LONDON SCHOOL OF HYGIENE & TROPICAL MEDICINE (University of London) FACULTY OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND POLICY DEPARTMENT OF GLOBAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT POST NAME: Health Economist, ACT Consortium FURTHER PARTICULARS 1. ADVERTISEMENT 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 jobs.lshtm.ac.uk. (http://jobs.lshtm.ac.uk/.) 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 email@example.com. The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is committed to being an equal opportunities employer 2. GENERAL INFORMATION THE LONDON SCHOOL OF HYGIENE AND TROPICAL MEDICINE 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 nationalities. 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. Mission 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. FACULTY OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND POLICY (PHP) 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 development. 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 Smith. DEPARTMENT OF GLOBAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT 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. MALARIA AT LSHTM 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 www.lshtm.ac.uk/malaria 3. THE ACT CONSORTIUM 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 delivery. 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 www.actconsortium.org. 4. THE POST 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 economist. MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 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. 5. PERSON SPECIFICATION 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). 6. SALARY AND CONDITIONS OF THE APPOINTMENT 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. 7. APPLICATIONS Applications should be made on-line at our website at jobs.lshtm.ac.uk. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is committed to being an equal opportunities employer.
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