[Air-L] Postdoctoral research fellow, Digital health and rights, University of Warwick

Sara Leila Margaret Davis sara.davis at graduateinstitute.ch
Wed Apr 12 07:19:57 PDT 2023

Dear colleagues,

I am joining University of Warwick as Professor of Digital Health and
Rights in June, and seek a full-time Research Fellow
for a three-year Participatory Action Research project on human rights and
digital health in Colombia, Ghana, Kenya and Vietnam. It's an exciting
project with a wonderful international group of collaborators, and a chance
to make real policy changes.

Thank you for sharing with interested candidates. More on the project is online
here <https://www.graduateinstitute.ch/DigitalHealth-Rights> (currently at
Graduate Institute in Geneva, but moving to Warwick). Closing date for
applications is May 4th. Full details and link to apply are here

Meg Davis


Research Fellow (107363-0423)

Vacancy Type/Job category
Research Only
Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies
£33,348 - £43,155 per annum
University of Warwick, Coventry & Hybrid working
Vacancy Overview
Full time, 36 month fixed term contract starting June 2023.

You will be employed as a full-time,fixed-term Postdoctoral Research Fellow
within the Fondation Botnar-funded “Digital Health and Rights Project”
project which is led by a consortium of social scientists at Universidad de
los Andes (Colombia), civil society organizations (Kenya Ethical & Legal
Issues in HIV & AIDS [KELIN], Privacy International, Restless Development
and STOPAIDS), the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), and the
Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies (CIM) at the University of
Warwick, which hosts the consortium.

The project runs for 36 months commencing June 2023 or as soon thereafter
as possible. The post holder will be working closely with Prof. Sara (Meg)
Davis at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, who is principal
investigator of the study. The post holder will also work closely with the
Steering Committee for the consortium, which includes leadership from all
the organizations listed above, as well as elected representatives of
Community Advisory Teams from Colombia, Ghana, Kenya and Vietnam.

Interview date: TBC.
Job Description

The post holder is expected to be actively engaged in the design,
implementation and analysis of the study, and to provide training, guidance
and support to community researchers in all four countries. The post holder
will also collaborate with a postdoctoral researcher at Universidad de los
Andes on a scoping study, and contribute to the development of digital
health literacy and empowerment training resources and policy


• To conduct participatory action research on the experience of young
adults (ages 18-30) in Colombia, Ghana, Kenya and Vietnam with the digital
transformation of health information and services.

• To provide technical support and guidance to national researchers in all
four countries, with the guidance of the PI and the consortium Steering

• Together with the PI, coordinate the development of study protocols and
tools, and participate in national-level meetings with Community Advisory
Teams to identify national-level research priorities and qualitative
methods for the study.

• Provide training to national researchers on ethics and methods of
qualitative research, and provide technical support through virtual means,
in-country visits and study exchanges; host weekly virtual research clinics.

• Coordinate reviews of laws and policies by national researchers in the
study countries, producing reports and policy recommendations.

• Together with the PI, coordinate online qualitative data analysis (using

• Collaborate with a postdoctoral researcher at Universidad de los Andes to
conduct a scoping review for publication.

• Contribute to development of an online repository of digital literacy
education courses and tools, development of course materials, and policy

• Keep in regular contact with the PIs on the progress of the research;
attend regular project meetings, and alert the PIs to any problems that may
arise in the conduct of the research.

• Maintain and provide the PI and Steering Committee with frequent updates
on materials, development, and data collected and analysed during the
duration of the project, and regularly update materials on the project’s
on-line sources.

• In collaboration with the PI, draft and revise research papers resulting
in journal submissions and/or conference presentations.

• Any other reasonable duties commensurate with the level of the post and
as deemed appropriate by the PI.


Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and
qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured
by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.
Essential Criteria 1
A PhD (in hand or dissertation defence scheduled) in a relevant field
(e.g., anthropology, sociology, social work, public policy, or related
field). (a,c,d)
Essential Criteria 2
Proven ability in research and evidence of quality research output in
global health, community mobilization, civil society advocacy, digital
health, and/or human rights and technology. (a,c,d)
Essential Criteria 3
Proven ability to conduct participatory action research in collaboration
with community-led organizations and work in diverse and international
teams, including with marginalised and/or criminalised groups. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 4
Knowledge of human rights standards and mechanisms. (a,b,c)
Essential Criteria 5
Proven ability in facilitating group processes, including with diverse
community-based and/or youth-led groups, advisories, or teams. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 6
Proficiency in data management.Managing data collection processes.Cleaning
& theming data.Identifying appropriate methods based on nature of data/key
study questions.Keeping data secure/confidential.Interpreting analyses in
concise/actionable ways.(a,c)
Essential Criteria 7
Ability to travel internationally. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 8
A flexible approach to work, including teamwork. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 9
A proven ability to plan and manage complex processes, including
multi-tasking, and to work to deadlines. (a,b,c)
Essential Criteria 10
An understanding of equal opportunity issues as they may impact on areas of
research content. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 11
Ability to carry out high-calibre research and analysis independently and
collaboratively. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 12
Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English; ability to
effectively communicate and present information to diverse stakeholders.
Essential Criteria 13
Skills in training, coaching, mentoring, and building capacity of others.
Desirable Criteria 1
Excellent organisational and time-management skills, particularly with
reference to research and presentation of research. (a,c)
Desirable Criteria 2
Demonstrated practices in anti-oppression, diversity, equity, inclusion,
belonging and justice. (a,c)
Desirable Criteria 3
Verbal and/or written communication skills in either Spanish or Vietnamese.
Further Particulars
If you are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD but have not
yet had it conferred, any offers of employment will be made as Research
Assistant at the top of level 5 of the University grade structure
(£32,411). Upon receipt of evidence of the successful award of your PhD,
you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of level 6 of
the University grade structure (£33,348).

Project Summary:

In September 2022, UN leaders affirmed that “Human rights should be at the
heart of tech governance”. High-level policy discussions over the next few
years will represent a turning point in digital governance. Young people
and civil society in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) must shape
that discussion, or risk missing the opportunity to establish rights-based
digital governance for the future.

The Digital Health and Rights Project Consortium unites scholars and
practitioners at University of Warwick, Global Network of People Living
with HIV (GNP+), KELIN, Privacy International, Restless Development,
STOPAIDS, and Universidad de los Andes. The project was established in
January 2020 at the Geneva Graduate Institute, and has conducted research,
policy engagement and digital empowerment education in five countries, with
the aim of strengthening the rights-based environment for the rapid
scale-up of digital health in low- and middle-income countries.

In June 2023, the consortium will move to and be hosted by CIM at
University of Warwick. From June 2023-May 2026, with support from Fondation
Botnar, the project will conduct qualitative research in Colombia, Ghana,
Kenya, and Vietnam using a transnational participatory action research
approach. This will produce a body of social science and comparative legal
evidence, with case studies analysed by local Community Advisory Teams in
each country and a global Digital Rights Community of Practice. We will
develop digital literacy training and resources, and an open-access Digital
Literacy Hub.

The project draws on the experience and leadership of people living with
HIV and affected communities (LGBTQ+ communities, sex workers, people who
use drugs, migrants and persons in displacement) -- with stigma and
discrimination, criminalization, community mobilization and transnational
advocacy -- as a site from which to explore the future of human rights in
the digital age more broadly.

Long-term, our project will first help to make participatory approaches to
research and governance more widespread in digital governance, increasing
the meaningful participation of young people in their diversity. Our
participatory approach will be evaluated independently, creating new
democratic, community-engaged models for global digital governance. Second,
as a result of our research, policy engagement and dissemination
activities, national governments, global health agencies and human rights
mechanisms will take action to strengthen and enforce rights protections in
young peoples’ use of data and technology, addressing issues and approaches
identified in our project. Third, our project will strengthen meaningful
and sustainable participation of young people in their diversity from LMICs
in research, digital innovation and governance. This will include the 40-50
young people in our project who become equipped to participate in research,
advocacy and policy development around digital rights, and the 1000+ who
will participate in webinars, online leadership labs, use our self-training
materials or join digital rights campaigns.

For further information about the Centre for Interdisciplinary
Methodologies (CIM), please visit our website here

For further information about the University of Warwick, please read
our University
Further Particulars <http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/about>.

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to provide a place where everyone can thrive, supporting all staff to
achieve their full potential. We aspire to remove economic, social and
cultural barriers that may otherwise prevent people from succeeding.

We therefore welcome and encourage applications from all communities
regardless of culture, background, age, disability, sex/gender, gender
identity or expression, ethnicity, religion/belief, or sexual or romantic
orientation. To find out more about our social inclusion work at Warwick
visit our webpages here <https://warwick.ac.uk/services/socialinclusion/>.

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European University alliance <https://eutopia-university.eu/>, whose aim is
to become by 2025 an open, multicultural, confederated operation of
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Closing Date
4 May 2023

*Sara ("Meg") Davis, Ph.D.*
*Senior researcher, *Global Health Centre
*Principal Investigator, *Digital Health and Rights Project
*Pronouns:* She/hers
*Hours:* I currently work Mondays-Fridays, 2-6pm Ho Chi Minh City time
(8am-12pm CET), unless by prior arrangement.

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