The Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI) at the Global Health Group at the University of California, San Francisco was launched in 2007 to accelerate progress towards malaria elimination and eradication. The MEI works across the spectrum from evidence generation, to consensus and policy influence, through to action and implementation, to ensure maximum and sustainable impact. A critical part of MEI’s ability to succeed in achieving its goal of malaria elimination and eradication is ensuring that countries have the necessary financial resources to be able to interrupt malaria transmission and prevent reintroduction, and in order to secure financial resources they must also have a solid understanding of the costs and benefits.
Key objectives of the MEI Economist position will include leading research to generate an understanding of the costs and financial gaps for malaria elimination and using data to influence donor policy and domestic funding decisions in support of malaria elimination. This work will include: using the MEI’s economic frameworks and methodologies to estimate the costs of national malaria elimination programs and the benefits a country will receive from eliminating malaria, conducting gap analyses to understand the financial gaps and requirements for elimination and prevention of reintroduction, assessing what it will take for a country to transition from donor dependence to domestic funding for malaria, developing investment cases for malaria elimination, and working with the MEI’s advocacy team to inform and influence policy and funding decisions. This position will build off of the evidence and expertise that the MEI has generated since 2008 on malaria elimination economics and finance.
Duties include: 1. Lead studies on the costs of malaria elimination in select countries in Asia Pacific and southern Africa, leading protocol development, coordination of IRB process, budget preparation, supervision of data collection in the field, data analysis, and writing first drafts of study findings and results; 2. Develop and lead execution of a strategy for the MEI’s efforts to support national, regional and global elimination efforts to mobilize adequate financing in order to achieve elimination and eradication goals; 3. Provide technical economics support to the MEI’s operational research efforts by contributing to research protocols and leading data analysis on the costs and cost?effectiveness of specific malaria elimination interventions particularly around surveillance and response, including mass drug administration and vector control; 4. Using a transition-readiness tool developed by the MEI, lead and oversee work to analyze opportunities and considerations for national programs to transition from donor dependence to domestic financing; 5. Use findings and new evidence to make policy-relevant programmatic and strategic recommendations to national malaria programs and international donor agencies. Collaborate closely with the MEI’s advocacy team to create and communicate effective policy-relevant and evidence-based messages; 6. Lead research around innovative financing for elimination and eradication, including designing and recommending regional financing mechanisms and approaches based on an understanding of the fiscal space; 7. Supervise team members, consultants and students to conduct in-country data collection and support the overall effort; 8. Partner with efforts conducting similar research on malaria elimination and eradication economics and financing to share findings, align efforts, and collaborate.
Required Skills • Masters or PhD in economics, health economics, health policy, global health, or related field • At least 2 years of work experience, preferably in a leadership or management position • Demonstrated experience of econometrics, including the range of models and approaches in economic evaluation • Ability to conduct complex economic analyses • Knowledge of international public health and the policy-making process related to health financing and resource mobilization Preferred Skills • Work experience in a developing country, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and/or Asia. • Experience collaborating with Ministries of Health and/or Finance, and national disease control and prevention program staff • Experience working in public policy, including interaction with donor agencies • Strong writing skills; experience preparing articles for publication in peer-reviewed journals. • Proven reliability, organizational skills, and record keeping abilities • Excellent leadership and interpersonal and communication skills
This is a full-time position, based in San Francisco, CA at the UCSF Mission Bay campus.
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The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and high-quality patient care. It is the only UC campus in the 10-campus system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences.