Research Fellow in Communication Aspects of Infectious Disease Risk Reduction

Engineering and Environment

Working in the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, you will be responsible for the research evaluation and study of the No Strings International Hand Washing with Soap Innovation associated with part of a longstanding theme of Infectious Disease Risk Reduction work coordinated by the Disaster and Development Network (DDN). The innovation is a collaboration with No Strings International and also involves working alongside Catholic Relief Services for two periods of field work in East Africa, albeit a substantive part of the work will be based in the UK. The project for which this post is required is supported by Enhanced Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance (ELRHA)

You will provide research, monitoring and evaluation for the No Strings Project to identify communication effectiveness in hygiene interventions such as through puppetry. This will contribute to a wider strategy being promoted through the Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) of ELRHA to identify innovative intervention strategies. The project will also draw from and contribute to our Disaster and Development Network (DDN) themes of Infectious Disease Risk Reduction and Health Centred Disaster Risk Reduction. Your role in the production of outputs from the project will be through a contribution to the overall project report submitted by No Strings to ELRHA and through the joint drafting of at least one academic paper. 

You will be expected to work both autonomously and as part of a wider team reporting to the research leader for this project at Northumbria University on a regular basis. 

You must have experience with qualitative research evaluation techniques and knowledge of water, sanitation and hygiene issues in developing areas, preferably including communication issues. Some basic experience with quantitative methods is also desirable. You will ideally be familiar with working in contexts where there are children and young people and be able to evidence an empathy for addressing situations of extreme economic poverty. You will be required to pass a DBS check prior to engaging in field work. It is essential that you are able to demonstrate the ability to produce quality research outputs.

You must hold a postgraduate qualification. 

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Professor Andrew Collins, email:, telephone +44 191 2274215.

Please note that if you do not have permission to work in the UK, Northumbria University may not be able to obtain a Certificate of Sponsorship for you to take up this position.

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Please submit a Covering Letter and your CV, including a full list of publications where relevant and any documents specifically requested in the Role Description and Person Specification, such as a sample of written work or journal article. Alongside this please complete the attached Equal Opportunities/Personal details form (found at the bottom of this page).

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Please note this vacancy will close at 23:59 on 05/06/2017


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