About ARK Foundation
ARK Foundation is a non-government, non-political and not for profit organization. It is registered with Register of Joint Stock Company of Bangladesh and NGO Affairs Bureau of Bangladesh. We carry out research on priority areas and share our evidence-based research findings with a wider audience through a wide range of research uptake activities, working closely with policy partners.

ARK foundation has been awarded a research grant to conduct research on mental and physical multimorbidity. Mental and physical disorders are inextricably linked, sharing common determinants. People with severe mental illness have a 60% higher risk of dying prematurely from non-communicable diseases; and over 80% of deaths in mental illness are due to physical illness. Interventions to promote smoking cessation and physical activity in severe mental illness, and treatment of depression in non-communicable diseases can lead to significant improvements in both mental and physical health. The University of York and Hull York Medical School in collaboration with ARK Foundation have a new global health programme focused on developing and evaluating interventions to improve outcomes for this vulnerable population with mental and physical multimorbidity in South Asia. The aim is to build research capacity in the UK and in South Asia and conduct preliminary research that will provide a platform to tackle this important area.


No. of Vacancies: 01

Job Description / Responsibility: Research Fellow

This is an exciting opportunity to join an international research team conducting world-class research and to develop your career in global health research, with a focus on mental and physical multimorbidity.

This fellowship will be an opportunity to develop your research skills and experience through a tailored training programme, and will support the IMPACT in South Asia Group. The IMPACT Group is a collaboration of academic, non-governmental and policy organisations in the UK, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan who have come together to develop research on mental and physical health multimorbidity and to build research capacity. The post-holder will be part of this multidisciplinary group of health professionals and researchers and benefit from supervision and mentorship from world-leading experts in the field. The post will be based with the ARK Foundation. In this role, you will work under the supervision of Executive Director, ARK Foundation.

We are looking to appoint an individual who is interested in global mental health multimorbidity and is able to demonstrate their potential as a future research leader.  Applicants must show evidence of a clear commitment to a research career and success in the form of outputs from doctoral and post-doctoral research, where applicable.

Reports to: Executive Director, ARK Foundation  

Coordinate with: Internal: Executive Director and Research Associates and External: University of York, Consortium partners, NGOs Partners, and other  stakeholders.

Purpose of the position:

  • To conduct research under the supervision of senior colleagues, to lead studies, as appropriate to experience,  and to contribute to the production of research
  • To develop knowledge, skills and experience in an area that will complement the research interests of the IMPACT group
  • To contribute to capacity-building through supervision, training and mentorship of members of the IMPACT group and other researchers

Key responsibilities

  • To conduct individual and collaborative research projects, duties to include: protocol development, analysis and interpretation of research data; use of appropriate research techniques and methods; writing up of research results and dissemination through publications, seminar and conference presentations and public engagement and outreach activities; contributing to the identification of possible new areas of research
  • To undertake appropriate organisational and administrative activities connected to the research programme, including conference organisation, and the development of promotional or educational material including website maintenance and development
  • To develop and initiate collaborative working, duties to include: the building of contacts and identification and participation in networks; collaboration with colleagues on joint projects as required; sharing information and identifying potential opportunities for collaboration and possible sources of funding; attendance at and contribution to relevant meetings
  • To provide guidance to other staff, as required, as well as coordinating the work of small research teams, coordinate with Field Investigators within the research team and effectively delegate responsibility on all relevant aspects of the project, to ensure accurate, timely and cost effective execution of the research, and visit project areas and monitor progress of project activities as and when required
  • To identify training needs and develop a personal development plan

Job Nature: Full time

Qualifications, knowledge and skill:


  • A postgraduate qualification in Public health/epidemiology/health economics/development economics /Bio-statistics with minimum CGPA 3 (on scale of 4);
  • Knowledge of applied health research in an area relevant to mental and physical health
  • Knowledge of a range of research techniques and methodologies to engage in high quality research
  • Highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with a wide ranging audience, both orally and in writing, using a range of media
  • Ability to write up research work for publication in high profile journals and engage in public dissemination
  • Competency to make presentations at conferences or exhibit work in other appropriate events
  • Ability to conduct research with patients, carers and healthcare staff
  • Can establish harmonious and effective working relationships, both within and outside the office (particularly with the government and academic sectors);


  • PhD in relevant area e.g. Public health/epidemiology/health economics/development economics /Bio-statistics
  • Knowledge of severe and enduring mental health problems including psychosis
  • Knowledge of common mental disorders
  • Knowledge of non-communicable diseases 

Attitudes and interpersonal skills

  • Collaborative ethos
  • Positive attitude to colleagues
  • Willingness to work proactively with colleagues in other work areas/institutions
  • Ability to plan and prioritise own work in order to meet deadlines, including using initiative to plan research programmes

Experience Requirements: Minimum 3 year (s)


  • Experience of carrying out both independent and collaborative research
  • Experience of writing up research work for publication


  • Experience in a relevant health area such as mental health
  • Experience of behavioural lifestyle interventions
  • Publications (published or submitted) related to public health issues.

Salary Range: BDT 70,000 - 150,000 per month

Job Location: Dhaka

Apply Instruction:

Submit you Curriculum Vitae with a forwarding letter at

Application Deadline
December 15th, 2018