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 Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors (GBD); Future Health Scenarios; Simulation Studies; Costs and Cost Effectiveness; Local Burden of Disease (LBD); 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 accomplishes this work by working with a wide range of collaborators and by being responsive to policymakers, donors, and other researchers who have rapidly emerging analytic needs to advance their own institutional decision-making.
IHME has an exciting opportunity to join the team as a Project Officer on the Rapid Response and Analytics team. The primary purpose of the position is to facilitate the implementation of multidisciplinary research on a variety of emergent topics at IHME, requiring timely coordination, management, and communication among different internal and external audiences.
The Project Officer will manage enterprise workflow, from data, to analytic engines, to results critique, to distribution. To create the needed indicators, the position manages collation of all available relevant quantitative data, from both external sources and data produced by other teams within IHME. The Project Officer will help facilitate analyses and help to manage various analytic engines. Finally, they will ensure the results are vetted and eventually disseminated appropriately through a variety of mechanisms such as web presence, interactive tools and data visualizations, conference presentations, scientific publications, and materials for non-scientific audiences.
To succeed, the Project Officer must develop a working understanding of a range of cutting-edge quantitative enterprises at IHME and must become familiar with the intellectual and analytic approaches for these projects, as well as the inner workings, timelines, and goals. They must also become conversant in the variety of quantitative methods and modeling approaches of which the research makes use, including (but not limited to) those related to statistics and epidemiology, as well as developing an understanding of the cutting-edge simulation modeling practices. The Project Officer must be adept at facilitating communication among technical and project staff with varying degrees of experience and 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. Overall, the Project Officer will be a critical member of an agile, dynamic team. This position is contingent on project funding availability.
- Become thoroughly familiar with the details of complex interdisciplinary projects included in IHME’s portfolio, including their goals, objectives, and activities.
- Develop a command of the computational, diagnostic, and visualization needs of the portfolio and the associated competencies, skills, and resources required to achieve research goals.
- Perform background research as needed to aid in project management, publications writing, and proposal development.
- Facilitate complex projects involving cutting-edge quantitative data collation, analyses, and tools for dissemination.
- Monitor and assess adherence to data and code quality protocols among researchers, data professionals, and software engineers, track progress against deadlines, and help resolve roadblocks. 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.
- 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; track progress toward deadlines and proactively identify/resolve risks and barriers to success.
- Coordinate and track new release versions of estimates.
- Facilitate creation of documentation for the purpose of institutional knowledge-sharing.
Internal and External Engagement
- Expertly carry out communications, relationship building, and project management with faculty and senior leaders from governmental, non-profit, research, academic, and donor organizations in order to attain project goals and facilitate productive collaboration.
- 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.
- Liaise with project managers and faculty across many teams in order to leverage the wealth of data generated by IHME to inform the research activities of the Rapid Response and Analytics team and ensure that estimates produced by the Rapid Response and Analytics team can be used effectively throughout IHME.
- Manage Data Professionals and hourly employees (e.g., student assistants, temporary staff), to include providing timely feedback and priority-setting guidance to them, hiring, training, completing performance evaluations, and making 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 a member of the Rapid Response and Analytics team and of IHME overall.
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.
- Strong oral and written communication skills and relationship management skills are critical.
- Incumbent must be able to work independently, be flexible, and juggle competing priorities.
- Demonstrated management experience required; supervisory experience a plus.
- 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.
- Interest in global health research.
- Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment is critical.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Conditions of employment: Evening and weekend work may be required. Travel may be required.
The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.