Tobacco Research Coordinator (Consultant)

from Development Gateway
Closing date: 15 Nov 2019

The Organization You Want to Work For

Development Gateway (DG) is an international nonprofit organization that creates innovative information management and data visualization technology, implements data-focused programs, and conducts research and evaluation to further sustainable development:

Health is a growing strategic focus for DG. We support public and private sector actors in collecting, analyzing and using data in the health sector for policymakers and development agencies to make more effective decisions and to improve service delivery. Our partners in this work include The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, UNICEF, USAID, and MCC.

We are a creative and dynamic group of people based around the globe. We value hard work, innovative thinking, a commitment to teamwork, and a good sense of humor.

For this term-limited consultancy, the Tobacco Research Coordinator may be based anywhere, but scheduled business travel will be required to West, South, and East Africa.

The Elevator Pitch

DG is hiring a research coordinator consultant for an initiative funded by a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant to supply Sub-Saharan African (SSA) governments with improved access to country-specific data that will inform better tobacco control policy design and implementation. This project will aim to design and develop national profiles on tobacco that meet the needs of government stakeholders, in partnership with national and regional institutions.

The Tobacco Research Coordinator is responsible for leading work to identify and address tobacco data gaps at the national level. These data gaps may be related to 1) tobacco prevalence and products; 2) the economic and health costs of continued tobacco usage; 3) the economic and health benefits if strong tobacco control policy is implemented, and 4) the status of existing policy implementation. The Tobacco Research Coordinator consultant, upon the identification of missing and priority data, will be responsible for identifying, contracting, and managing local data collection firms responsible for collecting priority tobacco data. This role will focus heavily on monitoring and evaluation (M&E) methodologies.

A wide degree of creativity, latitude and responsibility is expected, along with significant international travel.

The Work You Get to Do

Research and Survey Design (40%)

  • In partnership with the full program team, develop and implement methods to identify missing data to support tobacco control in priority countries;

  • Design data collection methodologies in identified target countries, in collaboration with key partners;

  • Develop and implement data collection guidelines that account for cultural contexts, logistical limitations, and best practices among data collection methodologies of sensitive health information;

  • Write survey questions and validate them with local partners and tobacco control subject matter experts.

Data Collection Management and Implementation (50%)

  • Identify local research partners to carry out data collection activities;

  • In close coordination with DG management, lead partner selection and contract negotiation processes locally;

  • Manage relationships with local research partners and oversee quality of deliverables;

  • Travel as necessary to priority countries to supervise data collection activities and participate in relevant tobacco control stakeholder meetings;

  • Work closely with partners to ensure that research is carried out on time, within budget, and according to stipulated methodologies.

Documentation and Training (10%)

  • Clearly document research findings, partner discussions, and other relevant documentation;

  • Conduct training as needed related to best practices for data collection.

The Education and Experience You Have and We Need

  • Fluency in English required. Additional languages (particularly French) a plus.

  • Must have significant experience in data collection, survey design, data collection methodology and other M&E activities. Familiarity with collecting sensitive health information highly encouraged.

  • Experience identifying, contracting, and managing globally-situated data collection firms and ensuring high-quality outputs are successfully delivered;

  • Experience engaging with ministries of health, civil society organizations, the private sector, and/or other high-level stakeholders;

  • Familiarity with econometrics and basic statistics (e.g. power calculations to determine sample size) and statistics software (e.g. SPSS, R, STATA, etc.);

  • Experience working in the health sector preferred, with particular preference toward experience with non-communicable diseases;

  • Overseas experience required, with a strong preference for experience in West, South, and East Africa;

  • 5+ years of direct technical and management experience with a Master’s degree or PhD or 7+ years of direct technical and management experience with a Bachelor’s degree.

Gourmet chefs welcome, but more importantly:

  • You are comfortable working independently and with remote teams. You are a self-starter who can manage a shifting workload and achieve project milestones with limited oversight or direction;

  • You are equally enthusiastic conducting deep desk-level research as you are having one-on-one calls with individual subcontractors;

  • You have strong problem solving skills and are known for your commitment to continuous product and process improvement;

  • You demonstrate flexibility in the face of shifting political priorities among key stakeholders;

  • You have a solid ability to work effectively with cross-functional and cross-cultural teams

  • You're comfortable working with data using spreadsheets, simple databases, and/or statistical software packages;

  • You can communicate easily with both technical and non-technical staff and maintain good communication with our geographically dispersed team;

  • You can work effectively both autonomously and as a great teammate, influencing others' attitudes and behaviors through example;

  • You are able and willing to travel internationally up to 30% of the time.

The initial term of this consultancy will be 1 year, with a projected annual time commitment of approximately 70%. An option to extend for up to an additional 2 years is anticipated, dropping to approximately 50% time commitment by year 3.**

How to apply:

Please send a CV, daily rate preferences, and cover letter to Please include “Tobacco Research Coordinator (Consultant)” in the subject line.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.