The Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (the Alliance) is a hosted partnership within the Science Division, that aims to promote the generation and use of health policy and systems research to improve the performance of health systems as a means of achieving organizational goals of UHC and SDGs. The objectives of the Alliance are to :
- Stimulate the generation and synthesis of policy-relevant health systems knowledge, encompassing evidence, tools and methods;
- Promote the dissemination and use of health policy and systems knowledge to improve the performance of health systems; and
- Facilitate the strengthening of capacity for the generation, dissemination and use of HPSR knowledge among researchers, policymakers and other stakeholders. As part of its core priority to strengthen capacities for health policy and systems research, the alliance offers the opportunity to early-career researchers, communicators, decision-makers, and other health policy and systems actors through its Young Professionals programme to increase their exposure to, and develop competencies for health policy and systems research.
The Young Professionals programme aims to:
- Provide real-world experience in health policy and systems research for early-career professionals;
- Expose early-career researchers, communicators, decision-makers and other health policy and systems actors to the UN system through work in the WHO; and
- Strengthen capacities in the field of health policy and systems research.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
Each Young Professional will work with a Technical Officer in one of the Alliance’s key thematic areas, as well as develop her or his own research/communications/policy project. The incumbent will have a supervisor who will be able to provide support and guidance as the incumbent contributes to these projects. Following a brief orientation, the incumbent and supervisor will agree to work on a programme of work which may include some of the following activities:
- Undertake research and data collection to support specific projects;
- Support the delivery of research and other projects;
- Assist in, and where appropriate, take the lead in drafting, formatting and editing a range of publications and reports;
- Assist in, and where appropriate, take the lead in organizing dissemination and communications activities – including events, webinars, data visualizations, digital and online content – relevant to the projects with which the Young Professional is involved.
Essential: A university degree in a field relevant to public health and/or health policy.
Desirable: Postgraduate degree in public and/or health communication/ advocacy.
Essential: One year of work experience (including internships) in the field of health policy and systems research, preferably in low- or middle-income countries. Demonstrated leadership experience either during or after school.
Desirable: Publications (peer-reviewed, as well as a newspaper or other popular outputs). Conference presentation(s).
- Skills and ability to: conduct literature reviews and synthesize research findings.
- Prepare clear and concise written communications;
- Set up and maintain database files, perform queries and retrieve data to prepare reports;
- Communicate effectively with diverse groups;
- Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships.
Application deadline is March 16, 2022.