Position Description

Outreach and Engagement for Road Safety
Location Open
Department Road Safety Non Mass Media
# 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, overdose prevention, environmental health, vital statistics systems building and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis treatment research. Our programs are primarily concentrated in low- and middle-income countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific; the Overdose Prevention Program is our first initiative in the U.S. Please visit our website at www.vitalstrategies.org to find out more about our work.

The Consultancy

This is an initiative of the Public Health Programs of Bloomberg Philanthropies. The Outreach and Engagement for Road Safety Consultant will work for a global program that will support up to 30 cities (including Guayaquil, Ecuador) to effectively implement best-practice road safety activities, including running hard-hitting media campaigns to raise road user understanding of risk factors, training police in best practice enforcement, strengthening data systems and redesigning high-crash, high-fatality corridors and intersections. Vital Strategies is an implementing partner of the Initiative, responsible for the overall coordination of the program. The consultant will help set up the Initiative in Guayaquil and support the initial phase of the program.

Deliverables

  • Establish relationships with city leadership in relevant agencies to help develop an outreach and engagement strategy for the road safety program in Guayaquil.
  • Support the transit and transport agencies in road safety and safe mobility activities.
  • Identify city stakeholders and collaborate with senior government officials in Guayaquil to introduce the road safety program.
  • Liaise between Vital Strategies, other Initiative partners and the relevant governmental agencies of Guayaquil.
  • Support Initiative partners to conduct situational assessment in different areas of work.
  • Work with in-country stakeholders and Initiative partners to develop and support the implementation of plans during kickoff phase of the road safety program.
  • Conduct continuous monitoring of city’s plans to respond to COVID-19 and identify opportunities for development and implementation of road safety policies. 

Consultant background must include:

  • Fluency in English and Spanish.
  • University degree in transport engineering, public health, public administration, or relevant field.
  • At least 4 years of experience working in transportation, mobility and/or road safety issues. Government relations experience a plus.
  • Excellent communications skills.

How to Apply: Please submit a CV and cover letter through the Vital Strategies Career Center.

Closing Date for Applications: July 27th, 2020. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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