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Table 1 Career progression and capacity application experiences of training participants

From: Determinants of effective organisational capacity training: lessons from a training programme on health workforce development with participants from three African countries

CodeBackgroundInstitutional affiliationPositions – before trainingPosition – during/after trainingOpportunities to applyReason for leaving/staying
P2Social ScienceLocally based training instituteCoordinator of the university’s research project siteCoordinator of the university’s research project siteHad few opportunities to apply capacity in current roleStayed despite lack of recognition by employer and lack of opportunities due to lack of better alternatives, has a non-medical background
P8Medical ScienceLocally based training instituteMD and lecturerHead of national human resources departmentMultiple opportunity to apply capacity within the institution and represent institution in partnership with other institutionsLeft despite high recognition by employer, seniority and multiple opportunity to apply capacity, due to career change, lack of commitment to organisation and family commitments
P3Medical ScienceMOHHospital directorHead of national human resources department, and later head of the national health departmentMultiple opportunity to apply capacity within the institution and represent institution in partnership with other institutionsStayed despite poor wages due to high recognition by employer, promotion, challenging assignments, and commitment to organisation and service
P14Medical ScienceMOHHead of human resource at provincial health departmentWorks for an international agency, advisor to the provincial health departmentFormer role offers multiple opportunity to practice, current role also offers opportunities for applicationLeft despite recognition, and challenging responsibilities, due to low salary, possibility to continue working with MOH as a member of external development partner
P15Social ScienceMOHHuman resource officer at provincial health departmentHead of human resource at provincial health departmentMultiple opportunities to apply capacity within the institution and represent institution in partnership with other institutionsStayed due to (albeit delayed) recognition by employer, promotion, challenging assignments
P16ManagementMOHTraining officer at MOHHead of HR of a public hospitalHad opportunity to apply capacity in current and former roleStayed due to recognition by employer, promotion, challenging assignments
P35Medical ScienceLocally based training instituteLecturerLecturer, teaching HRH–related modulesMultiple opportunities to apply capacity within the institution and represent institution in partnership with other institutionsStayed due to high recognition by employer, challenging assignments, career advancement, additional income
P36Social ScienceMOHProcurement manager of a hospitalHead of HR development for a private companyFormer role offers little opportunities to practice, multiple opportunity for practice in current roleLeft due to low-salary, poor recognition and career prospects
P37Social ScienceMOHTrainer at national human resource DirectorateHead of HR planning, National HRH Directorate, MOHMultiple opportunities to apply capacity within the institution and represent institution in partnership with other institutionsStayed due to recognition, promotion, job satisfaction
P38Social ScienceMOHFinancial Manager, sub-national structure, MOHHead of HR, public hospitalHad an opportunity to apply capacity in current and former roleStayed due to recognition, and relevant assignments
P39Medical ScienceLocally based training instituteResearcher and lecturerWorks for an international agencyFormer role offers little opportunity to practice, multiple opportunity for practice in current roleLeft due to low salary, low career prospects
P40Social ScienceMOHDirector of Health Training Centre in districtPermanent secretary of government in a district, Director General of a districtHad opportunity to apply capacity in current and former roleStayed due to recognition, promotion
P54Social ScienceLocally based training instituteUniversity research project staffLecturer, teaches HR-related courses. Coordinator of academic programmes, project managerMultiple opportunities to apply within the institution and represent institution in partnership with other institutionsStayed due to employer recognition, promotion, job security, advanced from project to permanent academic staff
P55Medical ScienceLocal-based training instituteUniversity project staffLecturer of HRH-related modules, coordinator of HRH-related postgraduate programmeMultiple within the institution and represent institution in partnership with other institutionsStayed due to recognition; promotion, job security, transitioned from project to permanent academic staff
P56Medical ScienceMOHDistrict hospital directorDirector General for Planning, Health Financing & Information System, MOHHad multiple opportunities to practice in current roleStayed due to recognition, promotion, challenging assignments, job satisfaction
P57Medical ScienceMOHDistrict hospital directorClinical practice, and management of private health facilitiesHad multiple opportunities to apply capacity in former and current roleLeft due to family issues, lack of administrative support, career change
P58Medical ScienceMOHOfficerDirector of a unit, MOHHad opportunity to apply capacity in current and former roleStayed due to recognition, promotion, challenging assignments
P59Medical ScienceMOHResearcher and programme managerDirector of programme, MOHHad multiple opportunities to practice in current roleStayed due to recognition by employer, promotion