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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

Code Background Institutional affiliation Positions – before training Position – during/after training Opportunities to apply Reason for leaving/staying
P2 Social Science Locally based training institute Coordinator of the university’s research project site Coordinator of the university’s research project site Had few opportunities to apply capacity in current role Stayed despite lack of recognition by employer and lack of opportunities due to lack of better alternatives, has a non-medical background
P8 Medical Science Locally based training institute MD and lecturer Head of national human resources department Multiple opportunity to apply capacity within the institution and represent institution in partnership with other institutions Left despite high recognition by employer, seniority and multiple opportunity to apply capacity, due to career change, lack of commitment to organisation and family commitments
P3 Medical Science MOH Hospital director Head of national human resources department, and later head of the national health department Multiple opportunity to apply capacity within the institution and represent institution in partnership with other institutions Stayed despite poor wages due to high recognition by employer, promotion, challenging assignments, and commitment to organisation and service
P14 Medical Science MOH Head of human resource at provincial health department Works for an international agency, advisor to the provincial health department Former role offers multiple opportunity to practice, current role also offers opportunities for application Left despite recognition, and challenging responsibilities, due to low salary, possibility to continue working with MOH as a member of external development partner
P15 Social Science MOH Human resource officer at provincial health department Head of human resource at provincial health department Multiple opportunities to apply capacity within the institution and represent institution in partnership with other institutions Stayed due to (albeit delayed) recognition by employer, promotion, challenging assignments
P16 Management MOH Training officer at MOH Head of HR of a public hospital Had opportunity to apply capacity in current and former role Stayed due to recognition by employer, promotion, challenging assignments
P35 Medical Science Locally based training institute Lecturer Lecturer, teaching HRH–related modules Multiple opportunities to apply capacity within the institution and represent institution in partnership with other institutions Stayed due to high recognition by employer, challenging assignments, career advancement, additional income
P36 Social Science MOH Procurement manager of a hospital Head of HR development for a private company Former role offers little opportunities to practice, multiple opportunity for practice in current role Left due to low-salary, poor recognition and career prospects
P37 Social Science MOH Trainer at national human resource Directorate Head of HR planning, National HRH Directorate, MOH Multiple opportunities to apply capacity within the institution and represent institution in partnership with other institutions Stayed due to recognition, promotion, job satisfaction
P38 Social Science MOH Financial Manager, sub-national structure, MOH Head of HR, public hospital Had an opportunity to apply capacity in current and former role Stayed due to recognition, and relevant assignments
P39 Medical Science Locally based training institute Researcher and lecturer Works for an international agency Former role offers little opportunity to practice, multiple opportunity for practice in current role Left due to low salary, low career prospects
P40 Social Science MOH Director of Health Training Centre in district Permanent secretary of government in a district, Director General of a district Had opportunity to apply capacity in current and former role Stayed due to recognition, promotion
P54 Social Science Locally based training institute University research project staff Lecturer, teaches HR-related courses. Coordinator of academic programmes, project manager Multiple opportunities to apply within the institution and represent institution in partnership with other institutions Stayed due to employer recognition, promotion, job security, advanced from project to permanent academic staff
P55 Medical Science Local-based training institute University project staff Lecturer of HRH-related modules, coordinator of HRH-related postgraduate programme Multiple within the institution and represent institution in partnership with other institutions Stayed due to recognition; promotion, job security, transitioned from project to permanent academic staff
P56 Medical Science MOH District hospital director Director General for Planning, Health Financing & Information System, MOH Had multiple opportunities to practice in current role Stayed due to recognition, promotion, challenging assignments, job satisfaction
P57 Medical Science MOH District hospital director Clinical practice, and management of private health facilities Had multiple opportunities to apply capacity in former and current role Left due to family issues, lack of administrative support, career change
P58 Medical Science MOH Officer Director of a unit, MOH Had opportunity to apply capacity in current and former role Stayed due to recognition, promotion, challenging assignments
P59 Medical Science MOH Researcher and programme manager Director of programme, MOH Had multiple opportunities to practice in current role Stayed due to recognition by employer, promotion