Hyderabad (India) | telangana
15 Feb 2019
About The George Institute
‘The George’ is 600+ people globally, focused on improving the health of millions of people worldwide. A medical research organisation with projects and activities in approximately 50 countries, we are challenging the status quo to find the best ways to prevent and treat chronic disease and injury, and to improve the delivery of healthcare, especially for those in resource poor settings.
With offices in Australia, China, India and the United Kingdom, and affiliated with the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Peking University Health Science Center and the University of Oxford, we work with a global network of collaborators, undertaking clinical, population and health systems research, as well as contributing to thought leadership and capacity building activities. Our research is often published in top tier academic journals, with over 6000 publications to-date, and is recognised for its excellence, innovation and impact.
As a respected voice in global health, The George has attracted significant funding from government, non-governmental organisations and industry to grow our global impact. Additionally, we are supported by and engage with our commercial arm, George Health Enterprises, which is headquartered in London with offices across Asia, Europe and the US.
The George Institute for Global Health is dedicated to the recruitment, development, and retention of the best people from around the world. The pursuit of academic, scientific and operational excellence in a “can do” culture is actively promoted in all our activities. For more information about the Institute, visit www.georgeinstitute.org
The George Institute India
The George Institute, a wholly owned legal not-for-profit Indian research institute, has been conducting research related activities in India since 2002. The George Institute India’s mission mirrors that of the parent organization, namely the discovery and implementation of solutions to chronic and disabling health problems through research, policy development and capacity building.
A number of large-scale projects in population, health systems and clinical research, funded by a diverse group of sponsors, both public and private, are conducted in India. The George Institute India comprises two distinct operating groups: Research and Development, and Infrastructure and Resources. It has two separate offices - in Hyderabad and New Delhi, where the research staff and senior management are based.
A new project funded by the Australian national health and medical research council NH&MRC and the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) will focus on the pilot implementation of the SMARThealth Pregnancy system for the management of high-risk pregnancy and prevention of future cardiovascular disease in rural India. The project will involve researchers from University of Oxford, UK; George Institute for Global Health, Oxford; and The George Institute for Global Health, India who have interest in the development of novel community-based approaches for the prevention and management of non-communicable diseases in developing countries.
The overall research project aims to develop, adapt, implement and evaluate a novel primary care platform to support communities and healthcare providers in the prevention and management of common non-communicable diseases. The George Institute’s Systematic Medical Appraisal, Referral and Treatment (SMARThealth) program draws on the principles of “task-sharing” whereby many routine clinical procedures are jointly managed by doctors and non-physician healthcare workers (NPHWs) in an effort to increase access to high-quality healthcare and reduce costs. This is facilitated by a suite of innovative, affordable digital technologies developed to provide evidence-based decision support to both providers and consumers.
The Research Fellow is expected to take a leading role in the development and implementation of the program in two communities in rural India (Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh and Jhajjar District, Haryana), and foster newer relationships and develop collaborations with other organisations in India for implementation of the SMARThealth Pregnancy program.
The position requires comprehensive knowledge and experience in large-scale primary care implementation of health system interventions. Knowledge and experience in evaluation methodology will be a major advantage. The appointee will be based in Hyderabad but should be willing and able to undertake domestic and international travel, which will be required. The appointment is initially for a period of 18 months, but with the possibility of extension, dependent on future funding for this or related activities. Any Indian applicant is eligible to apply.
The Program Manager will have a direct reporting line to the Program Head, Primary Health Care Research, The George Institute for Global Health, India. S/he will also report indirectly to Dr Shobhana Nagraj, George Institute for Global Health, UK who is the Principal Investigator, of this project.
Key Role and Responsibilities
- The appointee will be overall responsible for building newer collaborations for implementation of the SMARThealth Pregnancy program in India, and leading and managing the conduct of this program in the two study sites under the guidance of the study Steering Committee. She or he will be actively involved in the development and pilot implementation of the SMARThealth Pregnancy intervention, with the support of the Principal Investigator and regional operational staff. This will include:
- Building and maintaining key stakeholder relationships, including relationships with partners and collaborating with staff as well as investigators at different sites
- Drafting and submitting ethics approvals for the study at each site, and any other regulatory approvals
- Contributing to development of, and implementing the program, involving the recruitment of staff, patients; data collection at baseline and follow-up
- Developing and adhering to standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the program implementation, and supporting study sites in implementing SOPs
- Managing the SMARThealth Pregnancy training program
- Facilitating data management and analysis and contributing to reports, publications and presentations
- Accessing, reviewing and collating relevant peer-reviewed literature as well as non-peer- reviewed reports
- Contributing to the development of funding applications and other proposals
As a Team Member of The George Institute:
- Participate in team meetings and activities related to the projects and the Institute as a whole
- Participate in objective setting and performance management
- Participate in special projects to continuously improve processes, tools, systems and organization
- Participate in planning and implementing of personal and career development activities
- Actively develop job-related skills
The appointee may have an opportunity to do Doctoral or Masters level studies, if s/he is accepted into a programme and is able to secure funds. The institute will actively facilitate that process and encourages it.
Skills, Knowledge and Experience
- Medical or health science degree
- Appropriate post-graduate qualification (Masters or Doctoral qualification) in Public Health, Epidemiology or a related subject in medicine or allied-health fields including Community Medicine.
- Experience in the conduct and management of large-scale healthcare program implementation
- Experience in epidemiological or clinical studies and/or health systems research studies would be an advantage
- Previous experience in undertaking literature reviews, and writing for publication in peer- reviewed journals would be an advantage, as would experience in developing funding applications
- An understanding of the importance of data quality and accuracy
- Demonstrable experience of working within large teams
- Availability and willingness to undertake national and international travel
- Excellent problem solving skills and some analytical skills
- Well organized with good time management skills
- Ability to work in cross-cultural settings
- Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well and flexibly
- Ability to see the big picture, yet still focus on detail
- Ability to be flexible and adaptable in the face of changing organisational priorities and ambiguous environments.
- Strong focus on quality of work
The application should include:
- CV with full contact details of three referees
- Detailed cover letter addressing the specific roles and responsibilities and experience requirements, as described above
Interested candidates should send their applications to Ms. Neeti Sharma (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the 20th January, 2019.