ICF under the Scaling up Nutrition, Learning and Evaluation (SUN LE) project is seeking a consultant to serve in the role of a senior health economist based in Zambia to support development of a study protocol for an impact/economic analyses study.  This study protocol will cover modeling options for an allocative efficiency activity for Zambia’s First 1000 Days Most Critical Program (MCDP) II.

This is a short-term consultancy in Zambia. The anticipated period of performance is January to April 2022.

The consultant will work alongside several members of the SUN LE team and will be critical in providing in-country support.  The consultant will be responsible for the following:

  • Assisting in document review for literature review
  • In country lead to determine available data sources in nutrition and agriculture
  • Collecting and sharing key documents
  • Identifying key stakeholders, as needed for data input needs and target setting
  • Convening meetings and data gathering sessions
  • Conducting interviews as needed for data access
  • Liaising with SUN LE team to facilitate logistical and other arrangements for meetings
  • Reviewing data
  • Working alongside the SUN LE and ICF team to review data access and validity
  • This assignment will require physical presence in Zambia

Basic Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Economics plus a minimum of 7 years of demonstrated experience in public health research and evaluation
  • Experience leading and managing projects, teams, and individuals
  • Strong technical project management acumen
  • Experience working with national and local government stakeholders and international organizations
  • Knowledge of the SUN Programme and related interventions
  • Excellent written and communication skills
  • Proficiency in MS Office Applications (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel, and Teams)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated success delivering solutions in health economics to clients in a professional services / consulting setting
  • Experience working on programs or projects related to nutrition
  • Experience with the Lives Saved Tool (LiST) or Disability Adjusted Life-Years (DALYs) approaches
  • Working knowledge of allocative efficiency analysis (Oaxaca-Blinder Decomposition Analysis is a plus)
  • Experience with costing analysis
  • Experience using Stata, R, SAS or other structured programming language for data analysis

Professional Skills:

  • Positive, pragmatic and collaborative style
  • Exceptional organizational, communications, and people management skills
  • Exceptional verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving and decision-making capabilities
  • Sound business ethics, including the protection of proprietary and confidential information

Anticipated period of performance

  • From Jan 2022 – April 2022

Reporting to

  • The consultant will work in close collaboration with SUN LE Chief of Party and report directly to Senior M&E advisor at ICF

Contact: Please send CV to Mona Steffen, Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Lead, ICF, International Health and Development Team, Email: mona.steffen@icf.com