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Job Title - Director: HEARD
Date of post - 27.06.2013
Job Category - Education/Training/Instruction (Director)
Vacancy location - South Africa, Kwazulu / Natal, Kwazulu Natal Other
Work experience - 2+ to 5 Years
Degree level - PHD
Position type - full time
Salary - not disclosed
The Health Economics and HIV and AIDS Research Division (HEARD) is a self-funded Centre within the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
The Health Economics and HIV and AIDS Research Division (HEARD) is a self-funded Centre within the University of KwaZulu-Natal. The University is looking to appoint a new Director of HEARD. The position will be a joint appointment with the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance within the College of Law and Management Studies.
THE HEALTH ECONOMICS AND HIV AND AIDS RESEARCH DIVISION (HEARD)
COLLEGE OF LAW AND MANAGEMENT STUDIES
Director: HEARD (Ref: HD 01/2013)
The Director of HEARD is tasked with leading, directing, developing and implementing the Centre’s vision; overall long and short-term strategic direction; policy implementation; fundraising; key stakeholder relationship; corporate governance; financial oversight; and organizational performance. He/She is also entrusted with leading and directing the Centre’s management team in all programmatic and intra-programme research and focal areas and ensuring links to major health and development funders in South Africa and internationally.
KEY PERFORMANCE AREAS FOR THE POSITION INCLUDE:
• Strategic management;
• Recruitment and development of research staff;
• Management of HEARD’s research direction
• Leadership and direction in maintaining good stakeholder relationships;
• Oversight of the financial, operational and corporate governance arrangements; and
• Management of marketing and communication.
• PhD in Health Economics or related discipline;
• At least three (3) years’ established leadership and management experience in a research unit, faculty or School;
• Professor/Associate Professor with experience in an academic/research leadership role;
• An appropriate record of publications and postgraduate supervision;
• Evidence of thorough knowledge with the global health and development agenda;
• Demonstrated experience and relationship with an existing network of relationships or knowledge of funders, UN Agencies (specifically UNAIDS, UNICEF, WHO); and African governments.
Please note that this position is on the January 2012 Conditions of Service.
The closing date for receipt of applications is 31 July 2013
Applicants are required to complete the relevant application form which is available
on the Vacancies website at www.ukzn.ac.za Completed forms; CV’s and at least three
(3) contactable references may be sent to email@example.com
For the job profile and enquiries on the position please contact Ms Fikile Sithole, College HR Manager at: tel. (031) 260 8211 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Advert Reference Number and specialist area MUST be clearly stated in the subject line.
The short listing process will commence two weeks after the closing date and will continue
until the post is filled.
The University of KwaZulu-Natal is committed to Employment Equity
Senior Economics Adviser, UNAIDS
UNAIDS is an innovative United Nations partnership that leads and inspires the world in achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.
UNAIDS' Cosponsors include UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, UNDP, UNFPA, UNODC, UN Women, ILO, UNESCO, WHO and the World Bank. Visit the UNAIDS Web site at www.unaids.org
Vacancy No.: UNAIDS/13/FT33
Title: Senior Economics Adviser
Contract type: Fixed-Term Appointment
Duration of contract: 2 years
Date: 7 June 2013
Application Deadline: 6 July 2013
(12 day(s) until closing deadline)
Currently accepting applications
Organization unit: AI/PRG Programmes (AI/PRG) /
AI/DXP DXD Programme Branch (AI/DXP)
Strategic Information and Evaluation Department, Economics and Evaluation Division
Duty station: Geneva Switzerland
MANDATE OF THE DEPARTMENT:
The mission of the Strategic Information and Evaluation Department is to generate strategic information and analysis that increases better understanding of the state of the AIDS epidemic and the progress made at national, regional and global levels. This Department enables UNAIDS to strengthen its role as the global repository for data and analysis based on strategic information, technical assessment and outcome analysis, drawn from the best available biomedical, and social sciences, and bringing together different sources of data, methodologies and stakeholders.
The Economics and Evaluation division provides strategic leadership on policies and approaches for achieving the HLM goals related to the efficiency and financing of HIV responses. It provides economic analysis, including of HIV programme expenditure, resource allocation, source and channel of funding; identifies costs, cost drivers and technical efficiencies in programme design and implementation; spearheads the analysis of programme and intervention effectiveness for improved outcomes and impact, and leads a comprehensive global evaluation agenda, including identifying promising country response models for further investigation. It engages and supports key stakeholders to support programmes to achieve more value for money and become financially sustainable.
