Background The HaSET program is a collaborative research effort initiated by three institutions, namely; the Harvard School of Public Health, Saint Paul's Hospital Millennium Medical College, and Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI), to develop a national capacity on innovation and evidence generation for MNCH. One of the objectives of the HaSET program is to introduce the culture of research translation to policy and practice, largely in the areas of MNCH. The HaSET research fellowship program is designed to develop capacity on research and evidence generation through end-to-end research implementation. Besides, the research fellowship program envisions to form a national research collaboration and network in Ethiopia.
For the first round, the research fellowship program is planning to enroll two groups of research fellows; post-doctoral academic and program implementation fellows from field offices. The curriculum for the maternal and child health research fellowship program outlines key and essential competencies that the fellows are expected to acquire and master at the end of the fellowship program. One of the core competencies that the program is intending to provide to the research fellows is a standard skillset on writing.
After completing the Maternal and Child Health Research Fellowship program, the full-time post-doctoral fellows are expected to obtain essential skills on writing three peer-reviewed articles that are publishable in reputable journals and quality research grant to potential funding agencies. In addition, the fellows are expected to communicate highly complex ideas and research findings in an engaging and informative way for policy dialogue with policy makers and senior health management team, to translate knowledge and evidence to policy and practice. The post-doctoral fellows collaborate and mentor implementation fellows who part-time working at government institutions leading policy (i.e., Ministry of Health, EPHI, and Amhara Regional Health Bureau).
The research fellowship program is therefore, planning to hire a highly qualified professional and subject matter expert in writing and communication, who can take the lead in designing and developing the communications module, particularly writing manuscripts and grants. The consultant is also expected to provide regular and continues on the job coaching on writing and communication to research fellows throughout the fellowship cycle.
The HaSET program is looking for a qualified professional with advanced technical knowledge and skill in write- up and effective communication. The program is searching for a committed consultant who is willing to continuously keep up with current developments in the field, to lecture and effectively provide on the job training to research fellows through regular instruction, feedback and guidance. This attribute is essential and required to help research fellows excel in their current and future job responsibilities, specifically in writing research articles, concept notes, research grant proposals and to effectively communicate research findings to policy makers and stakeholders.
The writing consultant will have the following wide-ranging skillsets and attributes:
· Advanced university degree in public health, social development, developmental communication or any other related field with excellent and proven experience in capacity development work.
· Minimum of five years' work experience in conducting training, coaching and mentorship work precisely, on capacity building work to improve the writing and communication skills of researchers and public health practitioners
· Excellent written and oral communication skills with fluent writing style, language command and excellent knowledge and practical use of English.
· Possess the capacity and determination to empower others; capable to creating a conducive work environment where research fellows can realize their full potential and establishes an approaches that attract, develop, and engage research fellows continuously and regularly for them to be able to master and acquire the necessary skill set on writing and communication.
· Track record of working with a team spirit and willingness and commitment to developing and maintaining smooth relationship internally, with the HaSET team and the different module leads of the fellowship program and outside of the program with the HaSET collaborative institutions, to successfully lead the writing component of the communications module.
· Experience in using web-based tools to enhance writing skills and communication capacity is an added advantage
1. To develop the capacity of research fellows on the complex process of professional writing that involves providing different skills on planning, developing outline, maintaining the logical flow and sequence of a research article, concept note, research grant proposal and in the end.
2. To develop the capacity of research fellows on how to clearly and consistently convey, messages, information and ideas through a variety of oral communication methods to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the intended messages and concepts
· Supports the formulation and implementation of the writing component of the communications module. Describe the objectives and contents of the writing component of the communications syllabus with the detailed session plan and activities, specific teaching methods that will be applied by instructors and co-instructors during the training.
· Coordinate and collaborate with the HaSET fellowship communications module lead, advisors, and PI to integrate the writing components into the fellowship curriculum.
· Together with the module lead define the timeline for writing component of the communications module and each session, the final expected outcomes of the module and the deliverables:
o A quality research concept note (a clear summary of a research project)
o A grant proposal with clear outline and fundamental elements of a grant proposal including, but not limited to project vision, project scope, project targets, timeline and milestones and project management; and manuscripts
o Three peer reviewed research articles in a reputable journal
· Prepare and develop lectures, workshops and seminars on manuscript and grant writing.
· Support small writing groups for peer-review and editing of deliverables (manuscripts and grants).
1. A well designed and developed syllabus for the writing component of the communications module
2. Lecture note, reading and reference materials for the writing components of the communications module
3. Technical and supervision modalities to effectively roll-out and implement the writing module with regular supportive supervision on writing skills for research fellows
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