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; Future Health Scenarios; 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 a Technical Project Coordinator. The main purpose of this position is to investigate analytic questions raised by key partners, coordinate regular intellectual and management exchanges with those partners, and help to develop metrics and pursue activities related to strategic analytics that help convey the value and applicability of the results produced by IHME. The position requires the applicant to gain on-the-job familiarity with a variety of research streams, data, and results. It also requires the individual to gain understanding of technical data repositories, execute queries against them, combine data in new ways, and organize the results to convey to a variety of audiences. Finally, the position plays a critical support and coordination role in relationship management with a select set of key partner organizations.
This position requires an ability to remain focused on key data and survey details. It requires the individual to multi-task regularly. She/he facilitates strong communication among teams, schedules and orchestrates meetings, and manages action item lists that result from them. She/he must be able to communicate well with individuals from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and knowledge bases, and the ability to communicate diplomatically and effectively in cross-cultural contexts is critical. Most importantly, the Technical Project Coordinator must carry out his/her responsibilities with a high degree of accuracy, timeliness, and awareness to help flag priorities and potential problems in order to find solutions that keep the project progressing on tight timelines. Overall, the Technical Project Coordinator will be a critical member of an agile, dynamic team. This position is contingent on project funding availability.
- Become familiar with substantive areas of expertise to understand the dimensions and uses of health data in complex multidisciplinary analyses.
- Develop an understanding of results across different research areas, how to retrieve and present them accurately and effectively, and how they relate to questions generated by key partners.
- Work across research teams to help bring together data and results from different streams to form a coherent picture in response to complex requests from both lay and scientific audiences.
Management and coordination
- Manage overall workflow of team in close collaboration with supervisor. Develop work-plan timelines and task assignments.
- Expertly carry out communications, relationship building, and project management with faculty and senior leaders from governmental, nonprofit, research, academic, and service delivery organizations in order to attain project goals and facilitate productive collaboration.
- Create and execute on key tracking mechanisms, briefings, presentations, and related materials to promote understanding of the data, results, and progress against key objectives.
- Track key performance indicators for the team and for the organization as a whole as they apply to relationships with key partners.
- In response to questions and requests from key partners and internal stakeholders, execute data queries, synthesize results, create presentations, and summarize data sources and methods.
- Carry out technical investigations into data and data sources as part of larger efforts to assess the value, applicability, and quality of data used across the organization.
- Coordinate data cleaning, data verification, and data sharing in order for data and results to be shared with relevant stakeholders.
- Supervise the work of Data Analysts, to include hiring, training, completing performance evaluations, and making recommendations for disciplinary action as needed.
- Support the coordination and submission of manuscripts for publication. Provide referencing support for publications and presentations.
- Perform background research of various kinds.
- Perform systematic searches for data from literature, surveys, censuses, administrative records, budget reports, and other relevant sources.
- Manage events including logistical support and materials creation.
- Communicate clearly and effectively while contributing as a productive member of one’s immediate team and of IHME’s community as a whole. Work closely with other team members to help them with relevant tasks, guide them in the development of new skills, and help resolve emerging problems on different projects. Attend relevant meetings, adhere to deadlines, and participate in collectively advancing team-level objectives.
- Perform additional duties as assigned that fall within the reasonable scope of this position as a member of the IHME team.
Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, sciences, mathematics, engineering, or related field plus two years’ experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Demonstrated success in interdisciplinary settings and cross-cultural interactions.
- Must exhibit strong desire and ability to learn new intellectual content across different disciplines in a timely fashion.
- Demonstrated success working with data and implementing code.
- Demonstrated facility with analytic tasks and ability to participate productively in interdisciplinary research teams.
- Strong quantitative aptitude, desire to learn new skills and information, and ability to interpret complex analytic quantitative information.
- Strong sense of focus and attention to detail.
- Interest in global health research.
- Demonstrated organizational skills, self-motivation, flexibility, strong communication skills, and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, energetic, highly creative, entrepreneurial environment.
- Strong oral and written communication skills and relationship management skills are critical.
- Foreign language skills, especially French.
Conditions of employment:
- Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.
- Weekend and evening work sometimes required. Early morning Skype/phone calls are scheduled on an ongoing basis with country partners.
- Occasional travel, roughly 3-5 weeks/year.