Evaluating Skill Transfer Between Canadian and Global South Midwifery Associations - QC-187

Preferred Disciplines: Sociology, Midwifery, Public Health, Social Work, International Development Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, or other discipline provided candidate can demonstrate expertise in Monitoring and Evaluation/Implementation science (PhD or Post-Doc)
Project length: 8-12 months (2 units)
Approx. start date: March 2019
Location: Montreal, QC
No. of Positions: 2
Preferences: None
Company: Canadian Association of Midwives

About Company:

The Canadian Association of Midwives is the professional association for midwifery in Canada, and works internationally to build the capacity of our partner midwifery associations.

Summary of Project:

The Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM) implements global programs in Africa and the Caribbean, building midwives’ technical skills and strengthening the capacity of midwifery professional associations in our partner countries. CAM seeks two researchers first to assess current best practices in skills and knowledge transfer activities (particularly the transfer of healthcare skills) and civil society strengthening, and second, to develop tools to monitor and evaluate the efficacy of CAM’s current project implementation activities in the domains of midwifery skills and knowledge transfer and in association-strengthening.

Research Objectives/Sub-Objectives:

  1. Identify and assess existing best practices for monitoring and evaluating healthcare capacity building and civil society strengthening, particularly as pertains to professional associations (literature review);
  2. Assess current CAM project monitoring and evaluation tools;
  3. Develop framework for monitoring and evaluating midwifery skills transfer;
  4. Develop a framework for monitoring and evaluating civil society strengthening via work with professional associations;
  5. Do one preliminary assessment of project activities using new framework.


    CAM proposes two projects, both of which will involve both a literature review to determine existing best practices in monitoring and evaluation, and original research in project sites to determine innovative methods to capture the results of project activities. Midwives are healthcare professionals who can, when trained to international standards and supported by effective regulation, play a vital role in lowering infant and maternal mortality. Midwifery professional associations are civil society organizations that can rally the profession, relay the expertise of midwives to policymakers, and influence policymakers to develop gender-responsive, rights-based healthcare policy. CAM currently works in Benin, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, Tanzania, and South Sudan. In all countries, CAM partners with a local midwifery professional association. Using the expertise of Canadian midwives, CAM supports skills trainings for midwives and association-strengthening activities to build the capacity of the professional associations to support midwives in their local context.

    There are two specific research domains:

    The  first proposed research project will address CAM’s activities in healthcare skills transfer. The research will focus on best practice for skills transfer and best methods to ensure the sustainability of healthcare worker capacity building interventions. There is an extensive existing body of research on this topic; it is expected that the researcher will assess this literature and provide a literature review. Then the researcher will examine CAM’s interventions in healthcare skills transfer and develop appropriate frameworks for monitoring and evaluating these interventions. It is expected that the proposed framework will incorporate existing tools that have been proven effective, and innovative new tools designed for this project.  

    The second proposed research project addresses CAM’s civil society work building capacity in our partner midwifery professional associations. This project should also produce a literature review on best practice for building capacity in developing world civil society organizations, particularly professional associations, in fragile and post-conflict settings. Then the researcher will examine CAM’s specific activities in capacity building with our midwifery association partners and will develop specific tools for monitoring and evaluating the impacts of our work in this domain.

    While focussed on our projects, we anticipate that this framework would be a useful and portable resource for Canadian international development organizations implementing skills and capacity-building projects in challenging contexts. This research and the resulting framework will also contribute to ongoing research in the fields of Public Health, Implementation Science, and Global and International Development Studies into best practices for building healthcare worker capacity and for strengthening civil society.

    Expertise and Skills Needed:


    • One researcher should have demonstrated expertise in health systems and/or healthcare worker capacity building in the context of international development; the other should have demonstrated expertise in civil society strengthening in international development;
    • Demonstrated experience in monitoring and evaluation;
    • Applicants must be willing to travel to South Sudan;
    • Bilingual (French and English)


    • Knowledge of midwifery;
    • Knowledge and experience related to gender equality and feminist frameworks;
    • Experience working in a post conflict environment;
    • Knowledge and experience working with UN agencies;

    For more info or to apply to this applied research position, please

    1. Check your eligibility and find more information about open projects.
    2. Interested students need to get the approval from their supervisor and send their CV along with a link to their supervisor’s university webpage by applying through the webform or directly to Gabriel Garcia-Curiel