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Research Associate - Public Health Foundation Of India (Apply by: February 03, 2016)

Position Code : PHFI-RSAS-22

Position Title : Research Associate

Location : New Delhi

Duration of Position : One year or co-terminus with the project, whichever is earlier.

Apply by: February 03, 2016

Brief on the Organization:

The Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) is working towards building a healthier India. It is helping to address the limited institutional and systems capacity in India by strengthening education and training, advancing research and technology and facilitating policy and practice in the area of Public Health. PHFI is headquartered in New Delhi with national presence through its constituent units of regional Indian Institutes of Public Health (IIPHs) and Centres of Applied Research in core public health themes. The Foundation, established in 2006 as a public private initiative, is governed by an independent board comprising of senior government officials, eminent Indian and International academic and leaders, civil society representatives and corporate leaders. For more information, please visit the website

Project Brief:

As political will has converged onto the path towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals, increasing attention is being paid to the Social Determinants of Health (SDH), “the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age, including the health system.” In India, efforts (to characterize and) to act on SDH have been fragmented and ad hoc, even as India has played a key role in mobilising recognition of SDH on the international stage. A number of programmes have been piloted, scaled, and rolled out by statal and nonstatal actors alike, but we have no consolidation or macro-level picture of what these efforts entailed.

To address these challenges, we propose the creation of an Indian Knowledge Network on the Social Determinants of Health. Over the upcoming ten months, workshops will be held to build capacity on linking SDH to other key discourses in India (including related to gender, equity, and human rights), ongoing processes of policy formulation (like Universal Health Coverage reform, and convergence mechanisms at the national, state and other levels) and advocacy. Activities include desk and field based research (proposal design, data collection, analysis and reporting), the convening of workshops with national and international stakeholders, as well as advocacy and networking. The dedicated support of a qualified Research Associate is envisioned to support these deliverables and activities.

  • Event management for capacity building workshops and/or dissemination.
  • Communication and information management.
  • Fieldwork planning.
  • Advocacy/dissemination planning and execution.
  • Coordinate and assist in secondary and primary data collection for deliverables.
  • Sourcing scientific and grey literature relevant to research themes.
  • Conducting relevant literature reviews and policy analysis and/or landscaping.
  • Assisting with IRB review processes.
  • Coordinating and engaging in primary data collection, including development/piloting of tools, data collection, transcription, translation, analysis, and compilation.
  • Assist with other emerging needs of the projects, based upon discussion with the PI.
  • Represent the project in coordination meetings, research activity meetings, workshops, and meetings with stakeholders/Knowledge Network members – these include academic institutions, NGOs, state officials as well as donors.
  • Event management requiring coordination with research admin team, sub-budgeting for research and workshops, IT and publishing coordination for deliverables.
  • Daily documentation will be carried out.
  • Donor reports/ spending details/comparative analysis or any other.


  • Postgraduate training (degree or diploma) in public health, related social science (sociology, social work), or development or at least five years of field research experience in a related domain.
  • Conversance in public health and related development issues in India and/or general Indian political/economic history.
  • Reading, writing and speaking fluency in English and one additional regional language (preference for Malayalam and Assamese; a writing sample will be required).
  • Comfort (not necessarily experience) using computers, Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and project management tools (Calendar, project management software, etc.).

  • An intention to build a career in public health with a focus on governance and/or qualitative research


  • Experience reading and writing research reports and/or conducting field research (at least 2-3 years) OR experience engaging in national or state level advocacy and/or event management on human rights or health related issues (at least 3-4 years).
  • At least five years of field research experience, at least two years of research report writing.
  • Self-motivation, flexibility and attention to detail.

Annual Salary (CTC) will commensurate with the available skills and fitment of the incumbent as per the selection process.

Applications, along with detailed CV, may be sent to: . Please highlight the Position Code (PHFI-RSAS-22) in the subject. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the interview.

Please log on to the following path and download the same on to the system. This is to be completed and sent along with the CV for shortlisting. Please note that applications sent without this will not be considered( .

Last Date of Receipt of Applications: COB 03 February 2016

  • Candidates should have an excellent academic record, good communication skills, a commitment to high quality undergraduate and post-graduate education.
  • Mere eligibility will not entitle any candidate for being called for interview.
  • Persons employed in Government/Semi-Government Organization or Educational Institutions in India must apply through proper channel.
  • PHFI reserves the right to fill or not to fill any or all available positions.
  • The requirements of minimum qualification and/or experience may be relaxed in the case of candidates with outstanding credentials.
  • No correspondence will be entertained from candidates regarding any delays, conduct & result of interview and reasons for not being called for interview.

“PHFI reserves the sole right to alter/modify/cancel the entire selection process or the position or the vacancy or to disqualify any candidature at any stage of the selection process”.

Women are encouraged to apply

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