The position The Brain & Mind Institute seeks to build capacity in the domains of mental health and neuroscience. In collaboration with partners, the Institute will advance leadership capacity and support service delivery across East Africa and other regions served by AKU. The Institute supports: (i) a hub for scholarship, exchange, and action on mental health issues, and (ii) educational, clinical, and community-based programs. Research focuses on the context of today’s youth in Africa and South Asia and programmatic offerings address mental health related issues, such as stigma and resiliency. The Institute develops new curricula integrating behavioral sciences and mental health for AKU’s medical colleges and nursing education. A significant area of interest is the implementation of science-basedprograming in hospital and community clinics that translate new discoveries into prevention and treatment programs.Job SummaryDo you want to improve mental health in low- and middle-income countries? Are you ready to conduct transdisciplinary research that will help experts understand the determinants of mental health and shape our responses to complex and mounting problems? The Brain and Mind Institute at the Aga Khan University is looking for a bold, entrepreneurial, and boundary-pushing health economist who is particularly interested in the areas of mental health and public health. This role involves helping construct the economic imperative for the allocation of private investment and scarce public resources in preventative public health measures and supportive treatments for mental health promotion. In collaboration with other research scientists at the Brain and Mind Institute, this role involves efforts to transform the mental health landscape and help improve the quality of life for millions, on a national and international scale, and on an accelerated timeline.This is an interdisciplinary research position involving a variety of topics and methodologies including, but not limited to, cost of illness, outcomes research, economic evaluation, budget impact analyses, econometric methods, policy analysis and health technology assessment. Working with a BMI-based implementation science team in Kenya and Pakistan, the position will involve expanding a body of research on the causes and consequences of poor mental health as well as best practices in mental health promotion.ResponsibilitiesServe as a member of a multi-disciplinary team of researchers with responsibility to combine knowledge of economics and the health care industry to analyze how mental health care resources are used and distributed, with focus on ways to better understand health care systems, improve health care policies and the quality of patient careHelp design research projects utilizing methodologies and measures pertinent to the assessment and summarization of the costs of mental health programsHelp secure research grants Perform economic analysis and modeling including forecasting the potential economic impact of the proposed interventions Evaluate proposed or current mental health policies and determine the economic impact of policy implementationConduct literature reviews on relevant mental health economic topics, as well as provide expertise in the design, management and evaluation of study protocols, data collection tools, sample selection and analysisContribute to the dissemination of research results through: publication in peer-reviewed journals; preparation of summaries, briefs, and special reports for professional associations and conferences; and presentations to government, community, and academic partnersProvide technical expertise to BMI staff and mentor junior staff on health economics The requirements Experience in research design and implementationA PhD in health economicsExpertise in quantitative and qualitative methods relevant to research in health economics, preferably with experience in low-and middle-income countriesProficient in data presentation software programsA growing track record of publicationsExcellent interpersonal and communications skills and ability to collaborate with others (across geographies) on projects and investigations Sector Social Development
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