Researcher Health Economics

The successful candidate will focus on the role/use of cost-effectiveness and related evidence-based approaches in setting priorities for health interventions and maximising their impact. This is a 3 year fixed term contract (25 hours per week)

Location

Johannesburg -Wits School of Public Health

Key performance areas

  • Evaluate the cost-effectiveness of potential food policies from a health perspective.
  • Investigate the role of taxes and subsidies in food intake, and the subsequent impact on chronic disease.
  • Systematic literature search to identify policies that have worked in other settings, the development of a costing model for similar policies in South Africa.
  • Contribution to the development of a model of the health impacts of nutrition changes and a cost-effectiveness analysis.
  • Ensure that priority setting for health care systems is based on good evidence
  • Support the development of specific evidence-based information and tools to help determine how best to use existing /scarce resources so that health systems work more effectively and efficiently- in other words provide good value for money.
  • Develop local capacity to perform cost effectiveness analysis and related work.

Required minimum education and training

  • Masters degree in Public Health majoring in Health Economics, Epidemiology or Biostatistics, or a Masters degree in Economics, Actuarial Science, Accounting or related discipline
  • Capability in computer programs including MS Excel and Word essential. Competency in a statistical package (Stata, SPSS etc) an advantage.

Required minimum work experience

2 years, previous experience in health economics is an advantage

Additional education, work experience and personal abilities

  • Strong quantitative analytical skills and excellent writing skills in English
  • Use of cost effectiveness and related evidence-based approaches in setting priorities for health interventions

Should you be interested in applying for this vacancy, clearly state which vacancy you are applying for and forward your detailed CV to: Lucia Milton at lmilton@witshealth.co.za (086 617 4562). The closing date for all applications is 23 March 2012.

The Wits Health Consortium will only respond to shortlisted candidates. Candidates who have not been contacted within two weeks of the closing date can consider their applications unsuccessful. In accordance with ourEmployment Equity goals and plan, preference will be given to suitable applicants from designated groups as defined in the Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998 and subsequent amendments thereto.

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