Engagement Officer

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Competitive




2301 5th Avenue, Suite 600
United States


The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent research center at the University of Washington. Its mission is to monitor global health conditions and health systems, as well as to evaluate interventions, initiatives, and reforms. IHME carries out 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; Local Burden of Disease Analysis; Resource Tracking; and Impact Evaluations. The aim is to provide policymakers, donors, and researchers with the highest-quality quantitative evidence base to make decisions that achieve better health.

IHME has an outstanding opportunity for an Engagement Officer. The primary purpose of this position is to engage a diverse community of stakeholders who are interested in contributing to, understanding, and using IHME’s findings on population health to inform policy discussions, improve program design, and allocate resources. Stakeholders include researchers, multilateral donors, international NGOs, country governments, researchers, health administrators, and other health decision-makers and policy influencers.

The individual in this role will bring experience in the use of data and evidence to inform policy, and will demonstrate the ability to understand data sources and results and use that knowledge to expand and deepen relationships with various stakeholders. In addition, the Engagement Officer will serve as the relationship manager of select key partners. This position will work with other members of the Global Engagement Team to achieve team-wide goals. Overall, the Engagement Officer will be a critical member of an agile, dynamic team. The individual in this position will support efforts on the Local Burden of Disease and Pandemic Preparedness Projects.

The Local Burden of Disease 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 diseases this work will touch on are pneumonia and its etiologies, diarrhea and its pathogens, malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, as well as select 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.

The Pandemic Preparedness Project will identify and define areas at-risk of emerging zoonotic infectious diseases across many of the least prepared countries in the world and present resources so that organizations can begin to quantify and subsequently mitigate this potential. The purpose of this project is to help devise and apply innovative methods in infectious disease modelling to produce high resolution geographic estimates of index case potential and baseline outputs for future pandemic potential estimation for five key pathogen groups: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), the Henipaviruses (specifically Nipah and Hendra virus), Rift Valley Fever, Monkeypox, and Avian Influenza.

Responsibilities include:

Knowledge command

·      Understand key concepts, goals, and conclusions of the Local Burden of Disease, Pandemic Preparedness Project, and IHME’s larger portfolio of work. Become articulate about results, key messages, and future implications.

·      Develop in-depth familiarity with key stakeholders and stakeholder networks, including their political, intellectual, and financial context and interrelationships as relates to health.

·      Gather feedback from a variety of communities about how to improve progress toward IHME’s goals and to help IHME understand the needs of its audiences to ensure that relevant research is being conducted and is being communicated effectively.

·      Liaise with IHME researchers to understand findings, developments, and future directions of the Local Burden of Disease and Pandemic Preparedness Projects.

Relationship management

·      Assist in building an engaged community of stakeholders from across areas of interest to help IHME’s work in informing decisions at the global and country levels in order to advance IHME’s mission of improving health through better health evidence.

·      Assess collaborator needs and advise on the development of relevant resources and tools to help better convey results, data, and the core principles and methods of LBD. Advise on the development of resources and tools to help deepen engagement and improve the utility of collaborator feedback on data sources and estimates.

·      Build trusted relationships with stakeholders to facilitate involvement in all aspects of the Local Burden of Disease and Pandemic Preparedness Projects, including but not limited to sharing of data, consulting on estimates, and using research results for planning and decision-making.

·      Field and obtain answers to inquiries and requests from interested stakeholders.

·      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 the Projects’ findings.

·      Act as an agile and informed emissary of IHME in complex political settings.

·      Serve the interests and specific needs of the Local Burden of Disease and Pandemic Preparedness Projects in identifying sources of local knowledge, forging agreements with stakeholders in different settings, and helping to advance projects through strategic engagement activities.

·      Consult with IHME policy translation and publications staff on writing and design projects.


·      Manage events that assemble 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, presentations, reports, stories, and other materials to summarize and advance the work of IHME and of the GBD Collaborative Network.

·      Present summaries of research, implications, and opportunities to technical and non-technical audiences, including representatives from country governments, multilaterals, donor organizations, and academic institutions.

·      Actively participate in a collaborative work environment and take on other duties as assigned as a member of the broader IHME community and the Global Engagement Team.


Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, communications, political science or related field and three to five years’ related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

·      Demonstrated relationship management experience required, as well as an ability to identify and create mutually beneficial opportunities for collaboration.

·      Experience communicating and interfacing with country governments, research institutions, multilaterals, NGOs, funders, and others who use data and evidence to develop policies and programs

·      Excellent interpersonal skills; a cooperative team player, energetic, able to develop productive relationships with colleagues and collaborators.

·      Strong oral and written communication skills are critical. Be able to prepare and deliver effective presentations to connect with and educate stakeholders.

·      Strong project management skills and ability to create and oversee timelines

·      Ability to adapt rapidly to different social and intellectual contexts. Will be able to sense organizational norms in a variety of different settings – including local governments and donor organizations – and carry out communications and relationship management in accord with those norms. 

·      Demonstrated success working in a fast-paced, dynamic, ambiguous environment. Enjoy working in a fluid organization with minimal direction.

·      Strong desire and ability to learn new intellectual content across different disciplines in a timely fashion.

·      Understanding or interest in learning how countries use evidence to develop policies and programs.

·      Creative thinker who can make connections and translate concepts across different technical and non-technical audiences.

Conditions of employment:

·      Weekend and evening work sometimes required

International and Domestic travel will be required up to 25% of the time. Valid passport or the ability to obtain one is required


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Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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