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Vacancy: Research Assistant, Storytelling for Gender-Based Violence

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The Institute for Global Health at University College London is seeking to appoint a Research Assistant to work on the Storytelling for Health: Acknowledgement, Expression and Recovery (SHAER) project, being funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC) in the UK. The project aims to bring together partners from Afghanistan, Kashmir (India), Tunisia, Kurdistan (Iraq), and Turkey to develop a narrative storytelling intervention to support the mental health of women experiencing gender-based violence (GBV) in these high prevalence settings and pilot the intervention in Iraq with a local project team. This post is an exciting opportunity to help establish this unique partnership, which will bring together poets, storytellers, psychologists, literary scholars, and feminist activists to push the boundaries of how mental health interventions for women experiencing GBV are currently conceptualised.

The post holder will provide daily management of the partnership and maintain regular contact with the Iraqi project team during the pilot study. Other tasks will include developing and maintaining a project website and WhatsApp group, facilitating online discussions, helping to disseminate project findings, drafting dissemination materials and other activities as required.

Applicants are expected to have an MSc in the social sciences, or equivalent research experience. They will have previous experience facilitating cross-disciplinary international collaborations with knowledge and experience of using mixed methods to evaluate gender or mental health interventions. Applicants will also have excellent interpersonal communication skills and academic writing skills at the highest standard. They will be highly self-motivated and hard working with a commitment to continuous academic development, academic research and the highest ethical and professional standards in research and practice. Applicants will have a proven ability to design and/or maintain websites. It is essential for applicants to have a willingness to travel to Turkey.


Applicants are asked to upload, with their online application, a sample of their written academic work (e.g., an essay or research paper), and also to provide a website address that they have participated in designing and or maintaining.

Informal enquiries should be made to Dr Jenevieve Mannell by email to: j.mannell@ucl.ac.uk


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