GENDER ADVOCACY ASSISTANT

GENDER ADVOCACY ASSISTANT GENDER ADVOCACY ASSISTANT Number of roles: x2 positions Hargeisa, Somaliland, Expected timeline: Mid-March to 25th March 2019. THET is looking for individuals active in gender advocacy networks to support research activities in Hargeisa and Kampala (although applications from other locations in Uganda and Somaliland will be considered). The Gender Advocacy Assistant will conduct data collection and analysis activities for a small project assessing gender in the health workforce. There are a total of four positions available - two roles in each country. About THET THET (Tropical Health and Education Trust) works to create a world where everyone, everywhere, has access to healthcare. We achieve this by training and educating health workers in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) in partnership with volunteers from across the UK health community. Founded in 1988 by Professor Sir Eldryd Parry, we are the only UK Charity with this focus. Background Increasing the participation of women and girls at all levels of society, including in the global health workforce, is an important prerequisite to building more inclusive societies. Whilst women comprise 75% of the health workforce in many countries, they continue to face monumental barriers including hierarchical barriers with regards to promotion and opportunities for training and advancement and remain seriously underrepresented in global health leadership. A Gender Study commissioned by THET in May 2017 found that gender inequity is widely recognised as an obstacle for women working in the health sector in LMICs. The study identified three key issues: · Discrimination against women, including hierarchical barriers with regards to promotion and opportunities for training and advancement. · Stereotyping of the type of activities women should undertake, for instance, patients will often mistake female doctors for nurses or prefer being seen by a male doctor. · Imbalances in the proportion of men and women in jobs. i.e. men as doctors and senior administrators and women as domestic staff, secretaries and nurses. Vision If we are to achieve change we must begin by deepening our understanding the main barriers and enabling factors which women face in LMICs. There is therefore a need for qualitative research into the factors that enable or constrain women’s advancement at multiple levels, and from multiple backgrounds. A greater understanding of the context will enable us to develop appropriate solutions in the form of tools and guidance, which are contextually relevant and appropriate, so that we can stimulate change in our own processes as well as across Health Partnerships. Aim The aim of this project is to identify workable gender transformative approaches that can be incorporated into THET’s tools and resources to support and promote quality health partnerships. Objectives 1) Gain a better understanding of the barriers and enablers women face in the health workforce with a special focus on Uganda and Somaliland. 2) Develop tools which will address barriers identified and action enabling factors within THET’s projects and programmes as well as its Health Partnerships. 3) Disseminate findings and tools to action change across the global health community. Methodology This project will develop a stronger gender focus in THET and its Health Partnership work. We will do this in three stages, which respond to the objectives outlined above. The first stage will see THET combine insights from its existing literature, most notably the 2017 Gender Study which collected primary data from Health Partnerships in Tanzania and Uganda; the broader international evidence base around barriers and enablers for women in the health workforce in LMICs; and a small sample of primary qualitative research which will be carried out in Somaliland and Uganda by gender champions from those countries. This approach will allow us to draw out key insights from the literature regarding barriers and enablers for women in the health workforce in LMICs and subsequently explore their relevance and validity through participatory research methods in-country. The scope of the research will not only help gain us a better understanding of best practice in gender transformative approaches in health system strengthening, but also improve our understanding of the practical context in which we operate. The gender champions are particularly key to the latter. The peer-to-peer format of the research will enable a level of access and insight access to communities and key individuals which is not often available. The research methodology will be qualitative, using a combination of small group discussions (focus group format) and key informant interviews. THET estimates a total of 8 small group discussions and 6 key informant interviews in each country. This primary research will complement a study at health facility level undertaken by THET in 2016 in Uganda and Tanzania. The Report and recommendations produced at the end of Stage 1 on the basis of the literature review and analysis of primary data, will then inform the development of gender transformative tools. THET will develop tools and guidance for both internal and external purposes which will promote best practice in gender mainstreaming across our portfolio of grants management and country programmes work. These will be piloted and shared with two key health partnerships through a workshop in Uganda. Role Purpose / Scope of Work The aim of this role is to, as part of a team of three (3), in Uganda / Somaliland support various research activities. This will involve: · Input into the development of data collection tools, including questionnaires and small group discussion templates in conjunction with UK-based consultant and Coordinating Champions in-country. · Organise and lead small group discussions (minimum of 4) with relevant participants, write up findings and feedback to THET. Deliverables · Data collection tools developed collaboratively. · Minimum of 4 small group discussions held and findings written up. Qualifications or Specialized Knowledge/Experience Required: Required: Strong background in research design and methods, with experience facilitating focus group discussions. Knowledge of healthcare sector and experience in gender advocacy strongly preferred. · Ability to work independently as well as part of a team and co-operate with stakeholders. · Ability to work with teams remotely. · Excellent oral and written communication in English. · Substantive knowledge of Eastern Africa. · Strong interpersonal skills-including but not limited to- the ability to work under pressure with restrictive timelines and to establish and maintain effective relationships with people. Remuneration and Timescales A maximum consultancy fee is available of up to GBP £1250. It is envisaged that up to 5 days will be required. Ideally the individual would be available to start now. Approximate Timeline Activity description Date Time line Input into development of research tools Mid-March 1 day Small Group Discussions 4 days All activities need to be completed by the 21st March. How to apply: If you meet the above requirements, submit your CV and a Cover note of not more than 2 pages detailing how your background reflects the above competencies. To send an application to Hargeisa, kindly send the email to: recruitment-som@thet.org Deadline: Wednesday, 06th March 2019 at 5.30pm

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