Community Engagement Consultant
Vital Strategies is a US-based international public health organization working in more than 70 countries to address important and challenging health issues. We develop and oversee programs to strengthen public health systems and address leading causes of morbidity and mortality, providing expertise in project implementation and management, strategic communications, epidemiology and surveillance, and other core public health capacities.
Resolve to Save Lives is a global health initiative of Vital Strategies that since 2017 has been working closely with governments, the World Health Organization, the World Bank, academic and other partners in a number of countries to strengthen national capacity to prevent, detect and respond to epidemic threats. For more information about our Prevent Epidemics initiative, visit: https://www.resolvetosavelives.org/ and https://preventepidemics.org/
Vital Strategies aims to recruit a consultant who is best suited to work within our US COVID response team and welcomes applications from people of all backgrounds – men and women, people of all ages, sexual orientations, nationalities, religions and beliefs. We particularly encourage applications from Black and Latinx candidates, given COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on these communities.
Vital Strategies has formed a COVID-19 Incident Management System to control and mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus in vulnerable low- and middle-income countries and the United States. Our work in the US is focused on strengthening the technical, policy and operational capacity of city and county health departments to effectively control COVID with an emphasis on vulnerable communities that are disproportionately affected by COVID-19. We are working with a small number of model jurisdictions to demonstrate innovation and document and disseminate best practices.
The Community Engagement Consultant will be a member of the Vital Strategies / Resolve to Save Lives US COVID-19 Response Team and will be embedded in a local county or city health department to support the health department’s COVID response efforts and ensure an equity and access approach to our jurisdiction engagements and learnings. The focus of the position will be on working through jurisdictions with Black, Latinx, and Native American communities and other groups made vulnerable to the epidemic by systemic factors.
This role will primarily operate as an embedded team member of the local health jurisdiction, while maintaining a close partnership with Vital Strategies/Resolve to Save Lives US COVID-19 Response cross-functional team of epidemiologists, evaluators, and program consultants for knowledge sharing and to ensure consistency of methods and recommendations. Following are the jurisdictions that may require an embedded Community Engagement Consultant: Franklin County, OH; Forsyth County, NC; Wake County, NC; North Carolina State; Marion County, IN.
This is a full-time, 12-month contract with the consultant working remotely and aligned with US Eastern Time Zone business hours. Once it is possible to work on-site, the consultant will be expected to spend considerable time at the appointed jurisdiction.
In close collaboration with local health department staff and our US COVID-19 Response Team’s Senior Advisor for Community Engagement, provide support within the health department to:
Required competencies and qualifications: