Qualitative Researcher Officer -HERD International


Qualitative Researcher Officer -HERD International: Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading cause of death in South-East Asia (WHO, 2013), and diabetes prevalence in low- and middle-income countries is rising rapidly. Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) is a complex condition which is often not well understood, even by diagnosed diabetics. Lack of information, social stigma, and cultural norms can hinder preventative behaviors.

Our collaboration between HERD International, Janakpur Women’s Development Centre (JWDC), the UCL Institute for Global Health and independent international artists will use participatory research, traditional art, interactive games, and drama in rural plains Nepal. The project will enable female Maithil artists to engage with communities about T2DM to promote understanding of culturally relevant health messaging and improve awareness about T2DM. The project will run from June 2018 to May 2019.

We are seeking a Maithili speaking experienced qualitative researcher to coordinate activities before and during the Mela with the project manager of the JWDC. The researcher will also work with women from the JWDC to evaluate the Mela, organize and participate in dissemination activities and preparation of project reports. This position is offered for three months from January 2019 to March 2019 inclusive and will be based in HERD International office in Thapathali, Kathmandu with a substantial amount of travel to Janakpur.

Duties to include:

  1. Coordinate activities before and during a two day Mela and community drama in and around Janakpur.
  2. Work with nutrition specialists in preparing nutrition counseling materials and training to nurses and cart wallah’s in Janakpur
  3. Support the manager of the JWDC in conducting working group meetings in Janakpur to advise on Mela implementation
  4. Facilitate the involvement of the Ministry of Health and the Department of Health Services personnel (in particular the NHIECC and NCD working group) and other policy level stakeholders.
  5. Work with senior researchers in coordinating a briefing about the project for the press.
  6. Coordinate central level dissemination of the project in Kathmandu.
  7. Plan and implement the project evaluation. This will include participatory methods training of JWDC women, data collection, data management, analysis and writing a report.


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