[TimorLesteStudies] Position Available: Data Specialist, East Timor Health Care Seeking Behaviour Study

David Traynor D.Traynor at unsw.edu.au
Thu Apr 17 14:10:10 EST 2008

Data Specialist
UNSW Global Pty Limited/School of Public Health & Community Medicine
6-7 months with minimum 4 months in East Timor
Salary negotiable
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Data Specialist, East Timor Health Care Seeking Behaviour Study (HCSBS)
funded by AusAID

We are looking for a person with a strong focus on qualitative components,
but also able to contribute to quantitative elements of this research study
over the next 6-7 months in 2008 (minimum of 4 months on the ground in East

The role will entail working with the Project Coordinator, and with the
identified East Timor Research Organisation (ETRO) and the National
Statistics Directorate to maintain coherence of the study, train staff and
oversee, in particular, the qualitative components of the study.
Position description
Position Title:         Data Specialist
Location:         East Timor HCSBS office, Dili and Australia

•     Scientific direction of the study, together with the Project
•     Supervision of the data collection, analysis and report writing.
•     Capacity building of the ETRO in research skills.
•     Enhance the value of the study and its findings for the further
development of the health care system in East Timor.

Required Education/Certification
•     Tertiary qualifications, preferably in either public health and/or
the social/behavioural sciences, which include qualitative and quantitative
research methodology.

Essential Criteria:
• Demonstrated experience undertaking and analysing qualitative and
quantitative research in the health and/or social/behavioural sciences.
• Demonstrated experience in the conduct of population based research and
the collection and analysis of interview based data.
• Demonstrated experience in the preparation of research reports to a
publishable standard.
• Experience in training staff, including for data collection, and data
Desirable Criteria:
• Experience in research in a developing country context.

Required Skills/Knowledge
Essential Criteria:
• Excellent organisational skills.
• Good knowledge of qualitative and quantitative survey methods and
• Excellent writing skills.
• Good communication (including interpersonal) skills.

Personal Characteristics
Essential Criteria:
• Capacity and willingness to train and support staff.
• Sensitivity to working with communities in developing countries.
• Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team.
• Capacity and willingness to work in an environment of high workload and
intense time constraints.
• Ability to work in a tropical environment with limited resources.
• Willingness to travel to and spend time in remote areas of East Timor.
• Willingness and ability to adapt to logistical inconveniences

Language Skills:        Essential – excellent oral and written English
                  Desirable – Tetun, Bahasa Indonesia and/or Portuguese

Further information:    Dr Ilse Blignault  i.blignault at unsw.edu.au 02 9385
                  Prof Anthony Zwi  a.zwi at unsw.edu.au       02 9385 2445

Web:  http://www.sphcm.med.unsw.edu.au

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