ITM vacancies

Research Assistant or Fellow
Department of Public Health
Health Systems
  Apply before: 15 Dec.


The Unit of Health Systems focuses on the organisation and management of (local) health systems and more specifically on stewardship and governance, urban health and research and evaluation methods for complex interventions.

We are looking for a research assistant or fellow who will contribute to the unit’s research agenda and its educational programmes, and will implement the realist process evaluation in the EU-funded ALERT project.

The Action Leveraging Evidence to Reduce perinatal morTality and morbidity in sub-Saharan Africa (ALERT) project is a 5-year multifaceted multi-level health system intervention targeting the intrapartum period. It will test a patient-centred midwifery-led approach and is funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 framework.


  • You will contribute to the unit’s research portfolio in the field of health policy and systems research, and more specifically focus on the themes of urban health, eco-health and/or research and evaluation methods for complex interventions. This includes developing new research proposals, carrying out research activities and publishing results in collaboration with other staff members.
  • You will carry out the research activities related to the work package Realist process evaluation of the ALERT project in collaboration with other team members. Your assignment  will include field visits to Uganda, Malawi, Tanzania and/or Benin. You will collect and analyse data and draft research reports and publications.
  • You will contribute to ITM’s MSc Public Health and the Postgraduate Course in International Health.

As a research assistant you will develop and implement the research plan under supervision of Prof Marchal. The research results can be used in preparing and obtaining a PhD. You will provide student coaching in group exercises for the MPH and postgraduate course and supervise master students and interns.

As a research fellow you will autonomously develop and coordinate research studies. You will teach in the MPH and postgraduate course and you will assist in supervising PhD students.


  • You have a Master’s degree in Public Health (MPH), social sciences, management sciences or public administration (research assistant).
  • You hold a PhD in public health, social science, medicine or political science (research fellow).
  • You have relevant professional experience in health care delivery, health system management or policy, or in evaluation/research in health in low- and middle-income countries.
  • You have relevant experience or a keen interest in urban health and/or eco-health.
  • You have a strong interest in research methodology and complexity.
  • You have a keen interest in interdisciplinarity.
  • You are a team player and are highly motivated. You have good communication skills and an affinity with ITM's objectives and spirit.
  • You have a demonstrable active knowledge of English and French and good scientific writing skills.


  • An intellectually stimulating, international and socially committed environment, with room for personal initiative.
  • A fulltime position for one year, extendable. 
  • Starting date: 1 February 2020.
  • A salary according to the pay scales of the ITM and Flemish universities and to your work experience, with supplementary extra-legal benefits: a public transport subscription and/or bicycle fee, private pension scheme and meal voucher subscription.


For more information about the assignment and profile, please contact Prof Bruno Marchal ( Send your application with motivation letter and ITM application form to before 15 December 2019.