The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent research center at the University of Washington. Its mission is to monitor global health conditions and health systems, as well as to evaluate interventions, initiatives, and reforms. IHME carries out a range of projects within different research areas including the Global Burden of Disease, Injuries, and Risk Factors; Forecasting; Costs and Cost Effectiveness; Local Burden of Disease; Resource Tracking; and Impact Evaluations. The aim is to provide policymakers, donors, and researchers with the highest-quality quantitative evidence base to make decisions that achieve better health.
IHME has an outstanding opportunity for two project officers, one on the Injuries and Clinical Informatics research team and one on the Local Burden of Disease team:
The Injuries and Clinical Informatics research team at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation produces critical clinical data inputs for the Global Burden of Disease study, develops epidemiological models for injury rates around the globe, and conducts bespoke analyses for select grants and funders such as measuring hospitalization rates for influenza and respiratory syncytial virus disease.
The Local Burden of Disease team is seeking to revolutionize the way we track diseases around the world by developing innovative geospatial analytic methods to produce increasingly granular estimates of diseases and determinants. Through the development and use of geospatial techniques to synthesize information at the local level, and in partnership with key collaborators around the world, we present results in interactive high-resolution maps to illuminate levels, trends, and disparities in health outcomes. Specifically, this position will focus on the estimation of indicators related to HIV/AIDS and under-5 mortality.
The primary purpose of these positions is to facilitate the implementation of multidisciplinary research, requiring timely coordination, management, and communication among different internal and external audiences. The Project Officer must develop an understanding of IHME’s work and of the specific projects IHME is undertaking. In addition to becoming articulate about methods and results, the Project Officer must be adept at facilitating communication among people with varying degrees of experience from a variety of cultural settings and disciplines. Finally, the Project Officer must fully understand the project goals and be able to translate those goals into action by managing resources (including people) to achieve important deadlines for the delivery of complex products and tasks. The Project Officer will help facilitate modeling and help to manage various analytic engines that are used to apply innovative analytic methods. Finally, he/she ensures the results are vetted and eventually disseminated appropriately through a variety of mechanisms, primarily production of annual scientific publications, in addition to conference presentations, materials for non-scientific audiences, web presence, and interactive tools and data visualizations. Overall, the Project Officer will be a critical member of an agile, dynamic team. This position is contingent on project funding availability.
- Develop a command of the intellectual material related to IHME and the relevant results as they relate to their research team and project areas. The individual is expected to develop an astute understanding of the material presented in journal articles, policy reports, and presentations that result from the projects on which they work.
- Become thoroughly familiar with the details of complex interdisciplinary projects included in their team’s portfolio, including their goals, objectives, and activities. As a knowledgeable resource on a project’s intellectual substance, be integrally involved with all processes and key activities during the lifecycle of the project and be able to summarize the project’s progress to internal and external audiences.
- Develop a command of the computational, diagnostic, and dissemination and communication needs of the team’s portfolio and the associated competencies, skills, and resources required to achieve the team’s goals.
- Perform background research as needed to aid in project management, publications writing, and proposal development.
- Facilitate complex projects involving cutting-edge quantitative survey data collation, analyses, and tools for dissemination.
- Expertly carry out communications, relationship building, and project management with faculty and senior leaders from UN, governmental, nonprofit, research, academic, and donor organizations in order to attain project goals and facilitate productive collaboration.
- Drive research forward by managing dynamic teams of researchers and professional staff. Turn intellectual agendas set by researchers into action plans that can be implemented effectively across multiple project participants to achieve demanding and time-sensitive project milestones. Confidently and effectively participate in project assignments with a solid grounding in project specifics and current status. Track progress and manage coordination and communication across the team.
- Manage high-quality data collation, cleaning, and integration into the analytic process.
- Develop protocols, process descriptions, and training materials to ensure efficient operations across the team.
- Coordinate needs and actions across multiple teams internally to ensure data access, analyses, and diagnostics are appropriately connected and undertaken efficiently to produce results in a timely manner.
- Facilitate routine analytic processes and modeling efforts to derive key indicators and estimates based upon set protocols and parameters.
- Monitor, report, and forecast workflow and deadlines through effective portfolio management.
- Manage Data Analysts, Project Coordinators, and hourly employees (e.g., student assistants, temporary staff) to include providing timely feedback and priority-setting guidance to them; hire, train, complete performance evaluations, and make recommendations for disciplinary action as needed.
- Mentor Post-Bachelor Fellows (PBFs) and Data Analysts by providing guidance in the development of professional skills (e.g., time management, work organization, communication skills).
- Manage overall workflow of team in close collaboration with Principal Investigator and senior staff on the project. Develop overall work-plan timeline and task assignments.
- Facilitate the development of new research proposals, including creating budgets to match proposed scopes of work, developing project management plans, and editing scientific narratives.
- Interpret financial reports and participate in the budgeting process.
- Manage events and meetings, including logistical support and materials creation. Participate in internal or external trainings, as needed.
- Formulate effective strategies for motivating research teams and helping to ensure high achievement among all individuals on them.
- Perform additional duties as assigned that fall within the reasonable scope of this position as member of the team and of IHME overall.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
Bachelor’s Degree in social sciences, sciences, or related field, plus three 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. Demonstrated experience or interest in global health a plus.
- Demonstrated management experience required; supervisory experience a plus.
- Incumbent must be able to work independently, be flexible, and juggle competing priorities.
- Strong oral and written communication skills and relationship management skills are critical.
- Strong project management skills, including demonstrated ability to take multiple priorities and translate them into project completion through expert planning.
- Excellent interpersonal skills; a cooperative team player, energetic, able to develop productive relationships with colleagues and external collaborators.
- Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment is critical.
Conditions of Employment: Evening and weekend work may be required. Travel may be required.