Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary £39,304.00 - £44,634.00 gross per year
  • London


We would like to appoint a Research Fellow in Humanitarian Health - an expert in humanitarian public health to work within the UK Research Councils funded RECAP (“Research capacity building and knowledge generation to support preparedness and response to humanitarian crises and epidemics”) programme, a multi-year initiative to strengthen decision-making and accountability in the humanitarian health and protection sectors. The role is a maternity cover post, however, it is highly likely that other opportunities may become available at the end of this contract, dependent on confirmation of additional funding.

The role-holder will be a researcher for work package 1 (“Develop, pilot and evaluate the application of improved metrics of agency and sector performance in humanitarian settings”) of RECAP. You will be expected to refine methods to audit the performance of the public health sectors in a humanitarian response; undertake field deployments (about 4 weeks each) to up to two crisis-affected regions (to be defined); and, based in London, analyse data. An expectation of the role, commensurate with time availability, is to also contribute to expanding LSHTM’s activities in humanitarian health research and/or technical support to humanitarian agencies. In addition, the role-holder will be involved in developing our first MSc by distance learning on health in humanitarian crises, and related, focusing capacity building content for RECAP partner international NGOs.

RECAP is led by an inter-disciplinary group of researchers. The programme is in collaboration with Médecins Sans Frontières, Save the Children, the International Rescue Committee, BRAC and academic partners in the UK, Lebanon and Sierra Leone.

The post offers an opportunity to acquire further competencies in epidemiology and statistical methods, and build up a record of publications. Some travel to insecure locations is required.

Applicants must have a post-graduate qualification (Master or doctoral) in public health, epidemiology or biostatistics. Excellent knowledge of the field of humanitarian health, extensive field experience in humanitarian crisis settings, and experience in design and analysis of epidemiological surveillance and surveys are essential. Further particulars are included in the job description.

The post is full-time and fixed-term until 30 April 2020 and based in London. The salary will be on the Academic Pathway Grade 6 in the range £39,304 – £44,634 per annum (inclusive of London Weighting) dependent on skills and experience. The post will be subject to the LSHTM terms and conditions of service. Annual leave entitlement is 30 working days per year, pro rata for part time staff. In addition to this there are discretionary “Director’s Days”. Membership of the Pension Scheme is available.

Applications should be made on-line via our website at

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