MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit Health Economist Jobs

MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit Health Economist Jobs

Job Purpose:

  • The post-holder will be working on a full economic evaluation of an intervention aimed at
    reducing neonatal mortality in Uganda (OMWaNA: Operationalizing kangaroo Mother care before stabilization amongst low birth Weight Neonates in Africa). The intervention is evaluated through a multi-site randomized controlled trial: an intervention arm is allocated to receive KMC and a control arm is allocated to receive ‘standard’ care.

  • The post-holder will support data collection (facility and household surveys), data analysis
    using Excel and STATA, and paper writing for the cost-effectiveness, budget impact, wellbeing and equity analysis of KMC.

  • The post-holder will be a key member of a multi-disciplinary team of researchers within
    Uganda, the UK and internationally, and will work closely with colleagues at Makerere University - School of Public Health and at the Centre for Health Economics in London at the LSHTM.

  • The portfolio of duties outlined below will vary from time to time in accordance with the
    expectations of the role.

    Roles & Responsibilities

    Principal Responsibilities

  • To undertake high quality research & scholarship, including contributing to drafting
    grant proposals;

  • To contribute to peer-reviewed publications, including as lead author;

  • To co-design, conduct and write up literature reviews on economic evaluations and other relevant studies;

  • To plan and conduct the collection of economic and financial data, for the cost effectiveness, budget impact, wellbeing and equity analysis of KMC as part of the Omwana trial, at facility, community and patient levels;

  • To provide training support and supervision to fieldworkers involved in data collection;

  • To analyze the economic and financial data, for the cost-effectiveness, budget impact,
    wellbeing and equity analysis of KMC and to write up the findings for research reports, policy briefs, conference presentations and peer-reviewed journals;

  • To represent the Unit on health economics (online or in presence) at national and
    international gatherings of project collaborators and represent the Programme Head at such meetings if required; and,

  • To submit, attend and present (online or in presence) the results of the economic evaluation of KMC at national and international conferences on health economics and/or neonatal health.

    Financial Management

  • Ensuring proper accountabilities for expenditures on project budgets; and,

  • Adherence to and effective utilization budgets in keeping with the Unit’s/LSHTM’s
    delegated authority scheme.

    LSHTM Integration

  • The post holder may at some point dependent on the program requirements be
    responsible for managing assistants in health economics function ensuring that;

  • Staff are enabled to perform their assigned duties as expected;

  • Staff professional development is nurtured in line with the Unit’s and LSHTM’s capacity building goals;

  • There is a positive and supportive work environment in the section;

  • Staff feel included and valued and their professional feedback and proposals are heard and considered;

  • Staff expectations are clearly communicated;

  • Staff performance is regularly monitored;

  • Potential conflicts are resolved promptly and decisively, involving HR support where needed;

  • Formal appraisals are conducted within the departments in line with the Unit’s schedule;

  • Applicable LSHTM and Unit HR policies are being followed at all levels; and,

  • Participate in the development of equal opportunities, diversity and inclusion.

    Person Specification

  • MSc degree in Health Economics, Development Economics, Quantitative Economics, Economic Policy and Planning, with a strong focus on health OR a first degree in economics with a MSc degree in public health/health sciences;

  • At least 5 years working experience and preferably two of which will have been spent in research in conducting systematic literature reviews, data collation, analysis and write-up of economic data;

  • Ability to contribute to written output, preferably peer-reviewed, as expected by the
    subject area/discipline in terms of types and volume of outputs;

  • Should possess the ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively as part of a research team, and proven ability to meet research deadlines;

  • Excellent computer skills in advanced Microsoft Excel especially in the use of Pivot
    tables; and STATA/R Statistic; and Microsoft Word;

  • Should possess excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate
    effectively both orally and in writing;

  • Good organizational skills, including effective time management; and,

  • Interest in pursuing a career in economic evaluation or priority setting related to the
    health sector, in academia or policy.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit Health Economist Jobs

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