Project Coordinator-Health Systems Strengthening

Memphis, TN

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Project Coordinator-Health Systems Strengthening

The Department of Global Pediatric Medicine (GPM)/St. Jude Global (SJG) at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (SJCRH) is a growing department looking for professionals who are eager to help implement the mission of taking St. Jude to the world by training the clinical workforce, developing and strengthening health systems and patient-centered initiatives, and advancing knowledge to sustain continuous improvement through research.

GPM/SJG is seeking a Health Systems Strengthening Project Coordinator to support implementation and project management of global health systems assessment and strengthening initiatives to improve outcomes for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases, as related to St. Jude’s work as World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Childhood Cancer. Among other activities, St. Jude initiated a collaboration with WHO in 2018 for a new global effort to cure at least 60% of children with six of the most common kinds of cancer worldwide by 2030. Since then, St. Jude has supported the WHO Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer to engage government, policy, clinical, academic, civil society leaders and collaborators across all six WHO regions to increase access to quality care for children with cancer. To support this vital work, this key team member will coordinate activities and tools to organize, synthesize and present country-level data from St. Jude Health Systems tools, regional and transversal programs as well as publicly accessible data sources. This team member will work closely with team members supporting our work as WHO Collaborating Centre for Childhood Cancer and others in the Health Systems Unit, GPM/SJG and diverse global collaborators. The ideal candidate would be an organized, clear communicator with a demonstrated interest in health systems strengthening, and project management experience in multi-site health-related programs.

The Health Systems Strengthening Project Coordinator is responsible for:

  • Implementing multi-site health policy and systems research projects with collaborators, including national health systems assessments and summary tools, and collaborative capacity building resources for health systems strengthening
  • Assisting with analyses of health systems and policies (particularly those pertinent to health systems strengthening and national cancer control planning), and facilitating strategic communication and implementation needs across operational levels
  • Developing and implementing standardized tools, frameworks, and metrics to ensure execution of project deliverables
  • Utilizing project management tools to effectively coordinate priority work activities, provide regular progress reporting, and achieve project deliverables
  • Facilitating communication and implementation of initiatives with global collaborators including multi-national agencies such as WHO, governmental stakeholders, and other engaged leaders
  • Coordinating and facilitating workshops and progress meetings (national, regional, global; virtual or in-person), including working with logistics and program teams to ensure all aspects of meeting organization and reports are addressed
  • Developing and designing compelling reports, research/policy briefs and messaging specifically tailored for health systems strengthening needs in partnership with diverse collaborators
  • Maintaining strong working relationships and working with partners both at St. Jude and key global collaborator sites to ensure timely accomplishment of deliverables
  • Facilitating written and spoken discussions in live meetings, presentations, and email/written communications

Skills and Abilities:

  • Technical skills in global health systems and policy (including researching/monitoring)
  • Excellent organization skills and attention to details
  • Strong communication and analytic skills
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills, and ability to analyze and synthesize new information quickly
  • Familiarity with general medical/health services and health systems terminology
  • Language skills in one of the other 5 WHO official languages in addition to English an asset (French, Chinese, Spanish, Russian, Arabic)
  • Familiarity with quality improvement and implementation science methodologies a plus
  • Familiarity with project management frameworks preferred
  • Experience with data visualization (e.g., using PowerBI) an asset
  • Flexibility in schedule to accommodate meetings across different time zones
  • Flexibility to travel (estimated 20%) for on-site facilitation, as needed and as feasible
  • Cultural sensitivity is a must

All candidates must submit a cover letter to be considered for the position.

  • Bachelor's degree in related field is required, preferably in public health, public policy, or epidemiology
  • Master's degree in public health, public policy, epidemiology, or related field preferred
  • Three (3) years of experience and expertise in complex project management, preferably in health-related and resource-limited (low- and middle-income country) settings
  • Experience with Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Outlook Calendar tools, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required
  • Must have experience leading multi-sector stakeholders in implementation efforts
  • Must have demonstrated ability to plan and coordinate multiple projects/work initiatives
  • Prior experience working in health systems strengthening preferred
  • Fluency in a second language preferred
  • Experience in an international setting and with project management methodologies preferred

COVID-19 vaccine:

As of September 10, 2021, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has mandated the COVID-19 vaccine for all employees, excluding those with an approved medical or religious accommodation, as a condition of employment.

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