DescriptionThe 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.
What We Are Looking for
ISGlobal is seeking a Community Engagement Specialist who is interested in developing and leading the implementation of community engagement and participatory processes of the project ECO in Bolivia and Paraguay. This position will support the project in learning about barriers and facilitators to equitable access to COVID-19 diagnostics and treatments at community level by engaging in co-creation processes with the national health systems, relevant stakeholders and the community.
The Community Engagement Specialist will be in charge of preparing meetings, focus group discussions, interviews and surveys to key people in the communities where the project works.
S/he will also be responsible to lead locally adapted information, education and communication campaigns to increase demand for COVID-19 services and compliance of preventive measures against the disease.
The Community Engagement Specialist will work with the team in Barcelona and the local teams in Bolivia and Paraguay, training local staff on qualitative and quantitative data collection methodologies, and ensuring community knowledge is transferred to the project and adapted towards its activities.
Funded by Unitaid, ECO (Enhanced and equitable coverage of COVID-19 testing and treatment in Bolivia and Paraguay) has as ultimate objective to strengthen the health systems in Bolivia and Paraguay in support of their strategies against COVID-19.
ECO will work hand by hand with the health systems and communities at risk in order to achieve enhanced and more equitable coverage of COVID-19 services. For that purpose, ECO aims to study how to improve the implementation strategies of diagnosis and treatment of this disease, and facilitate scaling up of the tested strategies, as well as streamline regulatory processes for the rapid incorporation of novel tools as they become available. In parallel, activities to increase demand will be built together with the community.
The core activity of ECO will be to generate evidence on the acceptability, feasibility and effectiveness of COVID-19 diagnosis and treatment via the implementation of pilot studies in each country to define the best delivery strategies and approaches. Lessons emerging from these implementation studies will be later incorporated into the national COVID-19 guidelines and policies, ensuring that outcomes from the ECO project are useful across the entire countries.
ECO will be implemented as a collaboration across three areas in ISGlobal: the Malaria Elimination Initiative and the Chagas Initiative, and the Implementation Science Hub.
- Other: Community development
Training and experience /Qualifications
- Experience in community engagement
- Experience in preparation and conducting qualitative (FGDs, KIIs, participatory observation…) and quantitative (surveys, questionnaires…) data collection methodologies
- Experience in training in qualitative and quantitative data collection
- Experience in the health, research and/or innovation organizations, both public and private, as well as non-profit and for-profit
- Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
- Experience in international projects and grants
- People skills and empathy
- Effective communication
- Flexibility and adaptability
- Native level of Spanish
- Good command of English
- Knowledge of Guaraní, Quechua or other indigenous languages from Bolivia or Paraguay are an advantage
- Duration: 10 months
- Starting date: as soon as possible
- Contract: Part time (50%)
- Based in Barcelona, with travels to Bolivia and Paraguay
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: CommunityEngagement50_ECO_Nov21, 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 30 november 2021.
Applications will be accepted until 17.00 CET of the closing date.
The interviews could be placed during the reception candidatures period.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.