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Tobacco Control Stakeholder Engagement & Research Lead, Democratic Republic of Congo

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The Organization You Want to Work For Development Gateway (DG) is an international nonprofit organization that creates innovative information management and data visualization technology, implements data-focused programs, and conducts research and evaluation to further sustainable development.

DG is implementing a three-year program funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The program - Tobacco Control Data Initiative (TCDI) - will be implemented in up to eight African countries, including the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The South Africa TCDI portal can be viewed here. The purpose of the program is to understand the respective countries’ tobacco data needs, identify existing data, confirm gaps in available tobacco data, collect new data to fill those gaps and develop an online resource to enable policy makers to use essential data to inform policy.

We are a creative and dynamic group of people based around the globe. We value hard work, innovative thinking, a commitment to teamwork, and a good sense of humor. This position is based in Kinshasa, DRC, though the position itself is predominantly remote. Ability to live and work legally in DRC is required.

The Elevator Pitch

The Tobacco Control Stakeholder Engagement & Research Lead, DRC (Consultant) is responsible for managing client relationships as well as conducting secondary research on tobacco control in DRC. In this role, you will manage local partners and conduct stakeholder assessments and workshops. You will also be a member of the data team and will locate and evaluate information, research, and data analysis related to tobacco control in DRC. This consultancy requires someone with excellent relationship building skills, as well as someone with strong research skills who can make value judgements about the source and validity of data. A wide degree of creativity, latitude, and responsibility is expected. A background in tobacco control research is advantageous, but not required.

The Work You Get To Do

Stakeholder Relationship Management (30%)

  • Build relationships with national and subnational government ministries, civil society organizations, and private sector partners to understand their needs and promote engagement in the program, including through remote and in-person meetings, as needed.
  • Provide input and thought leadership to the broader TCDI team on political nuance, the tobacco stakeholder landscape, and the DRC cultural context.

Project Management and Implementation (30%)

Working closely with the DRC Project Manager (PM):

  • maintain an understanding of all big-picture items for DRC implementation and ensure successful and timely implementation in the country.
  • conduct in country assessment planning, execution and analysis, write reports, prepare and conduct presentations, and contribute to assessments
  • manage administrative tasks, including kicking off the project, serving as the main point of contact for in-country stakeholders (Ministry of Health, civil society organizations), scheduling meetings, and organizing workshops as necessary.

Research, Data Analysis and Technical Writing (40%)

  • Conduct thorough online research to collect literature/data/information related to tobacco control and the research landscape in DRC.
  • Evaluate data sources, articles, and reports to identify which are and are not reliable.
  • Conduct analysis of primary and/or secondary data, including reviewing validity of data collected in surveys.
  • Summarise academic literature for non-technical and non-academic readers and assist in writing fact sheets and policy briefs. Write explanatory text to help contextualize data/information.
  • Use data analysis and data visualization skills as needed to communicate ideas via writing, quick electronic drawings, etc., as needed.
  • Assist in writing questionnaires and designing survey protocols.

The Education and Experience You Have and We Need

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Candidates from academic majors including public health, health, development aid, data for international development are encouraged to apply. Master’s degree (or higher) is a bonus.
  • At least 5 years experience in working in project implementation, health research, or data for international development.
  • Proven track record of managing client relations in a global environment. Priority given to applicants who have worked with government ministries.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and French required.
  • No prior experience or funding received from the tobacco industry.
  • Data analysis experience and experience conducting literature reviews, ideally for health-related subject areas on the African continent.
  • Experience with public health projects. Preference given to candidates with experience in tobacco control.
  • Preferred, if possible:
    • Experience collecting primary data including designing questionnaires and research protocols
    • Proficiency in one or more local languages of the DRC (e.g., Kituba / Kikongo, Lingala, Swahili, Tshiluba)
    • Experience with advanced statistics and calculating weights

Gourmet chefs welcome, but more importantly:

  • You have effective project implementation and presentation skills. You enjoy getting things done while keeping your clients happy and building relationships.
  • You have strong problem solving skills and are known for your commitment to continuous product and process improvement.
  • You have a solid ability to work effectively with cross-functional teams in a fast-paced, creative environment. Entrepreneurial attitude and skills are important.
  • You are comfortable working with data, using spreadsheets, databases, and statistical software packages including Excel and Stata (both required); SPSS, R, or others a bonus.
  • You can communicate effectively with both technical and non-technical staff and maintain good communication with our geographically dispersed team.
  • You can work effectively both independently and as a great teammate. You use strong organizational skills to handle a broad and unpredictable workload, meet deadlines, and work under your own initiative.

This consultancy will take place mainly in Kinshasa, with some travel within the DRC. It will require close collaboration with national stakeholders as well as other DG team members located internationally. A stable internet connection is required. Your work schedule is flexible, although we request that your work hours overlap at the very least with 8 AM - 12 PM Washington, DC (USA) time for remote meetings.

The initial term of this full time consultancy will be one year. An option to extend for an additional year is expected upon strong performance. The projected pay range for this position is between $25 and $30 USD/hour.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity and lived experience. We strongly encourage applications from people whose identities are underrepresented in the sectors where DG works. DG does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

How to Apply

Please use this link and follow the instruction to apply online: https://development-gateway.breezy.hr/p/183370cf0beb-tobacco-control-stakeholder-engagement-research...