Economist/Modeller, Department of Health Economics – Ethiopia

Employment Type: National full-time

Location: The position is located in the heart of the country

Submission deadline: July 25, 2022

About us

We at Nutrition International make the difference because nutrition is the difference.

Woven into the very fabric of our approach is the passion and drive of our global team of over 600 people working in 13 offices in 11 countries with one common goal: transforming the lives of the people who need it most through improved nutrition.

If you are a motivated and passionate individual who shares our belief that a better world is possible through improved nutrition, wants to leave the world a little better than they found it, and is looking to be part of a global team with a clear vision, we want to hear from you. Please consider applying for the position below.

Get to know our team

Nutrition International’s Program Operations Division is responsible for ensuring the efficient and effective delivery of Nutrition International’s core program interventions, including program development, design, planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting, and grant management, including setting annual operational planning , budgeting and review processes. The department consists of a global team of professionals located in our 10 core countries in Asia, Africa and our headquarters in Ottawa, Canada. Nutrition International is seeking applications for Economist/Modeller, Health Economics and Global Technical Services to be based in Ethiopia or Kenya.

About you

At least a Master’s or Ph.D. degree from a recognized university in health economics, development economics, health policy research, epidemiology, nutrition and public health or related fields. Training in epidemiology, biostatistics, modeling, econometrics, finance, and health policy is a plus. At least 5 years of experience in research and evaluation, economic evaluations of health and nutrition interventions, and policy advocacy. At least 3 years of experience in food fortification and/or nutrition. At least 5 years of project management experience

For the role

In this role you will be:

In line with NI’s strategic objectives in Africa, contribute to improving nutrition in Africa and in Ethiopia, in particular by providing economic analysis for two new projects:

  • In Ethiopia, NI is undertaking the implementation of the Product Development and Market Introduction of Doubly Fortified Salt with Iodine and Folic Acid (DFS-IoFA) project. Specifically, the candidate will support the NI team in generating evidence for the effectiveness and/or cost-benefit analysis of DFS-IoFA using rigorous modeling approaches. The candidate will also lead the public health analysis associated with DFS-IoFA to determine the feasibility and potential contribution of DFS IoFA as part of an optimal combination of interventions in Ethiopia that aim to improve the country’s micronutrient intake among the population as whole.
  • In Africa, NI provides technical and advocacy support to the African Union (AU) and the African Leaders for Nutrition (ALN) in the area of ​​data and evidence generation and in particular for economic and financial analysis. The candidate may support the development of investment cases for nutrition in Africa (costs, cost-benefit analyses) at regional, national or district level and provide analytical support in the development of a nutrition financing target for Africa or other jointly agreed AU priorities , ALN and NI to inform and influence policy development, advocacy and investment in nutrition decision makers.
  • Develop work plans and budgets to conduct a range of “basis” analyzes to understand the feasibility, impact, viability and return on investment of implementing and scaling up DFS-IoFA from a public health and economic perspective. Develop work plans to perform public health analysis, economic evaluation and modeling and prepare an investment case for DFS-IoFA. Oversees the design and cost data collection of DFS-IoFA in coordination with the NI technical team. Undertake training necessary to develop the skills to use sophisticated modeling tools required to perform this public health and economic analysis, and provide training/mentoring to others on the use of modeling tools. Conduct modeling and rigorous economic analysis and compile findings to generate evidence on the effectiveness or CBA of DFS-IoFA in Ethiopia. Develop quality monthly and quarterly progress monitoring reports and ensure challenges are identified and recommended corrective actions are implemented in a timely manner. Conduct field monitoring and consultation visits to ensure that key stakeholders are consulted in a timely manner, to build the capacity of data collectors and ensure the quality of data collection activities. Ensure research protocol and evaluation designs are reviewed and approved internally and by local and international research review boards. Build and maintain good collaborative relationships with key stakeholders such as EPHI, FBPIDI, FMHACA, ESA, FMoTI, FMoH, Salt producers, IF-SBH, FTT, BMGF, MINIMOD team, MAPS, CHAMPS, GAIN, UNICEF, WFP, AU and ALN other agencies with interest in these projects. Represent NI at regional and international forums related to these food fortification and nutrition funding/investment projects.

What we offer

Competitive market pay, health and dental benefits and pension plan, flexible hours, work from home, four weeks vacation (plus public holidays) and support for training and development opportunities. We offer a collaborative and engaging work environment.

Selected candidates must have a current legal right to work in Ethiopia or Kenya. Thank you for your interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Nutrition International is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to an inclusive, fair and accessible work environment. Disability accommodations are available upon request during the selection process.

Please note that all our offers are conditional and subject to appropriate checks and satisfactory reference checks.

For more detailed information about the position, please click on the attached job description. Please click the Apply button below to submit your application.

How to apply

To apply for this position and for a full job description, visit Qualified applicants should submit their cover letter and resume by July 25, 2022. We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected to participate in the interview process will be contacted.

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