Research Assistant -Health Economics Projects – (Mexico based) at National Institute of Public Health

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Employer: National Institute of Public Health

Expires: 08/31/2020

Call for Research Assistant -Health Economics Projects – (Mexico based) The National Institute of Public Health of Mexico (INSP) is looking for an Intern or Research Assistant to collaborate on public health and health economics projects implemented both in Mexico and internationally.The organization The INSP was founded in 1987 within Mexico’s Ministry of Health (SSA) as the result of a strategic initiative to consolidate quality public health research, and increase training of highly skilled public health practitioners and academicians. The result is an institution that brings a multidisciplinary perspective to study the population-based dimensions of health, diseases, and their determinants, as well as the organized social response to disease prevention and health promotion. The mission of the INSP is to contribute to social equity and the full realization of the right to health through the generation and dissemination of knowledge, state-of-the-art training of human resources, innovation in multidisciplinary research, and support for the development of evidence-based public policies. Health Economics Division The Health Economics Division at INSP-Mexico has over 15 years’ experience conducting interdisciplinary research projects focused on a wide variety of public health topics using innovative economic theory and tools. Our main areas of research focus include: impact evaluation of health and social programs; economic evaluations of health programs and interventions; and the analysis of individuals’ health-related decision making using microeconomic and behavioral economics theory, as well as analysis of the impact of those decisions on the health and wellbeing of communities. Our group’s research agenda covers several diseases, with special focus on HIV/AIDS, NCDs and cancer, as well as and health-related behaviors. Our work focuses on low- and middle-income countries, with a broad portfolio of large-scale, internationally funded projects that are based both in Mexico and other LMIC countries in Latin America, Africa, and South-East Asia. We offer a paid internship, a collaborative working environment and the chance to work on projects that provide international career experience. The Health Economics Division values diversity. We are committed to equal opportunities and creating an inclusive environment for all our employees. We welcome applicants regardless of ethnic origin, gender, religious beliefs, disability, sexual orientation or age.  Position DescriptionCurrently The Health Economics Division has an opportunity for a Research Assistant (Paid Internship) in our Mexican office.   Duties include:Maintain strong communication with the PISupervise ethical approval, development of data collection tools, training, piloting and data collectionFacilitate relationships with facilities, local partners and government representativesParticipate in data cleaning and analysisDraft and edit research papers, reports and other written productsCoordinate the dissemination of results to public institutions, international donors and policy makers To succeed in the role you must demonstrate:An ability and desire to build positive relationships across the teamAn analytical mind setPolished communication and presentation skillsThe ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and operate independently with a precise, confident working styleStrong organizational development and interpersonal skills, as well as experience and comfort operating in a fast-paced, multicultural, and self-directed environmentThe ability to work under pressure Requirements Education and work experienceB.A./B.S./MSc (or Graduate Student) or equivalent in public health, health economics, health systems evaluation or related fieldKnowledge of economic evaluation and quantitative methodsPrevious experience in the field of the economics of HIV/AIDSDemonstrable experience analyzing data setsExcellent English grammar and communication skills and beginners proficiency in SpanishAbility to convey ideas and opinions coherently Skills & Knowledge: Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact with partners from different backgrounds and cultureStrong teamwork skillsWork independentlyStrong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to multi-taskAbility to work effectively under pressure and promptly report issues     Strong analytical skills using statistics and econometricsStrong programing skills using Stata and RHave a knowledge of and aptitude in econometric modelingPrevious experience in research projectsLanguages: Excellent knowledge of English is required, and a beginner’s proficiency in Spanish is required. Location: We prefer the Research Assistant to be based in either Cuernavaca or Mexico City. Approximate hours: Full time (40 hours per week). Travel: We expect the candidate to be willing to travel internationally according to the projects’ needs (10% of his/her time).Salary: $1,377 USD per monthLiving costs informationAt INSP we offer a paid internship to live in Mexico. The cost of living in Mexico is much lower than the U.S. A full meal at a modest restaurant around INSP costs between $2 and $3 U.S. dollars (40 to 60 pesos). The best way to find a place to stay is to walk around a neighborhood you like. You’ll see signs with phone numbers to rent. Another option is Airbnb, and some of these places are available for a monthly rent. Our network of research assistants and students can also help you find a safe, convenient place to live in Cuernavaca. You can find a place of your own in Cuernavaca for $250 U.S. dollars (5,000 pesos) per month – in Mexico City for the same amount you can find a place to share 2-3 housemates. Public transportation is cheap ($0.50 by bus) and Uber services within Cuernavaca and Mexico City.Contract Information: A consultor contract will be issued for the period of the internship.Interested applicants should send a current resume/CV and a brief statement of interest to Fabiola Lara at