Call for Research Officer/Research Assistant (Project management) (full time)

 

Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru (IPH) is a premier institute for education and research in health systems in India. The institute’s research work in course of its eleven year long history has focused on identifying equity-oriented and health systems based research questions. More details on IPH is available at IPH website (www.iphindia.org).

The Health equity & Evaluation cluster (HeqEval) at IPH focuses on research and action on improving the determinants and drivers of ill-health in particular areas, demographic or population groups. Our work is currently focused on building a research and education program on health equity through a research field station located in Chamarajanagar district, Karnataka.  

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for a motivated candidate (preferred age 25-40 years) with an interest in a career in public health for the role of a Research Officer (RO) at IPH. The RO shall work closely with the Principal Investigator in managing a research project. This position provides an opportunity to plan, design and implement a project management system for a multi-site 4-year research project across three states. S/he shall work as a member of a 4-5 member team with the need for frequent travel to the field (Chamarajanagar and Mysore districts).

The candidate will work with experienced researchers and faculty at IPH Bangalore and other partner organisations. The candidate shall benefit from extensive institutional experience in mentoring young researchers and professionals into public health career. The cluster seeks to provide a conducive environment to hone young professional skills into a career in research and/or project management.

Essential

Candidate needs to be motivated and interested in building a public research oriented career (irrespective of the educational background).Applicants must have received a Masters degree in public health/related discipline (including but not limited to other para-medical disciplines such as dentistry/nursing/pharma, social work, anthropology, psychology, community medicine, global health or international health). Candidate should be comfortable with the use of all basic computer softwares (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), should be comfortable with email correspondence and able to demonstrate good people and managerial skills.

Fluency in speaking English and Kannada. Good written communication in English is essential.

 

Desirable

Few years of project management experience in a research project or in program management in a rural/tribal/community health setting.

Location

This position is based out of the IPH Bengaluru office (see location here). The candidate will be expected to travel to the IPH field station office at Chamarajanagar district at least twice a month. In addition, periods of short-term stay in Chamarajanagar during intensive data collection is foreseen. Accommodation and travel-related costs will be covered by the project as per institutional policies.

4. Salary

This is a Research Officer level position at IPH and pay will be commensurate with the candidate’s skills and experience. The contract will be for one year (with a probation period of 3 months) and the position is extendable after review at the end of one year and contingent on availability of funding.

5. Expected responsibilities

Research project management

  • Coordination of activities of the research project as per the work-plan including recruitment, procurement and project management
  • Communication: Ensure communication between the office and field teams in a timely and efficient manner
  • Monitoring of key project deliverables and milestones
  • Draft documents and correspondence related to project activities
  • Lead organising project-related activities and lead organization of workshops, meetings or any events.
  • Liaison with external project partners and with finance and admin personnel of IPH
  • Documentation, dissemination and reporting of the project activities

 

 

 

Last date for receiving applications shall be  Saturday, 30th September 2017

All applications shall be reviewed and only those who are short-listed shall be contacted over phone and/or email for an interview over Skype/in-person in the first week of October 2017. The post is expected to be filled before November 2017

 

Pre-doctoral fellowship on tribal health

Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru (IPH) is a premier institute for education and research on health systems in India. IPH’s research work in course of its eleven year long history has focused on identifying equity-oriented and health systems based research questions. More details on IPH is available at IPH website (www.iphindia.org).

The Health equity & Evaluation cluster (HeqEval) at IPH focuses on research and action on improving the determinants and drivers of ill-health in particular areas, demographic or population groups. Our work is currently focused on building a research and education program on health equity through a research field station located in Chamarajanagar district, Karnataka.  

The overall objective of the pre-doctoral fellowship shall be to learn more about health inequities in India with resepct to tribal health, and to use analytic and research skills to support the assessment and development of  relevant health system reforms to address some of these inequities in relation to indigenous communities in India.

What is the THETA pre-doctoral fellowship?

The THETA pre-doctoral fellowship programme is a valuable opportunity for early career professionals with a Masters in public health (or related fields)/doctors/dentists who wish to pursue a career in public health research.

The THETA project is one of the long-term research initiatives on tribal health by IPH. It stands for Towards Health Equity and Transformative Action on tribal health.

What does the fellowship provide?

The fellowship provides a fixed stipend of INR 32,000/pm for a period of one year. Travel and related costs for any fieldwork taken up shall be reimbursed according to institutional policies. The candidate will work with experienced researchers and faculty at IPH Bangalore and other partner organisations. The candidate shall benefit from extensive institutional experience in mentoring young researchers and professionals into public health career. Under the Fellowship, IPH shall provide a conducive environment to hone young professional skills into a career in research.

What is expected of the Pre-doctoral Fellow?

The pre-doctoral Fellow shall work with a team of researchers in the THETA research project. S/he shall be expected to take specific research roles in the project. In addition, the Fellow shall be provided with the resources and time needed to develop and submit a PhD proposal in the area of tribal health, that meets high technical and ethical standards. The choice or research question, methods and scope of the proposed research shall be in close consultation with one or more potential supervisors either at IPH or at partner research and identifying field areas, Fellow shall be encouraged to align these with ongoing tribal health inequity research in the THETA project. The project currently is working in southern Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh.

A full PhD proposal that is ready to submit for a potential PhD fellowship either at IPH or elsewhere shall be an essential deliverable of the fellowship at the end of 12 months.

Can the Pre-doctoral Fellowship continue onto a PhD?

IPH has established a research partnership with Trans-disciplinary University at Bengaluru, as well as doctoral research collaborations with Mastricht University, Netherlands. If the proposal meets with technical and ethical standards of IPH, and is suitable for submission at the aforementioned institutions or elsewhere, IPH academic council may recommend for enrolment into the PhD programme based on the candidate’s wish to apply.

1. Eligibility

To be eligible for this program, applicants must have received their Masters degree in public health and related fields namely social work, anthropology, epidemiology, community medicine, global health or international health will be considered eligible.A high degree of motivation to pursue a research career, demonstrated either through a strong statement of purpose and/or relevant reserch experience in an earlier research project is essential. Those who are switching to research track from program management tracks are welcome, but will need to provide a strong rationale for switching to research tracks.

2. Period of Performance

The fellowship position is a full-time opportunity for a 12-month period starting early to middle of October 2017. Part-time fellowship shall not be an option.

3. Location and fieldwork

The fellowship position will be located at the IPH Bangalore but extensive fieldwork is foreseen in tribal regions either in southern Karnataka or other field areas chosen by the Fellow.

4. Support Available

A  stipend, modest amount for travel and research, library and other support facilities will be provided.

 

 

Last date for receiving applications shall be  Saturday, 30th September 2017

All applications shall be reviewed and only those who are short-listed shall be contacted over phone and/or email for an interview over Skype/in-person in the first week of October 2017. The post is expected to be filled before November 2017

We are always keen to meet energetic and talented professionals who would like to join our team.If you wish to be considered for any future positions, please send your CV and covering letter to :

PEN AND PAPER

Institute of Public Health
#250, 2nd C Main, 2nd C Cross,
Girinagar Ist  Phase,
Bengaluru – 560085.

 

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