Call for expressions of interest from policy-makers and mid to senior level managers operating in the South African public health system – for a short-term (one to three month) sabbatical opportunity in Cape Town with the CHESAI collaborative. To be awarded and taken up during the period 01 August 2014 – 31 August 2015.
CHESAI is a four-year collaboration between the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the University of the Western Cape (UWC), Schools of Public Health, funded by the Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC). We are academic organizations engaged in research and policy development with health system decision-makers on a range of health policy and systems’ issues, and also offer teaching programmes in these fields.
The collaboration between the two schools is based on the understanding that Health Policy and Systems Research (HPSR) is an emerging field within the broader terrain of health research, with conceptual and methodological foundations that require substantial development. The overall goal of CHESAI is, therefore, to contribute to expanding and strengthening the health policy and systems knowledge base in Africa through building an intellectual hub for HPSR in Cape Town, South Africa, creating spaces for engagements between researchers and practitioners in South Africa and Africa, and supporting HSPR capacity development and sharing/disseminating new thinking on HPSR with interested stakeholders across Africa.
The field of Health Policy and Systems Research has at its core the development of knowledge and practice aimed at strengthening health systems – a process which requires ongoing interaction between practical and theoretical knowledge.
However, practitioners rarely have the opportunity to “step back” from the rigours and demands of daily health system duties, to reflect and engage with peers and researchers, or to share their experiences and understanding of health systems functioning through writing and publication within the area of Health Policy and Systems Research (HPSR).
The CHESAI initiative offers this innovative opportunity through short-term sabbaticals for managers and leaders at different levels in the health system.
Your willingness to systematically engage with a health systems question or challenge and to share your resulting insights through presentation and publication.
If you have questions, please send an email with your contact details and queries to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will contact you.
If you want to apply, please send an expression of interest to email@example.com
These applications are reviewed on a bi-monthly basis.
Please include a full CV and a one-page outline of a health systems challenge, question or idea that you would like to explore during your sabbatical, clarifying how it relates to your own experience.
We look forward to hearing from you!
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