Inclusion in the ICARS list of economic consultants

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Background

The International Center for Antimicrobial Resistance Solutions (ICARS) is an independent organization that partners with low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) to develop evidence-based, context-specific and cost-effective solutions to mitigate resistance to antimicrobials (RAM). Specifically, ICARS supports country-led Intervention and Implementation Research (IIR) projects by co-developing and funding evidence-based interventions that are practically applicable in a national context. local. ICARS works from a One Health perspective, thus covering the human, veterinary and environmental sectors. The projects include an economic evaluation of the intervention and implementation strategy. To this end, ICARS is creating a roster of health and/or development economics consultants who can support this work.

Goals

The consultants will work closely with the country project teams and the ICARS science team to provide expert technical inputs on the financial feasibility of projects such as data collection on economics in demonstration projects , economic evaluation of interventions, advocacy and economic policy support to address antimicrobial resistance and use the IIR framework to design practical solutions for antimicrobial resistance. Consultants will be engaged based on the needs of individual projects.

When designing projects across the IIR continuum, ICARS requires targeted support to develop and finalize the economic case for addressing antimicrobial resistance in local settings during the project cycle. These can be at the individual level (person, farmer, patient), at the community level (social groups such as farmer collective, patient groups, mother groups, etc.), with the public sector (government department, national or administrative) or the private sector (group of animal breeders, animal feed producers, medium-sized farms, medium-large company hospitals, etc.).

Terms of reference

The Terms of Reference for the Health/Development Economist may include, but are not necessarily limited to the following:

  • Advise ICARS Science and country project teams on specific aspects related to project design, in particular data collection methodologies, feasibility, indicators and proxies to make the economic case in the local country context.
  • Advise the science team on activities to advance the scientific discourse on the economics of AMR (i.e. return on investment, cost-effectiveness, cost-benefit analyses), in particular in the elaboration of research questions related to the local/national context in accordance with the objectives of the project.
  • Provide on-site and off-site support to ICARS projects in building economic assessments and developing partnerships between the project implementation team, local economic research institutions/experts and other key stakeholders involved in the country.
  • Support country project teams in the facilitation of co-development workshops (for economic aspects) that promote cross-sectoral and multidisciplinary collaborations.
  • Support ICARS in building capacity on the economics of AMR across the IIR continuum within LMICs, e.g. through quarterly review meetings, mentorship of in-country researchers, support to government institutions in the country during the project and establishing/continuing dialogue with key stakeholders (government/researchers/research institutes).
  • Support the ICARS science team in developing a supportive IIR ecosystem of economic researchers, institutions (academic and policy) and agencies that will help advance the understanding and relevance of economic considerations when of the fight against AMR from a One Health perspective on a global scale and specifically in LMICs.
  • Provide landscape assessments and situational analyzes related to AMR-related economic issues for the countries or regions in which the candidate works.
  • Support other science and partnership activities related to the economy of the ICARS team.

Language

Language of products and deliverables: Fluency in English is essential, but knowledge of other languages, particularly those relevant to the country or region in which they are working, will be an advantage.

Desired skills/experience:

Economist by training (specialized in health economics/development economics/behavioral economics/public policies) with a doctorate or a master’s degree. Consultants with or without post-doctoral work experience, independent consultants as well as those affiliated with an academic institution are welcome to apply. The role may include travel to national project sites and other locations when requested to support on-site projects.

The following skills will be an asset:

  • Experience or affiliation with teaching/education, research and implementation of economics in LMICs.
  • Demonstrated experience working in infectious diseases/health economics/in the development sector, including agricultural economics and industrial economics.
  • Specific experience in research on the economics of AMR, / implementation research / economic research capacity building in LMICs with mentoring programs in the development sector, One Health or AMR.

Remuneration: UN rates will apply (Compensation, Consultants | HR Portal) and the consultancy schedule will be agreed in a written contract when assistance is requested.

How to register

Submit your expression of interest

Interested candidates are requested to send your CV (maximum 5 pages), the motivation for participation and the contact details of 2 references (title and contact details) by email to [email protected] with the subject: Request for list of economic consultants.

All applications will be reviewed and successful applicants will be notified within 6 weeks of their inclusion on the ICARS Economics Consultant Roster.

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