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The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent research center at the University of Washington. Its mission is to deliver to the world timely, relevant, and scientifically valid evidence to improve health policy and practice. IHME carries out its mission through 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; Resource Tracking; and Impact Evaluations. Our vision is to provide policymakers, donors, and researchers with the highest-quality quantitative evidence base so all people live long lives in full health. IHME is committed to providing the evidence base necessary to help solve the world’s most important health problems. This requires creativity and innovation, which are cultivated by an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment that respects and appreciates differences, embraces collaboration, and invites the voices of all IHME team members.
IHME has an exciting opportunity to join the team as a Project Officer to work on malaria and neglected tropical diseases, and diet and obesity risk factors. The primary purpose of the position is to facilitate the implementation of multidisciplinary research related to the Global Burden of Disease enterprise, requiring timely coordination, management, and communication among different internal and external audiences. Related projects expand into a range of different topical areas, including education, human capital, the Sustainable Development Goals, and related metrics for charting progress in population health through enterprises such as the Global Burden of Disease.
The Project Officer must facilitate and manage one or more of these vital components, often working with a variety of individuals, to help produce estimates of a variety of resources and the topical areas to which those resources are aimed. The Project Officer will manage enterprise workflow, from data, to analytic engines, to results critique, and to improvement. To create the needed indicators, the position manages collation of all available relevant quantitative data – including those on donor funds, expenditure, capital investments, and income – from surveys, censuses, literature, and administrative records into central databases. The Project Officer will help facilitate the modeling and help manage various analytic engines that are used to apply innovative analytic methods. Finally, they 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 the intellectual and analytic approaches used. 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. In addition to becoming articulate about the methods and results, the Project Officer must be adept at facilitating communication among technical and project staff 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. 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 the research enterprise and the relevant results as they relate to the research area and the projects the individual must facilitate. 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. As needed, position will also need to master content of related areas being managed, such as human capital, the Global Burden of Disease, or the Sustainable Development Goals.
Become thoroughly familiar with the details of complex interdisciplinary projects included in IHME’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 visualization needs of the research portfolio and the associated competencies, skills, and resources required to achieve related 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 governmental, non-profit, 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 study 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 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 Professionals 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 GBD 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’ project management experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
One to two years of professional experience supervising and developing employees who are high-performing, collaborative, and mission- and goal-oriented.
Must exhibit strong desire and ability to learn new intellectual content across different disciplines in a timely fashion.
Experience using Microsoft Office programs; management programs such as Asana 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 take multiple priorities and translate them into project completion through expert planning.
Adept diplomacy and exemplary interpersonal skills required. Must be a cooperative team player agile at forming respectful and rewarding relationships with people with different levels of experience and expertise from a variety of cultural, linguistic, and professional settings.
Ability to thrive in a fast-paced and collaborative environment to manage multiple priorities while coordinating resources needed to meet deadlines is critical.
A commitment to working alongside others at IHME to illuminate the health impacts of systemic racism and to work within IHME to make our organization more diverse and inclusive. See IHME’s DEI statement here: http://www.healthdata.org/get-involved/careers/dei.
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.
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