Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

Project Officer: Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study

IHME has an exciting opportunity to join the team as a Project Officer on the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors (GBD) Study. The GBD is a systematic, scientific effort to quantify the comparative magnitude of health loss due to diseases, injuries, and risk factors by age, sex, and geography over time, and is the largest and most comprehensive effort to date to measure epidemiological levels and trends worldwide. This team measures risk factors and related indicators including tobacco, alcohol, and education. Outputs include estimates of exposure, attributable burden, and evidence of the relationship of exposure to the risk factors to associated health outcomes. The primary purpose of the position is to facilitate the implementation of multidisciplinary research on projects related to the GBD enterprise, requiring timely coordination, management, and communication among different internal and external audiences.

The Project Officer will manage enterprise workflow, from data, to analytic engines, to results critique, to improvement. To create the needed indicators, the position manages collation of all available relevant quantitative data, both from external sources and other teams within IHME. The Project Officer will help facilitate the modeling of risks factors, and help to manage various analytic engines that are used to apply innovative analytic methods. Finally, they will ensure the results are vetted and eventually disseminated appropriately through a variety of mechanisms such as web presence, interactive tools and data visualizations, conference presentations, scientific publications, and materials for non-scientific audiences.

To succeed, the Project Officer must develop a working understanding of the GBD team’s intellectual and analytic approach, as well as the inner workings, timelines, and goals. They must also become conversant in the quantitative methods and modeling approaches used by the research team, including (but not limited to) those related to statistics and epidemiology. In addition to becoming articulate about methods and results, the Project Officer must be adept at facilitating communication among technical and project staff with varying degrees of experience and from a variety of cultural settings and disciplines. Finally, the Project Officer must fully understand the project goals and be able to translate those goals into action by managing resources (including people) to achieve important deadlines for the delivery of complex products and tasks. Overall, the Project Officer will be a critical member of an agile, dynamic team. This position is contingent on project funding availability.


  • Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, sciences, or related field plus three years’ related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Additional Requirements:

  • Must exhibit strong desire and ability to learn new intellectual content across different disciplines in a timely fashion.
  • Demonstrated experience managing a team of at least five people required; supervisory experience a plus.
  • Incumbent must be able to work independently, be flexible, and juggle competing priorities.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and relationship management skills are critical.
  • Strong project management skills, including demonstrated ability to take multiple priorities and translate them into project completion through expert planning. Experience using MS Office suite required.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; a cooperative team player, energetic, and able to develop productive relationships with colleagues and external collaborators.
  • Interest in global health research.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.