Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University

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Position ID:Duke-DGHI-POLICYAR [#12925]
Position Title: Associate in Research/DGHI Center for Policy Impact in Global Health
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map]
Subject Area: Global Health
Appl Deadline:2019/01/15 (posted 2018/12/06, updated 2018/12/05)
Position Description:    

Associate in Research (Quantitative Research Analyst) Center for Policy Impact in Global Health Duke Global Health Institute


The Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) was created to address health disparities in our local community and worldwide. Recognizing that many global health problems stem from economic, social, environmental, political and health care inequalities, DGHI brings together interdisciplinary teams to solve complex health problems and to train the next generation of global health scholars. On December 1, 2016, DGHI launched an innovative policy lab, The Center for Policy Impact in Global Health (the Center), which aims to address critical challenges in the financing and delivery of global health by informing key debates, decision‐making, and policy formulation at global and country levels (see http://centerforpolicyimpact.org). In its first two years of operation, the Center’s analytic work and policy engagement focused on three important gaps in global health financing (see http://centerforpolicyimpact.org/our-work): ● A gap in financing crucial but neglected “global functions” of health aid (e.g. global health R&D, pandemic preparedness, and fostering global health leadership) ● A “middle income gap” that can arise when countries graduate from development assistance for health (DAH) ● A domestic health financing gap in low-income countries (LICs) and middle-income countries (MICs). To date, the Center’s analytic work has included estimating the costs of fully funding critical global functions; exploring new mechanisms to mobilize resources to close funding gaps for these functions; understanding the relationship between health aid flows and health needs in graduating MICs; and examining the capacities of LICs and MICs to raise additional financing for health. The Center has also played a convening role. For example, it hosted a workshop (co-hosted with CEPI, the Coalition on Epidemic Preparedness Innovations) at the National Academy of Medicine, Washington, DC, USA, on financing international collective action for epidemic and pandemic preparedness. The workshop led to a report delivered to the G20.

Within Duke, the Center’s key partnerships are with the Duke Center for International Development (DCID; http://dcid.sanford.duke.edu/), the Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy (the Margolis Center, https://healthpolicy.duke.edu/), and the Duke Global Health Innovation Center (GHIC, http://dukeghic.org/). Beyond Duke, the Center collaborates with academics and think tanks worldwide in the fields of global health and development policy. Its country work has been conducted in partnership with state and federal governments, colleagues at the international financial institutions, and in-country universities and think tanks.

The Center is now embarking on a new, two-year project called “Driving health progress during disease, demographic, domestic finance and donor transitions (the “4Ds”): policy analysis and engagement with six transitioning countries.” This project will examine the implications of these four transitions for countries and donors. The Center is collaborating with country governments, think tanks, and research institutes in six MICs to examine these four critical aspects of health transition (the 4Ds) in an integrated way.

The Center’s Director is now seeking a masters’ level Associate in Research who will play a major role in conducting quantitative research, including modeling. The position begins February 1, 2019 (or sooner, depending on a candidate’s availability).

Required qualifications:

• Very strong quantitative research skills, including a firm grasp of statistical analysis and quantitative modeling techniques • A masters’ level degree in a relevant discipline that provided an excellent grounding in quantitative methods (e.g. health economics, epidemiology, biostatistics, or an MPH/MPP with a highly quantitative focus) • At least three years of relevant work experience

Preferred qualifications:

• Expertise/experience in global health financing and policy • A firm understanding of the public health challenges facing MICs, the public financing of health in these countries, and the key international health finance institutions (bilaterals, multilaterals, and foundations) • Strong qualitative research skills • Experience working at a global health or development agency (e.g. the World Bank, IMF, the Global Fund, GAVI, or a bilateral agency) or in a ministry of health or finance

Key responsibilities and estimated time spent on each:

1. Research, analysis, evidence appraisal/synthesis, and writing of policy briefs, policy reports, and research articles (approx. 70%)

• Serve as the data analytics lead on the whole project, providing quantitative research support to other team members, under the guidance of the Research Lead (Dr Osondu Ogbuoji) • Conduct background research/data collection on country and donor transition processes and policies • Under the guidance of the Center’s Research Lead, the Center’s colleagues in DCID, and the Center’s in-country partners, conduct data collection, research, and analysis (including modeling) on transitions in epidemiology and demography and on what these transitions mean for health financing

2. Administrative, project management, communications, and outreach support (approx. 30%)

● Project management of country projects and of research on donors’ transition policies ● Liaison with country partners, scheduling and coordinating in‐person meetings and teleconferences, helping to develop meeting agendas, preparing meeting materials (including handouts and slides), taking minutes of meetings, and managing follow‐up communications ● Supporting travel arrangements ● Budget reconciliation and oversight ● Providing logistical and administrative support for in‐person policy briefings, e.g. to bilateral or multilateral agencies in Washington DC or to ministries of health/finance in LICs or MICs ● Developing and managing a repository of articles/papers (e.g. using Box and Zotero/Endnote) that are relevant to the projects that the Associate oversees ● Supporting the coordination of the Center’s activities with those of other initiatives at Duke (e.g. those led by DCID, the Margolis Center, and GHIC) and with external events (e.g. international conferences or meetings).

Strong candidates will bring:

● experience in searching for, appraising, and synthesizing evidence ● a good grasp of health economics and financing ● ability to carry out cost-benefit analyses and financial modeling ● quantitative and qualitative research skills (e.g. designing surveys, conducting stakeholder interviews) ● strong organizational, administrative, and project management skills ● strong writing and communications skills (including skills in writing policy briefs and giving verbal briefings) ● strong computer and database management skills, and ● a good understanding of the global health policy landscape, particularly as it relates to multilateral and bilateral health and development financing.

The work environment is likely to be fast‐paced, rapidly‐evolving, and highly results‐driven.

The ideal candidate will be self-motivated and will be able to work independently, especially during periods when the Director and/or Deputy Director (Research Lead) are on duty travel.

Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Duke makes good faith efforts to recruit, hire, and promote qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

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Further Info:
Trent Hall, Room 115
310 Trent Drive
Duke Box 90519
Durham, NC 27708

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