Assistant Professor, Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health

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Organization: Columbia University
Job Type: Full-Time
Country: United States
Experience: Senior Level (6-10 years)
Languages: English
Category: Education/Pedagogy
Topic: Health/HIV
Application Deadline: 31. May 2021

Job Description

The Heilbrunn Department of Population & Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health is a vibrant department of faculty from a variety of professional backgrounds (public health, law, sociology, psychology, medicine, social work, demography) whose work focuses on domestic and global issues related to sexual and reproductive health and rights, forced migration, child and adolescent health, environmental justice, human rights, and complex health systems. Faculty in this largely grant-funded department engage in a unique combination of research, teaching and service activities. Graduates of the Department pursue careers as research scientists, NGO leaders, and public health practitioners and evaluators who actively contribute to the scientific literature and assume important academic posts and public health leadership globally.

A vital component of the Heilbrunn Department of Population & Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health, the Program on Forced Migration and Health is one of the world’s leading programs for training the next generation of refugee health and humanitarian response workers. Started in 1998 in response to the inadequate humanitarian response following the Rwandan genocide, the program has produced over 400 graduates presently working in humanitarian settings across the globe. Through its research, the Program has helped build a knowledge base that is improving humanitarian action and health during global disasters and conflict. Faculty and students engage in a unique combination of research, training, scholarship, and service activities to address refugee health and lead the humanitarian response in complex emergencies. Since the creation of the program, the nature of humanitarian response has shifted towards urban populations, displacement crises that span decades, and towards addressing diseases that manifest as chronic conditions alongside infectious and acute conditions.

The Department seeks to hire an Assistant Professor to research, teach, and improve humanitarian responses to address the needs and rights of displaced or conflict affected populations. It is expected that the successful candidate will conduct research, teach and mentor students; and engage with the professional community to advance the field of humanitarian response. A demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with faculty, students and our external partners is critical to this position. Candidates with experience of working in humanitarian operations and with expertise in humanitarian and public health programming are encouraged to apply. Strong language skills in Spanish, Arabic or French would be preferred. Some salary coverage from research projects will be required for the long-term success of the candidate.

The incumbent will work closely with the Forced Migration Program and the Heilbrunn Department faculty who work to influence policy and practice in complex emergencies and humanitarian contexts. Our Faculty focus areas include; emergency health system strengthening and child survival development; creation of new methodologies to assess incidence of human rights violations; prevention of gender based violence, access to justice, impact of plural legal systems on health; rehabilitation and resiliency of former child soldiers and survivors of gender-based violence; sexual and reproductive rights and health service access; and the impact of protracted crises on traditional humanitarian responses.

Minimum Degree Required

  • PhD or MD required.
  • An advanced degree in public health, medicine, psychology, economics or related social science fields is required

Minimum Qualifications

  • Strong background in research and peer reviewed publications. Extensive field experience in forced migration/humanitarian settings is highly desirable.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong language skills in Arabic, Spanish or French is preferred.

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