Main tasks and Responsibilities of the Position:
Under the overall guidance of the Chief Economics and Evaluation and in close collaboration with other members of the division and department, health economists working for Cosponsors and other key partners, the incumbent is assigned all or part of the following responsibilities:
Take a lead role in the gathering, review and effective analysis of macro-economic and health economic research findings, academic literature, experiences and lessons learnt from country programmes, and other available sources, with a view to elaborate approaches and promote best practices for HIV financing, including innovative financing strategies and policies, and to draw the attention of the Chief Economics and Evaluation and Director, Strategic Information and Evaluation on sensitive issues.
In close collaboration and leveraging support in the team and departments throughout the Secretariat at headquarters, from Regional Support Teams and UNAIDS Country Offices, as well as Cosponsors and key partners, further develop the UNAIDS economics and financing agenda; develop policy guidance for sustainable financing, taking into consideration countries' ability to pay and external aid needs, as well as overall shared responsibility and national ownership principles.
Proactively collaborate with a broad range of partners such as the World Bank, GFATM, PEPFAR, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), among others, to propose and recommend approaches to ensure value for money, and financial sustainability and country ownership of HIV responses.
Provide expertise and authoritative advice to regions and key countries, including specifically to UNAIDS Investment and Efficiency Advisers, regarding national HIV financing needs, potential innovative funding sources, mechanisms and channels for health and HIV financing, solvency, with particular attention to social health insurance, as well as the economic returns of effective HIV programmes and the need and potential for reducing out-of-pocket spending.
Take a leadership role in the work of the UNAIDS Economics Reference Group (ERG), including but not limited to representing EIP and UNAIDS, participating in the International AIDS Economic Network and other working groups, recommending and identifying priorities for research, facilitating policy development; and ensuring coordinated research priorities and agendas involving international partners.
Perform other related duties as assigned, including replacing and backstopping for others.
Essential: Advanced University degree in economics or a related field, with specialization in health economics.
Desirable: PhD or higher degree in one of the above.
1. Commitment to the AIDS response
3. Respect for diversity
1. Working in teams
2. Communicating with impact
3. Applying expertise
4. Delivering results
5. Driving change and innovation
6. Being accountable
1. Vision and strategic thinking
2. Leading teams
3. Managing performance and resources
4. Developing and empowering others
5. Exercising sound judgement
6. Building relationships and Networks
Essential: A minimum of 11 to 15 years of professional experience in health economics and/or health financing at national level, involving UN and/or multilateral organizations, including experience at international level. Good experience and demonstrated track record in health planning and implementation of macro-economic analysis, costing and financing national and global health and HIV responses, including best practices for the collection and assessment, interpretation and dissemination of findings; as well as methods to produce economic estimates.
Desirable: Experience in economics analysis and modeling, costing delivery of health or other development areas, with experience in the UN System or UNAIDS or a sound knowledge of the mandates.
Essential: Advanced knowledge of English, with a good working knowledge of French.
Desirable: Knowledge of another UN official language.
Positions at the international professional category within UNAIDS will be subject to the Organization's Mobility Policy. The above-mentioned position is a rotational position and its standard duration of assignment is linked to the ICSC hardship classification of the duty station.
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice. Staff who would have been considered in the 2013 Mobility Exercise as well as staff in need of placement are encouraged to apply to internal vacancies.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$ 80,734 at single rate
US$ 86,904 with primary dependants Post Adjustment: 103.3 % of the figure(s) on the left side. This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.
Senior Research Associate, Applied Analytics Team
Business Unit: AXP
Job Location: Flexible
Type: Full-Time Paid
The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) was founded in 2002 by President Bill Clinton to provide solutions to the biggest challenges impeding effective health delivery in developing countries. CHAI applies the rigorous thinking, analysis, and urgency of the business world to save lives and strengthen health systems rapidly and more efficiently by improving markets for medicines and diagnostics, lowering the cost of treatment, and accelerating access to key drugs and technologies. As a trusted partner to governments, CHAI’s programs have helped more than four million people access treatment for HIV/AIDS at reduced costs, and have led to more than $1 billion in savings for developing countries. In addition to retaining its initial focus HIV/AIDS care and treatment, CHAI implements programs on vaccines, malaria, health systems strengthening, and maternal child health in more than 25 countries.
Applied Analytics Team
Working closely with CHAI country teams and partner governments, CHAI’s Applied Analytics Team (AAT) uses operations research, mathematical modeling, impact evaluations, and other analytical tools to improve health care delivery.
