Fresher Jobs – Health Economist at Medical Research Council/ Uganda Virus Research Institute (MRC/UVRI)

Job Title:     Health Economist
Organisation: Medical
Research Council/ Uganda Virus Research Institute (MRC/UVRI)
Funding Source: MRC (UK) and
U.S. PEPFAR
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to: Head of
Programme, Social Sciences
Position Code: HE1115
About MRC:
The Medical
Research Council/ Uganda Virus Research Institute (MRC/UVRI) based at the
Uganda Virus Research Institute in Entebbe is a bilateral multi-disciplinary
research organization funded by, the Medical Research Council (UK) and Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Uganda under the U.S. President’s
Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and other donor agencies. Established
in 1988, the MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit on AIDS is an internationally
recognized center of excellence for research on HIV infection and related
diseases, contributing knowledge on the revolving epidemic, the evaluation of
innovative health care options, treatment and prevention, and the development
of health policy and practice in Africa and worldwide.
Job Summary: The Health
Economist will provide health economic input across selected projects and
programmes in the Unit, working as part of multi-disciplinary team within
Uganda and, occasionally, internationally. He/she will be a key member of a
dedicated multi-disciplinary team of researchers. The incumbent will also play
a focal role in contributing to research that is expected to provide important
data for health planning and health policy.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
·        
Carry out research on a range of economic factors,
including the costs of health care, both at health facility and patient level;
the cost-effectiveness of interventions to improve health care and access.
Interventions will cut across a range of programs in non-communicable diseases
including Mental Health, HIV and other infections.
·        
Conduct modelling as required, present economic
evidence and write up this evidence.
·        
Analyse findings and write up for research reports,
conference presentations and peer reviewed journals.
·        
Supervise fieldworkers involved in data collection
and provide training support as may be required for them to undertake their
work.
·        
The incumbent will serve as the Project leader for
selected projects, as may be required.
·        
Represent the Unit on health economics at national
and international gatherings of project collaborators and represent the
Programme Head at such meetings if required.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
·        
The ideal candidate should preferably hold a Master’s
degree in Health Economics, Development Economics, Quantitative Economics, Economic
Policy and Planning or a related subject.
·        
Health related qualification e.g. Public Health.
·        
A minimum of two years’ experience, preferably one
of which will have been, spent in research, collecting health facility and
patient costs for economic analysis.
·        
Prior experience or knowledge of discrete choice
experiments.
·        
Excellent computer skills in advanced Microsoft
excel especially in the use of Pivot tables and STATA/R Statistic.
·        
Organized with excellent attention to detail.
·        
Excellent management skills.
·        
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
·        
Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
·        
Ability to work under pressure and to tight
deadlines.
How to Apply:
All candidates
should send their applications letters, copies of academic qualifications and
curriculum vitae including names, telephone contacts and email addresses of
three (3) referees should be sent only via e mail to:
recruitment@mrcuganda.org. Please quote the position code (HE1115) in the
subject line of the email.
NB: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for
interviews.
Deadline: Friday, 4th December
2015

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