Research Expert: Healthcare

Title: Research Expert in Healthcare

Project: Readers’ Forum: Strengthening and Promoting Civic Journalism in Armenia

Description: Recently, the Ministries of Health and Labor & Social Affairs signed a memorandum of understanding with Bari Mama NGO to work on preventing child abandonment at birth, in particular children with disabilities. The initiative has as its mission preventing the institutionalization of children and securing the right of children to live in a family.

The Ministry of Health will provide healthcare support for families, which includes psychological support and services.

The objective of this project is to research, develop and formulate a White Paper (policy paper) on provision of healthcare services to families to prevent child abandonment coordinated with the Ministry of Health in finalizing a program for the Government. The scope of responsibilities include conducting research on the reasons and causes of child abandonment, including at maternity units; developing policy recommendations, strategies to provide state-funded training to hospital staff to be able to recognize and manage high-risk situations and provide positive counseling; devise policy for providing services to the regions that have limited or no services available; address societal stigmas.

This position welcomes applicants with expertise in the area of healthcare, social work, policy development, with the minimum requirements as followed:


1) PhD or equivalent academic standing;

2) demonstrable expertise in the area of healthcare, social work;

3) demonstration of expertise through publications, policy paper initiatives, or demonstration of forming healthcare agenda;

4) knowledge of Armenia's legal system; and

5) demonstration of knowledge of Armenia's legal system.


The applicant must, at minimum, meet all the requirements to be considered for the position.


Duration: May 10, 2019 - July 10, 2019

Background information:

EVN Report is an independent, non-profit online magazine. It is an eclectic mix of in-depth reporting that offers substantive analysis and commentary on politics, economy, culture, tech and innovation, the arts, as well as compelling narratives, podcasts and multimedia storytelling.

The above-mentioned project is to create a space and a platform for readers to be co-creators of engaged, credible journalism and allow them to have a voice in driving policy development, to collaborate in bringing about a more informed public, and to engage in matters concerning society through EVN Report’s Readers’ Forum. The initiative will include developing well-researched policy papers that offer alternative and supplementary policy recommendations (White Papers) produced by experts in each respective sphere. These White Papers will be platformed through EVN Report's discussion forum to facilitate public engagement that includes the input of other experts, opinion makers, social activists, community leaders, EVN Reports' editors and journalists, and most importantly, our readers, who remain vital stakeholders. A broad range of coordination and consultation are undertaken with relevant government bodies by EVN Report’s editorial team to determine gaps in policy areas requiring immediate attention.

The research expert is expected to:

Design research and methodology

Assign tasks to research assistants, monitoring their research, provide mentoring

Draft and submit White Paper to EVN Report’s Editorial Staff

Publication of White Paper on Readers’ Forum

Follow discussion and participate when/if necessary to the conversation

Participate in public forum organized by project team

Objective of Assignment: Finalize and deliver a White Paper on foster care.

Deliverables: A White Paper that meets the policy expectations, the research design, and methodological rigor set forth in the project. Specificity of deadlines are contingent on the finalized contract agreement.


a) Established professional background (advanced degree and academic experience) in the specific field of expertise (sociology, economy); demonstration of expertise through examples of publications, research, or field work;
b) Demonstrated track record in being recognized as a policy expert;
c) Quality of writing sample submitted.

Duration of Assignment: The assignment will last for a maximum of two months; deadline specifications will be included in the contract.

Remuneration: Competitive

Payment Term:

1st payment within five days of signing the contract – 20% of contract value.

2nd payment within five days of submitting the White Paper and approval by Project Director – 80% of contract value.

Application Procedures:  Please send your CV to by May 10, 2019.



 The project is funded by the British Embassy in Armenia and the UK Government’s Conflict Stability and Security Fund. 

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