[TimorLesteStudies] Timor-Leste Health Research System Capacity
Building Program - Applications
jennifer.drysdale at anu.edu.au
jennifer.drysdale at anu.edu.au
Thu Sep 6 17:04:37 EST 2007
Please respond to: David Traynor <D.Traynor at unsw.edu.au>
Applications are invited from Timorese nationals wishing to participate in the
Timor-Leste Health Research System Capacity Building Program (HRSB).
A brief overview of the program follows however detailed information,
selection criteria and application forms are attached and available for
The Timor Leste Health Research System Capacity Building Program
An initiative of The School of Public Health and Community Medicine, The
University of New South Wales in partnership with The Ministry of Health Timor-
Leste and the Australian National University, the HRSB aims to identify,
establish, and support, a group of 10 to 15 Timorese health research leaders
in Timor-Leste and provide them with training across a range of health and
development related research areas. The HRSB program is funded by AusAID and
will run from November 2007 to May 2008.
The overall goal of the HRSB is to contribute to better population health
outcomes in Timor-Leste and ensure progress is made towards achieving
Millennium Development Goals and targets. Through strengthening the capacity
of the health research system, and the conduct of health and health systems
research in Timor-Leste, the HRSB aims to improve the quality of services,
support good governance in the health sector, enhance the equity of health
resource allocation, and promote evidence-informed health policy. The HRSB
will contribute to the development of leadership, networks and infrastructure
which will help shape the future of the health research system and health
sector in Timor-Leste.
HRSB Program Objectives
The HRSB will progress towards its goal by promoting two primary objectives:
Establishing and supporting a cohort of dynamic Timorese research
leaders and policy-makers, able to engage in producing, using and
disseminating knowledge to promote health gain and develop the health system
Providing a forum for discussion about, and establishing, a
provisional framework for a health and health systems research institute in
HRSB Benefit to Participants
Selected participants will receive comprehensive conceptual and practical
training in health and health systems research, research management, research
supervision, commissioning and use of research, and research for policy-making
and practice improvements. In addition, the HRSB will work, over the longer
term, towards the establishment of a health and health systems research
institute in Timor-Leste. Participants must be Timorese nationals in order to
be eligible for the HRSB program.
Participants will be drawn from a diverse range of institutions working within
the broader health and development sectors in Timor-Leste, including
Government Ministries, Departments and Directorates, the Districts, local and
international Non-Government Organisations, and Tertiary Institutions.
Individual, organisational and system capacities to research and respond to
health & system problems will be promoted in partnership with the Ministry of
Health Timor Leste.
The HRSB will actively support these identified research leaders in order to
improve their capacity to assess current and potential demand for research and
evaluation services; identify and pursue research and information priorities;
and develop organisational options for a health research systems institute in
Training approaches for the HRSB program will be developed to enable
participants to develop and pursue health related research projects of
relevance and benefit to their current employment and organisational base.
Individuals who are not currently associated with an organisation but can
demonstrate their capacity to contribute to health related research and
systems development are also welcome to apply.
HRSB Statement on diversity and equity
The HRSB aims to provide opportunities to build skills and contribute to
generating knowledge and information to promote health and development in
Timor-Leste. It aims to involve a diverse range of people working with the
Timor-Leste Health Sector. Participants will be working in a range of health
and development areas, for example: service delivery, policy and planning;
needs assessment; operations research; monitoring and evaluation; research;
education; health promotion; service improvement; statistics and surveillance.
While not specifically a training program in monitoring and evaluation or
operations research, the HRSB will be relevant to those working in such
environments. It is geared to supporting people who have enquiring minds, who
seek to answer questions to better understand and respond to problems, and
through this to generate better responses to health and development issues and
services delivery in Timor-Leste.
Participants will be drawn from a range of types of organisations working in
the Health sector including local and international Non-Government
Organisations; universities; professional associations; donor-funded agencies;
UN agencies; Government Ministries and Directorates. This program is aimed at
Timorese people with energy and leadership potential, and who want to make a
difference through using and applying research skills to answering questions
which have a bearing on health, health-related services, and systems.
The HRSB maintains and will promote a commitment to social equity, social
justice and nation building in all its activities. Women, young people, and
those from the districts of Timor-Leste are strongly encouraged to apply. We
would also welcome applications from organisations that may be based in Dili
but are involved in working in the districts.
Please direct any enquiries to:
d.traynor at unsw.edu.au
domingossoares2002 at yahoo.com
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