Health Economics Post-Doctoral Fellow

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HEALTH ECONOMICS AND POLICY UNIT (HEPU) , FCDO – HEALTH ECONOMICS, POLICY AND ETHICS CAPACITY SUPPORT PROGRAMME

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

The HEPU in the School of Public Health and Family Medicine, Department of Health Systems and Policy at Kamuzu University of Health Sciences has secured an Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) grant through the Health Services Joint Fund to implement a health economics, policy and ethics capacity support programme. HEPU is a joint KUHES, MOH and University of York initiative and has very strong collaboration with other leading international universities and research institutes as well as the East, Central and Southern Africa (ECSA) Health Community. Through the Thanzi la Onse Project, HEPU and collaborating Partners have built a strong foundation on which health economics, policy and ethics research capacity is to be strengthened. The FCDO grant through the HSJF aims to sustain and strengthen further the capacity already being developed at HEPU.

Applications are therefore being invited from suitably qualified candidates to fill the following vacant post:

Health Economics Post-Doctoral Fellow (1 position – Lilongwe)

Job summary

The post holder will contribute to the strengthening of health economics and policy analysis capacity of the HEPU which in turn will contribute directly to strengthening the availability and use of high-quality policy relevant evidence by the Ministry of Health. On this grant, HEPU will collaborate directly with the MOH through the Department of Planning and Policy Development(DPPD) thereby ensuring that there is effective co-creation of research and coordination of the policy engagement processes to ensure optimal uptake of research into policy and decision making. This will involve capacity building for HEPU and MOH DPPD in areas of health economics, policy analysis and ethics in line with the priorities set in the National Health Policy and the Health Sector Strategic Plan. The Post-Doctoral Fellow will work with the Co-PI responsible for health economics and policy engagement, lead execution of research health economics and policy analysis workstreams prioritized by MOH to inform important policy decisions. The Postdoctoral Fellow will directly supervise economics pre-doctoral and pre-masters fellows under his workstreams to ensure that they support him/her. He/She is also going to collaborate with other PIs on this and related projects to ensure synergies across relevant topic and delivery of high quality multidisciplinary research outputs meeting the clients’ and publication requirements.

The successful candidate will be offered a 2-year contract, with 6 months probation period, subject to renewal upon satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

Purpose of the position

The post requires training in economics with a strong research background/interest in health economics and policy analysis. The applicant should therefore have a strong background in cost-benefit/value for money analysis and experience in policy analysis.

The main purpose of this position is to facilitate Think Tank and Policy Lab meetings including identifying researchers to present at Extraordinary Think Tank meetings, lead in conducting economic and policy analysis for MOH and donor interventions, proposal development and resource mobilization, mentorship and supervision of research fellows.

Key Responsibilities

  • Leading the health economics theme within the program.
  • Taking a leading role in the planning of Think Tank and policy lab meetings, documenting the outcomes of the discussions and providing recommendations and next steps to think tank members
  • Facilitating stakeholder meetings to inform TLO, HIV, and other modelling initiatives on behalf of MOH and TLO partners
  • Lead in supporting MOH with specific requests around HSSP III costing and impact modelling
  • Working with partners (University of York) to finalize analyses on geographical resource allocation, public financial management, health technology assessment, equity analysis, epidemiological modelling, research prioritization
  • Taking a leading role in conducting value for money assessments, policy analysis and cost benefit analysis
  • Take a leading role in the planning and conducting of assigned research individually or jointly in accordance with the project deliverables and KUHeS strategy.
  • Development of manuscripts, policy/issue briefs, proposals and reports
  • Leading and supervising research fellows in conducting project and research activities
  • Mentoring fellows at MSc and BSc levels.
  • Any other duties assigned by the Director.

Qualification

  • PhD in economics; prior training in health economics preferable but not necessary.
  • Minimum 3 years progressive experience in similar position
  • A minimum of 3 publications with at least one as first author

ESSENTIAL

  • Project or subject specific experience, particularly experience of working in donor funded policy related research projects
  • Experience in conducting value for money assessment and cost benefit analyses
  • Proven ability to deliver quality outputs in a timely and efficient manner
  • A track record of presentation and publication of research results in quality journals/conferences
  • Experience of making a leading contribution in policy activities
  • Ability to demonstrate a degree of independence as illustrated by identification of project objectives from assessment of the literature, design and analysis of data and drafting of papers
  • Experience in undertaking independent research

Other Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent policy engagement and policy analysis skills
  • Skills in project management
  • Research design and critical analytical skills
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • Knowledge of the Malawi Health Sector

Application Procedure

Interested candidates who meet the above requirements should send their applications including  cover letter, CV with names of three traceable referees and copies of relevant certificates to:

The Registrar
Kamuzu University of Health Sciences
P/Bag 360
Chichiri
Blantyre 3

Indicate  the position applied for, Health Economics and Policy Unit  on the envelope for hard copy applications and indicate the same in the subject line of your email for electronic submissions. Electronic submissions should be sent to the following e-mail address:

[email protected]

Applications should reach the Registrar not later than  29 th  October, 2021.  Only short-listed candidates will be acknowledged.

To apply for this job please visit www.medcol.mw .

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