Economist/Modeller, Health Economics Unit – Ethiopia

Type of employment: Full-time national

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

Deadline for submission: July 25, 2022

Around us

At Nutrition International, we make a difference, because nutrition is change.

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: to transform the lives of the people who need it most, by improving of 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 you 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 following position.

Meet our team

Nutrition International’s Program Operations Unit 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 determining annual operational planning, budgeting and review processes. The unit consists of a global team of professionals located in our 10 key countries across Asia, Africa and our headquarters in Ottawa, Canada. Nutrition International is seeking applications for Economist/Modeller, Health Economics Unit and Global Technical Services 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, financing, and health policy is an asset. At least 5 years of work 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

About the role

In this role you will be:

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

  • In Ethiopia, NI is undertaking the project ‘Product development and market introduction of double salt fortified with iodine and folic acid (DFS-IoFA)’. Specifically, the candidate will support the NI team in generating evidence on the effectiveness and/or cost-benefit analysis of DFS-IoFA using rigorous modeling approaches. The candidate will also lead public health analysis related to DFS-IoFA to determine the feasibility and potential contribution of DFS IoFA as part of an optimal mix of interventions in Ethiopia aimed at improving micronutrient intake in the country among the general population.
  • In Africa, NI is providing technical and advocacy support to the African Union (AU) and African Leaders on Nutrition (ALN) in the areas of data and evidence generation, and particularly economic and financial analysis. The candidate can support the development of investment cases for food in Africa (cost, cost-benefit analysis) at the regional, country or county level and provide analytical support in the development of a food financing target for Africa or other jointly agreed priorities from AU, ALN and NI to inform and influence decision-making policy development, advocacy and investment in food.
  • Develop work plans and budgets to conduct a series of “baseline” analyzes to understand the feasibility, impact, sustainability and return on investment of introducing and scaling up DFS-IoFA from a public health and economic perspective. Development of work plans for conducting public health analysis, economic evaluation and modeling and preparation of the investment case for DFS-IoFA. Oversee the design and collection of DFS-IoFA cost data in coordination with the NI technical team. Undertake necessary training to develop skills to use complex modeling tools required to perform this public health and economic analysis, and to provide training/mentoring to others in the use of modeling tools. Conduct rigorous economic modeling and 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 monitoring and field consultation visits to ensure key stakeholders are consulted in a timely manner, build capacity of data collectors and quality assurance data collection activities. Ensure that research protocols and evaluation plans are reviewed and approved internally and by local and international Scientific 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 interested in these projects. Represent NI in regional and international forums related to these projects in food and nutrition fortification financing/investment.

What we offer

A competitive market salary, health and dental benefits and pension plan, flexible working hours, working from home, four weeks holiday (plus public holidays) and support for learning 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, however 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, equitable and accessible work environment. Upon request, disability accommodations are available throughout the selection process.

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

For more detailed information about the role, please click on the attached Job Description. Please click on the Apply button below to submit your application.

How to apply

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

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