- Dear Friends We (IFRTD) are looking for a person from Asia in the Health sector to serve as an additional Core Team Member of the Mobility & Health NetworkedMessage 1 of 1 , Jun 20, 2006View Source
We (IFRTD) are looking for a person from Asia in the Health sector to serve as an additional Core Team Member of the Mobility & Health Networked Research supported by SDC, Sida, Skat and SCIH. We have just started receiving full proposals from selected abstracts submitted by a large number of researchers from Asia, Africa and Latin America.
The Terms of Reference for the task is given below this email and I would like to receive applications from interested persons in the Asia Region to serve as the additional member of the Asia Core Team.
Please pass this message to suitable persons and encourage them to apply along with their CVs for participation in the Asia Research Core Team. The closing date will be 30th June 2006. Please note that only the short-listed applicants will be contacted.
Ranjith de Silva
Asia Regional Coordinator
International Forum for Rural Transport and Development (IFRTD)
C/o: 319/10, Ramanayaka Mawatha, Erawwala, Pannipitiya,
Phone: +94 11 2842972
Fax: +94 11 2856188
“The IFRTD is a global network of individuals and organisations working together towards improved access and mobility for the rural poor in developing countries”
Mobility & Health
An International Networked Research Programme
TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR ADDITIONAL CORE GROUP MEMBERS
The IFRTD, in collaboration with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Swiss Resource Centre and Consultancies for Development (Skat), Swiss Centre for International Health (SCIH) as part of the Swiss Tropical Institute, is carrying out a two-year networked research programme on the links between Mobility and Health, which started at the beginning of 2006.
The overall programme has three objectives: (1) to increase the understanding of the impacts of mobility constraints on the health, well-being and issues of poor people in different developing country contexts; (2) to develop tools that will enable transport professionals to include holistic health impact assessments and mitigation measures in the planning, design and implementation of transport interventions; and (3) to develop an advocacy programme to sensitise the health sector to mobility and health issues.
Using a networked research methodology (for more information see www.ifrtd.org/news/about/netres.php), the programme on Mobility and Health aims to carry out between 20-30 case-studies from Asia, Latin America and Africa. These case-studies will demonstrate the existing and potential links between mobility and health, especially in rural areas. As a first step in the process, the researchers will come together in regional workshops to finalise the methodology and framework. Once the case-studies are finished (after 6-12 months), an international symposium will be organised to present the issues flowing out of the case-studies and to develop outlines for a ‘toolkit’, book and an advocacy programme.
Strengthening of the core group
Currently the core team, steering the programme, consists of IFRTD, SDC, STI and Skat. Recognising the need for regional health expertise we are looking for experts/consultants from Latin America, Africa and Asia (one per region) with a background in health, especially maternal health. Experts need to be affiliated to NGOs or multilateral institutions. The ideal candidate is also familiar with mobility and access issues for rural communities and cross-cutting issues such as transport and gender especially relating to health problems.
The work of the consultant will focus on assisting in the final selection process of case study researchers, providing periodic technical support to case study researchers during the field research and workshops and contribute to the overall comparative analysis of the initiative.
More specifically in year 1 (2006) the expert/consultant will:
- Read summaries of candidates and rate them for pre-selection.
- Read full proposal of candidates and rate them for selection.
- Participate in the regional researchers’ workshop in their own region.
- Participate in the regional researchers’ workshop in other regions (optional).
- Provide feedback to selected researchers on request.
In year 2 (2007) the expert/consultant will:
- Input into the comparative analysis in the region
- Input into the presentation of the analysis
- Read and comment on draft report of selected case studies from their respective region.
- Read and comment final report of selected case studies from their respective region.
- Participate in the international symposium at the end of the research.
- Participate in dissemination activity.
- Provide feedback to final international programme report.
- Table of summaries of pre selected candidates filled in.
- Table of full proposals of selected candidates filled in.
- Feedback to draft and final reports of selected case studies from their own region.
- Summary of issues identified from final reports.
Commitment of two years (2006-2007) in order to complete the programme. Inputs are periodic and may require more time in the inception phase and completion phase.
- For reading summaries and proposals, the country where the consultant is based.
- For workshops and symposium, country where it will take place
- Good knowledge of health issues in the consultant’s own region.
- Good understanding of cross cutting issues like gender.
- Good understanding of mobility and access issues.
- Good analytical skills.
- Good research and writing skills.
- For Latin America: ability to communicate with researchers in Spanish and in English with the rest of the core team.
IFRTD recognises that this is a rather highly specialised area. Original international programmes like this are often an opportunity for interested people and organisations to grow professionally while contributing to the programme.
A flat fee of US $3,000 is offered for the first year of involvement in the programme and US $3,150 for the second year. Expenses incurred for participating in the workshops and other core meetings outside of the county of origin are reimbursable.