JOB! Research Uptake Manager – What works to prevent violence against women & girls?

Gender and Health Research Unit, Medical Research Council, South Africa
Pretoria
Contract position until November 2018

The MRC is leading the DFID-funded global progamme ‘What works to prevent violence against Women & Girls?’ This aims to build knowledge on what strategies and interventions can prevent men’s violence against women and girls (VAWG). The programme will work across 28 countries of Africa, South Asia and Middle East. The primary task of this position will be to implement the research uptake policy, communicating science to non-scientists in order to influence their work and policy, and ensure communication among the What Works partners. This involves communicating research findings in an accessible way to NGOs, policy-makers, and donors, and supporting programme partners to develop effective activities that result in research use, and training programme partners in how to do this more effectively. The post holder will use a range of technologies, and have responsibility for managing the project website. This post is a contract position until November 2018, available immediately,
based in Pretoria and will involve overseas travel.

Minimum qualifications: Masters in a health, gender, politics or international development related subject (or equivalent professional qualification)

Experience required: a minimum of 3 years’ experience in GBV or health communication involving the interpretation of scientific findings for non-scientific audiences; experience of working with the media – developing media strategies, preparing press releases, writing articles/responses; experience influencing policy-makers to use research; an established interest and knowledge of VAWG; experience in one or more countries networking with policy-makers and other stakeholders, and/or journalists, and/or donors; experience of online media for audiences/ users in settings with low bandwidth including websites.

The successful candidate will be able to write syntheses of research for non-scientists independently, have good communication, interpersonal skills and writing skills and will understand gender issues. Ability to travel is essential. Candidates will have an advantage if they have: experience of developing web-based communication, producing products for publication and working with editors and graphic designers, work in cross-cultural contexts, training or capacity building on communications for VAWG prevention, understanding of the research uptake environment globally.

Responsibilities:

* Developing and implementing a strategic approach to using research findings to influence policy and programming decisions in multiple countries and globally
* Writing non-scientific syntheses of findings of science generated through ‘What Works’ and disseminating these to the target audience in multiple countries and globally
* Generating interest in findings from the media in different countries and regionally and managing media relations
* Managing the development of content for a website
* Working with a London-based communications specialist to ensure uptake is coordinated and impacts at all levels, globally and locally in multiple countries, including through assisting in capacity development for this at a country level
* Supporting the monitoring and evaluation of the What Works research uptake strategy
* Supporting and building capacity of partners including innovation grantees to develop their own research uptake strategies and engage with key local stakeholders on research uptake

This post has a cost to company salary of in the region of R 500 968 pa (depending on experience).

The MRC subscribes to the principles of Employment Equity.

Please quote the reference number “R756” in all communications. Certified copies of your ID and highest formal qualifications must be submitted with the application. Should your application not contain these required information and documents, it will unfortunately not be considered.

The MRC retains the right not to make an appointment.

Closing Date: 6 June 2014

If you have not heard from us within 30 days of the closing date,
this will mean that your application has been unsuccessful.

Applications should contain: a) a full CV, and b) a covering letter outlining experience relevant to the key responsibilities of the post. This should be sent to Lee – Anne Louw by email: recruitment@mrc.ac.za<mailto:recruitment@mrc.ac.za> by 4.30pm on Friday 6 June 2014.

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