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ICRC has a broad health program in Lebanon, which includes Primary Health Care ‘PHC’, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support ‘MHPSS’, First Aid and Pre-hospital Care, Hospital Support and Physical Rehabilitation program ‘PRP’. Across all these programs, operational research is becoming more and more prominent.
In particular, the ICRC is wishing to boost the operational research component in the Weapon Traumatology and Training Center (WTTC) in Tripoli, supported since 2014. The aim of this center is to cater for the surgical needs of war related wounded who have developed complications/sequel and therefore need reconstructed surgery.
More than 2000 patient have been treated so far. The ICRC ensured a close follow-up of the wounded treated in the Lebanese contracted hospitals. All wounded presented complex multiple traumas and often were affected by severe complications thereby putting patients’ lives at risk and functions limited.
Place of Assignment: Tripoli (Al Chifa Hospital, Al Zahra Post-Operative Centre), with at least 40% of working time in Beirut.
1year contract renewable
Main skills required for the post:
Degree in epidemiology or Masters’ degree in a relevant field (Public Health, Research Methods)
Preferably of medical background
Proven experience in research in hospital settings preferably surgery
At least 6 years research experience, ideally in collecting and analysing quantitative data. Experience in qualitative data analysis will be an asset
Adept at using software of qualitative and quantitative analyses
Acquaintance with different study designs, methodologies and ethics committees procedures
Proven track of peer reviewed publications in a research field relevant to the post (public health, surgery, traumatology)
Flexible, Diplomatic, able to work independently
Ability to work effectively and harmoniously with colleagues from various cultures and professional backgrounds.
Excellent command of English
Purpose of the position:
Humanitarian health interventions are requested more and more to be evidence based and to respond to documented needs of the populations. The ICRC health program in Lebanon collaborates with many national and international academic institutions to document good practices and inform the evidence base needed.
The WTTC is a unique ICRC hospital project, therefore, health care provided at the WTTC need to be carefully documented and analysed so as to describe what is effectively provided in term of comprehensive care (ranging from surgical, PRP, MHPSS care), inform on the performance and its potential replications. A considerable amount of work has already been done in this regard, however, more investment is still needed - To this end, there is a general consensus to have an Epidemiologist to help the team better document & describe the clinical activities of the project and further analyse clinical outcomes.
Additionally, it is expected to explore the feasibility of relevant clinical research in other health programs and projects.
Main responsibilities & tasks:
Current data collection & Analysis
Work on Electronic Patient Management System ‘EPMS’ - appraise the data collection, extract data and do a preliminary analyses/interpretation of activities developed at the WTTC
Work with/help the team to identify /explore areas for deeper analysis & interpretation
In close coordination with the team, identify and put in place metrics informing on the quality, outcome, cost analysis, performance and patient satisfaction.
When necessary, provide training and support to WTTC members and health teams on the field to collect data in line with WTTC activities, including for regional patients sent to WTTC.
Based on the above, identify current strengths and weaknesses of the current data collection/analysis system and in order to contribute to the development of the incoming new PEARL data system.
Conduct an internal scan of WTTC activities to identify promising research opportunities.
Review with the team previously identified areas for research, do a literature review and see whether still relevant and feasible to produce research.
Discuss with the hospital team and propose potential area of research : (1) hypothesis, 2) research questions, 3) study design 4) strategy for data collection, data management and data analysis
Connect WTTC with local & external institutions.to involve them as much as possible and, when relevant, in conducting future research projects in line with ICRC operational research concept paper.
Support to other Health Programs
Based on the needs identified by the Health Coordinator and Health Program Managers, the Epidemiologist can be requested to provide support to other operational research projects ongoing or to be established in the Delegation.
Provide a mission report with findings, recommendations and follow-up
Contribute to internal reporting upon request of the Health Coordinator.