Teaching and Learning Health Policy and Systems Research
TWG election 2017

The Teaching and Learning Health Policy and Systems Research Thematic Working Group (TWG) are delighted to announce this wonderful opportunity for two people to take the lead and become Co-Chairs for the group. This is an exciting time to shape the work of this vibrant TWG. We invite you to nominate yourself or other HSG members for these two positions and to vote in the election.

These positions would suit researchers - including junior members interested in expanding their experience and networks as well as experienced scholars - who are passionate about teaching and learning of Health Policy and Systems Research (HPSR) and want to ensure that likeminded researchers are well connected. We recognise that the group is a joint effort, and the current chairs will stay involved and seek to support the new chairs and the regional champions. The TWG coordinator provides administrative support for communications and facilitation of activities, and the HSG secretariat also provides a range of communications and IT support services.

"Being co-chair has been a wonderful experience. I was able to meet and build collegiate relationships with many people with shared interests, across the world. I believe, jointly, we have increased awareness to the need to invest in and develop training and teaching HPSR, if we are to improve how health systems work for all. Group members and regional champions are now taking forward these discussions and initiating work in their countries, with the support of the group. Personally, I felt very privileged to help steer the group and work across disciplines, world regions and cultural contexts. I have benefited from ongoing support and close links with the HSG Board Members, Secretariat and HSR Symposia organisers. I look forward to retaining these links and working closely with the new TWG leads as they continue in this important role."
Dina Balabanova, Co-chair of Thematic Working Group

David and Dina will join the TWG Strategy Group to be able to continue to support the new leaders and ensure that the excellent ongoing work planned for the period until the 2018 Symposium is continued.

If you have any questions about the positions, please feel free to contact us:

The TWG's activities

The TWG focuses on ways to improve the teaching and learning of Health Policy and Systems Research (HPSR) around the world, with an emphasis on applications in low and middle-income countries and disadvantaged populations.

Since the TWG was established in 2013, the group have had an active and engaged membership, with organised and satellite sessions at each previous Symposium. The TWG have created an online repository of Health Policy and Systems research courses and are in the process of setting up a network of regional champions with a view to expanding the geographical reach of the group.

The leadership team

The TWG have found that having two Co-Chairs (Dina Balabanova and David Peters) working alongside a coordinator (Meike Schleiff), has worked well and made the activities more sustainable. It was agreed at the TWG business meeting in Vancouver in November 2016 that the group will continue with this structure. Meike Schleiff will continue as TWG coordinator until the 2018 Symposium, to ensure progress with planned activities and a smooth handover.

Support offered to the newly elected co-chairs

David and Dina will join the TWG Strategy Group to be able to continue to support the new leaders and ensure that the excellent ongoing work planned for the period until the 2018 Symposium is continued. The chairs are well connected to the HSG Board and receive advice by Board members and Secretariat as needed.

Individuals running for a TWG leadership position must meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • All TWG leadership positions must be HSG members and preferably should be representatives of different WHO regions to assure diversity
  • Professional interest and good standing in the subject matter focus of the TWG
  • Commitment to serve a full two-year term
  • Willingness to spend/donate the time required
  • Support from employers to play the leadership role
  • English language fluency
  • Spoken and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of other organizations involved in the topic

The Teaching and Learning TWG operates with two Co-Chair positions. This means that the responsibilities listed below will apply equally to those elected.

  • Chair - responsible for leading the planning and implementation of TWG activities, monitoring implementation, and serving as the primary contact with the Secretariat. Key responsibilities include:
    • Chair TWG meeting
    • Assure diversity and engagement across TWG membership
    • Lead the development of an annual work plan
    • Lead the planning and implementation of TWG activities
    • Monitor the implementation of TWG activities
    • Serve as the primary point of contact with the HSG Secretariat
    • Serve as the public face of the TWG to external audiences
    • Identify funding needs and in close cooperation with the Secretariat develop strategies for fundraising
    • Participate in quarterly check-in with the HSG Secretariat
    • Submit annual reports to the Secretariat
    • Assure the TWG page on the HSG website is updated
    • Develop and implement an internal communications strategy for TWG members
    • Look for opportunities for cross TWG collaboration

Individuals can nominate themselves or be nominated by others. Please submit your nominations to Meike Schleiff (mschlei4@jhu.edu) by 31st March 2017, with the following supporting documents:

  • A brief bio, maximum 100 words, which will be used on the HSG website if elected
  • A current CV and photo
  • A one-page statement on why the candidate would like this position and if elected what he or she would focus on.
Key Dates Calendar event
24 February 2017 TWG election for 2 co-chairs announced
24 February
30 March 2017
Current co-chairs will be happy to answer questions about the work of the TWG and the role of a co-chair
31 March 2017 Final date for submission of nominations
17 April 2017 Nominated candidate names are published on the HSG website
17 May 2017 Online voting starts
27 May 2017 Online voting closes
9 June 2017 The *committee reviews the election outcomes and verifies the vote count
16 June 2017 New co-chairs are announced by the current TWG co-chairs

* The committee consists of two members of the HSG secretariat- George Gotsadze (Executive Director) and Lucy Gilson (HSG Board).