LVCT Health MSc Student Jobs
7th, June 2023
16th, June 2023
We are seeking to fill an MSc level position that will involve a single project nested within the health economics evaluation of the C-it-DU-it Trial. The MSc project will focus on health-related costs of women accessing ANC and delivery care, the costs to the project team and health system of delivering the intervention, and the cost-effectiveness of the intervention.
- This will be a 1-2 Year post, which can be negotiable following a successful interview.
- The candidate is expected to be already registered for an MSc, ideally at a registered Kenyan Higher Education or Research Institution.
- For project activities, the MSc student will be based in Homa Bay County and can be based in Nairobi for non-data collection-related activities.
MSc student will continue to develop and implement the existing health economics evaluation project nested within the C-it-DU-it trial. This will include evaluating the costs to the health system of delivering the intervention, identifying whether C-it DU-it reduces health expenditure and socioeconomic impact on pregnant women accessing and engaging with ANC care and whether the intervention is cost-effective.
- Specifically, the student will: oversee data collection, analysis, and write-up of a longitudinal patient cost survey; conduct a multi-level top down and bottom-up costing analysis to establish the costs of delivering the C-It DU-It intervention to both the project team and health system; and finalize a decision tree linked with the health and patient costs identified to conduct a cost-effectiveness analysis of the disability adjusted life years averted through the intervention and, if possible, consider equity of the intervention through distributional cost-effectiveness analysis by gender, socioeconomic status, and HIV status.
- The student will be expected to lead this project under the supervision of the study principal investigators in Kenya (Dr Lilian Otiso, Dr Hellen Barsosio), and the health economic lead at LSTM (Dr Tom Wingfield) with support from health economists from the University of Nairobi (Dr Vincent Okungu) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (Dr Meghan Kumar). In addition, the student will coordinate with a PhD candidate employed on the C-It DU-It project to collaboratively conduct the work above.
- Must be citizens or permanent residents of Kenya
- Hold a first-class, or high upper second-class honors degree (or equivalent) Bachelor of Science degree or equivalent from a recognized University relevant to the area of study (medicine, public health, epidemiology, biostatistics or related field)
- Be enrolled on a Master's degree at a recognized University in health economics or an economics-related area of study
- Willingness to commit to the project ideally 100% full time.
- Previous publications related to the project's research themes will be an added advantage, especially if in the field of health economic evaluation.
- Knowledge and skills relevant to the MSc project. This includes the subject area, such as experience in community health systems strengthening, health systems strengthening, maternal health or related field, and also experience of health economic evaluation including designing, analyzing, and writing up patient cost surveys and cost-effectiveness analysis studies.
- Personal motivation of the candidates as demonstrated by their motivation letter and responses during the interview