Research Consultant: Disability Access | ReliefWeb

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Role Summary/Purpose:

The research consultant will collect and analyze data related to the accessibility of the North West Syria health system and write thematic advocacy materials, including an analysis report detailing the state of accessibility for people with disabilities accessing health services. The report will include recommendations on how to improve the accessibility of health services in northwestern Syria, which will be developed in coordination with the SAMS programs team.

Main responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the SAMS Advocacy Manager, and in close collaboration with the advocacy department and the programs department in the United States, Syria and Turkey, the research consultant will carry out the following tasks:

Activity 01: Literature review on disability in Syria

  • In order to contextualize the report, it will be necessary to conduct a literature review of existing research on disability and accessibility in Syria, including but not limited to prevalence data and previous analyzes on specialized services available for people with disabilities.

Activity 02: Conduct primary research

  • Primary research for this product should include assessments of health facilities (physical accessibility, presence of accommodation, staff knowledge, etc.), as well as key informant interviews and focus group discussions with people with disabilities and experts in relevant fields (disability specialists, MHPSS and protection expert technicians, facility managers, etc.) Some of these interviews could also be used in advocacy products (with appropriate informed consents from participants.)

Activity 03: Write a detailed report using the information collected on accessibility and testimonials from medical staff.

  • The analysis and interviews conducted during this first phase will serve as the basis for the report and its subsequent recommendations. Such a report should also include the literature review mentioned above. The report will be used and shared with NGO partners in the health sector to inform programmatic decisions, and would also support SAMS advocacy efforts related to this topic.

Qualifications/Requirements:

  • Advanced university degree in disability studies, data analysis, public health or related field;
  • Proven ability to produce policy papers, documents, reports and analysis
  • Excellent knowledge of the context in Syria; specialized knowledge of the health system or disability in the Syrian context an asset.
  • At least 4 years of experience in the fields mentioned above;
  • As all products will be produced in English, professional fluency in English and Arabic, both spoken and written;
  • Proficiency and prior experience with quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and data visualization;
  • Ability and willingness to work with people from different cultural backgrounds of the Syrian social fabric;
  • Experience and training in conducting research with vulnerable populations
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, as well as the ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities.
  • Ability to travel internationally an asset

How to register

To apply for this position, please email [email protected] with your resume, cost proposal, and short writing sample (no more than 5 pages).

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