Asia SORT-IT Operational Research Course-2019: The Union’s Regional Office for South-East Asia (USEA), located in New Delhi, India and Médecins Sans Fronterès invite applications from the health programme/project managers/public health professionals from countries in Asia including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Cambodia, Maldives, Timor Leste, Indonesia, Myanmar, Malaysia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand for a Regional Operational Research Training Course. This course is conducted by The Union with the funding support of the Department for International Development, United Kingdom. This is a “SORT IT” (Structured Operational Research and Training IniTiative) course and is conducted under the umbrella of the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases at the World Health Organization (WHO-TDR). The course will be led by The Union and Médecins Sans Frontières and will be facilitated by various SORT IT partners. SORT IT supports organisations, projects and countries to undertake operational research in accordance with their own priorities, develop adequate and sustainable operational research capacity, and create an organisational culture of policy and practice being informed by operational research, leading to improved programme performance.
The initiative teaches the practical skills needed to undertake and publish operational research. The course duration is 9-10 months with 3 modules with clear milestones and measurable targets. Failure to fulfil the expected outputs linked to each module implies the candidate does not return for the next module. Participants go through the whole research process and complete the course with a defined product which is a peer-reviewed manuscript to be submitted for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals which in turn contributes to improved policy and/or practice.
Purpose: To develop the practical skills for conducting operational research and publishing the findings
Course curriculum: The course comprises three modules which will be held at Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Faculty for the course
The course will be conducted by the experienced and reputed faculty from The Union’s Centre for Operational Research, Médecins Sans Frontières (Brussels/Luxembourg), collaborating University partners and the successful participants of the earlier courses who have now graduated to become faculty.
Criteria for successful applicants
- Involved actively in the running of a national or state or NGO programme or major health institution in a program or disease specific field (TB, HIV, lung health, tobacco control, communicable or non- communicable diseases)
- Statement from applicant – Provide written commitment to attend all three modules of the training course, return to their programme or institution after the course and implement course knowledge at programme level for a minimum of at least 18 months. This is mandatory and we urge you to use the attached standard template.
- Statement from supervisor – Provide a written statement from the supervisor or coordination/operations or relevant authority attesting to the investment of resources and granting the applicant permission to have time and opportunity to carry out and publish operational research (with applicant being the first author) and adhere to all the course milestones and timelines. Please note that we do not provide any funds for conduct of research. This is mandatory and we urge you to use the attached standard template.
- Ability to mobilize the funding required to carry out operational research
- Outline a one – two-page text with a) title (max 20 words) a) description of a problem that the candidate has identified within a given program (max 500 words) b) formulates a research question (using PICOT format) that is proposed to be developed into an operational research project (max 100 words). Please note that the research questions using already available routine programme data (secondary data) are preferred as studies involving primary data collection are unlikely to fit into the time-line and expected outputs of the course and .c) brief methodology (max 500 words) including whether primary or secondary data collection (if secondary, what is the source of data and whether it is available in paper-based or in electronic format and whether you have the permission to access data)
- Masters in Public Health (MPH) or an equivalent, or a strong recommendation
- Fluent in written and spoken English
- Computer literate
Supporting documents that have to be submitted online while filling the application are:
- CV of applicant
- Statement from applicant
- Statement from supervisor
- For MSF candidates from sections other than the Brussels Operational Center, a letter of approval will be required from the medical or operations director
Application deadline: November 10, 2018
Applications, along with supportive documents, have to be submitted online using the link