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Position Code : IIPH-RSAS-92

Position Title : Research Associate

Location : IIPH Gandhinagar, Gujarat

Duration of Position : One year or co-terminus with the project, whichever is earlier.

Brief on the Organization:

Indian Institute of Public Health (IIPH) Gandhinagar was established in 2007 through an MOU between Government of Gujarat and Public Health Foundation of India. The institute is governed by independent governing council with representation from Government of Gujarat and Public Health Foundation of India. Indian Institute of Public Health Gandhinagar (IIPHG), is the first of the five institute’s setup by PHFI. Recognized as the 1st Public Health University in the country, the institute is a University established under IIPHG Act 2015 of Gujarat State. Built in a sprawling 50 acre campus (Total Built up Area – 130,000 sq ft.) that was allocated by Government of Gujarat, the foundation stone was laid by the honorable Prime Minister of India, Shri. Narendra Modi (the then Chief Minister of Gujarat) in 2007. The state-of-the-art new campus of the Indian Institute of Public Health–Gandhinagar (IIPHG), the western regional campus of the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) was inaugurated by Sri. Vijaybhai Rupani, Honorable Chief Minister of Gujarat inaugurated on 25th October, 2016. The vision of this institute is to become equivalent of IIM or IIT for Public Health.

IIPHG is spread over a modern educational and research campus on a plot of land given by Gujarat Government in the eastern part of Gandhinagar. The campus includes teaching facility for 300 students, including laboratories, modern classrooms, amphitheater, library, seminar halls, computer laboratories, Canteen and hostel. Institute has 14 highly qualified full time faculties and also draws upon the strengths of large pool of faculty and researchers of Public Health Foundation of India.

IIPHG is actively involved in various research projects with national and international funding agencies and universities. Institute is also supporting State Government through locally relevant programme and policy research, evaluations and training. The institute currently offers three full time courses (MPH, PGDPHM and AFIH) with a plan to offer another Masters programme in Hospital Administration from 2017. The Institute also offers several distance learning programme through internet and short term training programmes. IIPHG already has linkages with several foreign and national universities, research institutes and organisations.

Project Brief:

United Nations Millennium Development Goals Report (MDG) 2015 indicates concerted efforts and pooling of the resources by countries and donors, leading to significant improvements in health outcomes globally. Despite notable achievements, the report also raised grave concerns regarding widespread geographic and/or socioeconomic disparities and inequities in health outcomes across countries and within a country. For example, rural and underserved areas in low and middle income countries (LMICs), continue to account for an overwhelming majority of preventable maternal and child deaths.

Afghanistan has seen significant gains in health outcomes over the last one and a half decades with notable decrease in the maternal, infant and child mortality rates. For instance, according to the World Bank maternal and infant mortality rates have decreased significantly between 2002 and 2013 from 1,600 per 100,000 to 327 per 100,000 (AMS 2010). According to Demographic Household Survey (DHS 2015) report, mortality rate for children under five years of age fell from 87 per 1,000 from 2001 to 55 per 1,000 in 2015, while infant mortality rate decreased from 66 per 1,000 to 45. Although, neonatal mortality has not made comparable reductions.

A situation analysis conducted by UNICEF Afghanistan in 2014, indicates weak public sector capacity, particularly in the areas of policy analysis, strategic planning, human resources planning, standard setting, health legislation/regulation and health financing. The analysis also included issues in procurement and budget execution of development budget, monitoring and evaluation and financial reporting, leadership and conflict management. This has seriously affected health service delivery delay in achieving universal health coverage in Afghanistan. There have been efforts to focus the resources to priority areas and streamline planning in the form of National Health Policies.

The aim of the training program is to equip PHDs with managerial and technical competencies in applied public health concepts, methodologies and skills to enable them to improve access to and optimize the utilization of health services in low performing regions/provinces. The overall impact of the training program is envisaged to improve health outcomes in the low performing regions/provinces/districts by enhancing quality of care and increased utilization of services.


  • Desk review of literatures, data and other evidences.
  • Provide inputs and support in Training Needs Assessment mission.
  • Support to develop training module development and modify to Afghanistan context.
  • Take sessions with lead trainer to train participants in India.
  • Mentor participants during distance learning support.
  • Support in country (Afghanistan mission) for onsite training.
  • Preparing provincial case studies.


  • Master Degree in Healthcare management, Public Health.


  • PhD in management or Public Health or Master Degree in Healthcare management, Public Health.


  • At least 3 years.
  • Desirable

    • Fresher PhD or Masters with More than 3 years.

    Annual Salary (CTC) will be based on the available skills and fitment of the incumbent as per the selection process.

    Applications, along with detailed CV, may be sent to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please highlight the exactPosition Code (IIPH-RSAS-92) in the subject. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the interview.

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    Last Date of Receipt of Applications: COB19 July 2017

    Women are encouraged to apply

Last Modified : July 3, 2017, 4:42 pm

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