Health impact assessment practitioner

SHAPE Consulting is a boutique consulting company registered in the Channel Islands providing health care consultancy to blue chip clients in the mining sector. SHAPE is seeking to employ a health impact assessment practitioner to support significant growth in this field in the company. SHAPE and its associated have supported over 40 health impact assessments in a variety of settings. SHAPE have published on the field and regularly speak at international conferences on the topic.

The ideal candidate should have a post graduate qualification in a form of health sciences with a strong epidemiological background. A Masters in Epidemiology and/or Public Health is a pre-requisite. A degree in environmental health with a toxicology/epidemiology background will also be considered. The individual should have at least 4 years post graduate experience.

The role of the individual will be support the situational analysis of the prevailing health considerations in communities who may be directly or indirectly affected by a mining or extractive industry project. In addition to this supporting baseline health data collection and modelling on how the project may impact on community health will be central to the role. Skills in recommending appropriate mitigation measures based on these impacts and developing community health plans in the framework of stakeholder engagement will also be required. Lastly and importantly an ability to initiate and develop longitudinal monitoring and evaluation plans based on key selected indicators will be a central role.

Past experience in agency and development work would be beneficial. Monitoring and evaluation of projects/interventions would also be important. Experience in consulting and working in environmental or social impact assessment would be useful but not essential. A past publishing of articles in peer reviewed literature would be highly regarded.

The position is based in Centurion, South Africa. As most of the work is conducted in Sub-Saharan Africa the individual would need to have passion for travel and to work in remote and often unserved communities. The individual would need to hold and maintain a valid passport and have an inherent fitness to be able to travel to these locations.

Extensive computer skills including Epidata, Epiinfo, STATA, SPSS would be required. Ability to write fully referenced technical reports and in a professional format is essential.

Good spoken English language is essential and as the work in centred in West and East Africa the ability to speak French, Portuguese or Swahili would be very beneficial.

Please apply by sending your resume, contact details and covering letter to Dr Mark Divall at mdivall@shapeconsulting.org. If you have not received a reply by the 31st of December 2011 please consider your application unsuccessful

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