Consultant, Peer-Reviewed Journal Writing Expert

  • Mid-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 6 December 2018
  • Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Closing on 19 December 2018

Job Description

Organization Overview
Palladium develops and delivers solutions that create positive impact for communities, businesses, societies and economies. We transform lives and create enduring value by working with governments, corporations and non-profit organisations. We create positive impact through more than 100 current projects with more than 2000 employees operating in over 90 countries.

Palladium implements the USAID-funded Health Policy Plus (HP+) Project. HP+ works with key stakeholders to advance health policy and financing for family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH), HIV, and maternal and newborn health (MNH) at national and subnational levels. The project aims to improve the enabling environment for equitable and sustainable health services, supplies, and delivery systems through policy development and implementation, with an emphasis on voluntary, rights-based health programs, and by strengthening in-country partners’ capacity to navigate complex environments for effective policy design, implementation, and financing aligned to the existing priorities.

Assignment Overview
USAID in Indonesia has been supporting bilateral MNH programs with the Government of Indonesia (GOI) for more than 25 years, with an emphasis on increasing the use of skilled birth providers and improving the quality of services. USAID/Indonesia is currently supporting a partnership between the HP+ and Ministry of Health Research Institute, Badan Litbangkes, to conduct a quantitative analysis of MNH risk factors.

The USAID-funded HP+ Project, at the request of USAID/Indonesia, is seeking a qualified PhD-level researcher to a lead a capacity development workshop on scientific writing for peer-reviewed journal articles in early February 2019. At this event, Badan Litbangkes researchers will present draft journal articles highlighting the findings of their ongoing quantitative MNH analyses to understand the socioeconomic and cultural factors surrounding why pregnant women do not seek skilled maternal healthcare as well as the barriers to receiving adequate care at the facility-level (or the first delay and third delays, as part of the Thaddeus & Maine Three Delays Model). The consultant would be expected to provide feedback on their journal article drafts and coach researchers on any further improvements needed on their manuscript drafts for publication in regional and international peer-reviewed journals.

This is a deliverable-based contract. The Consultant will work closely with HP+ MNH Technical Advisor (based in Jakarta, Indonesia) and DC-based technical staff to ensure accuracy and completeness of presentation slides and speaker notes.

Consultant’s Responsibilities:
* Develop draft presentation slides based on consultation and guidance on topics from HP+ team
* Develop speaker notes based on consultation and guidance on topics from HP+ team
* Attend preparatory meetings/phone calls with HP+ team in DC as needed, to finalize presentation slides, speaker notes, and participation at workshop
* Travel to Jakarta, Indonesia to work closely with Badan Litbangkes researchers during one 5-day mission in February 2019
* Actively communicate with HP+ on issues/challenges affecting the assignment

Deliverables and Reporting:
* Presentation slides with speaker notes for peer-reviewed journal article writing workshop, incorporating comments from HP+ team
* Written feedback for seven Badan Litbangkes’ journal article drafts

* MS or PhD degree in a public health, economics or other related discipline
* At least 10 years of work experience in quantitative research in public health, with significant experience publishing in peer-reviewed journals
* Excellent English writing, communication, and reporting skills
* Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
* Ability to work within tight deadlines
* Ability to travel to Jakarta, Indonesia in February 2019
* Flexibility, adaptability, and resourcefulness

Period of Performance
January and February 2019, including at least one (5-day) mission to Jakarta, Indonesia.

Interested candidates should submit their CV, proposed timeline, and proposed rate for completing the deliverables online at by December 18, 2018.

About the Organization

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

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