Epidemiological Modeling/Programming Expert

Project Description

Advancing Health Professionals (AHP): a Peace Corps Response program, is seeking a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) to serve as an Epidemiology Modeling/Programming Expert at Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (KUHeS), Health Economics and Policy Unit, in Lilongwe, Malawi, without the provision of direct medical care to patients or clinical supervision of students. The position requires a master’s degree in computer science, computational epidemiology, mathematics, information systems, or related field, a minimum of two years’ experience in similar position, experience working in health related field, and strong interpersonal and communication skills. Excellent analytical skills and ability to synthesize disparate information in a clear and concise manner, strong Python skills including Pandas and Numpy libraries for data handling and numerical computing, high level of familiarity with Git, GitHub and other modern development tools, code profiling and optimization, experience in developing mathematical computer models of disease or other biological phenomena, and experience in research, especially health-related are desired qualifications.

The Health Economics and Policy Unit (HEPU) at KUHeS, is facilitating the Thanzi la Onse (TLO) Model, a flagship of the Thanzi la Onse (‘Health for All’) program under the collaboration between KUHeS, Imperial College of London, University College London, and the University of York. The objective of the TLO model is to create a data-grounded internally consistent model representation of each step in the generation of health gains including the means by which resources for health generate capabilities to deliver services, the need for healthcare, decisions that are taken to manage mismatches between demand and supply for healthcare services, and the effect of healthcare on disease burdens in the future.

The PCRV will participate in the development of the disease and health system model with the TLO model framework, use the model to address policy research questions requested by the Ministry of Health, and support in leading or contributing to research outputs and research. PCRVs are expected to report on their activities twice during their service.

Peace Corps Response established its "Advancing Health Professionals" program in 2019. Response Volunteers serving with the AHP program seek to improve health outcomes on a societal level by providing high-level, specialized service in the health sector. AHP projects include health professions educators, health systems strengthening, service delivery improvement, and other non-clinical interventions that enhance the quality of healthcare.

While the whole group's departure dates could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (KUHeS)

Required Skills

• Master’s degree in computer science, mathematics, information systems, computational epidemiology and health systems modeling, or related field.
• 2 years progressive experience in a similar position.
• Experience working in health-related field.
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills
• Intercultural Competency

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Serving in Malawi

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Medical Considerations

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