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The Life Consortium PHD Studentship Opportunity : Research Uptake to Maximize Research Impact
The African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) is a regional non-profit research and policy Institute established in 2010 to help bridge the gaps between research, policy and practice in development efforts in Africa. Our primary purpose is to contribute to sustainable development through using evidence and advocacy to strengthen political commitment and resource allocation for development issues; informing the design and implementation of effective interventions; and strengthening governance and accountability structures for tracking development challenges in Africa. AFIDEP is registered as a Non-Governmental Organisation in both Kenya and Malawi (where it has offices) and as a non-profit institution in the USA with 501(c)3 status. For further details about AFIDEP and its work refer to www.afidep.org. AFIDEP is seeking to recruit a PhD candidate for the LIGHT programme to be based either at their Nairobi or Lilongwe office.
The LIGHT Consortium: (Leaving no-one behInd: transforming Gendered pathways to Health for TB) is a UK Aid-funded programme that seeks to deliver transformative, cross-disciplinary research across a consortium of partners based in Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Uganda and the UK to reduce the number of people affected by tuberculosis (TB) in sub- Saharan Africa. This will enable rapid deployment of new tools for TB control (vaccines, new drugs and shorter drug regimens, diagnostics) that are expected to come online in 2025.
The LIGHT Consortium’s approach is to direct its efforts towards formative research with TB/HIV priority groups in key settings for interventions, development and testing of those interventions, building capacity and skills, and policy engagement. The Consortium is working in densely populated urban settings, with young adults in youth forums, and through men-centered health services, aiming to reduce general transmission among the wider population of women and children.
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The LIGHT PhD Programme
PhD students will be integral to the conduct of LIGHT Consortium’s research and it will host five PhD studentships, one within each of our four African partner countries (Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria and Uganda) and one within the Consortium’s Research Uptake team based at AFIDEP in Nairobi, Kenya or Lilongwe, Malawi.
The Consortium will offer five, full-time, four-year studentships. Available funding will include programme fees at the off-site student rate, contribution to research support costs and stipend.
PhD Project: Research Uptake to maximise research impact (AFIDEP)
A key priority of the LIGHT Programme is to maximise the impact of its research in 6 policy spaces: global and African regional policy, in the UK and in each of its partner countries (Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya and Malawi) by enabling and supporting the policy environment and health systems to improve access to quality, equitable and sustainable health services and medical products. The PhD policy candidate will specifically deliver and test a theory of change for research uptake, measuring baseline versus intermediate outcomes at both supply and demand sides. The successful applicant will help develop and test the evidence uptake model to be implemented by the core LIGHT Research Uptake team. This model will comprise capacity building, stakeholder engagement, knowledge generation and translation, and strategic communication. The PhD candidate will use operational research techniques to carry out a mixed-methods longitudinal intervention case study, or use other appropriate methodology, where the intervention will be the research uptake model.
|COMPETENCY CRITERIA||WHERE MEASURED|
|MSc or MA in a relevant discipline (e.g. social sciences, public policy, political science, communications, knowledge translation) from a reputable university||Application/Interview|
|Able to be based in Nairobi, Kenya or Lilongwe, Malawi during the course of the PhD fellowship||Application/Interview|
|Able to travel to partner research countries (UK, Nigeria, Uganda)||Application/Interview|
|A proven competence as an independent social researcher||Application/Interview|
|Excellent presentation skills (scientific writing and speaking)||Application/Interview|
|Experience in training or supporting junior staff||Application/Interview|
|Proven strong background in public health sciences and tuberculosis||Application/Interview|
|At least one first-author publication in a peer-reviewed journal||Application/Interview|
|Experience of working with research institutes in Africa||Application/Interview|
|Proven experience with research uptake/ policy engagement, mixed-methods / case study designs and/or implementation sciences||Application/Interview|
How to Apply
More information about the project and guidance on completing your application can be found here: https://www.lstmed.ac.uk/study/courses/research-degrees/light-consortium-phd-studentships . Please ensure you read the guidance thoroughly before applying.
This studentship will be in collaboration with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), who will be the awarding body of the PhD. All applications must be submitted on the LSTM online system via MyLSTM. If you have not previously applied for an LSTM programme, or registered for MyLSTM, you will first need to register.
Opening date: 12th November 2020
Closing date: 10th December 2020
Shortlisting: Week commencing 11th January 2021
Interviews (virtual): Week commencing 25th January 2021
Notification date: Week commencing 1st February 2021
Proposed start date: May 2021
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