Position Description

Technical Research Writer
Location United States
Department Other Programs Policy, Advocacy, and Communication
# 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 offers competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits. Vital welcomes and supports a diverse, inclusive work environment. As such, our commitment is to promote equal employment opportunities (EEO) for all applicants seeking employment.

We are seeking a Technical Research Writer with particular expertise and experience in scientific writing. Reporting to the Vice President, Global Policy and Research in the Policy, Advocacy and Communication Division, the Technical Research Writer will be responsible for supporting research and evaluation activities for the PAC division of Vital Strategies.

Specific Duties:

  • Support ongoing research and evaluation projects globally, in particular by reviewing all research products to ensure that they meet academic and internal writing standards.

  • Conduct literature reviews and desk research, produce summary reports.

  • Conduct and collaborate with other researchers on data analysis.

  • Lead or participate in the production of a variety of research writings for public release, most of it based on primary research conducted by the organization. These may research briefs, case studies, technical reports, peer-reviewed papers.

  • Manage the submission of peer-reviewed papers and related communication.

  • Serve as (co)author, as appropriate.

  • Help draft and/or review abstracts and presentations for conferences, technical consultations and other forums.

  • Build and help manage reference libraries.

  • Help maintain quantitative and qualitative datasets for ongoing projects and papers, including ensuring compliance with privacy and ethical standards


  • PhD in the social sciences, with strong quantitative skills, and 3-5 years of experience. Candidates who do not possess a PhD, but have a Master’s degree in a relevant field and significant experience in writing may also apply

  • Demonstrated ability to write for a range of audiences from scientists, to policy-makers and mass media

  • Track record of publishing is required

  • Knowledge of statistics and quantitative research methods required

  • Strong interest in public health

  • Must be detail-oriented, highly organized and efficient

  • Ability to multitask is important

  • Demonstrated verbal and interpersonal communication skills

  • Strong initiative: self-starter with good follow through

  • Resourceful, willing to learn on the job

  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team, self-directed, strong work ethic and adherence to deadlines


This position will be primarily remote. We are ideally looking for candidates from the New York Tri-State area, who will work with the team at our New York City HQ, or candidates based in India, who will work with our team in New Delhi. Candidates from either region will be considered.

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