Cost-Effectiveness Specialist, Cost-effectiveness Study of Malaria Social and Behavioral Change Communication (SBCC) Strategies, Mozambique

Arlington, Virginia, United States
Apply by 9 January 2019
Posted on 10 December 2018

Job Description

Project Summary:

The main study objective is to determine the cost-effectiveness of different intensities of SBCC intervention in a malaria-endemic region of Mozambique. The study will be implemented under the Mozambique Monitoring and Evaluation Mechanism and Services contract, with funding from PMI.

Position Summary:

The Cost-Effectiveness Specialist will provide technical and specialized intervention focused on the determination of the cost-effectiveness of the different SBCC interventions throughout detailed micro-costing and standardized costing methods. They will include inputs at design level (study protocol), development of tools, data gathering data at field level (whenever required), data analysis (from data provided by third parts and directly collected) and report writing under the lead of the Principal Investigator (PI). The Cost-Effectiveness Specialist will have the responsibility for the field of cost-effectiveness analysis, determined by calculating the cost per case of malaria averted at community level and the cost per disability-adjusted life years (DALY) saved. They will be guided by the PI, to whom will report directly. MMEMS Senior Evaluation Officer and PMI Resident Advisor will also provide oversight and quality control over the study. The project duration will be 75 days.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide inputs and the cost-effectiveness analytical view for the finalization of the protocol and data collection instruments;
  • Produce data collection instruments and other important documents for carrying out the study, particularly the ones related to the cost intervention monitoring;
  • Participate in the fieldwork training and the pilot study;
  • Collect data collection in accordance with the approved protocol by the PMI Operations Research Committee, the Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and by the Human Subjects review board of the Ministry of Health in Mozambique (CNBS), and fulfilling MMEMS and USAID/PMI quality standards;
  • In Mozambique, participate in the study team planning meeting (TPM) and fieldwork (if required). Remotely, engage in design and analysis of the baseline, 1-year cost intervention monitoring, endline data, and the other stages;
  • Conduct cost-effectiveness analysis of collected data, locally and remotely;
  • Serve as co-author, with responsibility of successful drafting and finalization of the report in accordance following the guidance of the PI, and with MSI and USAID/PMI quality standards, including presentations and debriefs to MSI, USAID/PMI, PNCM/MOH and other stakeholders, as requested;
  • With the guidance of the PI, participate in the remote writing of articles or research papers for publication in international reference peer-reviewed journals; and
  • Participate remotely in the dissemination and publication of the results of the study at meetings and conferences.

Qualifications:

  • PhD (preferred) or MD/Master in relevant field;
  • Experience carrying cost-effectiveness analysis using the DALY method and preferently in malaria;
  • Experience in cross-sectional, cluster-randomized and household base studies;
  • Experience working in collaboration with institutional partners to execute a similar study on a tight timeline
  • Excellent critical thinking, analytical, and investigative skills;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Energetic and collegial, attentive to detail;
  • English fluency;
  • Published author of peer-reviewed journal articles;
  • Experience in writing write high-quality study reports, articles and other research papers format that require minimal editing; and
  • Experience in designing engaging poster presentations and putting together high-impact symposia and oral presentations.

Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

MSI is an EEO/AA/ADA Veterans Employer.

About the Organization

Company Profile:

MSI, a Tetra Tech Company, is a Washington, DC metro area international development firm with a 35-year history of delivering development results across the world. Our core expertise is in the fields of monitoring and evaluation (M&E), institutional development, public sector management, governance and anti-corruption. MSI has implemented projects in 90 countries around the world such as Jordan, Kenya, Indonesia, Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Colombia, and Mexico. As one of the leading companies in our field, MSI has partnered with organizations across all sectors of international development to support clients ranging from large bilateral and multilateral donors such as USAID, the World Bank and the UNDP to national and local governments, NGOs, think tanks, foundations and universities. For more information on MSI, please visit our website at www.msiworldwide.com.

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