Health Economist / Consultant

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 23 July 2018

Job Description

Oxford Policy Management (OPM) is seeking to recruit a full-time Health Economist to join our Health Portfolio. .

About the team

The OPM Health Portfolio is dedicated to working on health financing, health systems organisation and governance, and health monitoring and evaluation issues, benefiting from 35 years of expertise in providing consultancy services in the health sector globally.

You will be joining a team that has recognised core expertise in Health Financing and Economics, Health Service Delivery, Nutrition and Food Security, Human Resources for Health, Health Information and Monitoring and Evaluation.

We are looking for someone who wants to be part of the challenge of transforming the UHC goal into reality, a key technical focus for OPM.

About the role

We are looking for a quantitatively inclined Health Economist to become a part of our core Health Portfolio and support our growing health financing work. The key responsibilities of the role are to:

  • Undertake, deliver and/or manage technical work on OPM consulting and other projects involving a range of policy, implementation, research and training-related issues, in accordance with required delivery deadlines and OPM quality and report writing standards. The focus of the position is on health economics and health financing work across the policy cycle.
  • Contribute actively to the Health Portfolio’s intellectual capital development activities in the relevant fields as assigned by or agreed with Health Financing hub leader and the Health Portfolio leader.
  • Contribute to the acquisition, implementation and management of large and/or strategic company projects.
  • Support the strategic development of the company’s clients and markets within the Health Portfolio’s designated market areas.
  • Foster good relations with clients including donor agencies and partner government ministries, taking an active role in developing new areas of work and potential new relationships through existing or new networks and contacts.
  • Contribute as required to general business and technical development activities such as writing reports and participating in other research and dissemination programmes (e.g. representing OPM at conferences and other international fora), as required.

Skills and requirements:

  • A relevant post-graduate degree (Masters required, PhD an advantage) with an explicit quantitative focus, in Health Economics (preferably) or a closely related area.
  • Proven technical skills and achievements in using methodologies that might include, but are not limited to: econometrics; economic evaluation; micro-costing; fiscal space analysis; health policy analysis; evidence synthesis; macroeconomic analysis; disease modelling.
  • Demonstrated expertise and experience in selected health financing topics, particularly related to health service purchasing.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and a mainstream statistical package (e.g. STATA, R, SPSS).
  • Demonstrated track-record of writing for an external professional audience of various technical levels (e.g. policy briefs, technical notes, peer-reviewed publications).
  • The ability to lead and manage multi-cultural teams in challenging environments.
  • Desire and flexibility to travel (typically for short-term missions 1-3 weeks).


  • Relevant business development experience and proven ability to win, manage and deliver donor, foundation and sovereign government contracts.
  • At least two years’ experience of work in low- and middle-income settings and/or transitional economies.
  • Experience working with senior government officials and staff of international agencies.
  • Proficiency in software solutions such as, but not limited to: geographical information systems (e.g. ArcGIS, QGIS), data visualization software (e.g. Tableau, Power BI, Shiny), health sector planning (e.g. One Health Tool, Optima).

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This is a full-time position based in our office in Oxford, UK, we do offer working flexibility. Please note that successful candidate will need existing full right to work in the UK.

OPM offer a rewarding, interesting and collaborative work environment and excellent benefits including 30 days holiday entitlement and a good pension scheme.

What’s it like working at OPM, and why should you join our growing global organisation? Watch this video to see what our colleagues have to say.

About the Organization

Oxford Policy Management (OPM) enables strategic decision-makers to reduce social and economic disadvantage in low- and middle-income countries through a unique combination of high-quality analysis and more than 35 years’ practical experience in over 120 countries worldwide.

Supported by a multinational team of more than 400 specialists on four continents, our success is based on a unique combination of high-quality analysis and 30 years’ practical experience of facilitating positive change in over 120 countries worldwide. OPM’s expertise, which is underpinned by a strong commitment to capacity building, ranges from social and economic policy to public finance and management, political economy analysis and statistics.

Clients range from bilateral and multilateral organisations such as DFID, UNICEF and the World Bank through to governments, NGOs and private-sector organisations.

With offices in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa, Tanzania and the United Kingdom, we can provide our clients with rapid, local support and context-specific solutions.

If you are interested in opportunities at Oxford Policy Management, please see our careers page or email us at

What’s it like working at OPM, and why should you join our growing global organisation? Watch this video to see what our colleagues have to say.

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