(University of London)



POST NAME: Health Economist, ACT Consortium



An opportunity has arisen for a health economist to work for the ACT Consortium within the
Department of Global Health and Development. The ACT Consortium is a global research
partnership working to maximize the public health impact of artemisinin-based combination
therapy (ACT) through high quality, policy driven, and multidisciplinary operational research.
The post holder will be based at LSHTM and work as a member of the Consortium’s core
team but will also make visits to collaborating sites overseas. The post holder will support
individual ACT Consortium studies with their economic components, principally cost-
effectiveness analysis, through site visits and e-mail communication as well as assisting with
the resulting analyses of the study data. In collaboration with the Consortium health
economists, the post holder will prepare for and assist with cross-cutting analyses including
economic modelling across the different studies of the ACT Consortium.

The post is suitable for candidates with an appropriate qualification in health economics and
has practical experience of conducting health economics research preferably in a low-
income setting. Strong communication skills and the ability to work both independently and
as a member of a multidisciplinary scientific team are essential.

The post is funded full time for a period of one year to start as soon as possible. The
appointment will be made on the Academic Pathway Grade 6 (Research Fellow) pay scale
(£35,661-£40,499) per annum inclusive.

Applications      should    be    made     on-line   via    our website
( The reference for this post is KH01 Applications should include
the names and email contacts of 2 referees who can be contacted immediately if shortlisted.
Any queries regarding the application process may be addressed to

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The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is one of Europe’s leading schools of
Public Health and a leading postgraduate institution worldwide for research and
postgraduate education in global health.

Part of the University of London, the London School is the largest institution of its kind in
Europe with a remarkable depth and breadth of expertise encompassing many disciplines.
The School was ranked one of the top 3 research institutions in the country in the Times
Higher Education’s 'table of excellence', which is based on the 2008 Research Assessment
Exercise (RAE). In 2009, the School became the first UK institution to win the Gates Award
for Global Health.

The School’s environment is a rich multicultural one: there are almost 4000 students from
100+ countries following 22 taught masters courses delivered either in London (~650) or
through distance learning (~2700), and undertaking research degree training (~400). Over
40% of these students are from non-European countries. The largest growth has been in
distance learning students (>40% over 3 years), though the London-based student
population (where accommodation limits growth) is at its highest level ever. Alumni are
working in more than 180 countries. The School has about 1500 staff drawn from over 60

There are research collaborations with over 100 countries throughout the world, utilizing our
critical mass of multidisciplinary expertise which includes clinicians, epidemiologists,
statisticians, social scientists, economists, molecular biologists, immunologists,
ophthalmologists, anthropologists, virologists, pharmacologists and nutritionists. At any one
time around 100 School staff are based overseas, particularly in Africa and Asia. We have a
strong commitment to partnership with institutions in low and middle income countries to
support the development of teaching and research capacity.

The School has expanded greatly in recent years. Its research funding now exceeds £67M
per annum, much of it from highly competitive national and international sources. The
commitment of staff to methodological rigour, innovative thinking and policy relevance will
ensure that the School continues to occupy a leadership position in national and global
health, adapting quickly to new challenges and opportunities.

To improve health and health equity in the UK and worldwide; working in partnership to
achieve excellence in public and global health research, education and translation of
knowledge into policy and practice.

The aim of the Faculty of Public Health and Policy is the improvement of global health
through research, teaching and the provision of advice in the areas of health policy, health
systems and services, and individual, social and environmental influences on health.
Interests and activities embrace the health needs of people living in countries at all levels of

The Faculty is the largest multi-disciplinary public health group in Europe, with a total of over
220 staff including epidemiologists, public health physicians, economists, policy analysts,
anthropologists, sociologists, historians, psychologists, statisticians and mathematicians.

The Faculty's research programmes, with an annual spend of over £7m, focus on public
health problems of importance both globally and in the UK, and build on an extensive
network of collaborations. The research programmes exploit multidisciplinary and multi-
method approaches, generate new knowledge for specific contexts and test transferability to
different settings, and engage with policymakers and providers of health care to ensure
research is relevant and translated into practice. The Head of Faculty is Professor Richard


The aim of the Department of Global Health and Development (GHD) is to conduct novel
and policy-relevant research and training that concerns health issues with a global reach,
predominantly from the perspective of the development of low- and middle-income countries.
Staff come from a wide range of disciplines including economics, epidemiology,
mathematics, policy analysis, medicine and social anthropology. The Head of Department is
Reader in Health System Economics, Kara Hanson.

The Department comprises approximately 100 staff and 80 research degree students, with
total grants funding of over £30m and is structured according to four groups; Anthropology,
History and Sociology (AHS); Health Economics and Systems Analysis (HESA); Politics and
Policy (PPG) and Social and Mathematical Epidemiology (SaME).

Members of the Department edit the journal Health Policy and Planning; run a short course
on Infectious Diseases in Humanitarian Emergencies and organise a range of Seminars.


The London School Malaria Centre was established to draw together the many diverse
malaria activities carried out under the auspices of the School. Co-ordination of LSHTM's
research, teaching and malaria control activities enhance the School's contribution to the
renewed efforts being undertaken by international organizations, such as the World Health
Organisation and the World Bank, and by many national governments in malaria endemic
and non-endemic regions to bring this infection under control.

The objectives of the LSHTM Malaria Centre are to:-

      Facilitate malaria research both in the School and in malaria endemic areas;
      Encourage the development of links between scientists based at LSHTM interested
       in the problem of malaria who work in different disciplines;
      Facilitate the development of strong links between scientists in the School and
       colleagues working in malaria endemic areas;
      Offer training in various aspects of malaria research and control; and
      Contribute to global efforts to control malaria infection.

