Short-term Consultancy for Research Associate

Application period for this position is over.

ICAP at Columbia University will engage a short-term consultant in Turkey to support a research project on the changing health needs of refugees in the 21st century.

Qualified candidates are invited to submit a cover letter, CV and two examples of research papers or articles pertinent to the topic by Monday, August 3, 2015 to Ms. Rana Zincir Celal (


Columbia Global Centers | Turkey, ICAP at Columbia University and the Mailman School of Public Health Program on Forced Migration and Health are collaborating to conduct policy-relevant research on the changing health needs of refugees in the 21st century. The project will focus on Syrian refugees in Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan. In Year One, a situational assessment will include a desk review, key informant interviews, and case studies of innovative pilot projects.

With the support of project faculty in New York, the Turkey researcher will be responsible for designing and implementing a desk review focused on health needs and health services for Syrian refugees in Turkey.  S/he will work with the project research team to develop a conceptual framework and search strategy and will then identify, assess, and synthesize published and “grey” literature.  The researcher will also support the development of key informant interview (KII) guides, and may also participate in key informant interviews and/or analysis of KII data.    

The researcher will work closely with faculty and staff in multiple locations, including partners in New York and the Middle East.   Interviews and other research may include travel to various cities in Turkey, in which case travel expenses will be covered by ICAP.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Coordinate and implement the desk review for Turkey, including refinement of conceptual frameworks, ongoing review of published and grey literature, creation of an annotated bibliography, development of online and EndNote libraries, periodic summary of relevant findings, and preparation of visualizations and reports.  NB that all reports and deliverables must be in English.
  • Support the design and implementation of key informant interviews, including adaptation of interview guides to the Turkish context, translation of interview guides, conduct of KIIs (including transcription and translation into English), and analysis of KII data.
  • Manage official approval processes and procedures that may be required for research both in Turkey and with Columbia University.
  • Provide weekly updates and communicate regularly with senior project staff to inform them of project progress and any challenges encountered.
  • Offer support to the design and implementation of a training workshop in Istanbul and/or Ankara in October 2015, including preparation of a summary report.
  • Assist with other aspects of the project as requested.


The researcher will offer their services as a consultant to ICAP at Columbia, and report to staff at ICAP New York and Columbia Global Centers | Turkey. This is a short-term assignment, with the expectation that deliverables will be completed within 6 months, with an estimated start date of September 1, 2015. A prospective timeframe would include:

  • Desk review: approximate completion date October 16, 2015.
  • October workshop support and follow-up: approximate completion date November 15, 2015.
  • Key informant interviews including transcription and translation: TBD.
  • Other relevant follow-up activities: TBD.


  • Bachelor’s degree required.  Master’s degree in public health or public policy preferred.
  • Experience conducting literature reviews in the areas of health and/or health policy, including familiarity with standard medical/health databases, UN websites, and other relevant sources of published and “grey” literature.
  • Knowledge and practical experience in health-related research in Turkey, including familiarity with adherence to research protocols, data collection procedures and ethical requirements of human subjects research.
  • Fluency in written and spoken Turkish and English.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office suite applications, including MS Access.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, analytical, and organizational skills.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in teams. 


  • Experience with refugee health programs.
  • Knowledge and experience with health policy analysis.
  • Experience with quantitative and qualitative data analysis.
  • Experience with health systems in the Middle East and/or Turkey.
  • Experience translating Turkish to English.