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Engagement Officer - Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

Location: Seattle, WA
Full-time position
Closing Date: open until filled
Job #11018
Posted: January 16, 2017
Description:
The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions.  Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research and community service.  Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty. 

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 2,000 collaborators from more than 125 countries.

IHME has outstanding opportunity for an Engagement Officer. The Engagement Officer focuses on cultivating a community of interested stakeholders who wish to understand and use IHME’s findings to help improve population health through the production and use of better health evidence. They include policymakers, NGOs, researchers, health administrators, and other health advocates and professionals. This position will focus mainly on topics related to the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk factors (GBD) enterprise, a systematic, scientific effort to quantify 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 become familiar with data sources and results, work to expand the GBD collaborator network, and identify opportunities for greater knowledge exchange that both strengthen the research and seed policy uptake. This position will work alongside other members of the Global Engagement Team and research teams within IHME. Overall, the Engagement Officer will be a critical member of an agile, dynamic team. IHME is a grant-funded organization, and, as such, this position is contingent on project need and funding availability.

Responsibilities include:

Knowledge Command
  • 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 multiple audiences, including audiences from local government and donors.
  • Develop in-depth familiarity with key stakeholders and stakeholder networks, including their political, intellectual, and financial context and interrelationships as relates to health.
  • Garner feedback from a variety of communities about how to improve progress toward IHME’s goals.
  • Liaise with IHME researchers to understand findings, developments, and future directions of research.

    Relationship Management
  • Help IHME to build an engaged, vibrant community of stakeholders from across areas of interest who understand the relevance and quality of IHME’s work in order to advance IHME’s mission of improving health through better health evidence.
  • 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 memorandum of understanding, working agreement, or other documentation of the expectations and responsibilities between the parties.
  • Cultivate relationships with non-technical audiences, in particular individuals from local government, donors, health service delivery agencies, and nonprofit organizations with interests in health.
  • 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, and research organizations to facilitate sharing of data.
  • 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 interest 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.

    General
  • 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 and presentations to summarize and advance IHME’s work.
  • Take on other duties as assigned as a member of the broader IHME community and the Global Engagement Team.

    As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.  For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
REQUIREMENTS:
  • Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, communications, political science, or related field and five years’ related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

    Additional  Requirements:
  • Must exhibit strong desire and ability to learn new intellectual content across different disciplines in a timely fashion.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; a cooperative team player, energetic, able to develop productive relationships with colleagues and external collaborators.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated relationship management experience required.

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