Spain: Social Scientist

Organization: Barcelona Institute for Global Health
Country: Spain
Closing date: 29 Jun 2017

The Barcelona Institute for Global Health, ISGlobal, is the fruit of an innovative alliance between academic, government, and philanthropic institutions to contribute to the efforts undertaken by the international community to address the challenges in global health. ISGlobal provides a hub of excellence dedicated to scientific research and the provision of health care. The institute, which originated in a joint initiative of the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona and the University of Barcelona, has amassed over 30 years of experience in the field of global health. The pivotal mechanism of its work model is the transfer of knowledge generated by scientific research to practice, a task undertaken by the Research, Training and Policy and Global Development departments. Its ultimate goal is to help close the gaps in health disparities between and within different regions of the world.

ISGlobal is seeking an experienced Social Anthropologist who is interested in taking over and managing activities of the project “**Transforming Intermittent Preventive Treatment for Optimal Pregnancy” (TIPTOP).** The overall project goal is to contribute to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality by expanding access to intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy (IPTp) with quality-assured (QA) sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP).

The five-year project, funded by UNITAID and coordinated by Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University, will increase malaria in pregnancy IPTp-SP coverage and expand antenatal care attendance primarily through Community Health Workers (CHW) in four African countries – Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Mozambique and Nigeria. The Jhpiego-led consortium includes Jhpiego as principal recipient and implementing partner responsible to UNITAID for the implementation of the Project and ISGlobal, the Barcelona Institute for Global Health, as lead research and evaluation partner. The consortium will work closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) and Malaria Medicines Venture (MMV) as well as other stakeholders, to ensure that all project outputs are met.

The Project will establish a scalable model across four countries to generate evidence for change and expand access to preventive chemotherapy for pregnant women. TIPTOP will apply a community-based approach that fosters partnership and strengthens the dynamic link between communities and health facilities, especially for the most vulnerable people. A learning-driven approach will be employed throughout the project to guide expansion in a two-phase process and generate sufficient evidence to inform WHO policy recommendations and future actions in each country, in an effort to expand the intervention over the long-term.

ISGlobal is the lead evaluation and research organization and is responsible for implementing a set of studies to generate evidence for global guidance on community IPTp-SP. Specifically, ISGlobal will be responsible for designing and implementing the project’s evaluation plan, as well as designing, analyzing and reporting the operational research studies to assess the cost and acceptability and feasibility of the intervention and its impact. These will be done through household surveys, feasibility studies, costing studies —and also assistance to ensure the quality of routine monitoring data.


Under the guidance of the Project Coordinator and of the Senior Technical Coordinator will:

· Conduct acceptability and feasibility studies in close collaboration with local counterparts in Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Mozambique and Nigeria.

· Develop study protocols in collaboration with local counterparts identified by ISGlobal, and supervise data collection activities.

· Quality assurance for the data analysis leading to reporting and scientific publications.

· Develop procedures and guidelines for the conduction of the social research with local counterparts in Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Mozambique and Nigeria.

· Coordinate, supervise and perform training activities with local counterparts as required.

· Coordinate and supervise the work of a junior social scientist (pre-doc position)

· Interact with colleagues in ISGlobal, Jphiego and local counterparts in Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Mozambique and Nigeria.

· Report activities of the project.

· Scientific writing of manuscripts derived of the research activities.

The candidate will be expected to:

· Travel to project sites in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Mozambique and Nigeria as required by project’s activities. Potential travels to other African countries, or project coordination or annual meetings might be needed.

· Provide technical advice to local counterparts, conduct training and supervise data collection activities in Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Mozambique and Nigeria.

· Interact with consortium partners and other organizations (WHO, MMV) and stakeholders that may be involved in the project and the acceptability studies as required (i.e., ethics committees).

· Prepare and present records of the activities to the Project Coordinator and the Senior Technical Advisor, reports to JHPIEGO, UNITAID and eventually a manuscript summarizing the activities conducted in the project as well as potential applications for competitive grants.

· Coordinate meetings, teleconferences and prepare summaries of the discussions with participants in the project, as well as with researchers and staff from other African institutions and partners involved in the acceptability studies (e.g. Jhpiego, ISGlobal local counterparts in Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Mozambique and Nigeria).

· Carry out any other duties that are within the scope, spirit and purpose of the job, as requested by the Project Coordinator and the Senior Technical Advisor.


· Advanced University degree (e.g. biomedical sciences or social sciences) and Master or PhD studies in social sciences (anthropology, sociology, human geography or other related subjects).

· Trained and experienced in qualitative methods.


· At least 3 years previous experience in social sciences research with a focus in qualitative research (e.g.focus groups, surveys, interviews).

· Experience facilitating qualitative group discussions, transcribing and analyzing data.

· At least 3 years working experience in low- and middle-income countries.


· Knowledge of GCP/GLP practices and Standard Operative Procedures.

· Ability to adapt to new environments, work effectively as part of the team and use own initiative when required.

· Ability to design and develop activities, to achieve milestones and specific deliverables, and to meet deadlines.

· Effective written and verbal communication skills.

· To have a genuine interest in biomedical research of infectious diseases, maternal health, capacity building and global development.


· Full-time schedule and exclusive dedication.

· A very good command (advanced level) of the English language and working knowledge (intermediate level) of French and/or Portuguese.

· Knowledge of Catalan or Spanish is a plus.

· Excellent writing ability to elaborate high-quality and concise technical reports. Excellent presentation skills.

· Excellent ability of initiative, coordination and team work in multicultural environment, and to interact with local counterparts and other project stakeholders.

· Flexibility. Open to new ideas and new working methods, adapt positively to change, exchange views and opinions with colleagues. Able to work independently while understanding own limits.

· Knowledge of social science software applications to record and analyze results using statistical techniques and packages ( NVIVO, EDNOTE, SPSS, STATA)

We offer:

· Fixed-term contract for all project length (about 57 months), office-based in Barcelona, starting in August 2017.

· Salary according to the candidate profile and project budget.

How to apply:


Please send a CV and a cover letter to: with the reference TIPTOP_SS. Applications should also include the names and email contacts of 2 referees who can be contacted immediately if shortlisted. The closing date for receipt of application is 29th June 2017.

*Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted**