Oferta de trabajo: Social scientist for TIP TOP project


The Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) is a cutting-edge institute addressing global public health challenges through research, translation into policy and education. ISGlobal has a broad portfolio in communicable and non-communicable diseases including environmental and climate determinants, and applies a multidisciplinary scientific approach ranging from the molecular to the population level. Research is organized in three main areas, Malaria and other Infectious Diseases, Child and Maternal Health, and Urban Health, Climate & Non-Communicable Diseases.  ISGlobal is accredited with the Severo Ochoa distinction, a seal of excellence of the Spanish Science Ministry.


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The Project

The five-year project, started in 2017, funded by UNITAID and coordinated by Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University, will increase malaria in pregnancy IPTp-SP coverage and expand antenatal care attendance primarily through Community Health Workers (CHW) in four African countries – Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Mozambique and Nigeria. The Jhpiego-led consortium includes Jhpiego as principal recipient and implementing partner responsible to UNITAID for the implementation of the Project and ISGlobal, the Barcelona Institute for Global Health, as lead research and evaluation partner. The consortium will work closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) and Malaria Medicines Venture (MMV) as well as other stakeholders, to ensure that all project outputs are met. 

The Project will establish a scalable model across four countries to generate evidence for change and expand access to preventive chemotherapy for pregnant women. TIPTOP will apply a community-based approach that fosters partnership and strengthens the dynamic link between communities and health facilities, especially for the most vulnerable people. A learning-driven approach will be employed throughout the project to guide expansion in a two-phase process and generate sufficient evidence to inform WHO policy recommendations and future actions in each country, in an effort to expand the intervention over the long-term.

ISGlobal is the lead evaluation and research organization and is responsible for implementing a set of studies to generate evidence for global guidance on community IPTp-SP. Specifically, ISGlobal will be responsible for designing and implementing the project’s evaluation plan, as well as designing, analyzing and reporting the operational research studies to assess the cost and acceptability and feasibility of the intervention and its impact. These will be done through household surveys, feasibility studies, costing studies —and also assistance to ensure the quality of routine monitoring data. 

What We Are Looking for

A fundamental part of the overall project evaluation is represented by the qualitative evaluation of the project, to be implemented with an anthropological approach in the four project countries. Given the extent and complexity of the anthropological work, ISGlobal is seeking the collaboration of a Social Scientist to support TIPTOP’s lead anthropologist.

Field research

  • Anthropology.
  • Ethics in health sciences.
  • Sociology.


Training and experience /Qualifications


  • Advanced University degree in Social Anthropology (or other relevant social science).
  • At least 3 years of previous research or work experience in anthropological research or other social science relevant domain. 
  • Experience with qualitative methodologies.
  • Experience in field research in low-income countries.
  • Prior experience in the writing of scientific articles related to the field.
  • A genuine interest in social sciences.


  • Experience working in Africa, preferably in one or more of the study countries: DRC, Madagascar, Mozambique and Nigeria.
  • Experience in anthropological research in Maternal Health.


Specific Requirements

  • Excellent writing ability to elaborate high-quality and concise technical reports. Excellent presentation skills.
  • Strong methodological skills within qualitative approaches.
  • Ability to revise qualitative research tools and to review transcripts critically.
  • Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills as well as organizational skills that demonstrate the ability to handle multiple tasks, timelines and priorities in a team environment.
  • Flexibility and openness to new ideas, new working methods and team work.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work with a full-time schedule and exclusive dedication. 
  • Work closely with the anthropologist of the project.
  • Interact with the local country teams. 
  • Travel to the project countries to support local teams during fieldwork periods, as needed. 

Specific Duties

The social scientist will, under the direct supervision of the lead anthropologist of the project and the strategic guidance of the project’s technical director:

  • Provide support throughout the development of the qualitative research and provide technical inputs.
  • Support the scientific production derived from the study
  • Collaborate with the lead anthropologist in the supervision of research activities performed by local social science teams from each of our research counterparts.
  • Contribute to the review of technical deliverables submitted by the local social science teams from each of our research counterparts.  
  • Provide technical support to the local social science teams when needed.
  • Support the supervision of field data collection activities. 
  • Provide support in organizing meetings or workshops with research partners and participate in these events. 
  • Collaborate with the lead anthropologist in the analysis of qualitative research data from each Tip Top country. 
  • Contribute to the interpretation of the overall study results under the frame of the project’s evaluation.  
  • Provide support in the generation of writing outputs such as technical reports. 
  • Assist with the editing and preparation of manuscripts.
  • Contribute to the oral and written dissemination of qualitative research findings.
  • Provide support in conducting literature review.
  • Fulfill additional duties depending on the project’s needs


  • Teamwork.
  • Problem resolution.
  • Cultural awareness.

Language level

  • A very good command (advanced level) of the English language. 
  • Knowledge of Catalan and/ or Spanish.
  • A good working knowledge of French and/or Portuguese is an asset. 


  • Duration: 1 year and 7 months. 
  • Starting date: As soon as possible.
  • Contract: Full time.
During the crisis caused by COVID19, standard working conditions will be adapted to sanitary requirements. 

How to apply

Applicants must fill in the request form and include the following code reference position: SS_TIPTOP_Sep20, attach the CV and a Cover Letter. Each attached document must be named with the candidate name and surname. 
The receipt of applications will be open until September, 25th 2020.  

Applications will be accepted until 17.00 CET of the closing date.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

In ISGlobal we are committed to maintaining and developing a work environment in which the values and principles of our organization are respected and equal opportunities between women and men be promoted in each of the areas in which we operate, not tolerating discrimination based on criteria such as age, sex, marital status, race, ethnicity, disabilities, political leanings, religion or sexual orientation.