Research Associate (Part of NIHR Global Health Research Group on Nepal Injury Research)

Publish Date: 2018-06-22 10:00:00             Last Date: 2018-06-30 15:00:00

JOB POSTING: Research Associate
(Part of NIHR Global Health Research Group on Nepal Injury Research)

Published on 22nd June 2018

Background of Nepal Injury Research Centre:
The aim of the project is to build research collaboration with sustainable capacity and capability for injury research, with a view to informing effective injury prevention across all sectors of Nepali life and work through the Nepal Injury Research Centre (NIRC) that has been established at Kathmandu Medical College. The collaboration will identify and support existing Nepalese injury researchers with their established networks and knowledge, and provide the infrastructure to develop a new generation of injury researchers.

We will use a public health approach to understand and prevent unintentional injuries in Nepal. We will provide the evidence to enable behavioural, environmental, policy and legislative change for injury reduction. We will focus on prevention and first response to injuries. The remit of the NIRC does not include hospital-based care of persons injured.
We will deliver outputs from our project through four workstreams:
  1. Stakeholder engagement – to understand the priorities of stakeholders at all levels of Nepalese society
  2. Establishing injury surveillance – to understand the burden of injuries and identify risk factors for injury
  3. Development and testing of interventions to prevent injuries
  4. Capacity development of injury researchers and planning the sustainability of the NIRC beyond the initial 3 years of funding.

Nepal Injury Research Centre (NIRC), Kathmandu Medical College would like to recruit two Research Associates who will support the research planning, coordination of data collection, data collection, data management and data analysis for the research activities under the Nepal Injury Research Centre (NIRC).

About the job posting:

Nepal Injury Research Centre (NIRC) falls within the partnership betweenKathmandu Medical College (KMC) and University of West of England, Bristol (UWE). The study is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), UK. The Research Associate (RA) will work in coordination with other Research Associates from NIRC, Nepal and UK under the supervision of NIRC Directors. The successful candidates will be sponsored to complete a one year, full time Masters in Public Health course at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK.

Roles and responsibilities:
  1. Assist in research planning, coordination of data collection, data collection, data management and data analysis for the research activities
  2. Assist in conducting different meetings with the stakeholders, including interviews, questionnaires and focus groups where specified in study protocols
  3. Assist in conducting different interventions to the study participants as per study protocols
  4. Assist the capacity building activities for different level of personnel at NIRC
  5. Assist in developing health education materials for prevention of injuries
  6. Assist the research team in all activities related to the NIRC such as organizing meetings, recordings actions and outputs from meetings, coordinating with key departments etc.
  7. Assist the research team in the identification of policy documents for a document analysis;
  8. Draft summaries in English of  documents only available in Nepali
  9. Translate  documents from Nepali into English when no translation is available, and translate study documents from English into Nepali where necessary;
  10. Assist senior members in conducting in-depth interviews with policy-makers and key informants (for example, contacting key informants and scheduling interviews, etc.);
  11. Assist in note-taking of in-depth interviews or facilitating audio-recording of interviews were feasible. ;
  12. Transcribe in-depth interviews.
  13. Assist in other NIRC related activities

Skills & qualifications required:
  • Interested in the research topic (injury prevention and first response)
  • Good in both written and spoken Nepali and English. Candidates need to be able to demonstrate an International English Language Test (IELTS) overall score of 6.5 minimum, with 5.5 or more in each component. Candidates who do not currently have an IELTS certificate may be appointed subject to satisfactory attainment of the required IELTS score.
  • Bachelor’s degree in health sciences
  • Reliable/efficient
  • Good interpersonal communication and social skills
  • Good basic computer skills
  • Ability to receive instructions and take initiatives where appropriate
  • Able to organise workload to meet the needs of the NIRC programme, and to prioritise work, with support, where required
  • Able to write up reports of own research and to contribute to outputs, publications and presentations from the NIRC
  • Actively participates as a member of the Nepal Injury Research Centre team.

Duty station:
Nepal Injury Research Centre, Kathmandu Medical College (KMC), Bhaktapur, Nepal. Successful candidates will spend up to one year in Bristol UK, while completing a Masters in Public Health degree.

The post starts on 15th July 2018. The project will run until June 2020 under the current funding.

Salary as per NIRC standard. The candidate will receive a Stipend to cover the period of MSc study in the UK. Flights, visa fees and course fees will be paid by NIRC.

Application procedure:
Interested Nepalese candidates are requested to send letter of interest stating how they meet the skills and qualifications for the post, along with their Curriculum Vitae (CV) by email to Prof. Dr. Sunil Kumar Joshi at: ‎ by the deadline of 30th June 2018 (Subject: Application for Research Associate).. Application letters should explain how the candidate meets the skills and qualifications required for the post. Late applications will not be accepted.  Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview.