[Svrilist] Job Vacancies

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Sat May 15 17:55:52 SAST 2010


APPLICATIONS ARE SOUGHT FOR THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS:

 

*         Senior Scientist (E), Sexual Violence Research Initiative,
Gender and Health Research Unit, Medical Research Council, Cape Town

*         Specialist Scientist- Specialist in Public Health : Gender &
Health Research Unit

 

Details to follow:

 

Senior Scientist (E)

Sexual Violence Research Initiative

Gender and Health Research Unit, Medical Research Council, Cape Town

The SVRI is a global research initiative that aims to promote research
on sexual violence globally with emphasis on developing countries. The
SVRI is a multifaceted project, involving a variety of technologies and
platforms to promote research; develop networks and build capacity in
the area of sexual violence research. To assist us to do this, the SVRI
hosts a number of e-technologies, including the SVRI website; SVRI
online discussion forum; SVRI informal networks, and the SVRI listserv
which currently has over 2100 members from 80 different countries
worldwide (predominantly based in developing countries). The SVRI
arranges capacity building workshops, and brings together experts from
around the world to discuss and debate research related issues on topics
identified as priority in the Sexual Violence Research Agenda. The SVRI
works on research translation, commissions papers and reviews to
encourage the use of best evidence in the development of policies,
services and prevention programmes. Funders are multiple, including
Global Forum for Health Research, Oxfam Novib, Oak Foundation, UNFPA,
Ford Foundation, Medical Research Council, Hewlett Foundation. The SVRI
Researcher will work closely with the SVRI Programme Officer in the
implementation of SVRI activities and plans. The researcher is expected
to work independently with mentoring and support from the SVRI Programme
Manager.

 

The SVRI Researcher is required to:

 

*	Manage and update multiple areas of the SVRI's work including
the SVRI e-technologies - SVRI website and social networking pages, SVRI
members database and SVRI listserv
*	Analyse and synthesise information and develop research-based
resources to be shared with SVRI members via the SVRI listserv and
posted on the website 
*	Develop research-based webpages, update the website and ensure
the SVRI website remains a cutting-edge global source for sexual
violence related resources

*	Monitor/facilitate an online discussion forum and write briefing
papers and research reports based on discussions
*	Liaise with MRC web and media technology unit in the maintenance
and development of SVRI e-technologies
*	Organise and support SVRI international activities such as
conferences, workshops and training courses, and SVRI annual meetings;
*	Represent the SVRI and present work of the SVRI at national and
international conferences;
*	Collect data, analyse and synthesise information for publication
in reports, chapters and peer-review journal articles as first or
co-author 
*	Write funding proposals and reports (eg. annual, training and
conference reports);
*	Respond to SVRI Helpdesk requests on ad hoc basis;
*	Develop and nurture SVRI informal and formal international
networks and partnerships.

 

The SVRI researcher must have extensive subject area knowledge of sexual
violence globally and of the sexual violence field, including knowledge
and a working relationship with key actors in this globally. The
researcher must have a minimum of three years experience in a research
environment and skills in the following areas:

 

*	Project Management, with  experience with supporting and
managing multiple projects
*	e-technologies and web management 
*	Scientific writing and communication
*	Financial management and reporting
*	interpersonal and communication skills and an aptitude for
networking. 

 

A Masters Degree in the Social Sciences or Public Health, 3 years
experience in a research environment and computer literacy are
requirements. Knowledge of Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML) and
statistical packages will be an advantage. 

 

A competitive cost to company remuneration package of R 245 984 - R 264
433 per annum will be negotiated according to qualifications and
experience. Applications should contain: a) a full CV, and b) a covering
letter outlining experience relevant to the key responsibilities of the
post. This should be sent to Glenda Beukman by email:
Glenda.Beukman at mrc.ac.za by 4.30pm on Friday 28th May 2010. 

 

 

 

Specialist Scientist- Specialist in Public Health : Gender & Health
Research Unit

 

The Gender & Health Research Unit seeks to employ a Public Health
Specialist/ experienced researcher to undertake research and work to
improve health services and policy on aspects of gender and health:
developing proposals, securing funds, managing research implementation,
analysing data, writing up research results and publishing in
international  peer-reviewed journals and developing international
recognition in research; and to work with Government and health
services, nationally and internationally, to negotiate the development
of  evidence-based policy, clinical management guidelines and health
services related to gender and health, particularly sexual violence; and
provide technical support the Department of Health of South Africa, and
those of other countries, in policy implementation. This is a baseline
funded position, available immediately, based in Pretoria. 

 

Minimum qualifications: MBChB + MMed /FCPHM + MSc Epidemiology/MPH , a
PhD will be strongly recommended;

Experience: post specialisation, minimum of three years experience in
gender and health research and policy engagement

 

Competence is required in: writing research proposals, managing research
projects, data analysis, writing peer-reviewed publications from
research, mentoring and training junior staff and students and working
with the health system, e.g. drafting clinical management guidelines,
health sector policy, training curriculum on sexual violence and other
related areas of gender and health. The successful candidate will be
able to undertake research independently, have good communication,
interpersonal skills and writing skills and will be able to engage with
Government as a Specialist, leading work to improve the quality of
post-rape care and care related to other aspects of gender and health.
The candidate will have in-depth knowledge of sexual violence and
post-rape health care. 

 

Responsibilities:

 

*	developing research proposals, generating funds and managing
research projects
*	writing research publications 
*	training, mentoring and supervising junior staff and students in
research 
*	translating research results and syntheses of research-based
knowledge into policy and service developments in South Africa and
internationally

 

A competitive cost to company remuneration package of R 500 000 - R 540
000 per annum will be negotiated according to qualifications and
experience. Applications should contain: a) a full CV, and b) a covering
letter outlining experience relevant to the key responsibilities of the
post. This should be sent to Glenda Beukman by email:
Glenda.Beukman at mrc.ac.za by 4.30pm on Friday 28th May 2010. 

 

 

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