Senior Technical Officer – Public Health Economist

Futures is seeking an individual with expertise in economic and financial modelling, analysis, and evaluation of policy interventions in the areas of HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, TB, Maternal Child Health,  as well as integration with other infectious diseases. The individual should have demonstrated experience in programmatic areas of interest that can contribute to public sector implementation of sound policies and operational programs in the areas of costing, cost effectiveness, resource allocation, finance, and economic impact.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Carries out policy analysis and presents results to high-level policymakers and program managers in South Africa and with donor agencies
  • Analyzes data, performs complex statistical analysis and prepares policy briefs for the purposes of advocacy to senior policy makers in the NDOH and SANAC
  • Provides assistance and guidance to others on topic areas of scientific studies and applies relevant methodologies to programmatic issues
  • Represents SHIPP at the highest levels in specific technical areas; and provides leadership in the fields of economics and policy related to HIV prevention
  • Reviews in-house scientific papers, research strategies, proposals for funding of studies and/or relevant projects by government and other agencies for methodological and technological soundness
  • Applies economic scientific theories and concepts to project management
  • Demonstrates ability to work in a team environment to solve problems and implement solutions; ability to lead project teams
  • Has outstanding communication, organizational, technical, and writing skills
  • Has excellent interpersonal, oral/written communication and organizational skills
  • Is able and willing to travel nationally up to 30% of the time

Qualifications, Capabilities/Skills and Experience:

The following may be acquired through a combination of formal or self-education, prior experience or on-the-job training:

  • Educational level required: PhD preferred, Masters required 
  • Experience: At least 5-10 years of experience in field of Economics, Finance
  • Other: 
    • Ph.D. in Economics or related discipline with 5years or more of international work experience in developing countries or on programs for developing countries. Will consider candidates with Masters degree and 10 years or more of relevant experience
    • Fluency in English required and one other language preferred
    • Detailed knowledge and working experience of the health economic environment of South Africa
    • Sound knowledge of methodologies used in economic and policy analysis
    • Externally recognized expert in economic and policy analysis (as indicated partially by citations of or reference to work)
    • Extensive knowledge of relevant literature related to topic area.
    • Demonstrated ability to develop new concepts, techniques, and programs
    • Has appropriate computer skills necessary to conduct project activities such as data research, and data management, data evaluation, and analysis of study data in low tech environments
    • Is able to provide leadership to others in development of research studies
    • Ability to translate economic research into advocacy materials designed for policymakers
    • A record of publications or evidence of preparation of satisfactory written and oral reports is valuable

Applicants are invited to submit a covering letter detailing their specific skills and interest , detailed curriculum vitae with names, addresses and contact details of three referees to the details below;

Rahab Mononyane


Tel: 012 362 0584

Closing date: 26 April2013

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