Nepal Health Economics Association (NHEA) in collaboration with the University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway

Project Background:

The Nepal Health Economics Association (NHEA) is collaborating with the Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care, Faculty of Medicine, University of Bergen (UiB), Norway to implement a Nepal specific project “Priority Setting for Universal Health Coverage in Nepal” as a part of the NORAD funded project “Defining and integrating essential NCD interventions in national health systems”.

The project will be implemented under the aegis of Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP), Nepal with the broader goal to improve efficiency, equity, and financial risk protection while maximizing health outcomes among people of Nepal in the path towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC). To realize this goal, the project aims to support the MoHP to implement one of the strategies of the National Health Financing Strategy in strengthening health financing governance in Nepal for guiding health sector investment and working towards the path of UHC 2030.About the project/work tasks:

The priority setting project in Nepal with the above overall goal, aims to support MoHP through the technical support on using economic evaluation in prioritization of health system interventions working on an approach agreed with the MoHP. The Bergen Centre for Ethics and Priority Setting in Health (BCEPS), under the Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care, UiB with its expertise on health economics and priority setting will support the aforementioned work on priority setting in health in collaboration with NHEA such that MoHP can prioritize and reprioritize its health program interventions to achieve better population health outcomes with optimal use of available resources. While doing so, BCEPS in collaboration with NHEA will also support MoHP to strengthen its health economics capacity such that this along with capacity on priority setting methods is institutionalized at the MoHP for using economic evaluation as a decision support tool and carrying out regular priority setting exercises of health system interventions.

Remaining within the broader framework of the project to support MoHP Nepal, NHEA seeks application for a PhD position in Health Economics. The incumbent will work on a PhD project that he/she will develop around the main project which will be implemented under the aegis of MoHP. The PhD candidate is expected to apply his/her technical expertise, which he/she will further strengthen through this PhD training, in successful implementation of the project with the MoHP.Qualifications and personal qualities:

Required qualifications.

The applicant must:

  • hold a master’s degree or equivalent in economics, health economics, public health or public policy,
  • have experience of the Nepalese health care delivery system (preferably with an additional experience of working on different areas of applied health economics),be able to work independently in a structured manner and to cooperate with others,
  • be fluent in spoken and written English, and
  • be a Nepalese citizen.

Desirable qualifications and experiences:

  • Have experience with applied work on health economics, health systems research and using evidence in decision making in close proximity to the national health system.
  • Aptitude and interest in quantitative social science research methods.Knowledge and experience of basic principles in economic evaluations.
  • Experience from relevant research projects will be considered as positive.
  • Preference will be given to the individuals with experience of working in or with the government system.Female candidates are encouraged to apply.The PhD position:

The PhD position will be for a period of 3 years starting as soon as possible and no later than 1 October 2023. The PhD candidate will be affiliated to UiB and will fully complete his/her academic requirements as per the requirements of the University.

 Organised research training (PhD programme):

The candidate must take part in the UiB approved PhD programme leading to a completed doctorate within a time limit of 3 years. You must have admission to the organised research training (PhD programme) at the faculty in order to qualify for the PhD position. Application for admission to the PhD programme, including a project plan outline, must be submitted no later than three months after the date of commencement.

 We can offer:

  • Exciting development opportunities as part of your role in a strong professional environment.
  • A PhD studentship allowance for the period of 3 years (36 months).
  • All expenses covered and an additional living allowance when the candidate has to be physically present in the University.
  • Support for relevant conference and other academic participations.

 Your application must include:

  • A brief account of your research interests and motivation for applying for the position (maximum two pages).
  • An updated CV with at least two referees.
  • A complete list of publications and scientific work you want to be evaluated.
  • Applicants whose education is from a country other than Norway, it is compulsory for the applicant to enclose a review from NOKUT to document whether the required education in question (master’s degree) is of a scope and level that corresponds to the level of a Norwegian master’s degree. Please see www.nokut.no/en for more information about NOKUT’s general recognition. This may take some time and we recommend that you apply as soon as you have decided to apply for this position. If you have not received an answer before the application deadline, please enclose documentation from NOKUT that they have received your application.

 Application submission and deadline:

Apply with the above details to nhea.nepal@gmail.com by 30 August 2023. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview.General information

For further information, please contact Professor Shiva Raj Adhikari, NHEA (email: sssadhikari@yahoo.com) or Dr Krishna Aryal, BCEPS, UiB (email: Krishna.aryal@uib.no).

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