Ambient and Household Air Pollution Analyst - Singapore


Job Type

Full Time

Published:

05/15/2018

Address

Singapore
Singapore
Singapore

Description

Vital Strategies, based in New York City, is an international public health organization. We develop and oversee programs to strengthen public health systems and address leading causes of morbidity and mortality, providing expertise in project implementation and management, strategic communications, epidemiology and surveillance, and other core public health capacities. Our specific programs include road safety, obesity prevention, tobacco control, and activities to strengthen public health data systems and the use of public health data to guide policy and decision-making. Activities are based in low and middle income countries and cities in Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific. Please visit our website at www.vitalstrategies.org to find out more about our work.


The Position


Vital Strategies is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Ambient and Household Air Pollution Analyst - Singapore. This is a full-time position based in Singapore. Applicants must have a valid work permit to work in Singapore.


Background:


Vital Strategies is recruiting an environmental health specialist with applied expertise in air pollution science, epidemiology and risk assessment to 1) make the case for addressing air pollution from a public health perspective and 2) increase commitment and capacity of key stakeholders to strengthen air quality management to promote public health; and inform the public communication about the risks of air pollution. The analyst will also use data to emphasize the health and climate co-benefits of improved air quality. The analyst will participate in assessment, training and technical assistance activities to enhance the quality, use and dissemination of relevant health and environmental data to inform the public and policymakers. The analyst will report directly to the Senior Epidemiologist for Global Environmental Health based in Washington DC, and work closely with the Program Officer for Environmental Health in Singapore and other Environmental Health division members, and will collaborate across Vital Strategies teams and with government analysts, consultants and academic partners.

Specific Duties:


  • Identify and work in collaboration with ministries of health, other relevant agencies and other technical partners, such as atmospheric modelers and health economists, to identify, compile and assess relevant health and air pollution data


  • Lead these collaborations in selecting and applying methodologies for estimating the current health burden from air pollution and health impacts from relevant air pollution control scenarios, including avoidable hospitalizations, premature mortality, and childhood illnesses


  • Establish and strengthen partnerships with key technical experts and organizations in the region


  • Author, co-author and edit technical reports, including systematic reviews of the available epidemiologic literature


  • Collaborate with communication specialists to create non-technical reports and briefings targeting the press and other media, and the general public to raise awareness of the impacts of air pollution


  • Participate in the development of concept notes and funding proposals on these and related environmental health subjects


  • Monitor project progress, compile progress reports for funders


  • Respond to information and assistance requests from funders, field staff, and the public.


  • Identify, surface, and troubleshoot impediments to these efforts


  • Participate in regional training efforts about air pollution health effects, health impact assessment methods and using health impact evidence to inform policies


  • Attend and present at conferences and meetings in support of these activities


  • Assist with other Vital Strategies duties as specified by the Senior Epidemiologist for Global Environmental Health and Program Officer


Qualifications and skill set:


  • Graduate degree in epidemiology, environmental health sciences, public health, or relevant field of study or equivalent experience/education


  • Demonstrated interest and at least five years of experience in environmental health sciences, epidemiology, policy, and/or program implementation


  • Strong quantitative skills in environmental epidemiology, risk assessment or related work.


  •  Familiarity with methods of assessing the human health burden and costs attributable to air pollution, the relative health and economic impacts of policy scenarios to improve air quality are required


  •  Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to communicate effectively to technical and non-technical audiences, develop partnerships, and contribute to interdisciplinary team


  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, work independently, and make sound, informed decisions


  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with use of health risk, health burden and impact estimation methods and tools, such as Ben MAP or similar, is desirable


  • Citizenship, permanent residency or willingness to establish residency in Singapore


  • Willingness to travel up to 25% of work time and work flexible hours to communicate across different time zones


Professional Level

Professional

Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

Please send CV and a cover letter, including salary expectations, to hr@vitalstrategies.org by June 15, 2018 indicating the position applied for in the subject line.


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