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The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent research center at the University of Washington. Its mission is to monitor global health conditions and health systems, as well as to evaluate interventions, initiatives, and reforms. IHME carries out a range of projects within different research areas including the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors; Forecasting; Costs and Cost Effectiveness; Geospatial Analysis; Resource Tracking; and Impact Evaluations. The aim is to provide policymakers, donors, and researchers with the highest-quality quantitative evidence base to make decisions that achieve better health.
IHME has an outstanding opportunity for a Senior Research Manager. The primary purpose of the position is to provide leadership, management, and supervision over a significant component of IHME's research portfolio in order to deliver timely, high-quality, and policy-relevant results on deadline as part of an ongoing production process for key health indicators. The focal component of this position initially will be the Forecasting and Cost Effectiveness research that IHME undertakes. (This focal component is subject to change or adapt over time as needs, funding, and opportunities dictate.) The person in this position must bring intellectual agility, deft planning skills, and command of the intellectual content to bear in executing their responsibilities to maintain an integrated and effective production cycle that incorporates data integration, complex analyses, engineering, and dissemination. The individual designs, implements, and steers critical systems.
The Forecasting and Cost Effectiveness area of research helps policymakers, donors, ministries of health, and public health workers to effectively apply and scale up interventions by empowering them to review and compare the relative costs, efficacy, and impact of potential interventions and the modulation of different factors to the health system. By empowering these stakeholders with the best possible understanding of both what the future might look like based upon current assumptions and allowing them to compare different scenarios over time, we equip them to better understand the tradeoffs inherent in different resource allocation decisions today and into the future.
The Senior Research Manager will be a critical member of the senior management team for the Forecasting and Cost Effectiveness portfolio and will be entrusted to bring together research and deliverables across multiple components within the portfolio. He/she will be an internal knowledge expert on the complex array of interdependencies, diagnostics, and analytic processes driving the production of high-quality, policy-relevant results derived from innovative scientific methods. The individual will be a key decision-making resource and will lead a dynamic team of managers in the details of data, analyses, and results. To be successful, he/she will need to have command of the intellectual content areas and be intimately familiar with their progress and challenges.
The individual will develop, implement, and manage systems that bring together multiple aspects of the research components to produce timely deliverables. The individual will contribute to the strategic planning and resource allocation and manage to goals in close collaboration with faculty and senior leaders on the research portfolio. He/she must ably track progress across multiple production streams, quickly identify challenges to the production cycle, implement solutions, and achieve deliverables on time. Overall, the Senior Research Manager will be a leader and critical member of an agile, dynamic team planning, guiding, implementing, managing, and monitoring a complex research enterprise. This position is contingent on project funding availability and need.
Strategy and management
Provide senior leadership to the Forecasting and Cost Effectiveness portfolio in order to deliver timely, high-quality, and policy-relevant results on deadline as part of an ongoing production process for key indicators in major research areas or subcomponents of them central to IHME's mission.
Drive strategic planning, resource allocation, problem resolution, and team capacity building.
Advise, anticipate, and negotiate scope of work and resource allocation needs and adjustments across teams throughout the production cycle with partners as part of funding and collaborative agreements.
Manage resources to budgets. Make adjustments to budget and resource allocations as needed to meet enterprise-wide objectives.
Devise and implement systems to execute plans to accomplish the work and allocate and manage resources against production cycles, taking into account complex interdependencies and resource constraints.
Identify challenges and lags in the production process, raise them with leadership, and devise and implement solutions.
Strategically balance portfolio resources including people, their time, financial resources, and intellectual capital against production timelines. Ensure timely delivery of products.
Identify, assess, and determine how to implement new deliverables, enhancements, and improvements into the production process.
Ensure that data integration, analyses, vetting, and dissemination of results meet IHME standards and are incorporated appropriately into IHME systems.
Be accountable for effective management of team members and for the execution of goals as devised by both faculty and other senior leaders. Give feedback and guidance to those directly managing the creation of key components of the production process, both direct reports and other team members.
Help to assess and give input to the substantive content, resource needs, and organizational structure of research projects that are described in funding proposals of different kinds.
Write management reports and routinely provide and assess metrics of progress as part of both donor reporting and internal portfolio management requirements.
Agilely command the critical intellectual aspects of the Forecasting and Cost Effectiveness portfolio, a major area of research central to IHME's mission. Be able to summarize and explain results, understand the root data used to generate them, and articulate the major steps of the analyses and the related engineering components that go into them. Individual is expected to have an astute understanding of the material presented in journal articles, policy reports, and presentations that result from this research area.
Understand how methods and analytic techniques map to specific engines and internal machinery and then on to the results and other deliverables as part of the production process.
Translate intellectual aims into concrete analytic, engineering, and production goals with accompanying implementation plans.
Identify needs for and then direct and carry out background research for proposals, presentations, and other strategic opportunities as needed.
Engage directly with external audiences at scientific conferences, donor meetings, and research meetings. Present aspects of the Forecasting and Cost Effectiveness portfolio to others to encourage greater uptake and solicit constructive feedback.
Initiate collaborations, exploring opportunities for programmatic growth.
Give trainings on relevant content.
Serve as an emissary for IHME as relevant to research, government, inter-governmental, and donor communities.
Manage multiple professional staff and shepherd a team of both professional and research staff together with one another. Set goals, assess performance, and provide feedback and coaching.
Mentor Researchers and Post-Bachelor Fellows by providing guidance in the development of professional skills and helping them to understand how analytic and methodological undertakings link to project deliverables.
Motivate the overall team to achieve highly.
Contribute to leadership of those engaged in research management, including setting policies, advancing professional development, and driving new staff hiring and growth.
Perform additional duties as assigned that fall within the reasonable scope of this position as member of the Research Management Team.
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Master's degree in social sciences or related field plus five years' related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience
Demonstrated outstanding command of the knowledge base, underlying premises, and key analytic approaches inherent to the Forecasting and Cost Effectiveness portfolio.
Project management experience with a range of different actors including managers, data professionals, researchers, and engineers.
Proven success managing to deadline key deliverables in an ambitious, highly entrepreneurial, and swiftly evolving organizational setting.
Analytic perceptive with a keen eye for detail and the ability to understand quickly how details relate to the big picture.
Demonstrated proclivity for developing systems and diagnostics that can be used to elevate management, execution, and tracking of complex projects and their interdependencies.
Must exhibit strong desire to and ability to learn intellectual content in order to facility highly complex scientific projects.
Exceptional oral and written communication skills, in particular the ability to convey complicated intellectual material and instructions to individuals of various skillsets and backgrounds.
High-level relationship management skills that exhibit discretion, political awareness, and the ability to think on one's feet.
Cooperative team player, energetic, able to develop productive relationships, and highly motivating and accountable.
Experience in one or more of the following: coordinating computational and analytic processes; designing and giving training in the social sciences; coordinating complex engineering and software development tasks; orchestrating research production delivery processes; organizing and assessing data and results; troubleshooting complex systems.
Individual must be able to work independently and exhibit exceptional good judgement while thriving in a fast-paced and collaborative environment to manage multiple priorities while coordinating resources needed to meet deadlines.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.
Weekend and evening work sometimes required.
Willingness to travel occasionally.
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