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Health Systems Researcher Consultant job at Sightsavers

About the Organization

Sightsavers works in more than 30 countries worldwide, focusing on Africa and Asia. We partner with local, regional, national and international organisations, governments and non-governmental organisations. With their help, we distribute treatments to prevent disease, carry out operations and eye examinations, and advocate for the rights of people with disabilities.

Job Description

Sightsavers is seeking an experienced and motivated Health Systems Researcher to support the data collection, analysis and report writing for a study which aims to assess the relative strengths and weaknesses of the eye health system. The results of this assessment will support the Ministry of Health and partners to (i) plan, prioritize key weakness areas, and identify potential solutions or recommendations for eye care interventions, (ii) include eye health systems interventions in eye care programme design and implementation, and into the general health system in Uganda.

The study is being conducted in two connected phases – the first phase, a desk-based review and analysis of existing documents and data, is complete and the report will be shared with the selected consultant. Phase 2 will be informed by the findings of Phase 1. Phase 2 will primarily involve collecting primary data using in-depth qualitative interviews with purposively selected stakeholders, analysing the data, and writing a combined report to address the aims of the assessment, and synthesise recommendations for improvements. A detailed study protocol for both phases is available and will be shared with the selected consultant.

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Duties and Responsibilities

  • This consultancy will support the second phase of the study – conducting in-depth interviews and FGDs (Focus Group Discussions), analysing these data, and writing the study report. The consultant will be expected to undertake detailed and rigorous analysis of the data and provide a study report. The consultant will work with the study investigators to review the analysis, synthesise conclusions and recommendations, and write the report.

  • This call is for an individual consultant, not a team. The consultant will be expected to participate in an initial assessment review meeting with the study investigators, which will take a half-day, followed by 13 days of data collection, 12 days of coding, analysis and report writing. Regular feedback and communication with the study team lead is expected to ensure quality and consistency. The consultant will then meet with the study investigator team to present and discuss the findings of the analysis for a further half-day; followed by 5 days to address any further questions, and 1 day to review and make any final edits.

  • In total, the consultancy will be for 32 days spread over 5-months. The consultant’s work is envisaged to start in July 2024 and may continue until December 2024.


Qualification, Experiences and Competencies

  • This is an ideal consultant will possess a post-graduate degree in discipline related to public health, health economics, social or behavioural science, or other relevant fields.

Further requirements include:

  • Strong demonstrable expertise in health systems research. 

  • Familiar with, and demonstrable experience, in exercising concepts related to research ethics such informed consent, and confidentiality, and local laws and guidelines pertaining to research involving human subjects.  

  • Demonstrable experience in conducting i) qualitative interviews, ii) qualitative data analysis, and iii) writing up study reports. 

  • Proven ability to prepare compelling scientific presentations and written reports for a range or audiences. 

  • The consultant will have experience as a primary author on at least two peer-reviewed journal publication.

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