AAT is seeking a Senior Research Associate with expertise in Health Economics and study design. The Senior Research Associate will be responsible for developing economic models and leading costing studies to assess cost-effectiveness of different health interventions, with the goal of informing health policy and decision-making. Particular emphasis will be on HIV treatment and prevention.
The Senior Research Associate will report to the AAT Director.
• Developing and implementing study design methodology for costing studies and cost-effectiveness analyses
• Develop, validate, and document evidence-based economic models that can be used to assess cost-effectiveness of different interventions to inform national and global HIV strategy and decision-making
• Guide discussions with ministries of health about the potential for HIV treatment and prevention activities to reduce new infections, highlighting the trade-offs between impact and cost of various approaches
• Support resource allocation decision-making with an emphasis on efficiency and effectiveness
• Serve as a technical expert for countries weighing the cost-effectiveness of HIV prevention and treatment interventions
• PhD or master’s degree in health economics, epidemiology, or a related field and 5+ years of relevant work experience
• Sound knowledge of methodologies used in economic and policy analysis for public health
• Significant technical experience with costing, cost and decision modeling, cost-effectiveness analysis, and the effective use of cost information to inform program design and strategy
• Excellent problem-solving, analytical, and quantitative skills
• Advance statistical analysis skills with demonstrated hands-on experience with modeling in SAS, Stata, R, or equivalent
• Experience working in limited resource country settings
• Demonstrated capacity to synthesize data into an effective presentation of results for a variety of audiences
• Exceptional diplomatic and interpersonal skills, and an ability to collaborate effectively with a wide range of partners and stakeholders
• Strong oral and written communication skills
• Strong project management skills
• Ability to travel
To apply: Please apply online at https://careers-chai.icims.com/jobs/3497/senior-research-associate/job?mode=view
Senior Technical Advisor, Health Financing
Location: Washington, DC, USA
About Futures Group
Futures Group, the global consulting firm, helps to protect and promote people’s well-being around the world. For 40 years, Futures Group has created lasting solutions to some of the most pressing public health challenges facing nations. We predict future health and development trends, uncover barriers to well-being, and forge on-the-ground partnerships to ensure lasting change.
About GRM International
GRM International is a leading international development management company specializing in the provision of project design, management expertise and technical assistance to development projects for bilateral and multilateral funding agencies, governments and corporations. For more than 45 years, GRM has been bringing expertise in managing large-scale projects, and sourcing and managing high quality experts covering all disciplinary skills required to implement development projects.
About our Group of Companies
GRM International, Futures Group, and the Effective Development Group are a group of companies with a joint focus on reaching people in need and creating better futures for our clients, communities and colleagues around the world. With more than 90 current projects operating in more than 85 countries, and $225 million in revenue, our combined group has a multisectoral focus, diverse technical offerings and a wide geographic reach. For more information, please visit www.futuresgroup.com, www.grminternational.com, and www.edgroup.com.au.
Futures is seeking a Senior Technical Advisor, Health Financing with expertise in health financing, economic and financial modeling, analysis, and evaluation of policy interventions. The individual should have demonstrated experience in programmatic areas of interest that can contribute to public sector implementation of sound policies and operational programs in the areas of health-related costing, cost effectiveness, resource allocation, finance, and economic impact. The successful candidate will have the experience and abilities to apply economic analysis and modeling to inform policy change in developing countries.
The Senior Technical Advisor for Health Financing will provide technical assistance and support to government units that are responsible for conducting health economics and health financing related analyses to provide data for key resource allocation and policy decisions throughout the specific ministries. The individual will work with field-based teams and government partners to identify gaps in several important components—particularly in health economics and financing—which have impeded the development of evidence-based policies and strategies.
Provide overall technical support to the field-based teams in Health Financing and Economics
Support the design and piloting health insurance feasibility study and risk pooling mechanisms
Support the drafting of health insurance regulations, as needed
Provide support to examine a user fee scheme in selected health facilities
Assist in the design and implementation of economic evaluations of different interventions and in general, design and conduct research studies
Analyze the resource allocation pattern in health sector and assist local ministry partners in enhancing value for money
Support national health accounts and expenditure management information systems design and development
Provide guidance on conducting Public Expenditure Tracking Surveys
Analyze data, perform complex statistical analysis and prepares policy briefs for the purposes of advocacy to senior policy makers
Build staff capacity in relevant areas, particularly in research and health economics
Produce proposals, reports, briefs, policy documents and communication material
Provide assistance and guidance to others on topic areas of scientific studies and applies relevant methodologies to programmatic issues
Represent the organization in specific technical areas; and provide leadership in the fields of economics and policy
Collaborate with others in the professional international health development community, at the local, regional and international level
Reviews in-house scientific papers, research strategies, proposals for funding of studies and/or relevant projects by government and other agencies for methodological and technological soundness
Masters in Economics or related discipline with 5 years or more of international work experience in developing countries or on programs for developing countries.
