Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

Content Writer

IHME is an independent research center at the University of Washington whose mission is to monitor global health conditions and health systems, as well as to evaluate interventions, initiatives, and reforms. The aim is to provide policymakers, donors, and researchers the evidence base necessary to help solve the world’s most important health problems.

This requires creativity and innovation, which is cultivated by an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment. If you join IHME, you’ll be joining a team of mission-oriented people who are committed to creating a welcoming and diverse workforce that respects and appreciates differences, and embraces collaboration.

IHME has an outstanding opportunity for a Content Writer on its Network Engagement Team.

About the Team

Within IHME, the Network Engagement Team (NET) focuses on maintaining and strategically developing relationships with key stakeholders around the world to strengthen the evidence base for our research and seed uptake of IHME findings by decision-makers and policy influencers. With activities centered on outreach, impact, capacity-building and collaboration, NET is a dynamic team that manages a network of over 4,000 collaborators across 147 countries and territories and counting, in addition to liaising with key external and internal stakeholders.

About the Role

The Content Writer will achieve policy impact by creating audience-centric content. They will work closely with other team members to understand the needs of policy influencers and policymakers, and will generate materials that raise awareness among these target audiences and increases their engagement with IHME’s work. The Content Writer will be a skilled communicator, and able to quickly understand, form conclusions, and articulate key elements of research studies in a manner that is useful to key stakeholders in the policy sphere and beyond. Overall, the Content Writer will be an essential member of a collaborative team in a challenging and exciting work environment, helping shape the strategy for audience-centered content to meet IHME’s objectives.

Responsibilities Include:

Research Command and Audience Engagement

·         Assess and understand the interests, motivations, knowledge, and information needs of target audiences.

·         Assess and understand the landscape, stakeholders, politics, and priorities in the global and public health fields.

·         Develop a working understanding of IHME’s priorities and the needs of stakeholders.

·         Identify and learn interdisciplinary best practices for communication strategy to optimize ways to communicate research concepts, methods, and results to decision makers and policy influencers in order to seed uptake of IHME findings.

·         Cultivate a strong understanding of the key concepts, methods, inputs, results, and implications of IHME’s research portfolio, including emergent projects and key issues in population health.

Content Writing

·         Write and produce custom content such as reports, briefs, web content, infographics, blog posts, and presentations.

·         Communicate key aspects of complex research projects in concise and comprehensible ways for decision makers, policy influencers, and other key stakeholders to help them better understand, communicate, and utilize IHME’s data.

·         Innovate ways to seed uptake of IHME findings by communicating research concepts, methods, and results to decision makers and policy influencers.

·         Contribute to the creation of training activities in collaboration with IHME training professionals.

Project Coordination/Management

Coordinate multiple aspects of content production, including:

·         building project timelines and tracking progress

·         communicating with collaborators and target audiences to understand information needs

·         liaising with IHME staff in various departments such as data analysts, visualization, and graphic design to produce visuals and overseeing fact checking


·         Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy, Public Health, Communications, or relevant field and three + years’ experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Additional Requirements

·         Superior written, oral, and listening skills with the ability to adjust message and tone for a variety of audiences.

·         Ability to take complex scientific research and transform it into compelling stories for a variety of audiences, particularly non-technical audiences.

·         A strong awareness and understanding of power dynamics in population health, and a firm commitment to engaging partners equitably and with cultural humility.

·         Ability to work both independently and collaboratively to achieve objectives, and be flexible to adapt to changing priorities.

·         Past success at project management, including a demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities, creatively solve problems, and reliably meet deadlines with minimal supervision.

·         Strong attention to detail and accuracy.

·         Strong interpersonal skills; a cooperative team player, perceptive, and emotionally intelligent.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


·         Previous experience in communications, policy, advocacy, or global health.

·         Previous experience creating content about science for non-technical audiences.

·         Skilled at guiding the creation of easy-to-understand visuals.

Conditions of Employment:

·         Evening and weekend work sometimes required.

·         This position works with a global network of collaborators and work outside regular business hours may be needed to fulfill job duties.

·         Infrequent international and domestic travel may be required.

·         Valid passport or the ability to obtain one is required.