Economist consultant

  • Mid-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 16 February 2019
  • Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Closing on 1 March 2019

Job Description

Assignment Overview
HP+ will support PEPFAR and the HIV Subdirectorate in the Ministry of Health to conduct a rapid analysis examining the economic benefits of greater government investment in HIV, including HIV treatment costs averted through reduced HIV incidence, increased productivity, increased GDP growth including changes in fiscal capacity, and decreased household spending and dissaving for HIV services. HP+ will develop a model in Excel to compare economic impacts from 2020 to 2030 across three scenarios: 1) maintaining current government HIV spending levels, 2) increasing government HIV spending based on past trends, and 3) increasing government spending to meet national HIV targets. The model will derive cost-benefit and return-on-investment (ROI) ratios. Preliminary results will be generated by the end of March and final results will be disseminated by September.

The USAID-funded HP+ Project, at the request of USAID/Indonesia, is seeking a Jakarta-based economist as a consultant from February to September 2019. The consultant will be responsible for developing the Excel model with support from HP+ staff, requesting and collecting data inputs from the Government of Indonesia, finding relevant studies to develop assumptions and model parameters, entering data into the model, and presenting results. This is a deliverable-based contract.

Consultant’s Responsibilities:
* Develop model in Excel in close coordination with the HP+ team
* Collect relevant data and studies, including unpublished data from the Government of Indonesia, to populate the model
* Note all assumptions and data sources used in the model
* Support finalization and dissemination of results
* Support training of MOH staff on the Excel model
* Attend bi-weekly check-in and coordination calls with HP+ team, as needed
* Actively communicate with HP+ on issues/challenges affecting the assignment

Deliverables and Reporting:
* Preliminary results in Excel, with accompanying short report (2-3 pages) describing the methodology, data sources, and assumptions
* Final results in Excel, with accompanying short report (2-3 pages) describing the methodology, data sources, and assumptions
* Completed dissemination of results
* Completed training of MOH staff in Excel model

Requirements:
* MS or PhD degree in economics or related field
* At least 5 years of experience in conducting economic analyses or modelling
* Prior experience working with the Government of Indonesia to collect and analyze data
* Basic understanding of HIV and Indonesia’s health system
* Excellent English writing, communication, and reporting skills
* Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
* Ability to work within tight deadlines
* Flexibility, adaptability, and resourcefulness
* Based in Jakarta

Period of Performance
February to September 2019

About the Organization

Organization Description:
Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

Organization Overview
Palladium develops and delivers solutions that create positive impact for communities, businesses, societies and economies. We transform lives and create enduring value by working with governments, corporations and non-profit organisations. We create positive impact through more than 100 current projects with more than 2000 employees operating in over 90 countries.

Palladium implements the USAID-funded Health Policy Plus (HP+) Project. HP+ works with key stakeholders to advance health policy and financing for family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH), HIV, and maternal and newborn health (MNH) at national and subnational levels. The project aims to improve the enabling environment for equitable and sustainable health services, supplies, and delivery systems through policy development and implementation, with an emphasis on voluntary, rights-based health programs, and by strengthening in-country partners' capacity to navigate complex environments for effective policy design, implementation, and financing aligned to the existing priorities.

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