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Tobacco Control Research Coordinator (Consultant)
Development Gateway in Tobacco, Virginia
Date Posted 07/12/2021
Salary $35 - $50  USD Per Hour
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Development Gateway Job Description: Tobacco
Control Research Coordinator (Consultant)
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. 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 consultancy will be working within a three-year DG program funded by the Bill and
Melinda Gates Foundation, the Tobacco Control Data Initiative (TCDI), which will be
implemented in up to eight African countries. The purpose of the program is to understand the
respective countries’ tobacco data needs, identify existing data and research, confirm gaps in
available tobacco data and research, collect new data to fill those gaps, and develop an online
resource to enable policy makers to use essential data to inform policy. The first TCDI country
portal can be viewed at southafrica.tobaccocontroldata.org.

The Elevator Pitch
The TCDI Tobacco Control Research Coordinator is responsible for leading work to identify and
address tobacco control data gaps at the national level for each of the identified TCDI countries.
The Coordinator is responsible for contracting and managing local data collection firms
responsible for collecting priority tobacco data. The Research Coordinator will also manage the
workload of a team of data analysts who are identifying and reviewing research related to
stakeholders’ tobacco control research needs.

The Work You Get To Do
Management of the Data Team Workload (50%)
• Manage workstream and coordinate priorities of the TCDI data team by monitoring the

status of multiple research initiatives and leading weekly meetings

  • Monitor work quality of up to 5 - 7 data analysts who are consolidating research on tobacco
  • Review and provide feedback on secondary research material and website mock-ups

Research and Survey Design (20%)


  • Design and provide oversight for data collection methodologies in identified target
countries, in collaboration with key partners
  • Develop and implement data collection guidelines that take into account cultural contexts,
logistical limitations, and best practices among data collection methodologies of sensitive
health information
  • Write survey questions and validate them with local partners

Data Collection Management and Implementation (20%)
• Manage relationships with local research partners and oversee quality of deliverables

  • Ensure that research is carried out on time, on budget, and according to stipulated
  • Travel as necessary to priority countries to supervise data collection activities and
participate in relevant tobacco control stakeholders meetings

Documentation and Training (10%)
• Document research findings, partner discussions, and other relevant documentation

  • Conduct training as needed related to best practices for data collection
Your Education and Experience
  • 5+ years of direct technical and management experience with a Master’s degree or PhD
  • Significant experience required in managing research projects, primary and secondary data
collection, data analysis, quality assurance processes, and survey design.
  • Work experience required outside the U.S. and Europe, with a strong preference for
experience working in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Experience working in the health sector required, with a preference toward experience
with tobacco control research.
  • Must have experience identifying, contracting, and managing globally-situated data
collection firms and ensuring high-quality outputs are successfully delivered.
  • Familiarity with statistics (e.g. power calculations to determine sample size) and statistics
software (e.g. STATA, R, SPSS, etc.)
  • Experience engaging with ministries of health, civil society organizations, the private
sector and/or other high-level stakeholders
  • Fluency in written and spoken English required. Additional languages, particularly
French, are a plus
Gourmet chefs welcome, but more importantly:
  • You are comfortable working independently and with remote teams. You are a self-starter

who can manage a shifting workload and achieve project milestones with limited oversight
or direction

  • You are committed to continuous improvement and are open to learning new skills and
technical platforms


  • You can communicate easily with both technical and non-technical staff and maintain good
communication with our geographically dispersed team
  • You can work effectively both autonomously and as a great teammate, influencing others'
attitudes and behaviors through example

Additional Role Details
The initial term of this consultancy will be 18 months, with a projected annual time commitment
of approximately 70% of full time. An option to extend beyond this term is a possibility based
upon performance and organizational needs. This position does not include benefits, but offers
competitive pay based on location. The projected pay range is between $35-$50/hour USD,
commensurate with experience and location.

This consultancy is entirely remote, and a stable internet connection is required. Your work
schedule is flexible, although the role expectation is that your work hours overlap with 8 AM -
12 PM Washington, DC time Monday through Friday for remote meetings. There is also some
expectation for international travel - with a maximum of 30% travel in sub-Saharan Africa.
Current health and pandemic conditions and risks are evaluated carefully before any travel is
approved by DG.

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter to jobs@developmentgateway.org. Please include
“Application for Tobacco Research Coordinator (Consultant)” in the subject line.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not
discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age,
marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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