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Research Associate in Global Health Middle and Near East

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The post-holder will take an active role in development, delivery, monitoring and reporting of the cancer palliative components of the ESRC-funded global health programme, specifically the Research for Health in Conflict (“RH4C-MENA” programme, PI: Professor Richard Sullivan). The post will be within the Centre for Global Health at the Cicely Saunders Institute, directed by Professor Richard Harding.

R4HC-MENA aims to develop capability, partnerships and research in the Middle and Near East, focusing on health development in the context of conflict. This post will deliver on the cancer palliative care component of the programme, focusing on cancer palliative care for adults and children in the context of health in conflict. The project is a collaboration across KCL, University of Cambridge, and partners in Lebanon, Turkey, Palestine, Jordan. The post holder would be part of a multidisciplinary consortium in cancer policy, palliative care, mental health, global health, war studies, political economy.

This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract to 31st March 2022

This is a full-time  post – 100% full time equivalent

  • To take a leading role in the design, delivery and reporting of cancer palliative care research, teaching, partnership and capacity building in the Middle and Near East undertaken by the R4HC-MENA programme at the Cicely Saunders Institute
  • To liaise with colleagues within KCL and partners in Jordan, Turkey and Palestine to ensure strong and productive partnership
  • To make an active contribution to the education programme of the College, contributing to development of a new intercalated BSc Global Health, the existing MSc in Palliative Care, and sourcing new opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.
  • To disseminate global health programme outputs locally, nationally and internationally
  • To keep to agreed deadlines in all aspects of the CSI Centre for Global Health Palliative Care programme of work
  • To plan and undertake aspects of global projects including study design, piloting, data analysis, reporting and ethical committee approval as appropriate.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

Essential criteria

1.     PhD awarded in a subject relevant to the work of the Cicely Saunders Institute or PhD in a subject relevant to the work of the Cicely Saunders Institute near completion.

2.     Demonstrated potential for future development and achievement, including leading on successful grant applications

3.     Understanding of and insight into the issues and challenges in palliative care research, and ideas/knowledge regarding solutions to these challenges, particularly in relation to global issues facing palliative care

4.     Critical appraisal and literature reviewing

5.     Knowledge regarding project management and facilitation

6.     Knowledge of educational methods and competency-based frameworks, including face-to-face teaching,  and remote and virtual methods

7.     Excellent research-related computing skills – competent in word processing, familiar with reference management databases, and packages to support qualitative data analysis (e.g. NVivo) and quantitative analysis (e.g., SPSS)

8.     Understanding of management and analysis of datasets, both or either qualitative and quantitative

9.     Experience of Research experience – conducting research studies either independently or as part of a team at all stages from protocol development to funding application to dissemination, ideally including qualitative, quantitative and/or mixed methods

10.  Experience of working with or helping to lead team

11.  Ability to work respectfully and productively with people who have different cultural values from your own

12.  Commitment to high quality research

Desirable criteria

1.     Healthcare professional qualification or a minimum Upper Second Class degree in health or social sciences, or similar

2.     Experience of working in research outside home country

3.     Authorship on peer-reviewed publications

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