Position Description

Manager, Latin America, Partnership for Healthy Cities
Location Colombia
Department Partnership for Healthy Cities
# of openings 1
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Vital Strategies, headquartered in New York City, is an international public health organization. Our programs strengthen public health systems and address the world’s leading causes of illness, injury and death. We currently work in 73 countries, supporting data-driven decision making in government, advancing evidence-based public health policies and mounting strategic communication campaigns. Vital Strategies’ priorities are driven by the greatest potential to improve and save lives. They include non-communicable disease prevention, cardiovascular health promotion, tobacco control, road safety, obesity prevention, epidemic prevention, environmental health, vital statistics systems building and multi-drug resistant tuberculosis treatment research. Our programs are concentrated 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.

Vital Strategies is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Manager, Latin America - Partnership for Healthy Cities. This is a part-time position (.5 FTE/20 hours per week) that will be based in Colombia. The position will start with a six-month contract between the Manager and the New York Office. The role will transition to an employee contract once Vital Strategies is a registered entity in Colombia (anticipated July 2020).

The Manager, Latin America – Partnership for Healthy Cities will be part of an initiative that is aimed at empowering city governments around the world to improve noncommunicable disease (NCD) and injury prevention through high-impact policy interventions. The Manager will be responsible for project managing select cities in the region, including managing key stakeholder relationships, facilitating and coordinating technical assistance, maintaining regular communications, monitoring, and reporting on progress.

Core responsibilities

  • Work closely with city government focal points/technical leads to realize the successful implementation of the cities’ chosen intervention;
  • Develop, jointly with city focal points, project goals, budgets, timelines, and milestones;
  • Develop mechanism for transfer of funds, and manage direct procurement of goods and services;
  • Facilitate and support technical assistance provided by Vital Strategies and designated expert consultants;
  • Monitor progress toward milestones and objectives, and compile narrative accounts of accomplishments;
  • Collaborate with regional programmatic counterparts on LATAM strategy and troubleshooting;
  • Prepare weekly written reports on each city, contribute to semi-annual and annual internal and external reports;
  • Lead stakeholder meetings and deliver presentations, as needed;
  • Lead and manage regional workshops:
  • Help gather information for potential publicity opportunities;
  • Respond to information and assistance requests from Bloomberg Philanthropies;
  • Identify, surface, and troubleshoot bottlenecks and delays;
  • The Manager will report to the Director, PHC, at Vital Strategies, and work closely with the Senior Manager for LATAM based in Mexico;
  • Assist with other Vital Strategies duties as specified by the Director and Deputy Director.

Qualities and Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in health policy, management, public health or other relevant field with at least 8 years work experience
  • Comprehensive project management skills, with the ability to make sound, informed judgments;
  • Understanding of public health and related policy interventions;
  • Strong understanding of municipal government structures and policymaking in relevant geographies;
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills in Spanish and English, other languages an advantage;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with demonstrated ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with internal and external partners;
  • Ability to travel regionally in order to support on-site engagement in participating cities;
  • Willingness and ability to work across different time zones;
  • Candidates currently based in Colombia, or who are authorized to work in Colombia, desirable.
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