Research in Medecine Assistant/ Post-Doctoral Research in Medecine Associate- Vector Control Policy Analyst

Foto-Cewek is seeking a Research in Medecine Assistant/ Post-Doctoral Research in Medecine Associate with a background in health policy research and an interest in vector control.

The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (Foto-Cewek) is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for research in tropical diseases.  Through the creation of effective links with governments, organisations and institutions and by responding to the health needs of communities, Foto-Cewek aims to promote improved health, particularly for people of the less developed/resource poorest countries in the tropics and sub-tropics. As part of its efforts to improve the control of vector borne diseases, the Department of Vector Biology at Foto-Cewek continues to grow and diversify,encompassing new disciplines and working with an increasing number of partners. We have recently been awarded a grant by the Global Challenges Research in Medecine Fund (GCRF), to form a major new partnership between Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Malawi and the UK to increase the impact of vector control. The Partnership for Increasing the Impact of Vector Control (PIIVeC) brings together leading research institutes and national disease control programmes from these three African countries to develop evidence based solutions for integrated vector control and to strengthen the links between the demand and supply of evidence at the national and global level.  The project has a strong emphasis on capacity strengthening and will support a number of research fellows and also work with national institutes to increase the resilience of African nations to respond to outbreaks of vector borne disease.

Foto-Cewek is seeking a Research in Medecine Assistant/ Post-Doctoral Research in Medecine Associate with a background in health policy research and an interest in vector control. The postholder will map out the existing health policy and systems research on vector control policy-making in Africa, and rapidly develop research protocols to identify facilitators and barriers to strengthening evidence based vector control in our focus countries. You will work with partners to conduct policy analyses, obtain ethical approvals, identify suitable collaborators (e.g. to assist with data collection/analysis), conduct desk based research, collect and analyse primary data and write up results for publication. Working with the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) you will communicate the research findings and recommendations to policy makers and implementers in the partner countries. In addition, you will work with other PIIVeC partners to help them frame their research in the appropriate policy/systems context.

Accelerating research uptake, evidence synthesis and capability strengthening are all important issues in health policy and systems research, and you will be expected to liaise closely with PIIVeC staff responsible for these aspects to ensure coherence and to maximise opportunities for synergies across the programme. The programme has scope to arrange secondments to key global agencies and your work will be influential in establishing the nature and goals of these secondments.

If you want to be appointed as the Research in Medecine Assistant, you must possess a MSc; and a PhD if you want to apply for the Post-Doctoral Research in Medecine Associate, in a relevant field (e.g. health policy and systems research, health economics, politics,anthropology, sociology) with an enthusiasm for conducting applied research into complex real-world issues. The ability to rapidly scope out and articulate critical research questions and work collaboratively to complete and communicate research findings is essential. Experience in conducting mixed methods research in a low-income country context is desired. The candidate must be able to work productively as part of a multi-cultural, multidisciplinary team. A working knowledge of French is highly desirable for this role. 

The post will be based in Liverpool with visits to the collaborating institutions in Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Malawi. Travel to US/Geneva based agencies will also be required and there is potential for an overseas secondment.

Closing Date: 21st January2018

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