Technical Program Manager (Consultant)

Location: Remote based in Europe, United Kingdom 
Reports to: Chief Data & Technology Officer 
Hours per week (average): 40, Full-time Consultant 
Term: 23 months

Who we are: is building a better future with data, and is looking for creative, results-driven professionals passionate about the potential of data and technology to achieve social impact to join our team.

Launched in January 2020 and building on an initial five-year, $50M commitment from The Rockefeller Foundation and the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, envisions a world that uses the power of data science to help solve society’s greatest challenges and improve lives across the globe. As a platform for partnerships, works alongside social impact organizations, philanthropy, technology firms, and academia to build the field of data science for social impact.

About this role:

We are hiring an independent consultant who will be responsible for driving the adoption of Digital Public Goods (DPG) in countries around the world in the pandemic and epidemic intelligence (PEI) domain of public health, in close collaboration with the WHO pandemic and epidemic intelligence hub and’s Epiverse Program partners and report directly to Chief Data and Technology Officer.

The ideal independent consultant will combine in-depth technical understanding and expertise in DPG infrastructure and architecture with applied experience as a project or implementation manager in relevant sectors (public health, international development, medical research). Furthermore, the independent consultant must be able to influence without ownership, which they will do by demonstrating technical and strategic competence, being personally accessible, being a good listener, and having great business acumen as appropriate to the audience and issues at stake. This is a full-time independent consultant for role with a term of 23 months based in Europe or United Kingdom. Must be able and willing to travel internationally, including frequent travel to Berlin, Germany.

What you’ll do

  • Serve as the primary liaison between WHO Berlin Hub and to oversee the establishment of the collaboratory – a digital space for the PEI community to build connections, share expertise, and resources, and work together towards improved outcomes/response to public health risks – and drive/inform different phases of the program; working closely with the WHO Open Source Program Office Lead at WHO to coordinate different streams of work
  • Establish partnerships with external organizations who develop and maintain Digital Public Goods (DPG) for public health, helping to create an extended Community of Practice of DPG developers and a broader network of funders, tech vendors, academic teams, social impact organizations, NGOs, and public sector bodies
  • Provide technical consultancy to inform the architectural, user experience design, and workflow of the collaboratory and the external platforms, systems, tools, and datasets it intends to support, ensuring integration, scalability, and interoperability
  • Liaise directly with implementing country partners – such as ministries of health, institutes of health, or universities – that are deploying DPGs on the ground, helping to drive their adoption.
  • Create a user research base of stakeholders who are testing DPGs and collect insights to inform the design and development of the collaboratory
  • Define requirements, ideate, design, iterate, and implement approaches to enhance FAIR principles across the DPGs and facilitate the translation of reusable standards and principles from the global Marketplace to support and influence respective DPGs (e.g., Epiverse) and associated communities.
  • Develop a rubric to determine appropriate partners, collate requirements and standards for creating or choosing public health tools, and establish ways of iteratively co-creating these with partners
  • Contribute to the development of a global strategy for the development and deployment of sustainable epidemic intelligence and outbreak analytics DPGs

Key Qualifications:

  • Post-graduate qualification to at least a Master’s level or equivalent
  • Strong technical expertise and min 10 years relevant experience, including:

    Min 5 years experience in hands-on technical data roles, such as middleware, applications, data management esp. backend (SQL), integration and interoperability, curation of data sets, solutions architecture, solution delivery, software (programming – R, Python)

    Followed by min 5 years of recent experience successfully delivering digital/data projects and programs, including in-country implementation experience (MoH, Bureau of Statistics, Urban Planning and Development, ICT)
  • Familiarity with the creation, maintenance, support, and integration of DPGs and working with open-source communities
  • Facilitative communication and ability to work with and between diverse partnerships across multiple contexts, geographies, and sectors for the implementation of user and system requirements
  • Experience with Human Centered Design (HCD) approaches, such as ethnography, user needs assessment and translation, survey methodologies, ideation, concept evaluations, iterative design process, and requirements and specification development
  • Experience in Agile methodology and Design Thinking, with a demonstrated ability to leverage these to achieve consensus amongst various stakeholders for the implementation of digital transformation.
  • Ability to think both analytically and creatively to set up open source, public health systems and generate external interest and partnerships.
  • Strategic business analysis acumen

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience successfully working as part of a collaborative and diverse team; strong interpersonal, problem-solving and mentoring skills.
  • An effective written and oral communicator able to bridge different thematic domains (health, data science, government policy) and their overlaps.
  • Excellent influencing and networking skills paired with stakeholder management experience in a matrixed global environment.
  • Demonstrated success in advocacy for and implementation of enterprise-wide projects.
  • A demonstrated commitment to IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access) values  
  • A strong drive to meet and exceed goals, even under adverse circumstances, and is willing to take ownership of problems and make decisions to move forward.
  • Strong project management and technical leadership skills with an enthusiasm for working in an interdisciplinary team environment across time zones. values facilitating an equitable standard of living across the regions in which it operates. This is a full-time remote independent consultant role with a term of 23 months based in Europe or the United Kingdom. The proposed salary for this role is $100,000-110,000. Must be able and willing to travel internationally, including frequent travel to Berlin, Germany.

Hiring Statement, the Data Science for Social Impact Collaborative is a project of New Venture Fund (NVF), a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. NVF is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. NVF’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume (referencing Technical Program Manager in the subject field) to