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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 are engaged with more than 1,900 collaborators from more than 125 countries.
IHME has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time Engagement Officer. The Engagement Officer focuses on cultivating a community of interested stakeholders who wish to both 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 tobacco and work with on the agenda of the Tobacco Team, a team recently created at IHME with funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies. The Engagement Officer will need to become familiar with the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors 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. As part of that effort, IHME produces estimates of key indicators related to tobacco use and its effects. IHME also tracks policies related to tobacco by geography and over time.
The individual in this role will become familiar with data sources and results, will directly help to expand the existing set of collaborators in the tobacco realm, and will identify opportunities for greater knowledge exchange with others in the tobacco policy community. This position will work alongside other members of the Global Engagement Team and the Tobacco Team. Overall, the Engagement Officer will be a critical member of an agile, dynamic team. This position is currently funded for two years with the possibility of future funding dependent on the success of the project.
Help IHME to build an engaged, vibrant community of stakeholders from across various areas of interest including tobacco, tobacco policy, and others in order to advance IHME's mission of improving health through better health evidence.
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 tobacco policy community; develop a calendar of such opportunities.
Serve as the main liaison between IHME and Bloomberg Philanthropies.
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 IHME's tobacco research 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.
Develop understanding of tobacco control interventions and policies.
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, particularly in the tobacco field, 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, including tobacco research.
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 part of 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.