Engagement Manager

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 with the aim 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 Manager. The primary purpose of the Engagement Manager position is to provide leadership, management, and vision to expand IHME’s impact by strategically growing, guiding, and managing a network of collaborators to contribute to the science, dissemination, and uptake of IHME’s findings. The Engagement Manager will also manage a dynamic team of individuals tasked with engaging external collaborators, finding new ways for them to partner with IHME, and helping to drive forward key deliverables with the aid of critical institutional and individual partners.

The Engagement Manager will exhibit a strong command of project priorities, methods, and results. They will become conversant in the variety of quantitative methods and modeling approaches, and will exercise strong judgment and diplomacy in acting as an representative for the organization as a whole. The individual will tailor systems and develop resources to best meet the needs of collaborators. This role will provide strategic guidance and input into the types, and nature of institutional partnerships that would be most useful, and identify opportunities for wider impact through more intensive engagement.

The Engagement Manager must be adept at facilitating communication among technical and project staff with varying degrees of experience, and from a variety of cultural settings and disciplines. They will be comfortable in a multitude of institutional contexts and environments, and at ease with navigating complex negotiations and interactions in a politically astute manner. Overall, the Engagement Manager will be a critical member of an agile, dynamic team. The individual in this position will support efforts on the Local Burden of Disease project.

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. 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.

Responsibilities include:


·   Build 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.

·   Manage key institutional partnerships and collaborative opportunities, including overseeing the scoping of such partnerships, data flow, review of estimates, and production of agreed deliverables.

·   Provide strategic guidance and oversight to collaborative activities undertaken by staff members including but not limited to the production of presentations, publications, and reports; seeking and acquiring data sources; developing memorandums of understandings and contracts; and preparing materials for meetings.

·   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 the LBD enterprise. 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.

·   Craft articulate, professional, and concise correspondence and written materials for collaborators and external stakeholders.

·   Develop, contribute to, and implement external consultations, workshops, trainings and other avenues for engagement. Deliver presentations and training course components to multiple high-level audiences from a variety of cultures and professional backgrounds.

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

·   Represent the LBD portfolio of work to external audiences, including researchers, collaborators, donors, and other interested stakeholders at meetings, workshops, trainings, and conferences.

·   Speak to diverse audiences in a language and manner that connects with their interests while explaining in clear terms IHME’s work and mission.

·   Directly engage with high-level external partners and collaborators, including decision-makers in government, donor, inter-governmental, and scientific organizations.


Leadership and strategic planning

·   Manage and mentor team of individuals to deliver high-quality support and service in a timely manner to strengthen collaborative endeavors, achieve greater dissemination and uptake of results, and identify new opportunities for innovative endeavors related to LBD

·   Contribute to the planning and management activities of the Global Engagement Team. Make strategic planning recommendations regarding the allocation of people, time, financial, and intellectual resources. Track resource use and needs across projects and make future projections.

·   Contribute to the planning, design, and implementation of internal trainings and staff development activities.

·   Cultivate strong relationships and facilitate communication with a wide range of internal researchers and staff to identify and advance project priorities, coordinated cross-cutting effors.

Knowledge command

·   Develop a command of the intellectual material related to the Local Burden of Disease (LBD) enterprise and the relevant results. The 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.

·   Understand key concepts and strategic aims of the project. Become articulate about key messages and future implications and communicate scientific vision and activities to external stakeholders.

·   Demonstrate a thorough understanding of how data, methods, and analytic techniques map to results, and relatedly, demonstrate a thorough understanding of how countries use evidence to develop policies and programs.

·   Translate and assess collaborator requests into practical steps, and determine with faculty and senior leaders whether and how they are achievable.


Other responsibilities

·   Provide support to events, media campaigns, and related activities in regards to the collaborator network as needed.

·   Prepare and edit briefings, presentations, and reports on key topics.

·   Perform additional duties as assigned that fall within the reasonable scope of this position as member of the Global Engagement Team.



Bachelor’s degree and 5-7 years related project management experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

·   Previous project and staff management experience with demonstrated ability to think independently, be flexible, and manage multiple priorities.

·   Proven success managing and leading dynamic teams.

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

·   Exhibit high-level relationship management skills including the ability to communicate with stakeholders at multiple levels, including the donor, researchers, field site representatives, administrators, and other external audiences, using language that resonates with them.

·   Demonstrated ability to navigate politically sensitive relationships and topics and use diplomacy to resolve issues. 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.

·   High-level verbal and written communication skills with multiple audiences.

·   Analytically perceptive.

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

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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