Training, empowering and resourcing the next generation of researchers, advocates and activists committed to ending violence against children, especially sexual violence, is one of the most important investments we can make.
The Violence Against Children and Youth Surveys (VACS) are nationally representative household surveys of adolescents and young people that measure the prevalence and circumstances surrounding sexual, physical and emotional violence in childhood and young adulthood.
This course will support, engage and equip early career researchers (post-doctoral, research fellow, research associate) to conduct research using VACS data and communicate findings to policymakers and key stakeholders.
Researchers working on child health, protection, violence, and child rights issues in universities or research institutions located in Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, El Salvador, Honduras, Kenya, Lesotho, Moldova, Mozambique and Namibia are welcome to apply to join the first cohort of participants for this new course.
The VACS are led by national governments, with technical assistance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as part of the Together for Girls partnership. Since 2020, Together for Girls and the CDC have partnered with the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras (UNAH), the Africhild Center of Uganda, and researchers in Cote d’Ivoire to carry out research fellowships aimed at developing skills in using VACS data to inform policy decisions.
To further improve the use of VACS data to inform action, violence prevention and policy making, Together for Girls and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) have co-created a course to support early career researchers from countries that have completed a VACS to conduct research with VACS data and communicate their findings to policymakers in their respective countries. This initiative is supported by Beckton Dickinson (BD).
Course length and timings
The course will take place from June to October 2023. Ten two-hour sessions will be delivered in English via Zoom approximately every 4-5 weeks. Session timings will be finalised with the cohort of selected participants based on time zones of participants and the teaching team.
Participants will receive compensation (USD $1,000) upon completion of the course and course deliverables.
After the course, participants are expected to:
Content: The course will cover the following topics:
Teaching approach. The course will be taught through a combination of:
Outputs: Building on the skills developed throughout the course, participants will complete a research project and present key findings to a local policy community.
Amiya is an Assistant Professor in Social Epidemiology and Child Protection at LSHTM. She uses quantitative and qualitative methods to examine social inequalities in child health, child protection and violence against children, including through the use of nationally representative surveys (VACS, DHS, MICS). Amiya has taught courses on global health, social epidemiology and child protection.
Karen is a Professor of Social Epidemiology at LSHTM with expertise in the prevention of violence against children and adolescents, and child protection. She applies epidemiological and mixed methods to develop and test interventions to reduce violence against children, and explore the causes and consequences of violence.
Charles is an Associate Professor of Medical Statistics and Co-Director of the Clinical Trials Unit at LSHTM. His main interests are in maternal and child health, and he has advised on and contributed to the design and analysis of a variety of studies.
Jodie is a Research Assistant at LSHTM with an interest in child protection and child health. She works on epidemiological and mixed methods studies exploring the causes and consequences of violence, and evaluating interventions to reduce violence against children.
In addition to the teaching team, course participants will receive mentorship from a team of violence researchers. Course instruction will be in English, with mentorship support in French, Spanish and Portuguese.
The ideal candidate will be a junior faculty member or early career researcher (post-doctoral, research fellow, research associate) based at a university or research institution in any of the following countries where VAC surveys have been conducted: Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, El Salvador, Honduras, Kenya, Lesotho, Moldova, Mozambique and Namibia.
In the application form, you will be asked to share the following information:
We will contact all applicants who are selected for an interview. Interviews will be via Zoom with members of the teaching team. Interviews will be a conversation about your research experiences, prior work on violence and child protection, goals for this course and an opportunity for you to ask us any questions.
Applicants who are selected will require a letter of support from their institution (one page).
Please note that we will not be evaluating you on your English language ability. Although the course will be taught in English, you will be able to complete the project in the language of your choice.
Deadline for applications is April 12, 2023 (end of day Eastern Time). Applications received after April 12 may be considered on a rolling basis, space permitting, until May 1, 2023.
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