Vacancy: Post-doctoral Researcher

Parttime (32 hours per week)

The position:

The Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD), the Public health service of Amsterdam and Soa Aids Nederland are seeking a post-doctoral researcher for The Last Mile Phase 2: an action research project as part of the H-TEAM (HIV Transmission Elimination AMsterdam) Initiative. The H-TEAM is a unique collaboration between all the organisations and communities involved in the prevention and treatment of HIV in Amsterdam. H-TEAM develops and implements various innovative interventions to prevent transmission of HIV by promoting sex without risks, earlier testing and immediate treatment.

The post doc is expected to take the lead in the development of the Last Mile Phase 2 intervention strategy based on the project plan as described below. This means setting up the infrastructure of the community advisory board, conducting the co-creation workshops, coordinating the implementation and evaluation of the project, in close collaboration with the H-TEAM project group. You will be expected to produce scientific output and will take the lead in the drafting of publications, e.g. the co-creation process and impact evaluation, and submitting them to journals.

Summary:

The last Mile is a project that consists of 2 phases. In phase 1 of the project, characteristics of people who are at risk of an HIV infection and/or who entered care in a late stage were investigated in several sub-studies. Phase 2 is the implementation phase of the project. The goal is to diagnose and link to care the ‘last’ group of people that has an undiagnosed HIV infection, and in particular those who are at risk of presenting late. The strategy to achieve this is to design a community-based intervention to increase motivation for timely HIV testing.

Intended intervention components:

  • Setting up an infrastructure of an overarching project advisory board consisting of community experts with expertise in relevant fields, e.g. sexual health organizations communicating with target communities and providers
  • Setting up community teams to steer the development of strategies for community mobilization and developing a feasible and tangible community mobilization strategy. The final goal of the workshop series is to develop an outline for the campaign strategy that aims to lead to an increased uptake in HIV testing within the target groups, based on appropriate actions and messaging stemming from the workshop outcomes
  • Setting up a series of testing events during which never or not recently tested individuals are approached and offered a free rapid HIV test. Mobilisation of the target group will be organized in close collaboration with community organisations
  • Implementing feasible and tangible community mobilisation strategies to urge never or not recently tested MSM to get tested for HIV. The strategies will be implemented within the targeted communities in a specified timeframe and may consist of sharing (social) media messaging, testing actions, face to face outreach, educational activities, (online) counseling

Research questions:

  • What are the views of community experts on how to engage their respective communities with testing for HIV?
  • What mobilisation strategies do community teams come up with that influence the testing uptake in their communities?
  • How are the community-based strategies implemented?
  • What is the effect of these intervention strategies on the willingness to get tested for HIV among the target groups? I.e. does it increase testing uptake? Does it influence attitudes towards testing for HIV?

Requirements:

  • A PhD in a relevant (social sciences) field
  • Familiar with systematic intervention development
  • Knowledge of community-based intervention strategies/participatory (action) research
  • Familiar with realist evaluation approaches and mixed methods data analysis
  • Willing to (develop skills) to conduct and facilitate co-creation sessions with community members
  • Strong affinity with the targeted communities
  • Capable of conceptual and analytical thinking and translating this into practice
  • Proficient in Dutch and English
  • Well equipped to work with data analysis software
  • Draft publications and abstracts and present the results at (inter)nationally recognized conferences and workshops

AIGHD offers:

AIGHD offers an excellent job opportunity in a cutting-edge working environment in global health and development and a salary in line with prevailing sector standards. The position is for two years. AIGHD will start with a 12 months contract and based on the performance, the contract will be extended. AIGHD has a fulltime workweek of 40 hours, 25 days leave annually, an attractive collective pension plan and a very comprehensive collective health insurance scheme.

Ideal starting date: 1 May 2021

Please send your application (including CV and letter of motivation) no later than 1 March 2021 to HR Support at AIGHD hrsupport@aighd.org