Job Description: Discrete Choice Experiment Expert

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (University of London)

Faculty of Public Health and Policy - Department of Global Health and Development

Job Description

Post: Casual Research Fellow (quantitative health systems)

We are seeking an enthusiastic quantitative health systems researcher to work on a DFID funded project ‘Corruption, provider practice, motivation and health system performance’ in Bangladesh, Nigeria, Tanzania, at the Department of Global Health and Development.

The two core tasks of the researcher will be to: 1) design a discrete choice experiment (DCE) for each country 2) design a survey of providers for each country which will include the DCE as a component. The researcher will support the LSHTM country partners to conduct the DCE and a survey, analyse the data, and write up the findings. The job requires several trips to the study countries, and to conferences (as required).

The work will be initially for up to 4 months, and then will be reconsidered for extension according to the needs of the project.

Background

This is an exciting opportunity for a health economist to join the multi-country, multidisciplinary Anti-corruption Evidence (ACE) consortium funded by DFID and led by Prof. Mushtaq Khan at SOAS and by Dr Dina Balabanova, lead for health at LSHTM. The aim of the broader project is to produce evidence based strategies to enable national and international actors to conceptualise the main drivers of corruption, explore its root causes and formulate pragmatic strategies for addressing it.

The quantitative health systems research element of this project has two main activities:  discrete choice experiments and provider surveys in the 3 countries. These will ask: What motivates individual health workers to engage in corrupt practices, and what might incentivise them not to? What can be done to incentivise health workers not to engage in corrupt practices, taking account of what is feasible, realistic and sustainable in each context?

Initial qualitative work (ongoing) will seek to elicit information about experiences and perceptions of corruption, incentives and motivations, and responses of frontline providers to regulatory systems including those relevant to prescribing medicines. Drawing on this work, a subsequent provider survey will include a discrete choice experiment (DCE) and openended vignettes to understand the choices made by health providers, given a series of hypothetical
anti-corruption strategies. The DCE will also explore the potential for intervention informed by a theory of change developed through the qualitative methods.

Duties and responsibilities

General duties of the post holder within the ACE project:

  • Lead the development, support the implementation and conduct analysis of a discrete choice experiment and a survey to assess potential user preferences for the anticorruption strategies in Bangladesh, Nigeria and Tanzania. This will involve the following:
    • Working with country teams, to develop protocol for full study (e.g. design sampling strategy). This will involve:
      - Developing a research tool to conduct DCE and a provider survey, adapted to the circumstances of each country (initially for Bangladesh and Nigeria).
      - Pre-testing of DCE and survey instrument, leading the qualitative work
      - Refining research design based on the pre-test
    • Oversee the study fieldwork, working closely with the study teams, and conduct data analysis (DCE tool and pre-test data analysis from the two countries to be completed by end of September 2018)
  • Coordinate activities on the two components (DCE and survey), working closely with country partners, stakeholders, and key LSHTM and SOAS staff. The researcher will work in a team with other LSHTM staff and advisors involved in ACE.
  • Write papers for publications in high-impact peer-reviewed journals (in collaboration with the ACE team). A minimum of three papers will be expected.
  • Present the findings at academic and policy-related fora and lead or contribute to dissemination, as appropriate. The first of these is an ACE session at the Fifth Health Systems Research Symposium, 9 October 2018, Liverpool.

Specific deliverables

1. Initial design of DCE and provider survey drawing on the literature review and qualitative work to date.
2. Final study design for Bangladesh incorporating pilot data
3. Presentation at the Fifth Symposium for Health Systems Research, 9 October 2018
4. Further deliverables to be agreed by end of August 2018

Person specification

Essential

  • Masters degree in health economics, development economics, global / public health, political science or other relevant area
  • Experience designing, conducting and analysing discrete choice experiments and surveys
  • A track record of publishing in peer reviewed journals
  • Ability to work independently and effectively in a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team
  • Ability to take the initiative in terms of new papers, outputs, as well as identifying new funding opportunities.
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to travel
  • Proven interest in global health, health systems research.

Desirable

  • A PhD in health economics, global/public health, political science or a relevant area
    which involved the design and analysis of discrete choice experiments
  • Experience of researching sensitive topics
  • Understanding or skills in qualitative data collection and analysis
  • Experience working or living in resource limited countries
  • An intrinsic interest in capacity building.

Accountability

The post holder will be responsible to Dr Dina Balabanova. The post holder will work in close cooperation with other ACE LSHTM members such as: Eleanor Hutchinson, Martin McKee, Susannah Mayhew, and Kate Mandeville.

Salary

The post holder will be working on a casual basis and paid per deliverable. The hourly rate will be £34.27 per hour.

Asylum and Immigration

The post holder can either be based in the UK or abroad, with some travel to Bangladesh, Nigeria, and Tanzania. Post holders based in the UK will need to provide documentary evidence of their legal right to work in this country prior to commencing employment.