Research Fellow, Health Economics

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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:

Research Fellow, Health Economics (1 Position – Lilongwe)

Job Summary

Reporting to the Postdoc, the Research Fellow will work with the postdoc and be responsible for planning and designing project activities, working with MOH to assess and identify areas of inefficiencies and draw roadmap, writing reports and manuscripts.

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

Key Responsibilities

  • Assist the Health Economics Theme leads in planning and implementing Health Economics activities of the program
  • Participate in Think Tank and Policy Lab Meetings, take notes and prepare reports
  • Work with MOH to develop a framework for level specific EHP definition and propose a UHC oriented approach to financing EHP and non-EHP interventions
  • Support MOH to identify areas of inefficiencies in the health sector and draw a roadmap for further analyses and capacity building at national and subnational levels
  • Conduct a comprehensive political economy analysis of health sector procurements and develop a framework for mapping and monitoring ethics and professional conduct of providers and decision makers (stated principles of the HSSP) alignment to squeeze performance and achieve value for money
  • Contribute to conceptualization of private sector participation survey and subsequent outputs
  • Provide support to the development of the health financing strategy and healthy sector strategic plan, including undertaking any implied health economics, ethics and policy analyses


  • Master’s Degree in Economics or Health Economics or related
  • Minimum 2 years’ progressive experience in similar position
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in research, study design, and data analysis
  • Demonstrated knowledge in framework development
  • Experience in policy engagement will be added advantage
  • Those with publications will have added advantage

Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent analytical skills and ability to summarize and analyse desperate information in a clear and concise manner
  • Excellent research methodology and data collection skills
  • Ability to organizational work plans based on higher level goals
  • Strong organizational skills in order to balance competing priorities
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to apply research ethics procedures
  • Excellent computer skills including word processing, spreadsheet programs and database management.

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
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.

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