With the continued commitment of the Department of Health (DOH) in training the next generation of health sector leaders, researchers, policy analysis and program managers, the DOH partnered with Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) to implement the DOH Research Fellowship Program. Aligned with the Advancing Health through Evidence Assisted Decisions (AHEAD) strategy to (1) to increase individual, institutional and sectoral research capacity and (2) to position the Philippines as a global knowledge contributor, the Program aims to establish a cadre of young professionals with the appropriate knowledge, skills and attitude to appraise and conduct high quality health policy and systems research that are of policy significance.

With the passing of the Universal Health Care Act, there is a need to further develop a cadre of policy system researchers, technical experts and managers in order to strengthen internal analytic capacity in the DOH and to build health policy and systems research capacity within the sector. In line with this, the DOH Fellowship Program will be expanded in order to capacitate young professionals deployed to the regional Centers for Health Development (CHDs) all over the country.

The DOH Regional Research Fellowship Program is a 1-year term fellowship program intended for early career professionals who are considering a career in research. The Regional Research Fellows will be fully immersed in technical work at DOH regional CHDs and, in turn, will be capacitated in health policy, research and health systems management.

Objective:

To produce a cadre of young professionals in the field of health systems research, policy, data analysis and health systems management at the DOH CHD level

Scope of Work:

  1. Identify research gaps in health policy and systems
  2. Develop and design a health policy and systems research addressing identified research gaps/ health policy and systems issues
  3. Collect and analyze data using a range of quantitative and qualitative techniques
  4. Systematically search, appraise and synthesize research evidence
  5. Communicate evidence to influence policy-making and legislation through the development of policy briefs, policy notes and other knowledge products as appropriate
  6. Apply research evidence in day-to-day practice to improve health policy and systems
  7. Participate in research capacity building activities
  8. Comply with DOH standards and protocols

Deliverables*:

*meant to be completed individually by the fellow, unless otherwise indicated

  1. One (1) individual research paper (can be done collaboratively with CHD staff, but fellow must be the principal investigator, and author)
  2. At least one (1) research brief
  3. At least five (5) technical reports/documents (such as, but not limited to position papers, policy notes, technical presentations, meeting reports, aide memoires, terms of reference and the like)
  4. Timely submission of monthly accomplishment report approved by the DOH management
  5. Other policy and research related technical tasks as may be required

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. At least 20 years old
  2. Residing in regions I (Ilocos), III (Central Luzon), VI (Western Visayas), VII (Central Visayas), X (Northern Mindanao), CAR (Cordillera)
  3. Graduate of bachelor’s degree in any health-related courses*

*Fresh graduates are welcome to apply.

  1. Fluent in English and Filipino
    1. Knowledge/fluency of different dialects in the region is an advantage
  2. Has knowledge in research and analytical writing
  3. Possesses skills in planning, organizing and managing research
  4. Has proficient computer skills, particularly for data management, technical report-writing and presentation preparation

Duration:

One year, non-renewable

Deployment:

Centers for Health Development (CHDs) Units/Divisions in regions I, III, VI, VII, X, and CAR

Compensation:

PhP 30,000.00/ month

Expression of Interest:

Qualified applicants may file their application together with the following documents at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:

  1. Cover letter addressed to:        

JAIME C. MONTOYA, MD, MSc, PhD, CESO III

Executive Director

Philippine Council for Health Research and Development

Department of Science and Technology

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Sample research paper/technical report

Deadline of submission is on or before November 22, 2019.

For queries, contact Ms. Juanita R. Valeza at 8-651-7800 local 1326/1328 or Ms. Ian Hannah C. Gozun at (02) 8-837-7537 local 405.

As part of the advocacy of the consortium to promote PHREB accreditation of CLHRDC member institutions’ ethics review committees and conduct of ethically-sound researches, Basic Research Ethics Training has been conducted. It was held at Green Manor Hotel, City of San Fernando, Pampanga, and was attended by 30 participants from 16 member institutions.

The training objectives were the following:

  1. To dialogue and guide participants regarding the moral dimensions of research
  2. To help participants conduct or review ethical research
  3. To sensitize participants regarding basic research ethics concepts
  4. To help participants apply these ethical concepts: avoid, recognize, correct ethical issues
  5. To describe participants the different controls for research ethics, focusing on the Research Ethics Committees (RECs) and the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB)
  6. To motivate participants to do and advocate quality ethical research

Dr. Ricardo M. Manalastas, Jr. and Dr. Maria Salome N. Vios of PHREB were the resource speakers for the 2-day activity. Lectures on the introduction to ethics in research, scientific soundness, principles of non-maleficence, respect for person and justice were discussed on the 1st day. For the 2nd day, discussions regarding social and behavioral research, national, international and institutional controls, revising review and after review process, and the ethical research were given. Activities such as role playing and protocol reviews were done after each lectures.

Featured Links

PNHRS

http://www.healthresearch.ph

PCHRD

http://www.pchrd.dost.gov.ph

eHealth

http://www.ehealth.ph

Ethics

http://ethics.healthresearch.ph

ASEAN-NDI

http://www.asean-ndi.org

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