The Centre is organised in an informal way but holds regular meetings and seminars. The
latter are open to all interested participants within and outside the School. Annual meetings
are held and provide an opportunity for School staff and their overseas collaborators to
discuss their work on malaria in a friendly but critical manner. More information on the
Malaria Centre can be found at


An award of $39.7 million was made by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in November
2007 to set up the ACT Consortium. This Consortium of around 20 institutions in Africa,
Asia, Europe and the USA is undertaking research (at present 16 studies) into a variety of
methods of delivering antimalarial drugs in order to inform health policy to optimize their

The Consortium is supported by a core team of scientists and the Secretariat, based at
LSHTM. The key role of the core scientists is to provide technical leadership in the
development of economic, statistical and social science components of the Consortium. A
significant part of the Consortium is to support evidence-based policy making and
implementation activities so that the delivery and effectiveness of ACTs are optimised. In
order to achieve this, the Consortium is establishing a mechanism, to collate, integrate and
interpret data from within and beyond the Consortium. The results of the ACT Consortium
will be incorporated into balanced syntheses, set in the larger landscape of malaria research
and control, and will be communicated promptly in ways that are useful to programme
managers, policy-makers and practitioners at national, regional and international levels.

One benefit of working as a Consortium is the ability to draw findings from across studies
collecting comparable data. The Consortium’s outputs have been channelled into four major
packages of work: RDTs in Context, ACTs in Action, Safety, and Design and Evaluation of
Complex Interventions. To facilitate these outputs it is necessary for data from individual
projects to be cleaned and validated, collated and stored. A recent feasibility assessment of
sharing data with the Consortium has shown that Principal Investigators are willing to share
their data for the purposes of these outputs but the mechanism for collating and storing such
data is still to be developed and implemented.

More information on the ACT Consortium can be found at


We seek a health economist within the core team of the ACT Consortium to support
individual ACT Consortium studies with their economic components, principally cost-
effectiveness analysis, through site visits and e-mail communication as well as assisting with
the resulting analyses of the study data. In addition, the health economist will be expected to
work with the other core team health economists to prepare for and assist with cross-cutting
analyses including economic modelling across the different studies of the ACT Consortium
as well as other work tasks as agreed among the members of the core team. The post
holder will also be required for taking forward the results of a feasibility assessment for
sharing data beyond the Consortium to the wider scientific community.
Post:                   Health Economist

Grade:                  Academic Pathway Grade 6

Department:             Global Health and Development. The post holder will also work
                        closely with staff from other department and faculties; in particular
                        they will liaise with the Department of Disease Control where the
                        director of the Consortium is based.

Responsible to:         Kristian Hansen, Lecturer in Health Economics, ACT Consortium core
                        health economist and Shunmay Yeung, Clinical Senior Lecturer in
                        Health Economics and Policy, ACT Consortium core health


Specific responsibilities will be to:

1. Together with the core health economists, provide technical leadership into the
   development of the economics and policy-related component of the ACT Consortium.

2. Support where appropriate the principal investigators of the ACT Consortium projects to
   design, implement and analyse the economic elements of their studies. This will include
   the compilation of information from ACT Consortium study sites and personnel for
   estimating cost of interventions through visits to study sites in Africa.

3. As project findings become available, participate in undertaking analyses that draw on
   evidence across the ACT Consortium to inform policy at national and international levels.
   This will involve collaborating with core scientists in developing the economic
   components of the cross-project analyses including economic modelling across the work
   packages in particular for the RDTs in Context work package.

4. Contribute to the dissemination activities of the ACT Consortium including publishing in
   appropriate media such as peer-reviewed and prestigious journals, conference
   presentations nationally and internationally and engagement with policy makers. This will
   involve collaborating with the core scientists in writing up papers on cost-effectiveness
   analysis of interventions performed by ACT Consortium members as well as other
   related analyses.

5. Help develop and finalise a guidance manual on cost data collection in the field for cost-
   effectiveness studies.


Essential skills required:

   Postgraduate degree (MA/MSc/PhD) or equivalent qualification in health economics, or a
    related discipline.

   Proven practical experience working as a health economist.

   Participation in the design and management of health economics research.
   Some experience of constructing and analysing cost-effectiveness models.

   Some experience of collecting cost data in the field.

   An ability to collaborate effectively with people from a wide range of disciplines.

   Strong organisational skills.

   Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.

   A willingness to travel to collaborating centres overseas mainly Africa (up to 20%).

Desirable skills required:

   An interest in health research in developing countries.

   Knowledge and interest in economic modelling techniques

   Knowledge of issues relating to malaria.

   Experience of working in low income countries, particularly in Africa.

   Knowledge of data analysis packages (e.g. Stata, SAS or SPSS).


The appointment is currently funded for a period of one year. The appointment will be made
on the LSHTM Academic Pathway Grade 6 with a starting salary £35,661-£40,499 per
annum inclusive. The post will be subject to the LSHTM terms and conditions of service.
Membership of the USS Pension Scheme is available.


Applications should be made on-line at our website at The reference for
this post is KH01. Online applications will be accepted by the automated system until
midnight on of the closing date. Any queries regarding the application process may be
addressed to

The supporting statement section should set out how your qualifications, experience and
training meet each of the selection criteria. Please provide one or more paragraphs
addressing each criterion. The supporting statement is an essential part of the selection
process and thus a failure to provide this information will mean that the application will not be
considered. An answer to any of the criteria such as "Please see attached CV" will not be
considered acceptable. Please note that if you are shortlisted and are unable to attend on
the interview date it may not be possible to offer you an alternative date.

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