Perform2Scale Post-Doctoral Researcher/Project Manager
Collaborative Project between Trinity College Dublin and Maynooth University; and European and African partners

 
Post Title: Perform2Scale Research Fellow
Post Status: Specific Purpose Contract 3-year full time, with possibility of renewal.
Location:  Centre for Global Health, Trinity College Dublin (with regular meetings in Maynooth University)
Report to: Dr. Frédérique Vallières (TCD) and Prof. Malcolm MacLachlan (Maynooth)
Salary Range: €35,488 - €41,181 per annum (depending on experience)
Closing date: 5.00 PM on Friday, 21st June, 2017 by sending an e-mail with the subject line “P2S PostDoc” to FARRELHE@tcd.ie
Interviews: during the week of 26th June
Starting Date: ASAP
 
Trinity College Dublin and Maynooth University are pleased to announce a unique opportunity for an early career researcher (Post-Doctoral level) wishing to work with a world-class team on a highly innovative, European Commission (EC)-funded research programme: Perform2Scale (EUR 7.5million). This 3-year, full-time, PostDoctoral fellowship will be based in Dublin, with the fellow working closely with all members of the the Irish Team.
 
Perform2Scale is an action-research programme, funded through Horizon2020 (Project No. 733360), involving seven international research partners as well as District Health Management Teams in Malawi, Uganda and Ghana. The aim of the overall programme is to scale-up a participatory management strengthening intervention. In specific, the fellow will be responsible for managing the capacity building component of the programme, across all seven participating partners, and liaising with the Irish Team and the Perform2Scale Coordinator in the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM).
 
The position will involve frequent travel, particularly to Malawi, but also to the other African (Ghana and Uganda) and European partner countries (UK, the Netherlands, Switzerland), as well as attending regular team meetings in Maynooth University. The successful applicant will also develop a strong international research network and publishing profile, as well as contribute to advancing a critical area of global health.
 
Applicants are expected to have a PhD in Global Health or a related behavioural science discipline; with experience in action research and/or participatory methods, health management capacity development and/or human resources for health. Supporting the consortium to develop their capacity for political economy analysis (including gender analysis) and other related skills is an important part of the project. Candidates must have excellent communication and writing skills, a proven research publication record, and demonstrate the ability to communicate research findings across various stakeholder groups. Experience with conducting multi-country studies, facilitating and coordinating workshops, and having previously lived and/or worked in low-resource contexts is preferred.
 
The successful candidate will be responsible for the overall co-ordination of the Irish component of the Research Project; reporting to Dr. Frédérique Vallières (Trinity College Dublin) and Prof. Malcolm MacLachlan (Maynooth University)
 
Responsibilities include the following:
 

  • Liaising with government and health officials in Malawi.
  • Liaising with the research team in Malawi (REACH Trust).
  • Liaising with other members of the Perform2Scale consortium and maintaining frequent communitation with the Coordinator (LSTM).
  • Responsibility for supporting research and capacity development within the consortium to assess, improve and facilitate the scale-up of the intervention.
  • Responsibility for carrying out regular capacity needs assessments throughout the Consortium.
  • Day-to-day management of research and capacity building interventions related to the project.
  • Responsibility for data collection, management and analysis.
  • Responsibility for seeking ethical approval for research and other related activities on the programme.
  • Financial management of the project funds, including production of regular reports.
  • Assisting in the production of progress reports to Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.
  • Drafting of publications and other products from the project.
  • Attending and presenting at international conferences and consortium meetings.
  • Supporting the supervision of PhD and M.Sc. students and other research staff.
  • Occasional teaching to Masters level students. 

 
In addition, it is desirable that the Research Fellow should have the following skills/experience:
 

  • Experience of working in large multi-country research teams.
  • Experience conducting operations and/or implementation research.
  • Qualitative and quantitative data analysis experience.
  • Experience of working in low-income contexts.
  • Expertise in behavioural and/or management science.
  • English proficiency in speaking and writing to a very high level. 

  
Further information on the Perform2Scale project is available at: www.perform2scale.org
 
Further information on the Centre for Global Health, Trinity College Dublin, is available at: www.global-health.tcd.ie
 
Further information on the Department of Psychology, Maynooth University is available at:  www.maynoothuniversity.ie/psychology
 
Enquiries may be addressed to Dr. Frédérique Vallières (FVALLIER@tcd.ie) and/or Prof. Malcolm MacLachlan (mac.maclachlan@nuim.ie).