Public Health Program Consultant, United States 664 views

Department Prevent Epidemics

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Public Health Program 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 low- and middle-income countries to improve cardiovascular health and strengthen national capacity to prevent, detect and respond to epidemic threats. For more information about our Prevent Epidemics initiative, visit: and

Vital Strategies aims to recruit the candidate 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/Resolve to Save Lives 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 impact, innovation and to document and disseminate best practices.

Overall Role:

The Public Health Program 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. The focus of the position will be on strengthening the effectiveness and impact of COVID-19 prevention and control activities. Though primarily operating as an embedded team member of the local health jurisdiction, the consultant will maintain 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 Program Evaluation 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.

Main responsibilities:

In close collaboration with local health department staff and the Resolve to Save Lives US COVID Response Initiative’s Senior Public Health Advisor, the consultant will:

Provide dedicated public health surge support to the health department to effectively implement prevention and control strategies for COVID-19 in the jurisdiction

Support the identification of facilitators and barriers to effective COVID response in the jurisdiction

Support the development and implementation of strategies to effectively address barriers (e.g., creating protocols, defining workflows, identifying data collection and analysis needs, adjusting staffing, re-allocating funding)

Assist with developing strategies for the most effective, efficient, and rapid allocation of money from various funding streams

Work with health department staff to plan, implement, and continuously improve an effective COVID response program in the jurisdiction, including the following:

Effective use of data to guide the program and improve its performance

Effective testing strategies appropriate to the jurisdiction’s populations and needs

Data flow that ensures cases are quickly identified at the local health department level

Effective, efficient contract tracing and testing

Rapid, effective isolation of cases and quarantine of contacts

Provisions for easily accessible social and other services to support individuals in isolation or quarantine

Use of alert-level systems to communicate risk and responses appropriate to risk level



data collection

global health

health policy

health systems

interpersonal communication

knowledge sharing

project management

strategic communication

Support the coordination of activities with other government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and internal and external stakeholders

Ensure that mechanisms are in place for sustaining effective COVID response after the project ends

Support documentation of lessons learned and sharing of them with other health department jurisdictions in the state and more broadly

Other duties as assigned

Required competencies and qualifications:

Master’s degree or higher in public health or related field, with 7 or more years of relevant work experience in public health practice

Experience planning and working in large-scale public health programs (contact tracing or related program a big plus)

Demonstrated experience working collaboratively, fostering, and maintaining partnerships across institutions or sectors

Proven analytical skills

Clear, effective, and highly efficient writing skills

Exceptional organizational and project management skills

Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and deliver against tight deadlines

Well-developed interpersonal communication skills for harmonious teamwork

Understanding of health policy and regulatory issues concerning public health

Excellent computer skills (experience with-¯electronic case management systems-¯desirable)

Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, high pressure environment with multiple stakeholders


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