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Project Officer, Geospatial Analysis - Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

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Location: Seattle, WA
Full-time position
Closing Date: May 14, 2017
Job #11332
Posted: April 14, 2017

IHME 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. Just a few of the conditions this revolutionary work will touch on include pneumonia and its etiologies, diarrhea and its pathogens, malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, Ebola, and neglected tropical diseases. Through the development and use of geospatial techniques to synthesize information at the local level, and in partnership with key collaborators around the world, IHME will present results in interactive high-resolution maps to illuminate levels, trends, and disparities in health outcomes.

IHME’s geospatial research will empower policymakers and donors to make optimal decisions about allocating funds and prioritizing interventions. In order to encourage use and uptake of this research, IHME will employ a variety of approaches throughout to make results available and encourage uptake. These approaches include developing and maintaining a web presence, as well as producing interactive tools and visualizations, conference presentations, scientific publications, and materials for non-scientific audiences.

The Geospatial Analysis Project Officer must develop an understanding of the field of geospatial analysis and of the specific projects IHME is undertaking. Our geospatial analysis project aims to produce estimates for key diseases and determinants at a five-by-five kilometer resolution. This will be done through the application of innovative techniques to the widest possible range of available data. In order to share our work as widely as possible, these estimates will then be disseminated via adaptive, interactive maps and related visualizations.

In addition to becoming articulate about geospatial analysis methods and results, the Geospatial Analysis 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.


Research command

  • Develop a command of the intellectual material related to geospatial analysis 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.
  • Become thoroughly familiar with the details of complex interdisciplinary projects included in IHME’s geospatial analysis 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 geospatial analysis portfolio and the associated competencies, skills, and resources required to achieve IHME’s geospatial analysis goals.
  • Perform background research as needed to aid in project management, publications writing, and proposal development.

Project management

  • 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, nonprofit, research, academic, and donor organizations in order to attain project goals and facilitate productive collaboration.
  • 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.
  • Interpret financial reports and participate in the budgeting process.
  • 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 connect data access to analyses to diagnostics and results presentation and dissemination.
  • Facilitate routine analytic processes based upon set protocols and parameters


  • Manage Data Analyst, Project Coordinators, and hourly employees (e.g., student assistants, temporary staff), providing timely feedback and priority-setting guidance to them.
  • 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.
  • Manage events and meetings, including logistical support and materials creation.
  • 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 Geospatial Analysis team and of IHME overall.

Minimum qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, science, 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 management experience required; supervisory experience a plus.
  • Incumbent must be able to work independently and must be able to take multiple priorities and translate them into project completion through expert planning.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and relationship management skills are critical.
  • Strong project management skills, including demonstrated ability to think independently, be flexible and juggle multiple priorities.
  • 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.
  • Must have valid passport or ability to obtain passport to travel.

Conditions of employment:

  • Evening and weekend work may be required.
  • Travel may be required.

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