|Position||Public Engagement Coordinator (RESHAPE Project)|
|Department||Public and Community Engagement with Science Group (PE)|
|Location||This position will be based in Ho Chi Minh City|
|Hours of work||Full time Monday – Friday, 37.5 hours per week, extra hours may be required.|
Initially for 01 year, including a 02 month probation period, with possibility of extension based on annual performance appraisal and research approval
|Reporting to||Dr Mary Chambers (Head of PE), Prof. Bridget Wills (RESHAPE Project PI)|
The Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU) is a large-scale clinical and public health research unit based in Viet Nam. We are hosted by the Hospital of Tropical Diseases (HTD) in Ho Chi Minh City, and the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases (NHTD) in Hanoi. We also have sister units in Kathmandu, and Jakarta. As a Wellcome Trust Major Overseas Programme, we have received considerable support from the Wellcome Trust since our establishment in 1991.
Our ten-year vision is to have local, regional and global impact on health by leading a locally driven research programme on infectious diseases in Southeast Asia. This is being achieved via an integrated long-term research programme, contributions to training, the scientific literature, national and international meetings and membership of national and international committees. Priority is given to health issues important to the hospitals, and to Viet Nam as a whole. All work is intended not only to benefit the patients seen daily at our host hospitals but also to help improve patient care throughout Viet Nam and the region.
Dedicated to research excellence, OUCRU has a commitment to promote its research findings internationally and locally in Vietnam. OUCRU has a dedicated Public Engagement team responsible for promoting the image and science of OUCRU in Vietnam, and designing and implementing training and public engagement activities. These range from workshops in rural farming communities, theatre shows with a health message in local primary schools to running training projectss and promoting collaborations with universities and research institutes in Vietnam.
Please see more information on OUCRU Website: www.oucru.org
The Public Engagement Coordinator will be responsible for delivering engagement projects and activities linked to OUCRU research and health sciences, in particular the RESHAPE project and projects involving youth. He/she will take on two main areas of engagement as the following:
1. Engagement within the RESHAPE research project
Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral infection of major global significance. The public health and economic burden of symptomatic infections is very high in Vietnam, especially in the southern provinces. Many types of dengue research are currently being undertaken at OUCRU including observational studies, cohort studies, therapeutic intervention trials and human-to-mosquito transmission studies, some of which involve vulnerable populations such as children and/or very sick patients in intensive care units. In addition, novel research approaches such as use of human challenge models are under consideration. All such research must be performed in accordance with internationally recognized standards for ethical and scientific quality, but it is also crucially important that due attention is paid to the views and principles of Vietnamese stakeholders and research collaborators.
The RESHAPE project is a programme of work designed to explore attitudes to clinical dengue research at different levels in Vietnamese society, in order to facilitate open discussion of complex issues and to ensure a truly equitable and balanced approach as the breadth and range of potential dengue studies expands. One sub-project (the LEAF project) involves engagement with senior stakeholders, including senior representatives from public health organisations and academic institutions, while a second sub-project (the SEED project) aims to recruit a cohort of medical and public health students undertaking their university studies in Ho Chi Minh City, to explore their perceptions and views of clinical and public health orientated research focused on dengue.
We are looking for a Public Engagement Coordinator with experience in working with youth and public engagement in Vietnam.
The Public Engagement Coordinator will develop a formal engagement strategy for the LEAF and SEED projects, in particular looking to maximize involvement of the medical and public health students (around 600 students) in the SEED cohort activities. The individual will coordinate implementation of this strategy which includes activities such as science cafes, science debates, peer-to-peer interviews, poster presentations and community-led film making.
2. Youth engagement with science
The Public Engagement Coordinator will work closely with other members of the OUCRU youth engagement team to design and deliver a wide range of activities with Vietnamese young people in HCMC and provinces. The aims of the youth engagement programme are to promote participation and voices of young people in promoting good health sciences for peer as well as to build their capacity to become ambassadors to enable wider engagement in their communities.
Key responsibilities and tasks
1. Leading all engagement activities related to the RESHAPE research project. Main tasks include:
2. Joint coordinating ongoing OUCRU youth enagagement activities. Main tasks include:
|How to apply||
Interested qualified candidates are invited to send their detailed resume and cover letter in English, including copies of relevant degrees, certificates, either by email or by post to the following address:
Oxford University Clinical Research Unit
The cover letter should detail:
What do you think ‘community engagement’ involves?
What part of your education, training or employment history has best equipped you for this position?
*** We thank all candidates for their interest but only short-listed applicants will be notified for interview.
|Contact person||Ms. Nguyen Thi Hong Phuc|
|Deadline for submission||
31 December 2020
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