Sound knowledge of methodologies used in health financing, economic and policy analysis.
Knowledge of gender issues and analysis related to reproductive health and HIV/AIDS a plus.
Demonstrated ability to develop new concepts, techniques, and programs.
Demonstrated successful leadership in conceptualizing and managing activities in a developing country context, collaborating with governmental departments.
Ability to foster successful partnership approaches and relationships among a variety of organizations/ institutions,
Able to work independently with minimal management direction and as a team member.
Excellent English language communication skills, and the ability to work collaboratively across technical discipline, able to translate economic research into advocacy materials designed for policymakers, and able to produce technical proposals and reports at short deadlines.
In-country working experience in Afghanistan and an understanding of the Afghan health system.
Has appropriate computer skills necessary to conduct project activities such as data research, and data management, data evaluation, and analysis of study data in low tech environments.
Able to travel to Afghanistan.
Regularly required to stand or sit, and move about the facility
Usual office working conditions free of disagreeable elements.
Futures Group provides equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.
Health Finance Specialist (Health Scientist II)
Location: Washington, DC, USA
Futures Group develops and delivers innovative, locally relevant, evidence-based solutions to improve the health and well being of people around the world. Since 1971, we have assisted governmental and non-governmental agencies, foundations, and the private sector by designing, implementing and evaluating programs in HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, population and family planning, maternal and child health, infectious diseases, and gender. Futures Group has deep expertise in policy and advocacy, research and strategic information, health markets and private sector engagement, modeling and economic analysis, patient monitoring and management/HMIS, strategic consulting, and program management.
Futures Group is recruiting a Health Finance Specialist to provide content knowledge, technical assistance, consultation, and support for the development and execution of economic analyses, health finance policy analyses, and costing and modeling assignments. Methodologies that may be applied include: cost-effectiveness studies; unit costing of health interventions; modeling for resource allocation decision-making; design and use of expenditure surveys; feasibility studies or policy analyses related to implementation of health insurance; and analyses of household surveys. The health finance specialist will provide high-level technical assistance to developing country policymakers and write position papers, reports, and technical briefs to inform relevant audiences. The focus of the work will be on health programs, with an emphasis on HIV, reproductive health, and maternal and child health. The candidate will be required to determine methods and procedures on new assignments and both implement and manage other staff in carrying them out. In addition, this position requires active participation in business development ventures related to health financing.
Provides health economics, health finance and costing expertise/technical assistance to the program, technical staff and administrators as per project/program requirements
Provides remote and on-the-ground managerial and operational oversight to specific projects and activities in a developing country setting
Demonstrates thought leadership in health financing and contributes to corporate strategic planning initiatives and business development ventures;
Uses various quantitative and qualitative techniques to perform costing and modeling tasks
Responsible for development of work plans and budgets.
Prepares necessary technical and program-related reports, including presentations and white papers
Guides and supports research, data collection, policy formulation, training and capacity building efforts in support of project activities and deliverables
Ensures quality of services and compliance per project/program requirements.
May provide functional guidance to outside vendors to ensure deliverables are met within timelines and budgets
Organizes as needed project/program trainings, conferences, workshops, and meetings.
Participates, and represents the organization as needed, in outside associations, conferences, and symposia
Supervises and provides guidance to staff members working on the project
Contributes to new business development efforts, as required and appropriate
Advanced degree with significant experience preferred. MA in Economics or Health Economics, or MPH with significant course work in health economics and finance
At least 5 years of experience in public health, health economics, health finance, and policy formulation related to developing countries, or experience in other fields related to the duties described above
Strong program management skills are highly desirable
Strong interpersonal, writing, presentation, and organizational skills are required
Experience working internationally
Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office
Demonstrated problem solving, analytic, financial, and evaluative skills
Knowledge of project management methodology
Attention to detail and ability to effectively and efficiently perform multiple tasks and balance competing priorities often within a required timeframe
Professional and mature demeanor and conduct
Ability to respond and adapt quickly to changing requirements and competing demands
Ability to take initiative and/or respond independently to situations
Ability to travel internationally up to 30% time
Fluent written and spoken English is required. Preference will be given to candidates with working proficiency in additional languages, especially Spanish and French.
Regularly required to stand or sit, and move about the facility
Usual office working conditions free of disagreeable elements.
Futures Group provides equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran o