakeholders.
- Build trusted relationships with nonprofit, donor, research, and governmental organizations to facilitate involvement in all aspects of the GBD Study, including but not limited to sharing of data, consulting on estimates, and using research results for planning and decision-making.
- Speak to diverse audiences in a language and manner that connects with their interests while explaining in clear terms IHME’s work and mission.
- Identify opportunities where IHME can help to increase the use and application of an expanding quantitative evidence base by decision-makers in health.
- Act as an agile and informed emissary of IHME in complex political settings.
- Serve the interests and specific needs of research projects in identifying sources of local knowledge, forging agreements with local collaborators in different settings, and in general instrumentally helping to advance projects through strategic engagement activities.
- Consult with policy translation and publications staff on writing and design projects.
- Manage events that help to bring together and reinforce communities of shared interest and affinity to expand IHME’s network and increase the impact of its work.
- Manage logistics, vendors, agendas, invitations, briefings, and other related aspects.
- Create briefs, presentations, reports, stories, and other materials to summarize and advance the work of IHME and of the GBD Collaborative Network.
- Actively participate in a collaborative work environment and take on other duties as assigned as a member of the broader IHME community and the Global Engagement Team.
Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, communications, political science or related field and five years’ related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Must exhibit strong desire and ability to learn new intellectual content across different disciplines in a timely fashion.
- Must have established connections at the international level with funders, multi- and bilaterals, NGOs and others who use data and evidence to develop policies and programs.
- Demonstrated understanding of how countries use evidence to develop policies and programs.
- Strong oral and written communication skills are critical. Must be able to prepare and deliver effective presentations to connect with and educate stakeholders.
- Excellent interpersonal skills; a cooperative team player, energetic, able to develop productive relationships with colleagues and collaborators.
- Demonstrated relationship management experience required.
- Ability to identify and create mutually beneficial opportunities for collaboration.
- Creative thinker who can make connections and translate concepts across different technical and non-technical audiences.
- Ability to adapt rapidly to different social and intellectual contexts. Must be able to sense organizational norms in a variety of different settings – including local governments and donor organizations – and carry out communications and relationship management in accord with them.
- Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment is critical. Enjoy working in a fluid organization with minimal direction.
Conditions of employment:
- Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.
- Weekend and evening work sometimes required.
- Travel required up to 25% time.