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

Publish Date: 2018-06-22 10:00:00             Last Date: 2018-07-10 15:00:00

JOB POSTING: Senior 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 between Kathmandu 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 Senior Research Associate (SRA) will work in coordination with the research team from NIRC, Nepal and UK under the supervision of NIRC Directors.

Roles and responsibilities:
  1. Develops and delivers research projects with support; including research planning, coordination of data collection, data collection, data management and data analysis for the research activities
  2. Conducts different meetings with the stakeholders, including interviews, questionnaires and focus groups where specified in study protocols
  3. Conducts different interventions to the study participants as per study protocols
  4. Helps to manage the capacity building activities for different level of personnel at NIRC
  5. Develops health education materials for prevention of injuries
  6. Supports 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. Identifies policy documents for a document analysis;
  8. Prepares 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. Conducts in-depth interviews with policy-makers and key informants (for example, contacting key informants and scheduling interviews, etc.);
  11. Analyses in-depth interviews and interprets outputs;
  12. Conducts statistical analyses, with support where required.
  13. Assists in other NIRC related activities
Skills & qualifications required:
  • Interested in the research topic (injury prevention and first response)
  • Excellent in both written and spoken Nepali and English.
  • Masters level degree in an appropriate subject.
  • Reliable/efficient
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and social skills
  • Good basic computer skills
  • Ability to run research studies 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.

The post will be available for 23 months from August 2018 until the end of June 2020 under the current funding.

Salary of the candidate will be as NIRC rules. Government rules apply.

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 10th July 2018. 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.