Call for Postdoctoral Research Fellow - HOPE-Ghana Ethnography Team


Project HOPE seeks to address the needs of people experiencing homelessness and severe mental illness (SMI) in Ghana, Ethiopia, and Kenya. Globally, people with SMI are over- represented in homeless populations, and this is a major concern in low- and lower middle- income countries. However, there is no high-quality evidence to show which interventions are effective in these settings. In HOPE, the investigators seek to create a new partnership of researchers, policy makers, community members and people with lived experience of SMI and homelessness across the three study sites.

As part of the partnership, the Ghana Team will recruit one (1) Postdoctoral Researcher to carry out the ethnographic component of the work. The successful Postdoctoral Researcher will be supervised closely by HOPE investigators with expertise in this area and supported by an on-site supervisor. The successful fellow will also be provided with training in strong foundation in both research design and analytic techniques appropriate for the social sciences, such as ethnography, participatory action research, and mentorship in research and career development.


Number of positions: One

Area of work: Ethnography and Participatory Action Research

Required Qualification: PhD in Public Health or PhD in relevant Social Science Disciplines.

Experience: Preference would be given to individuals with demonstrated skills in qualitative research, knowledge of social science theory and methods, and experience working with people living with mental illness or other vulnerable groups.



1. Active engagement with mentors and supervisors to support skill development in Ethnography, participatory action methods, theory of change, and other social science competencies.

2. Effectively participate in training on transferable skills (e.g. Ethics).

3. Lead the Ethnography component within the larger HOPE project.

4. Contribute to HOPE research activities, data analysis and write-up of publications.

5. Participate actively in HOPE meetings with overseas and in-country collaborators.

6. Contribute to HOPE teaching/facilitation and supervision activities for PhD level students.

7. Publish papers in reputable journals as a first author.

8. Active contribution to research dissemination and uptake, including preparation of policy briefs.


Place of work: Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Ghana

Salary: Negotiable Employment term: 3 years.

Application: Application deadline: 10th June, 2023, 5:00 PM

Application documents: Motivation letter, CV, and copies of degrees must be submitted in electronic copy via email to ( copying Professor Phyllis Dako-Gyeke (pdako-; With the subject “ Postdoctoral Fellowship Application

Start date: As soon as possible. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.