Research Fellow - Women’s Health
The Research Fellow will be passionately committed to improving the world for women and to kick start our Women’s Health program in India. The position requires strong team-based skills working across multiple sites nationally and internationally, while also requiring motivation and an ability to work autonomously with quick turnaround times on deliverables. The appointee will be based in New Delhi but should be willing and able to undertake domestic and international travel, which will be required. The appointment is initially for a period of 12 months, but with the possibility of extension, dependent on future funding for related activities.
The Research Fellow will have a direct reporting line to Program Head- Health Systems and Equity of the George Institute for Global Health, India. S/he will also report indirectly to the Program Head – Primary Health Care and the global Program Manager for the Global Women’s Health Program based out of Sydney, who is responsible for the overall coordination of the program and of overseeing activities in each of the regional offices.
Key Role and Responsibilities
S/he will initiate the Women’s health program in India by:
a) conducting a ‘current state’ analysis of both the external landscape and current George Institute activities related to women’s health; facilitating the recruitment of new team members, a global advisory group and development supporters; and overseeing initial research, advocacy and capacity building activities. S/he will also b) embed gender-based analyses in ongoing and upcoming projects in India, when relevant partnering with Indian and international women’s organisations on themes of mutual interest (eg. work and women’s health, the health of female slum dwellers, community workers role in health promotion, etc.), using a variety of methods (ranging from sex-disaggregated analysis to application of intersectionality and other gender-related theories), producing a myriad outputs including peer reviewed manuscripts, routine and ad hoc reports, as well as blog and media products.
b) To accomplish a), s/he will work conduct the following:
- Document Institute’s women’s health activities conducted in India: past, present and planned
- Identify, engage with and seek input regarding plans for global women’s health program, from key stakeholders: GI staff regionally and globally, as facilitated by the Global Program manage, Universities in India engaged in women’s health activities and Global and regional (Australia, China, India, UK) organisations involved in women’s health: research groups, governments, multilateral agencies, funders
- Create a database of relevant Indian key researchers, institutions, movements, policymakers, and funders
- Make recommendations for and draft a proposal (activities and outputs, timetables, staffing and funding) for the proposed GI global women’s health program in India
- Support the global program manager in creating Terms of Reference for a global advisory group; facilitate the identification and engagement of potential members; organize an initial meeting of the advisory group
- Facilitate the establishment of “supporters and funders” groups
- Communicate regular updates regarding the program to all staff
- Facilitate an internal (GI) call for research seed funding
- Work with the GI communications team to develop related advocacy activities
- Work with the GI Human Resources team to develop related capacity building activities.
- Access, review and collate relevant peer-reviewed literature as well as non-peer- reviewed reports
- Contribute to fundraising activities for the women’s health program
c) To accomplish b), s/he will work closely with the India program head in the conduct of the following:
- Develop and discharge protocols for the review of existing study and project databases relevant to the health of women in the NCD context
- Design tools for, and where relevant, analyse data from ongoing and newly commencing research with a specific focus on women and girls or other vulnerable gender subgroups
- Coordinate and participate in stakeholder meetings and interactions with organisations and institutes working on the health of women, drawing from the database created in a)
- Draft reports and manuscripts emanating from the aforementioned
- Further, s/he will assist with any additional activities relevant to the program, as delegated by India Program Heads
As a Team Member of The George Institute, s/he will:
- Participate in team meetings and activities related to the projects and the Institute as a whole
- Participate in objective setting and performance management
- Participate in special projects to continuously improve processes, tools, systems and organization
- Participate in planning and implementing of personal and career development activities
- Actively develop job-related skills
- The appointee may have an opportunity to do Doctoral or Masters level studies, if s/he is accepted into a programme and is able to secure funds. The institute will actively facilitate that process and encourages it.
Skills, Knowledge and Experience
- Appropriate post-graduate qualification (Masters or Doctoral qualification) in Public Health, Epidemiology or a related subject in medicine or allied-health fields
- Experience in the management of complex multisite projects
- Passion for and demonstrated experience in the field of women’s health
- Background and research expertise in gender equity and women’s empowerment
- Experience working in multidisciplinary teams, managing relationships with external partners and engaging senior stakeholders, including those involved with the women’s movement in India
- Experience in undertaking literature reviews, and writing for publication in peer- reviewed journals would be an advantage, as would experience in developing funding applications (a writing sample will be required)
- Availability and willingness to undertake national and international travel
- Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well independently and in multiple teams
- Ability to see the big picture, yet still focus on detail
- Ability to be flexible and adaptable in the face of changing organisational priorities and ambiguous environments.
- Strong focus on quality of work
The application should include CV with full contact details of three referees, a detailed cover letter addressing the specific roles and responsibilities and experience requirements, as described above and a writing sample on a women’s health-related topic/issue.
Interested candidates should send their applications to firstname.lastname@example.org by 28 February, 2018, clearly stating the job title ‘Research Fellow - Women’s Health in the subject line.